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English idiom
When he heard that he had lost his job, it was cold comfort to learn that he could keep his car.

Idiom definition
When he heard that he had lost his job, it was little help to learn that he could keep his car.

Correct answer: (d) little help

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The selection of candidates was done in a hit or miss manner so that nobody knew why they were chosen.

Idiom definition
The selection of candidates was done in a casual manner so that nobody knew why they were chosen.

Correct answer: (d) casual

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English idiom
She had got herself in a pickle by trying to please everyone at the same time.

Idiom definition
She had got herself into difficulties by trying to please everyone at the same time.

Correct answer: (c) into difficulties

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I'm afraid that my poor old car has finally breathed its last.

Idiom definition
I'm afraid that my poor old car has finally stopped working.

Correct answer: (a) stopped working

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You're living in a fool's paradise if you think they're going to pay you for nothing.

Idiom definition
You're living in a under a delusion if you think they're going to pay you for nothing.

Correct answer: (d) under a delusion

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English idiom
It was a total mystery as apparently there was neither rhyme nor reason why he did it.

Idiom definition
It was a total mystery as apparently there was no logical reason why he did it.

Correct answer: (a) no logical reason

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There is clearly a sea change in the way people now look at crime today.

Idiom definition
There is clearly a huge change in the way people now look at crime today.

Correct answer: (b) a huge change

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They looked everywhere for the lost passport but it seems to have vanished into thin air.

Idiom definition
They looked everywhere for the lost passport but it seems to have disappeared completely.

Correct answer: (c) disappeared completely

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When it comes to a crisis, Charles is a tower of strength.

Idiom definition
When it comes to a crisis, Charles is very reliable.

Correct answer: (b) very reliable

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Whenever he has been treated badly, he always demands his pound of flesh.

Idiom definition
Whenever he has been treated badly, he always demands his total recompense.

Correct answer: (a) total recompense

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