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English idiom
The opposition party dismissed the government's proposal out of hand.

Idiom definition
The opposition party dismissed the government's proposal without further consideration.

Correct answer: (a) without further consideration

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Since she started work on the stock exchange she has been making money hand over fist.

Idiom definition
Since she started work on the stock exchange she has been making money in large quantities.

Correct answer: (b) in large quantities

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They have lost all their money and now lead a sort of hand to mouth existence.

Idiom definition
They have lost all their money and now lead a sort of impoverished existence.

Correct answer: (a) impoverished

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English idiom
It's no good asking anybody in that shop to help you because they won't lift a finger.

Idiom definition
It's no good asking anybody in that shop to help you because they won't do anything at all for you.

Correct answer: (d) do anything at all for you

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English idiom
In the obituary about the millionaire all his enterprises were listed and it looked as if he had had a finger in every pie.

Idiom definition
In the obituary about the millionaire all his enterprises were listed and it looked as if he had had an involvement in many activities.

Correct answer: (b) an involvement in many activities

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English idiom
I've just bought a brand new car with all the latest gadgets and quite honestly it has cost me an arm and a leg.

Idiom definition
I've just bought a brand new car with all the latest gadgets and quite honestly it has cost me a huge amount of money.

Correct answer: (c) a huge amount of money

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I don't want to have to twist your arm but I hope you realize that your refusal to comply could be harmful.

Idiom definition
I don't want to have to force you to agree but I hope you realize that your refusal to comply could be harmful.

Correct answer: (b) force you to agree

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Have a look at the benefits that the society can offer you and then you may feel like dipping your toe in the water.

Idiom definition
Have a look at the benefits that the society can offer you and then you may feel like deciding to try membership for a trial.

Correct answer: (d) deciding to try membership for a trial

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If you do join a political party then you are expected to toe the line on every occasion.

Idiom definition
If you do join a political party then you are expected to stick to the rules on every occasion.

Correct answer: (b) stick to the rules

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I wouldn't say I never see eye to eye with my employers but sometimes they can make extraordinary demands.

Idiom definition
I wouldn't say I never totally agree with my employers but sometimes they can make extraordinary demands.

Correct answer: (c) totally agree

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