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Staff Contest
July & August 2018 - Life is an Idiom... but what does it all mean?

Contest Rules

  • Only Hospitality Services staff are eligible to participate and win
  • Limited to one submission per employee
  • All correct answers, or most correct answers, will be entered into a draw to WIN a "Summer" Prize Pack
  • Contest closing date: July 31, 2018

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The following are common idioms that we hear/use all the time. Pick the true meaning for each idiom.

  1. Making a mountain out of a molehill
    1. Make a big fuss or exaggerate something that isn't really important or serious
    2. Boast about yourself and things that you can do
    3. Make a science project out of paper mache
  2. Call a spade a spade
    1. Praise your garden tools
    2. To speak bluntly about something
    3. Make the next decision
  3. Add fuel to the fire
    1. Light a BBQ
    2. Dress in warm clothing
    3. Make a problem worse
  4. The ball's in your court
    1. You must make the next decision
    2. Start things early and you are more likely to be successful
    3. You are going in the wrong direction
  5. Give something/somebody a bad name
    1. To cause people to lose respect for something or someone
    2. To poorly name your newborn
    3. To use shoddy craftsmanship
  6. Have a bee in your bonnet
    1. You've been to the Great Hall Catering hives on campus!
    2. Keep getting worried or agitated about something
    3. To speak bluntly about something
  7. Blow your own horn
    1. Misunderstand or be wrong about something
    2. Boast about yourself and things that you can do
    3. Play in a jazz band
  8. A sinking feeling
    1. This area is unfamiliar
    2. A feeling that something bad is going to happen
    3. This kitchen is too crowded
  9. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
    1. Get worked up about something
    2. Be thankful for what you have
    3. Keep hold of something certain rather than risk losing it for something else
  10. A rolling stone gathers no moss
    1. To speak bluntly about something
    2. A touring rock band
    3. Keep moving and you'll have few responsibilities or cares

Good luck! Check back in next month for the next contest.

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