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English idiom
Alex had lost a lot of money and as a consequence was feeling down in the dumps.

Idiom definition
Alex had lost a lot of money and as a consequence was feeling miserable.

Correct answer: (b) miserable

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He had given in to a longstanding weakness of his and pinned his hopes on the favourite winning the race.

Idiom definition
He had given in to a longstanding weakness of his and put a lot of faith in on the favourite winning the race.

Correct answer: (d) put a lot of faith in

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English idiom
This horse in all honesty didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning.

Idiom definition
This horse in all honesty didn't have a a chance in a million of winning.

Correct answer: (a) a chance in a million

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Alex said he had had a dream about the horse winning but most people regarded this story with a pinch of salt.

Idiom definition
Alex said he had had a dream about the horse winning but most people regarded this story with caution.

Correct answer: (b) with caution

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What happened was that the stupid animal took fright halfway through the course and without batting an eyelid decided to go back to the start.

Idiom definition
What happened was that the stupid animal took fright halfway through the course and without worrying at all decided to go back to the start.

Correct answer: (d) worrying at all

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English idiom
As far as Alex was concerned this was the last straw and he vowed he would never risk money on a horse ever again.

Idiom definition
As far as Alex was concerned this was the final disaster and he vowed he would never risk money on a horse ever again.

Correct answer: (c) the final disaster

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The trouble was that he didn't have a bean not even enough to pay for the fare home.

Idiom definition
The trouble was that he didn't have a penny not even enough to pay for the fare home.

Correct answer: (b) didn't have a penny

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He decided he would swallow his pride and try and hitchhike.

Idiom definition
He decided he would not worry what people thought and try and hitchhike.

Correct answer: (c) not worry what people thought

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English idiom
Fortunately it wasn't long before he got a lift with an old man who had a heart of gold and gave him some money.

Idiom definition
Fortunately it wasn't long before he got a lift with an old man who was very generous and gave him some money.

Correct answer: (a) was very generous

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He told him to invest it wisely, which Alex did. He bought a ticket for the lottery and his ship came home because he won the jackpot.

Idiom definition
He told him to invest it wisely, which Alex did. He bought a ticket for the lottery and his luck changed because he won the jackpot.

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