A walk in the woods.

Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: Tuesday Teaser. A walk in the woods.

With yet another heat wave on the way, if you believe the papers, a nice little walk in a shady wood is just what the doc. ordered.

1-10 are phrases connected with the woods, which you often heard in spoken English, but the main ‘wood word’ is missing and one of them below. A-J are the translations. Can you match them up?

fly bush leaf bee birds tree grass (x2) woods (x2)

 

1) I was in your neck of the ……….. 2 days ago.    a) 2Fliege mit einer Klappe schlagen

2) We’ve been barking up the wrong ……….. .      b) fix Idee(n) haben

3) Stop beating about the ……….. .                          c) sich an jdm/etw ein Beispiel nehmen

4) It’ll kill two ……….. with one stone.                   d) Ecke/Gegend

5) You should take a ……….. out of her book.      e) Mäuschen spielen

6) We’re not out of the ……….. yet?                        f) Thema ist vom Tisch

7) The takeover got kicked into the long ……….. . g) um den heißen Brei herumreden

8) He’s really got a ……….. in his bonnet.              h) Schiebe es nicht auf die lange Bank!

9) I’d love to be a ……….. on the wall tonight.      i) über den Berg

10) Don’t let the ……….. grow under your feet.     J) auf dem Holzweg sein

 

Answers

  1. ….. 2) …. . 3)…. . 4) ….. 5) …… 6) …… 7) …… . 8) …. . 9) ….. . 10) …… .

 

  1. 1) woods, d) 2) tree, j) 3) bush, g) 4) birds, a) 5) leaf, c) 6) woods, i) 7) grass, f ) 8) bee, b) 9) fly, e) 10) grass, h)

2 thoughts on “A walk in the woods.

That’s cool. Actually, I’ve heard only three of them so far – thus, indeed your post was very helpful. Thanks.

Here’s another wood idiom I like: “Fields have eyes, and woods have ears.” which means that even in an apparently empty landscape someone might be eavesdropping on you and even the best kept secret will become known sooner or later. Back in civilization 😉 you’d say “The walls have ears”.

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