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EFL / ESL - level  B2  - C1


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storm in a teacup

 Metaphors and meaning  

What do these metaphors mean ?

Metaphors are  used to describe things or actions through images.
Here are some common metaphors that you could easily hear in conversation or on television or in a film.
In group A you will find the metaphors, in Group B the meanings. Can you match each metaphor with the correct meaning!
 Interactive page : add the right number to each box.

GROUP A - idioms

1    It’s all in the melting pot.   =
2.    It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. =
3.    It’s an uphill struggle. =
4.    It’s a storm in a teacup. =
5.    He’s got hold of the wrong end of the stick. =
6.    He’s over the moon. =
7.    He hasn’t got a leg to stand on. =
8.    He’s like a bear with a sore head. =
9.    He’s got plenty on his plate. =
10.    He gets under everyone’s skin. =
GROUP B - meanings

B1.    He can’t justify himself.
B2.    It’s very difficult to keep going.
B3.    He’s very unpleasant to be with.
B4.    He’s misunderstood it.
B5.    He’s really happy and excited.
B6.    No decisions have yet been taken.
B7.    He really annoys other people.
B8.    It’s an almost impossible task.
B9.    He’s got a lot to do.
B10.    It’s a lot of fuss and commotion about nothing.



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