Test 9

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. Return to the planning stage of a project.

Our plan to raise money for a new swimming pool didn’t work. Now we’re ... and trying to think of a better plan.

2. To argue or pursue a point or topic without the possibility of success.

They should give up trying to argue with the boss on that subject. They’re ....

3. To run very fast in the opposite direction.

The old man came out on the porch to chase away the small boys who were throwing rocks at his windows. When they saw him, they ....

4. Irrelevant.

Your excuse for not giving me your homework on Monday is .... It was due the Friday before.

5. Beyond or outside the limits of morally or socially acceptable behavior.

Ron received an invitation to dinner and didn’t have the decency to let his hosts know he wouldn’t be able to attend. I think that kind of behavior is ....

6. A person who is considered important primarily because the place or setting is small.

I accepted a teaching position in a small village overseas because I will have responsibilities that I wouldn’t be able to get for years in a big city. I like the idea of being a ....

7. To be destroyed or ruined beyond repair.

The boss didn’t like my proposal and he wants me to start over. Another good idea ....

8. A broad view or overview of something or someplace.

This outline will give you a ... of my new book.

9. Discolored from a bruise; injured in a fight either physically or verbally.

The girl fell out of the tree but didn’t break any bones. She just had a ... knee.

10. To take on more work or responsibility than one can accomplish.

Sue plans to oversee the construction of her new house at the same time that she has taken on a lot of volunteer work at her son’s school. I think she has ....

black and blue
beyond the pale
bite the dust
go back to the drawing board
beat a hasty retreat
beat a dead horse
beside the point
bite off more than (one) can chew
big fish in a small pond
bird’s eye view