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English idiom
The one thing a public figure hates is when he loses face in front of all his admirers.

Idiom definition
The one thing a public figure hates is when he loses respect in front of all his admirers.

Correct answer: (c) loses respect

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At the crucial moment the climber lost her nerve and had to be brought down the mountain.

Idiom definition
At the crucial moment the climber became scared and had to be brought down the mountain.

Correct answer: (c) became scared

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The latest opinion polls show that the government is losing ground to the opposition party.

Idiom definition
The latest opinion polls show that the government is losing its advantage to the opposition party.

Correct answer: (d) losing its advantage

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English idiom
There was a time when everybody would believe her totally but after this episode I'm afraid she's losing her touch.

Idiom definition
There was a time when everybody would believe her totally but after this episode I'm afraid she's losing her skill.

Correct answer: (a) losing her skill

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English idiom
Under the new pay agreement many employees feel that they are losing out on allowances.

Idiom definition
Under the new pay agreement many employees feel that they are at a disadvantage on allowances.

Correct answer: (b) at a disadvantage

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I'm afraid that kind of humour is totally lost on him him so you'll have to explain it more simply.

Idiom definition
I'm afraid that kind of humour is totally without effect him so you'll have to explain it more simply.

Correct answer: (a) without effect

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After only a few weeks as a teacher of very badly behaved children she realized she was losing her grip.

Idiom definition
After only a few weeks as a teacher of very badly behaved children she realized she was losing her control.

Correct answer: (c) losing her control

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He suddenly started shouting and screaming and people could plainly see that he had lost his cool.

Idiom definition
He suddenly started shouting and screaming and people could plainly see that he had become angry.

Correct answer: (a) become angry

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English idiom
I've tried very hard indeed to understand your argument step by step but I must confess I've now lost the thread.

Idiom definition
I've tried very hard indeed to understand your argument step by step but I must confess I now can't follow the reasoning.

Correct answer: (d) I now can't follow the reasoning

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After the traffic accident she lost her head and drove the car into a brick wall.

Idiom definition
After the traffic accident she behaved foolishly and drove the car into a brick wall.

Correct answer: (b) behaved foolishly

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