Comparison of Expressions

Purpose/Goal: to recognize idiom meanings

Number of Participants: any number

Materials: teacher-made handout with idioms and definitions


  • Select up to ten idioms from this book.
  • Write the idioms on the left side of the paper (or board) and the definitions on the right side.
  • Ask students to write the letter of each definition next to the corresponding idiom.


1. Eleventh hour a. unusual
2. Keyed up b. anxious
3. Off the wall c. late
4. Take off d. inexperienced
5. Wet behind the ears e. move quickly