What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples


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Which of the following phrases is not an idiom?

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1. Which of the following is TRUE about idioms?

2. How did the idiom 'as happy as a clam' most likely originate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

An idiom is an expression that takes on a figurative meaning when certain words are combined, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of some of them. You'll be assessed on your ability to identify and analyze examples of idioms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The definition of idiom
  • Examples of idioms
  • Origins of popular idioms

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related idiom lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the definition of an idiom
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the origin of 'happy as a clam' and 'pass the buck'

Additional Learning

To learn more about idioms, review the accompanying lesson, What is an Idiom? - Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the definition of idiom
  • Understand the meaning and origin of popular idioms, like 'in like Flynn'
  • Identify idioms coined by William Shakespeare