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Name: ___________________________

Explaining Oxymorons
Identify and explain each oxymoron in the sentences below.
1) My younger brother took the larger half of the blueberry muffin.
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2) The teacher asked the class to keep the noise down to a dull roar.
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3) When Elizabeth mentioned her election idea to the committee, it went over like a lead balloon.
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4) It was a minor miracle that no one was hurt when the car ran off the country road.
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5) James became a one-man band to raise money for the school project.
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6) He is always able to give an unbiased opinion when he is asked politely.
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7) The toy company faced a friendly takeover by the bicycle manufacturer.
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8) She asked in a loud whisper if anyone wanted to leave the movie with her.
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Key
Name: ___________________________

Explaining Oxymorons
Identify and explain each oxymoron in the sentences below.
Actual students answers will vary. The correct oxymorons are listed below.

1) My younger brother took the larger half of the blueberry muffin.


_ __________________________________________________________________________
the larger half

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2) The teacher asked the class to keep the noise down to a dull roar.
_ __________________________________________________________________________
a dull roar
_ __________________________________________________________________________

3) When Elizabeth mentioned her election idea to the committee, it went over like a lead balloon.
_ __________________________________________________________________________
a lead balloon
_ __________________________________________________________________________

4) It was a minor miracle that no one was hurt when the car ran off the country road.
_ __________________________________________________________________________
a minor miracle
_ __________________________________________________________________________

5) James became a one-man band to raise money for the school project.
_ __________________________________________________________________________
a one-man band
_ __________________________________________________________________________

6) He is always able to give an unbiased opinion when he is asked politely.


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an unbiased opinion
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7) The toy company faced a friendly takeover by the bicycle manufacturer.


_ __________________________________________________________________________
_ __________________________________________________________________________
a friendly takeover
8) She asked in a loud whisper if anyone wanted to leave the movie with her.
_ __________________________________________________________________________
_ __________________________________________________________________________
a loud whisper

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