Idiom (n): an expression, word, or phrasethat has a figurative meaning that is separate from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made.
Can you match the expression with its meaning?
1. "The pen is mightier than the sword."
2. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
3. "Better late than never."
4. "A picture is worth a thousand words."
5. “The early bird catches the worm."
6. "Actions speak louder than words."
7. "Practice makes perfect."
8. “You can't judge a book by its cover."
9. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
a. You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.
b. You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.
c. Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations.
d. Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.
e. Sometimes it's good to be away from the people you love, because it makes you want to see each other again.
f. Strong people don't give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.
g. Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.
h. Just saying that you'll do something doesn't mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more meaningful.
i. It’s better to do something late than to give up and not do it at all.
© Clever Pants 2012
Key: 1-g ; 2-f; 3-i; 4-c ; 5-a ; 6-h ; 7-b; 8-d ; 9.e