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English idiom
Charlie's in hot water again, he forgot to lock up last night.

Idiom definition
Charlie's in trouble again, he forgot to lock up last night.

Correct answer: (d) in trouble

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English idiom
Forget it, that's water under the bridge now.

Idiom definition
Forget it, that's best forgotten now.

Correct answer: (a) best forgotten

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English idiom
That's always the trouble if she doesn't like it, she simply throws cold water on it.

Idiom definition
That's always the trouble if she doesn't like it, she discourages it completely.

Correct answer: (b) discourages it completely

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English idiom
You must realize the gravity of the situation because you are in deep water now.

Idiom definition
You must realize the gravity of the situation because you are in a serious situation now.

Correct answer: (c) a serious situation

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English idiom
He is like a fish out of water whenever he goes to a party.

Idiom definition
He feels uncomfortable whenever he goes to a party.

Correct answer: (a) feels uncomfortable

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Don't ever lend him money, he spends it like water.

Idiom definition
Don't ever lend him money, he spends it very freely.

Correct answer: (c) very freely

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We think in the present circumstances the best policy is to tread water for a while.

Idiom definition
We think in the present circumstances the best policy is to take little action for a while.

Correct answer: (c) take little action

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My original plan has been so watered down that I don't recognize it now.

Idiom definition
My original plan has been so reduced in importance that I don't recognize it now.

Correct answer: (a) reduced in importance

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Your ideas are usually sound but this one won't hold water, I'm afraid.

Idiom definition
Your ideas are usually sound but this one won't be practical, I'm afraid.

Correct answer: (b) be practical

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He'll be all right soon because any criticism is usually like water off a duck's back to him.

Idiom definition
He'll be all right soon because any criticism is usually of no importance to him.

Correct answer: (a) of no importance

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