Test 8

Study the definitions of the English idioms. Insert a corresponding idiom into the sentence. Pay attention to the translation of the English idioms into Russian. Translate the sentences into Russian. Make up your own sentences in Russian for your groupmates to translate in class. 

1. A hidden but effective means of winning a conflict.

The other team thinks they can win this basketball game, but that’s only because we haven’t put our best player in yet. He’s our ....

2. To have an effective but hidden means to accomplish something.

It looks like Joanne is going to lose, but I wouldn’t be too sure. She may have an ....

3. A person’s weakness or the vulnerable spot in his or her character.

We’ve got to find his ... if we hope to defeat him.

4. The things that people do (actions) are more important than the things they say (words).

She’s promised to be nicer to her sister from now on, but ....

5. Uncoordinated and awkward, especially with one’s hands.

Peter seems to be ... today. He keeps dropping his tools.

6. Wrong to the point of being silly or unbelievable.

He’s ... if he thinks I’m going to believe his lies.

7. To be present for an activity without taking part in it.

Janet’s brothers went up into the mountains to do some fishing. Janet doesn’t fish, but she ....

8. Well-equipped with weapons.

The police won’t enter the bank where the thief is. He’s ....

9. Directly or in a straight line, without roads.

The town is 25 miles from here ..., but it’s over 40 miles by car.

10. In strong disagreement, in a quarrel; at an impasse.

They have been arguing all day about what to do. They really are ....

go/come along for the ride
ace in the hole
all thumbs
ace up (one’s) sleeve
at loggerheads
armed to the teeth
Achilles’ heel
as the crow flies
actions speak louder than words
all wet