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Grade 5 - English Language
4.2 Idioms and Sayings

Idioms or sayings are phrases or sentences that do not exactly mean what the words say. Because of popular usage, they have special meanings understandable only to the people of that culture and region. When you use idioms and sayings, your writing becomes more interesting and often easier to understand.

Directions: Read the situation described in the question, and select the idiom/saying that you can use to explain the situation. Also, write at least five more examples of idioms and sayings.

Q 1: I am in trouble.
I could eat a horse.
My goose is cooked.
I am a silly goose.

Q 2: He is very clumsy.
That will get his goat.
He is like a bull in a china shop.
When the cat is away, the mice will play.

Q 3: She is the most important person in a small place.
She is a big fish in a small pond.
She took to it like a duck takes to water.
She is a dead duck.

Q 4: Don't destroy the source of your good fortune.
Don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
You can't unscramble the eggs.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Q 5: He is an enemy pretending to be a friend.
He is bullheaded.
He is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
He is a scapegoat.

Q 6: He is an innocent person who gets blamed.
He is a chicken.
He is a bull in a china shop.
He is a scapegoat.

Q 7: Nonsense!
You chicken!
I could eat a horse.
Horsefeathers!

Q 8: to give a false warning
to cry wolf
to pig out
to crow about it

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