4 IDIOMS EXERCISE TO PRACTICE ENGLISH


BEND OVER BACKWARDS (to do something) (for someone)
Fig. to work very hard to accomplish something for someone; to go out of one's way (to do something) (for someone). To try extremely hard to help or to please someone:

[+ to do sth] 
She bent over backwards to help him.
He will bend over backwards to help you. 
I bent over backwards for you, and you showed no thanks!

In portuguese: fazer de tudo para ajudar, fazer o possível para ajudar.



1. After going to the zoo, the mall, and the movies, Cassie was sick of bending over backwards to entertain her nieces.

a) Cassie was doing very little to entertain her nieces. 
b) Cassie was making small efforts to entertain her nieces. 
c) Cassie was trying very hard to entertain her nieces.
d) Cassie was not trying at all to entertain her nieces. 

UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME
For a very long, indefinite amount of time; forever. 
My wife was talking on the phone with her sister till the cows came home last night!
I could sit here and argue with you till the cows come home, but it wouldn't solve anything.

In portuguese: até dizer chega; até que a vaca tussa.

2. Bobby would have been playing ball until the cows come home if it hadn’t been for Suzie dragging him home for dinner.

a) Bobby was just about to stop playing ball.
b) Bobby didn’t even want to play ball, to begin with.
c) Bobby prefers nature to athletics.
d) Bobby would have continued playing ball for a long time.

HORSEPLAY
Horseplay is rough play in which people push and hit each other, or behave in a silly way.
[old-fashioned]
...the childish splashing and horseplay Mark indulged in.
Sinônimos: rough-and-tumble, clowning, romping, fooling around   
No running or horseplay in the halls.

In portuguese: brincadeira barulhenta e bruta.


3. Mr. Johnson was very particular about the arrangement of his classroom, so the thing he hated most was when his students caused a ruckus with their wild horseplay.  

a) Mr. Johnson hated when his students pretended to be animals. 
b) Mr. Johnson hated when his students played sports.
c) Mr. Johnson hated when his students wrestled around with each other.
d) Mr. Johnson hated when his students made animal noises.

OPEN A WHOLE NEW CAN OF WORMS
A situation that, once started, is likely to become problematic or have a negative outcome. To create a complicated situation in which doing something to correct a problem leads to many more problems.
Getting involved in the minor border conflict has become a can of worms for the country, with no end to the military engagement in sight. You can try reformatting your computer, but once you open that can of worms, you'll probably be working on it for days.

In portuguese: “mexer em caixa de marimbondos” ou “mexer em casa de vespeiro”

4. Eric wanted to fix his cousin’s computer, but he was already having problems setting up his Aunt’s Wi-Fi network and he didn’t want to open a whole new can of worms.  

a) Eric was sick of spending his time helping his family.
b) Eric wanted to go fishing instead of working on computers.
c) Eric was having difficulties untangling the computer wires.
d) Eric was not ready to begin working on a complicated new problem.

ANSWER KEYS
1C - 2D - 3C - 4D

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