Quiz: Do You Know The Meaning Of All These Old-Timey American Phrases?

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Are you an American phrase know-it-all?

Old-timey American phrases have remained classic and traditional for a reason! Which ones do you recall?

 Oct 17, 2018

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"Hold your horses"
Do some heavy lifting
Hold on, be patient, slow down
Get control over your horses

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"Up a creek without a paddle"
To be in serious trouble of your own making
To get a new job
To perform a song on stage

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"Play things by ear"
See how things turn out without interfering
Listen closely to a whisper
A football term

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"Piece of cake"
Something very easy and simple
A reference to time and space
What a person says when they are abandoning their diet

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"No brainer"
Something that is very obvious and clear
Something that is very complex and confusing
Nickname for brain surgery

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"Don't lose your marbles"
Keep your marble collection safe
Don't start acting crazy
Save your money

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"The whole nine yards"
Everything
A football throw
A long distance phone call

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"Don't jump the gun"
Don't jump over your gun
Don't support the sale of firearms
Don't jump to conclusions

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"Face the music"
Stand front row at a concert
Face your reality
Play your music loudly

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"Drop-dead gorgeous"
The description of someone stunningly beautiful
A reference to corpse makeup artistry
A sarcastic way of calling someone ugly

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"Cut to the chase"
Cutting off a toxic friend or family member from your life
To chase another person in a game of tag
Get to the point

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"Bury the hatchet"
Dig a hole and bury a hatchet tool
Settle a dispute between yourself and someone else benevolently
Hide a majorly dark secret

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"Break a leg"
Good luck
Hope you break your leg
Beware of bad luck

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"Get a bigger bang for your buck"
When someone blows their money carelessly
Get your money's worth
Take care of your buck (deer)

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"Big fish in a small pond"
Talented person in an area with limited resources
A large fish that swims in a small sized pond
Reference to dietary struggles

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"Between a rock and a hard place"
Being physically trapped beneath a rock or boulder
Feeling extreme hunger
Faced with making a choice between two unsatisfactory options

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"Back to the drawing board"
Time to start over
An artist's favorite place to go
A reference to blood doctors

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"Level playing field"
A football field on a rainy day
Equal and fair
Unequal and unfair
WOMEN.COM | Quiz Facts

A bigger bang for your buck, A shot in the arm, A sledgehammer to crack a nut, The acid test, All singing & all dancing, and An arm & legs are some old-timey American phrases we know and love! As easy as pie, As happy as a clam, The Bee's knees, Between a rock and a hard place, A big fish in a small pond, Bigger bang for your buck, and Birds and the bees are a few more of these amazingly memorable phrases that we know and love. Who could forget about old-timey American phrases like Blast from the past, Blaze a trail, Blonde bombshell, Break a leg, Bronx cheer, Brownie points, and Bunny boiler? These phrases are part of American conversation to this day, in 2018! We still use old-timey phrases like Bury the hatchet, Catch 22, Chick flick, Climb on the bandwagon, Coin a phrase, Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey, Cold turkey, and Cost an arm & a leg are some more of the phrases we depend on to get our points across. Then there are fun phrases like the customer is always right, Cut to the chase, Dead ringer, Doom and gloom, Double whammy, Down the tubes, Drop-dead gorgeous, Ethnic cleansing, and Face the music! Just about everyone knows what you mean when you use phrases like those ones! Old-timey American phrases like Fancy pants, Fashion victim, Feeding frenzy, Fifteen minutes of fame, Filthy rich, Five o'clock shadow, Flavor of the month, and Fly off the handle are also commonly used these days.