Metaphors and Idions


Choose the correct meaning of the metaphors / idioms from the options below.

I would like to help you with your new project, but I’ve got my hands full at work at the moment.  

Can you give me a hand moving house on Sunday?  

Yes, he’s a good looking man, but I don’t like him as he’s so big headed 

I’m not really going to tell your wife what happened, I’m just pulling your leg 

Michele can be a bit annoying sometimes, but he’s got a heart of gold 

I had a heart-to-heart with my wife and we decided that I’m too immature to be a father.  

She says she’s fine about failing the exam, but I know she’s only putting on a brave face 

My English teacher tried to learn Italian but her heart wasn’t in it, so she never managed to say more than ‘buongiorno’!  

My friend moved to London last year. He had a lot of difficulty at the beginning, as they eat dinner at 6pm over there! He’s starting to find his feet now though and he’s enjoying it a lot more.  

I’ve had my Nokia 3310 for nearly 20 years now and it still works! Although I think it’s on its last legs, so I have to start thinking about joining the 21st century now unfortunately!  


Put the metaphors / idioms into the correct sentence below.

It always takes time in a new job, especially if the new job is teaching!   

My motorbike has done 300,000km, I know it’s but I love it so much, I don’t want to buy a new one!   

I tried to help my friend with his project, but my so I gave up after a few months.   

Last year I had a with my Dad and now we have a much closer relationship.   

Do you want me to with your homework? You seem to be having difficulty!   

Marta is such a joker, she’s always   

Her Dad died a few days ago and she’s already back at work. She should stay at home instead of going to work and   

I know I need to clean my room mum, but I’ve got my with homework at the moment!   

So many famous people are they think they’re better than everyone else - that’s why I prefer normal people!   

My teacher is always shouting at me, especially when I speak Italian in class, but I know he has a