pop quiz

noun

Definition of pop quiz

: an unscheduled or unannounced quiz

Examples of pop quiz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From squishing the bug with their back foot to level swings, the kids appeared to ace their pop quizzes. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "On final two days of December, youth baseball comes out of hibernation," 31 Dec. 2019 In one instance, fans recognized the North Carolina singer right away, while in another interaction, Church put concert goers on the spot with a little pop quiz about his first number one hit and his cover wasn't blown the entire time. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Eric Church Pretends to Be an Usher at His Arkansas Show and Gives Out Free Ticket Upgrades to Fans," 28 Oct. 2019 Like acing a pop quiz, the Cubs go into their off day Thursday feeling good about themselves and their front-runner status in the National League Central, knowing the ball is in their hands with a couple of weeks to go until the trade deadline. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "It’s only a week, but the Cubs’ strong start to the 2nd half alleviates some tension — for now," 17 July 2019 But that series is really only a pop quiz compared to what comes next for the Red Sox: 21 games against American League East opponents in as many days, eight of them against the first-place Yankees, and six against the second-place Rays. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora confident Red Sox ‘will play better’ in second half," 11 July 2019 He was known for his bold style, pop quizzes, games, dancing mailbox and kidding with colleagues. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Is ‘Ping’ replacing Pat Clarke at WESH? TV industry buzzing with rumor," 4 June 2019 If anyone were to give a pop quiz asking which cruise line carries the most kids annually, most if not all, would answer: Disney. OrlandoSentinel.com, "From fun to good deeds, Carnival has children in mind," 15 June 2018 Once in line, friendly workers give folks a pop quiz. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 There’s a 10-question fit guide — a pop quiz on everything from your measurements to denim preferences — and video testimonials from different women. New York Times, "A New Brand of Jeans — With Just a Single Style," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of pop quiz

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Pop quiz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pop%20quiz. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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pop quiz

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pop quiz

US : a short test that a teacher gives to students without warning

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