Idiom Illustrations

Have individual students think of idioms whose literal meanings would be fun to illustrate. You may need to suggest some of the idioms given here or to provide students with a dictionary of idioms. Ask students to write each idiom on a card. Next, have small groups combine their card piles and shuffle the deck. Students then take turns selecting a card and illustrating the literal meaning of the idiom on a flipchart. The first student to guess the idiom scores a point.

bear on ball

  get the bootput one's foot down
  walk on airhold one's horses
  on the ballget someone's goat
  beat the clockbend over backwards
  hit the haymonkey business

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