Metaphors, Similes and Idioms Worksheet

Category: Miscellaneous

Practice your recognition of figurative language with this Metaphors, Similes and Idioms Worksheet. Ten exercises help with this miscellaneous writing topic by requiring you to identify which type is used in each instance.

Metaphors, Similes and Idioms Worksheet


Underline the figurative language in each of the below examples. Then identify whether each phrase is a metaphor, simile or idiom.

  • The budding love between two young lovers is a delicate flower.

  • It was planned as a surprise anniversary party, but their son let the cat out of the bag.

  • After Sandra’s car accident, her body cast was a plaster shackle that prevented her from doing just about anything.

  • After Julie’s sickness, she was as thin as a rail.

  • Her cutting words were weapons that inflicted wounds upon my soul.

  • It is amazing how some of the singers who audition for American Idol feel they are good singers when, in reality, some sound like a dying cat.

  • Kirk felt like his girlfriend constantly nagged him; no one else he knew was so adept at making a mountain out of a molehill.

  • Kelly’s hope is a fragile seed that needs nurturing to fully bloom.

  • From a very young age, the two girls were like two peas in a pod.

  • The two sisters fought like cats and dogs as children, but once they both grew into adulthood, the childhood fights were water under the bridge.