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EXPRESSIONS #4 ANSWERS

PART 1: Try to find the letter that has the correct meaning for the underlined expressions.

1) __h__ “Tom can’t finish his dinner. His eyes were bigger than his stomach.”

2) __f__ “You talk too much. Put a sock in it!”

3) __g__ “Bob is harmless. He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

4) __e__ “Give him a chance. He might look dumb, but he’s not. Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

5) __c__ “Let’s have brunch. We’ll kill two birds with one stone.”

6) __b__ “He quit his job. He must think the grass is greener on the other side.”

7) __a__ “I need to talk to the manager and give him a piece of my mind.”

8) __d__ “My grandma robbed the cradle when she married a 20-year-old man.”


a) to express your anger; to yell at someone

b) it means that something else is better than what you have now

c) to solve two problems with one solution

d) to marry a person who is much younger than you

e) it means that someone’s appearance might be different from who they really are

f) be quiet

g) it means that someone is kind, gentle

h) it means that you put too much food on your plate, and now you can’t eat it all

PART 2: Try to put the right expression in the right place.

my eyes were bigger than my stomach - kill two birds with one stone - put a sock in it

A: Hey, what’s for dinner? I’m starving.

B: Oh, __put a sock in it__. I don’t know.

A: What? Are you upset? Did you have a rough day?

B: I don’t know. To tell you the truth, I don’t feel like cooking dinner tonight.

A: Do you want to go out and get something to eat?

B: Sure.

A: How about the restaurant down the street? They have good food. Although the last time I went there, I got too much food. Do you remember? __My eyes were bigger than my stomach__.

B: Hey, I’ve got an idea. We’ll __kill two birds with one stone__. We can eat dinner there, and I can buy a gift certificate there for my friend Sue’s birthday. It’s next week, and I haven’t bought a present yet.

A: That sounds good. Are you ready? Let’s hit the road.


give him a piece of your mind - robbed the cradle - the grass is greener on the other side - wouldn’t hurt a fly

A: I can’t go to lunch with you right now. I need to do something.

B: What? We had plans.

A: I know, but I have to do something. I’m going to call my uncle Bob.

B: Your uncle Bob? Why?

A: Because I just heard that he __robbed the cradle__. He’s 55, and he just married a lady who’s only 25.

B: Really? Are you going to __give him a piece of your mind__?

A: Yep.

B: Wow. Normally you’re the type of person who __wouldn’t hurt a fly__.

A: Well, I don’t feel like being nice right now. Uncle Bob left Aunt Sally one year ago because he thought that __the grass is greener on the other side__. Well, he was wrong, and I’m going to tell him that.

B: Wow. Good luck.