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English idiom
As usual he left it to the last moment and as a consequence he missed the boat.

Idiom definition
As usual he left it to the last moment and as a consequence he didn't take advantage of the opportunity.

Correct answer: (b) didn't take advantage of the opportunity

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I'm sorry to tell you that you've burnt your boats now and so you won't be able to go back.

Idiom definition
I'm sorry to tell you that your current situation cannot be reversed now and so you won't be able to go back.

Correct answer: (a) your current situation cannot be reversed

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English idiom
I told her I understood exactly what she was feeling as we were both after all in the same boat.

Idiom definition
I told her I understood exactly what she was feeling as we were both after all in a similar situation.

Correct answer: (d) in a similar situation

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English idiom
No matter how smoothly things are running, you can always rely on Charlie to rock the boat.

Idiom definition
No matter how smoothly things are running, you can always rely on Charlie to spoil everything.

Correct answer: (c) spoil everything

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English idiom
We were all a bit worried about the new manager because we heard that she liked to run a tight ship.

Idiom definition
We were all a bit worried about the new manager because we heard that she liked to be well organized.

Correct answer: (a) be well organized

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English idiom
Although they were a couple well into their 80's everything in their house was always shipshape.

Idiom definition
Although they were a couple well into their 80's everything in their house was always very neat.

Correct answer: (b) very neat

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Everybody imagined that there was a big romance between the two of them but it turned out they were merely ships that pass in the night.

Idiom definition
Everybody imagined that there was a big romance between the two of them but it turned out they were merely strangers meeting once.

Correct answer: (c) strangers meeting once

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Sadly it never happened but she was absolutely sure her ship would come in one day and she could buy that house in the country.

Idiom definition
Sadly it never happened but she was absolutely sure she would be rich one day and she could buy that house in the country.

Correct answer: (d) she would be rich

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In view of his change in fortune he decided to push the boat out and hold a big party.

Idiom definition
In view of his change in fortune he decided to spend a lot of money and hold a big party.

Correct answer: (a) spend a lot of money

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Once you've read the instruction book, you'll probably find it's plain sailing.

Idiom definition
Once you've read the instruction book, you'll probably find it's straightforward.

Correct answer: (c) straightforward

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