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EXPRESSIONS #5 ANSWERS

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

1) __c__ “The mayor is skating on thin ice. He probably won’t get re-elected.”

2) __e__ “Don’t be afraid of Tom. His bark is worse than his bite.”

3) __b__ “Tim stabbed me in the back when he told my parents about my parking ticket.”

4) __g__ “You’re right. Our problem is that we need more teamwork. You hit the nail on the head.”

5) __a__ “Let’s eat something different tonight. Variety is the spice of life.”

6) __d__ “I was just pulling your leg when I told you I had a pet elephant.”

7) __f__ “I’ve forgotten all about my cousin Tim. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.”

8) __h__ “Look at Bill. He’s staring straight ahead like a zombie. The lights are on, but nobody’s home.”


a) it means: doing different things makes life interesting

b) to betray someone who trusted you; to turn against a friend

c) to be in trouble; to be in danger

d) to joke around with someone; to tell someone a silly lie

e) it means: someone tries to intimidate people with words, but doesn’t follow through with actions

f) it means: if you’re away from someone for a while, you forget about them

g) it means: you are exactly right

h) it means: someone is not paying attention or is stupid

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

his bark is worse than his bite - variety is the spice of life - I’m skating on thin ice

A: Do you think our boss is going to fire me?

B: I don’t know. Maybe. You have been making a lot of mistakes recently.

A: I know. I have a feeling that __I’m skating on thin ice__.

B: Well, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Just try to do a better job.

A: I do. But I’m still worried sometimes. Aren’t you afraid of losing your job?

B: Nah. I’m not afraid of our boss. He yells a lot, but he rarely does anything. __His bark is worse than his bite__.

A: Do you really think so?

B: I do.

A: I wish I could be so confident.

B: Anyway, I wouldn’t mind getting fired. I would like to find a new job. After all, __variety is the spice of life__.


pulling your leg - stabbed me in the back - you hit the nail on the head

A: Oh, I’m so mad at my cousin Bob. He just __stabbed me in the back__.

B: Bob did? What did he do?

A: Well, he promised not to tell my parents about my new tattoo.

B: Right. Did he?

A: Yes! He called me on the phone and said that he accidentally told them. I can’t believe it.

B: Ha! Don’t worry. He didn’t tell them. He was just __pulling your leg__.

A: Really? Are you sure?

B: I’m positive. He told me that he was going to do that. It’s only a joke. Bob just has a funny sense of humor.

A: __You hit the nail on the head__.