Idioms, phrasal verbs, and proverbs
Idioms are expressions or groups of words peculiar to a certain language, a person or a group of people and which have meanings different from the individual meaning of the words that make up each expression.The English language has its own unique set of idioms which can be confusing, fascinating or amusing for ESL and EFL students. As Ziva David in the popular TV series NCIS said in one episode, "American idioms drive me up the hole." Related to idioms are phrasal verbs and proverbs (wise sayings).

Listed below are links to interactive quizzes, exercises, worksheets, printables, and lesson plans in idioms, phrasal verbs and proverbs from the best ESL and EFL resources on the Internet. Clicking the blue links will take you to the specific page where these resources are located, while clicking the website name will take you to the home page. Take time to browse these excellent websites; they are consistently good and fast loading. Besides the activities and exercises listed below, these sites generously offer, free of charge, a tremendous range of valuable resources for ESL and EFL teachers and students.

In answering the interactive exercises, you should follow carefully the prompts and directions. You should read each sentence or part aloud before clicking the answer you think is right. After the correct answer is displayed, think it over as to why it is the correct answer. (Please take note that the correct answer may depend on whether the exercise comes from an American English or a British English website.) After doing so, read the complete sentence again aloud with the correct answer.

To train yourself to think in English, try to recite the sentences with the correct answers from memory and at your full speaking volume.Or you can ask a friend to read out loud the sentences with the correct answers and you repeat them without looking at the computer screen.
Numerous interactive quizzes on Idioms, Phrasal Verbs and Expressions, and Slang (with medium and difficult categories)

Interactive, with audio for definition, usage, and example dialogue by actual native English speakers to help you understand how the idiom is used in conversation
[03] ] Idiom Pages, from
Contains, among others, idiomatic words and phrases, common proverbs and metaphors, defined and illustrated with sample sentences or quotations; produced in consultation with the editors of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Multiple choice questions, match the meaning of an idiom.
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More than 8000 idiomatic words and phrases of American English
Note: Idioms from from A to Z, and from Animal Idioms to Proverbs & Sayings; representative sets of idioms are listed below.

Education & School Idioms
Head & Mind Idioms 
Heart Idioms
Relationship & Love Idioms 
Sports Idioms
Compiled from the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms and the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms with explanations of over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English
With 2,256 English idiomatic expressions with definitions, and 2,172 current multi-word verbs with definitions and examples;
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[17] Exercises on idioms, phrasal verbs and collocations, from English Gateway
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Cambridge ESOL exercises with optional time limit for FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), from International House Bristol
Exams in General English (KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE), Professional English, Academic English (IELTS), Exams for Schools, from Cambridge ESOL Teacher Support (with free teaching resources and forum)
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British Council resources:
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