List of Q Idioms:

Text design: idioms starting with the letter 'q'

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. 

  • Example:  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.


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

  • Example:  After having my own room and bathroom my whole life it’s been challenging to live in close quarters with roommates at the dorm.


beyond question:  there is no doubt about something.

  • Example:  My parents’ good intention is beyond question but they’re wrong to make me come home early just because I’m a girl.

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

  • Example:  These recent test scores call into question whether you can handle working part-time and still get good grades.

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.

  • Example:  There's no question that my boss is pregnant—she is throwing up in the bathroom every morning and is very sensitive to smells.

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

  • Example:  My parents said a trip to Europe is out of the question until I’m 18 years old.

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

  • Example:  I need to think of a really romantic way to pop the question to my girlfriend.

without question:  definitely, without any doubt.

  • Example:  Without question this is the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted — could you share the recipe?

no questions asked not needing to provide additional information.

  • Example:  This store has the best return policy!  They let me return the shoes with no questions asked, even after I wore them.


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

  • Example:  I already explained that to her twice. This new secretary is not quick on the uptake.


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

  • Example:  My twins couldn’t be more different:  one is a gregarious cheerleader and the other is quiet as a mouse.


quite a bit:  a lot of;  much.

  • Example:  She wanted to marry a man with quite a bit of money so she found someone who was 20 years older.

quite a few:  many.

  • Example:  You have quite a few boyfriends, don’t you?

quite a lot:  many, much.

  • Example:  I’m sorry I can’t go out tonight I’ve got quite a lot of homework to do.

Get our free idioms in pictures ebook

You might like these idiom infographics

Have you signed-up for my free newsletter?  I include an audio magazine article every month that's full of new vocabulary and idioms.

You can also find many idiom definitions with one of the online learner's dictionaries.

  1. Home Page
  2.  ›
  3. Idioms List
  4.  ›
  5. "Q" idioms