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English idiom
Lauren moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. Now, she's working as a waitress and waiting for a lucky break.

Idiom definition
Lauren moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. Now, she's working as a waitress and waiting for a great opportunity to further her career.

Correct answer: (c) a great opportunity to further her career

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I don't have any money on me. Can I borrow a buck?

Idiom definition
I don't have any money on me. Can I borrow a dollar?

Correct answer: (c) dollar

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Rowan is really depressed about the break-up. She always looks so bummed.

Idiom definition
Rowan is really depressed about the break-up. She always looks so sad and apathetic.

Correct answer: (a) sad and apathetic

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English idiom
Jeff really wanted to play at the basketball game last night but his coach benched him for bad behavior this past week.

Idiom definition
Jeff really wanted to play at the basketball game last night but his coach forced him to sit and watch the game for bad behavior this past week.

Correct answer: (b) forced him to sit and watch the game

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I can't wait for our vacation next month. I'm going to sit on the beach to catch some rays.

Idiom definition
I can't wait for our vacation next month. I'm going to sit on the beach to get a suntan.

Correct answer: (c) get a suntan

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English idiom
I'm so tired. I'm going home to catch some z's. I'll call you tomorrow.

Idiom definition
I'm so tired. I'm going home to get some sleep. I'll call you tomorrow.

Correct answer: (c) get some sleep

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He'll never go for that. It's too expensive and he's so chintzy.

Idiom definition
He'll never go for that. It's too expensive and he's so stingy.

Correct answer: (a) stingy

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We went to the Grand Buffet this past weekend. They have really good food and I can't wait to chow down.

Idiom definition
We went to the Grand Buffet this past weekend. They have really good food and I can't wait to eat a lot.

Correct answer: (a) eat a lot

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Don't let him con you. He's only using you because he wants you to give him some money.

Idiom definition
Don't let him swindle or manipulate you. He's only using you because he wants you to give him some money.

Correct answer: (a) swindle or manipulate

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Dean has turned into such a coach potato. He sits in front of the TV all night long.

Idiom definition
Dean has turned into such a lazy person. He sits in front of the TV all night long.

Correct answer: (a) a lazy person

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