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English idiom
You will be in a very difficult situation now that he's let the cat out of the bag.

Idiom definition
You will be in a very difficult situation now that he's revealed the truth.

Correct answer: (c) revealed the truth

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If I were you, I would not raise the subject again and my best advice is to let sleeping dogs lie.

Idiom definition
If I were you, I would not raise the subject again and my best advice is to not say any more.

Correct answer: (c) not say any more

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Remember if you go into that meeting without being prepared with some answers, you will simply be a sitting duck.

Idiom definition
Remember if you go into that meeting without being prepared with some answers, you will simply be a ready target.

Correct answer: (b) a ready target

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English idiom
I'm afraid he didn't take my advice and they made him look a complete fool because he was unrepared and he ended up a dead duck.

Idiom definition
I'm afraid he didn't take my advice and they made him look a complete fool because he was unrepared and he ended up a person with no future.

Correct answer: (c) a person with no future

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Mind you as I have said many times before I don't know how he's lasted so long in the job because he's always been the lame duck in the team.

Idiom definition
Mind you as I have said many times before I don't know how he's lasted so long in the job because he's always been the inefficient person in the team.

Correct answer: (b) the inefficient person

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The older generation always maintains that in their day things were better and nowadays the country is going to the dogs.

Idiom definition
The older generation always maintains that in their day things were better and nowadays the country is losing its standards.

Correct answer: (c) is losing its standards

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If you're unsure about which way the cat is going to jump, I suggest you hang on for a bit longer.

Idiom definition
If you're unsure about what will happen next, I suggest you hang on for a bit longer.

Correct answer: (d) what will happen next

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There is no need to apologize about your remarks as I can assure you it's like water off a duck's back to me.

Idiom definition
There is no need to apologize about your remarks as I can assure you it's of little concern to me.

Correct answer: (c) of little concern

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Once more he is in the doghouse but I couldn't possibly tell you why.

Idiom definition
Once more he is out of favour but I couldn't possibly tell you why.

Correct answer: (b) out of favour

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As so many people are coming to a party at their house, they're running around preparing food like scalded cats.

Idiom definition
As so many people are coming to a party at their house, they're running around preparing food in a nervous state.

Correct answer: (a) in a nervous state

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