List of Q Idioms:

This Q idioms list is very short because there aren't many words beginning with the letter Q. As you can see, each idiom on this list has a main word that begins with the letter "Q." If you're interested, I've also covered the other letters of the alphabet: click here to go to the main idioms page

First things first:  remember that an idiom is a group of words whose meaning is different from the individual words if you looked them up separately in the dictionary.

Now, let's take a look at the most popular Q idioms. There is "no question" you can learn this list quickly since there aren't too many.

Q Idioms


(in) a quandary:  in a situation where you are confused and don’t know what to do.

  • He’s in a quandary  about whether to spend $100,000 on business school or just try to start his own business and learn from experience.
  • The growth in the number of deer in this neighborhood has created a quandary  for residents because they eat people’s flowers and garden vegetables.


in close quarters:  being together with others in a small space.

  • After having my own room and bathroom my whole life it’s been challenging to live in close quarters  with roommates at the dorm.
  • The disadvantage of the city apartment is living in close quarters  with my family — but I love being able to walk everywhere and the excitement of city life.


beyond question:  there is no doubt about something.

  • My parents’ good intention is beyond question  but they’re wrong to make me come home early just because I’m a girl.
  • Pizza for the holiday party?  The stupidity of this plan is beyond question.

call into question (call something into question):  to make something uncertain or doubtful;  to question something.

  • These recent test scores call into question  whether you can handle working part-time and still get good grades.
  • The new accountant called our procedures for documenting travel expenses into question and wants revisions.

in question:  1) under consideration;  2) in dispute.

  • There are two proposals in question  and we hope to select one of them by the end of today’s meeting.
  • There’s no problem with the product itself.  It’s the customer service that’s in question.

no question:  definitely, without any doubt.

  • There's no question  that my boss is pregnant—she is throwing up in the bathroom every morning and is very sensitive to smells
  • I'm going to the party tonight—there's no question  about that. I just don't know how I am going to get there.

out of the question:  impossible; not to be considered.

  • My parents said a trip to Europe is out of the question  until I’m 18 years old.
  • Unfortunately, now that I’m diabetic, drinking beer is out of the question.

pop the question:  to propose marriage (ask someone to marry).

  • I need to think of a really romantic way to pop the question  to my girlfriend.
  • My boyfriend was behaving very strangely so I thought he was about to break up with me but he actually popped the question.
  • My dad popped the question  to my mom after just two months but she said it was too early and they dated two more years before he asked again.

without question:  definitely, without any doubt.

  • Without question  this is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted — could you share the recipe?
  • Look at those black clouds!  It’s going to storm in the next 15 minutes, without question.

no questions asked:  not needing to provide additional information.

  • This store has the best return policy!  They let me return the shoes with no questions asked, even after I wore them.
  • My parents don’t want me to drive if I’m drunk so I can call them for a ride at any hour, no questions asked.


quick on the uptake:  to be able to understand something very quickly.

  • I already explained that to her twice. This new secretary is not quick on the uptake.
  • Although I don’t have much experience, I believe I can do this job because one of my best qualities is that I’m quick on the uptake.  


quiet as a mouse:  very quiet and / or shy.

  • My twins couldn’t be more different:  one is a gregarious cheerleader and the other is quiet as a mouse.
  • Whenever my five-year-old is quiet as a mouse  I know he's doing something he shouldn't be doing.


quite a bit:  a lot of;  much.

  • She wanted to marry a man with quite a bit  of money so she found someone who was 20 years older.
  • It’s cloudy here on weekends so we go skiing up in the mountains where there’s quite a bit  of sunshine above the clouds.

quite a few:  many.

  • You have quite a few  boyfriends, don’t you?
  • I was late quite a few  times to work so my boss just gave me a written warning.

quite a lot:  many, much.

  • I’m sorry I can’t go out tonight I’ve got quite a lot  of homework to do.
  • You’ve got quite a lot  of mileage on your car for only having it one year.

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Your turn:  Practice these Q idioms

For English learners it's most important to focus on understanding  and remembering idioms. You don't have to worry about using them in speech, especially at the beginning. It's really easy to make mistakes.

Nonetheless, it's still a good idea to practicing writing your own sentences because this will help clarify your understanding of idioms. Also, it will help you remember them better. I will correct any mistakes in your practice sentences.

Simply choose one or two Q idioms from the list and write your own sentences in the comments box below.

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