Can You Decode These Sentences Made With Emoji?

By: Talin Vartanian

Can You Decode These Sentences Made With Emoji?
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About This Quiz

Emoji are a popular way to send funny and clever messages using symbols and pictures. Often times these symbols are used as puns, while other times they are an indirect form of saying a certain phrase.

For example, the whale emoji is often used to say "well." While it literally translates to "whale," the word sounds kind of like "well." So if a person uses the whale emoji to say, "Whale, I guess you're right," they are actually saying, "Well, I guess you're right."

Some emoji can also be combined without the use of words to create a short sentence. For example, a dog emoji that is combined with a house emoji translates to "doghouse." This is often referred to someone being in the doghouse, or someone being in trouble. Another example involves the phrase "vacation hair," which utilizes the emoji of an airplane, a sun and a person who is flaunting their hair.

In this quiz, we'll take a look at some popular phrases and sentences that are made with emoji. It will be your job to look at the picture and the brief description in the question to guess what it means. Think you can Sherlock Holmes your way out of this one? Take this quiz now to find out!



Not the brightest bulb This phrase utilizes a smiley face, a light bulb and a red "no" symbol. What does it mean?
"Not the brightest bulb"
When you combine a red "no" symbol with a smiley face and a light bulb, it means "not the brightest bulb." This is often used to make fun of someone's intelligence.
"I'm so hungry."
"Let's hang out."
"I don't know."

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I'm bored This sentence uses a boar emoji to mean what?
"It's Christmas time."
"I'm bored."
You can remove the "bor" in "bored" and replace it with the boar emoji to say "I'm bored." You can also make sentences like "You're bored" or "It's boring."
"See you later."
"I'm from the U.S.A."

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Well I hope so The whale emoji in front of the phrase "I hope so" means what?
"Let's go whale-watching."
"There's a whale here."
"Well, I hope so."
The whale emoji is a pun for "well." It literally translates to "Whale, I hope so," but is read as "Well, I hope so."
"How big are whales?"

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I believe you This sentence utilizes a bee emoji. Can you decode what it means?
"I want some honey."
"I was just stung by a bee."
"I'm scared of bees."
"I believe you."
If you replace the "be" in "believe" with a bee emoji, it will read as "bee-lieve." This can be used for phrases like "I believe you." This emoji sentence is literally "Eye bee leaf ewe."

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Your head's in the clouds If you put a person in between two clouds, it will read as what?
"Your head's in the clouds."
This emoji combination can be read as "Your head's in the clouds." This is because the emoji of a person is in between two clouds.
"Let's go skydiving."
"I'm on a plane."
"Look at the clouds."

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You're in the dog house A dog + a house = ?
"What color is your dog?"
"You're in the doghouse."
A dog emoji plus a house emoji is literally read as "doghouse," but it often means "You're in the doghouse." This means you're in trouble.
"Where's my dog?"
"Is the dog in the house?"

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That was cold A worried emoji + a snowflake = ?
"I hate snow."
"It's snowing."
"That was cold."
"That was cold" is a sentence that is created by using the worried emoji plus the snowflake emoji. It refers to feeling insulted by something that someone said.
"It's cold in here."

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Don't bite the hand that feeds you A red X + a smiley face + a hand + a plate of food means what?
"Do you like the food?"
"Eat your food."
"Don't bite the hand that feeds you."
These four emoji create the sentence "Don't bite the hand that feeds you." This is a classic phrase that means you should show respect to those who provide food, shelter or hospitality to you.
"Where's my food?"

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Not my cup of tea An emoji of a person with her arms crossed + a cup of tea means what?
"This tea is too cold."
"Where's my tea?"
"I love tea."
"Not my cup of tea"
This emoji sentence means "not my cup of tea," which refers to a dislike of something. For example, if you eat a carrot and say "not my cup of tea," it means you don't like the carrot you just ate.

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Screw you An emoji of a screw combined with an emoji that is rolling its eyes means what?
"Screw you."
This sentence is translated to "Screw you," which is often used to express dislike or irritation. For example, if someone says, "I'm canceling plans for tonight," the other person may respond, "Screw you," to show disapproval.
"I need a screw."
"I lost my screw."
"This screw is too small"

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Talk to the hand An emoji of a person that is talking plus a hand emoji means what?
"Talk to the hand."
When you combine an emoji of a person talking with a hand emoji, you get "Talk to the hand." This phrase shows disinterest in hearing another person's opinion or comments.
"My hand is so small."
"I'm talking right now."
"I'm going to paint my nails."

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You're as dumb as a door A confused emoji + a question mark + a door = ?
"Open the door."
"Close the door."
"You're as dumb as a door."
The combination of these three emoji equates to "You're as dumb as a door." This phrase seeks to poke fun at someone's intelligence, using the door, perhaps, to represent a closed mind.
"Where's the door?"

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Read it and weep This sentence utilizes a pair of eyes, a book and a crying emoji. What do you think it means?
"Read it and weep."
These emoji create the sentence "Read it and weep." This can be used in either good or bad scenarios, depending on the context at hand.
"This book will make you sad."
"I'm crying right now."
"I can't find my book."

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Cry me a river A crying emoji plus an emoji of a person swimming means what?
"I'm crying."
"I'm swimming."
"Cry me a river."
These emoji spell out "Cry me a river," which is used to express disapproval when someone may be over-exaggerating or may be complaining a lot. For example, if person A says, "Ugh, I have to work again today," person B might say, "Cry me a river."
"Are you at the pool?"

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When pigs fly This sentence uses a clock, a pig and an airplane. What does it mean?
"Are the pigs on the plane?"
"When pigs fly."
This sentence means "When pigs fly," as "when" refers to the clock emoji. A conversational example of this phrase may look like this: "I'm going to be a millionaire one day." "When pigs fly."
"The plane looks like a pig."
"What time will the plane arrive?"

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Don't cry over spilled milk The red "no" symbol + a sad face + a glass of milk means what?
"I hate this type of milk."
"This milk is expired."
"I spilled the milk."
"Don't cry over spilled milk."
These emoji spell out "Don't cry over spilled milk," which refers to telling someone to stop complaining over the little things. An example scenario would be: "My bobby pin broke in half!" "Don't cry over spilled milk."

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Do not go there This sentence uses the donut emoji to spell out what?
"Do not go there."
If you use a donut emoji with the words "go there," it will spell out "Do not go there." This is a pun for "donut/do not."
"I like donuts."
"Where did my donut go?"
"I want some donuts."

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I'm appalled This sentence uses an apple emoji to say what?
"This apple is sour."
"I'm appalled."
Next time you want to say "I'm appalled," just replace the "appall" part with "apple." This is a pun for "appalled," which means "shocked" or "horrified."
"The apples are falling."
"This apple tastes good."

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Knock knock This sentence uses a fist + a house. Can you decode what it means?
"Knock knock."
This sentence spells out "knock knock," which is often the prelude of a "knock-knock" joke. The fist emoji represents the "knocking" sound to a house door.
"Where's the house?"
"I'm so angry."
"I want to punch this house."

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Turned upside down This sentence utilizes a repeat emoji, followed by an up arrow, then a down arrow. What does it mean?
"Spun around"
"Turned upside down"
The repeat emoji symbolizes the word "turned," which is then followed by the phrase "upside down" via the up and down arrows. This could be placed in a sentence like "My life is turned upside down."
"Up then down"
"I'm on a roller coaster."

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Bel-Air A bell emoji + an emoji of the wind = ?
"Music to my ears"
"The bells are in the air."
"Bel-Air"
This sentence refers to "Bel-Air," which is near Beverly Hills, California. It also refers to the once-popular show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
"It's windy."

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We're out of toilet paper The red "no" symbol combined with a toilet emoji and a paper emoji means what?
"This toilet paper isn't very good."
"I can't find the toilet paper."
"We're out of toilet paper."
This sentence translates to "no toilet paper," which means "We're out of toilet paper." This is often used to ask somebody to buy some toilet paper from the store - or maybe bring it to you from another room.
"This toilet paper is not soft."

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You're a peach A peach emoji is used in conjunction with "you're a" to mean what?
"You don't like peaches?"
"I hate peaches."
"You're a peach."
"You're a" plus a peach emoji equals "You're a peach." This is often used to tell someone that they are nice, or as sweet as a peach.
"This peach is rotten."

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Distressed denim This sentence utilizes the scared emoji plus a pair of jeans. What do you think it spells out?
"Distressed denim"
These emoji actually spell out "distressed denim," which is a type of fashionable jeans. Someone is describing a certain outfit, which in this case involves distressed denim.
"I'm scared."
"These jeans are torn."
"I lost my jeans."

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You win What is the meaning of this emoji of a finger plus an emoji of a trophy?
"This trophy is shiny."
"Look at this trophy."
"You win."
The finger emoji means "you," which is combined with a trophy that refers to "winning." Thus, this spells out "You win."
"I came in last place."

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Beauty sleep An emoji of a beauty queen combined with a sleepy emoji spells out what?
"Beauty sleep"
These two emoji spell out "beauty sleep," which refers to the idea that sleeping may make a person beautiful. This can also be enhanced with the lipstick emoji.
"I'm beautiful."
"I'm going to be a beauty queen."
"I'm going to sleep soon."

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Stop fighting An emoji of a person with their arms crossed plus an emoji of a fist means what?
"My fist is broken."
"I'm not happy."
"I'm going to fight you."
"Stop fighting."
The emoji of a person with their arms folded means "stop," while the fist emoji refers to "fighting." Thus, we get the phrase "Stop fighting," or "Let's stop fighting."

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I'm sorry A worried emoji plus a bouquet of flowers mean what?
"Here are some flowers."
"I'm sorry."
These emoji spell out "I'm sorry." The worried emoji refers to a person feeling bad or guilty about something, while the flowers represent a peace offering.
"I'm worried about my flowers."
"My flowers are dead."

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Fresh blowout This phrase utilizes a flower, a puff of wind and an emoji of a person who is flaunting their hair. What does it mean?
"The flowers are blowing in the wind."
"I'm going to pick some flowers."
"Fresh blowout"
The flower emoji refers to the word "fresh," while the wind emoji means "blowout" with regard to a person's hair. This equates to "fresh blowout."
"It's windy today."

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Kitten heel An emoji of a cat combined with an emoji of a high heel means what?
"My shoe is shaped like a cat."
"My cat ate my shoe."
"My cat loves hiding in my shoes."
"Kitten heel"
Believe it or not, "kitten heel" is a type of shoe. It refers to a style of heel that is short in height.

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Read this book A pair of eyes, an emoji of a pointed finger and an emoji of a book mean what?
"Read this book."
The pair of eyes plus the pointed finger refer to wanting someone to look at something - in this case, a book, which is expressed by the book emoji. This is can also be enhanced with the ghost emoji, which refers to a "scary book."
"Have you seen my book?"
"I lost my book."
"Reading this book hurts my eyes."

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You'll love it This sentence uses a "thumbs up" emoji, a heart and a smiley face. What does it mean?
"I'm happy."
"You broke my heart."
"You'll love it."
These three emoji spell out "You'll love it." This phrase is also characterized by positive symbols, like a heart and a happy face.
"I'm in love."

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Don't cut corners This sentence uses the red "no" symbol, a pair of scissors and a triangle. Can you decode what it means?
"Cut the crap."
"I hate math."
"Don't cut corners."
The triangle sometimes symbolizes the word "corner." The red "no" symbol means "don't," while the scissors emoji means "cut." Hence the phrase, "Don't cut corners."
"Where are the scissors?"

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It's an emotional roller coaster An emoji of a roller coaster mixed with various types of smiley and angry emoji means what?
"I hate roller coasters."
"It's an emotional roller coaster."
This sentence means "It's an emotional roller coaster," as characterized by the happy and angry emoji. The word "roller coaster" in this context refers to the waves of emotion that someone may be feeling.
"I love roller coasters."
"I'm going to the amusement park."

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You're a catch What is the meaning behind an emoji of a person combined with a pointed finger and a fishing rod?
"You're a catch."
These emoji spell out "You're a catch," which is used to tell someone that they are unique. This is enhanced with the fishing rod, which refers to catching a fish.
"I want to go fishing."
"I hate fishing."
"Where is the fish?"

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Takeout or cooking This sentence utilizes a pot of food, a slice of pizza and a double arrow in between. Can you decode it?
"I want pizza."
"Takeout or cooking?"
The double arrow in between these two emoji refers to a choice between takeout or cooking. The pizza refers to takeout, while a pot of food refers to cooking at home.
"Don't cook today."
"I want to cook."

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Vacation hair This sentence utilizes an airplane, the sun and a person who is flaunting their hair. What does it mean?
"I'm going on vacation."
"Vacation hair"
The airplane and the sun are used to symbolize the word "vacation." This is combined with a person who is flaunting their hair, to create the phrase "vacation hair."
"I'm on a plane."
"It's hot today."

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Day to night makeup An emoji of the "daytime" and an emoji of the "nighttime" sandwich a right arrow, then the whole sandwich is followed by a lipstick emoji. What does it mean?
"It's a date night tonight."
"I want to go out tonight."
"Let's get our makeup done."
"Day to night makeup"
The daytime and nighttime emoji refer to the "day and night" aspects of the word "makeup." Hence the phrase, "day to night makeup."

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No sleep This sentence uses the red "no" symbol, followed by the "zzz" emoji, which then ends with an emoji with two spirals as eyes. What does it mean?
"I'm going to sleep."
"No sleep"
These emoji translate to "no sleep," or they can also be read as "It's been days since I've slept." The emoji with two spirals as eyes refers to how a person feels after not sleeping.
"I'm wide awake."
"I'm going to catch some zzzs."

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Cat eyes This sentence combines the cat emoji with a pair of eyes. What do you think it means?
"Cat eyes"
"Cat eyes" is actually a phrase for eye makeup. When a makeup artist draws winged tips that extend beyond the outer corners of the eyes, the look is referred to as "cat eyes."
"I see a cat."
"Where's my cat?"
"Have you seen my cat?"

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