Body Parts Idioms Quiz

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English speakers love metaphor. There are literally thousands of common expressions that make metaphorical comparisons. One category involves parts of the body. Elbow room, lend a hand, and seeing eye to eye are just a few examples off the top of my head (Oops, there’s another one!) All of the following are common metaphorical idioms referring to body parts. Can you fill in the blanks? I’ll post the answers in a comment.

Hint: There are no repeats.

Note: I got many of these from Richard Lederer’s The Play of Words.

1. ________ of lettuce
2. ________ of a needle
3. ________ of a relay race
4. wet behind the ______
5. long _________ of the law
6. ________ of drawers
7. ________ of the matter
8. ________ of your shoe
9. ________ of contention
10. _______ of a river
11. to go _____ to _____
12. turn the other __________
13. _______ service
14. to split ________
15. save _______
16. a main traffic  _________
17. fight _______ and _______
18. get off my ______
19. _______ grease
20. _______ under
21. _______ laugh
22. _______ reaction
23. take it on the _______
24. chip on your _______
25. _______ punch
26. shove it down your _______
27. shout at the top of your ______
28. it fell right into my _______
29. my  _______ of the woods
30. under my  _______

I’ll share the answers in a comment. Tell me how you did. And feel free to offer others.

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Brian Wasko

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Brian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.

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  1. Jose
    Jose06-21-2015

    Nice

  2. Will
    Will07-18-2012

    I got 13.

  3. Brian Wasko
    Brian Wasko07-16-2012

    ANSWERS:
    1. HEAD of lettuce
    2. EYE of a needle
    3. LEG of a relay race
    4. wet behind the EARS
    5. long ARM of the law
    6. CHEST of drawers
    7. HEART of the matter
    8. HEEL of your shoe
    9. BONE of contention
    10. MOUTH of a river
    11. to go TOE to TOE
    12. turn the other CHEEK
    13. LIP service
    14. to split HAIRS
    15. save FACE
    16. a main traffic ARTERY
    17. fight TOOTH and NAIL
    18. get off my BACK
    19. ELBOW grease
    20. KNUCKLE under
    21. BELLY laught
    22. KNEE-JERK reaction
    23. take it on the CHIN
    24. chip on your SHOULDER
    25. KIDNEY punch
    26. shove it down your THROAT
    27. shout at the top of your LUNGS
    28. it fell right into my LAP
    29. my NECK of the woods
    30. under my THUMB

  4. Isabella Hodge
    Isabella Hodge07-16-2012

    I only got 12 :/ I’m stumped on a lot of them! Share the answers soon…

  5. Isabella Hodge
    Isabella Hodge07-16-2012

    I only got 12! I’m stumped…share the answers soon!

    • Isabella Hodge
      Isabella Hodge07-16-2012

      Whoops, didn’t realize that first comment was posted!

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