Idioms: Identifying Idioms

Before doing this idiom exercise, make sure you read the lesson on types of idioms found in this post: What are idioms?

Directions: 
Identify the idiom in each sentence and name what type of idiom it is. Write your answers in the comment box.

1. I don’t know much about design, so I gave the decorator a free hand in my new flat.

2. My old school friend Harriet arrived out of the blue. I hadn’t seen her for 15 years.

3. I decided I was going to get a place at university by hook or by crook. It had always been my dream to study for a degree in history.

4. Should we fly or go by train? What are the pros and cons?

5. She comes from a rather well-to-do family. She’s always had a comfortable life.

6. The government and the unions are at loggerheads; there may be a general strike.

7. When I had finished all my exams, I felt as free as a bird.

8. We had to pay through the nose to get our visas in five days instead of the usual 30 days.

9. I’m having second thoughts about going on holiday withe Jean. She can be a bit difficult.

10. The gift I got for him cost me an arm and a leg. I hope he likes it.

 

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