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Grade 3 - English Language
3.7 Sayings and Phrases

A saying or a proverb is a popular way to express something. The following sentences are examples of sayings or proverbs:

Saying: One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.
Meaning: One bad thing can spoil anything related to it.

Saying: The show must go on.
Meaning: No matter what happens, things will be continued as planned.

A phrase is an incomplete sentence. Some phrases are popular sayings. Examples:

Phrase: Bell the cat
Meaning: To undertake to do something dangerous.

Phrase: Fat cat
Meaning: A person high up in the business world with a lot of money.


Directions: Pick the correct meanings of the following popular sayings and phrases. Use these sayings in sentences to illustrate their meanings. As a homework, write about at least five more popular sayings or phrases.
Q 1: Let the cat out of the bag
free a cat
feed a cat
to tell a secret
do a magic trick

Q 2: The ball is in your court
go to see the ball game
hit the ball
the next move is up to you
the ball is in your backyard

Q 3: Bell the cat
put a bell on the cat
a cat named Bell
ring the bell to call a cat
to do something dangerous

Q 4: A bolt from the blue
a hailstorm
a surprise
a lightning
a blue bag of bolts

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