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Down to Earth

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English idiom
Poor Charlie has been down in the dumps since he learned that he's lost his job.

Idiom definition
Poor Charlie has been miserable since he learned that he's lost his job.

Correct answer: (a) miserable

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I think we've had our fun and now it's time we got down to the idea of earning some money.

Idiom definition
I think we've had our fun and now it's time we began seriously to consider the idea of earning some money.

Correct answer: (c) began seriously to consider

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As soon as they heard the news that one of their fellow workers had been given the sack, they all downed tools.

Idiom definition
As soon as they heard the news that one of their fellow workers had been given the sack, they all stopped working.

Correct answer: (b) stopped working

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English idiom
She always talks down to me as if I'm not worth consideration.

Idiom definition
She always speaks condescendingly to me as if I'm not worth consideration.

Correct answer: (c) speaks condescendingly

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In contrast to her husband she's a very down-to-earth sort of person who manages to control his wild ideas.

Idiom definition
In contrast to her husband she's a very practical sort of person who manages to control his wild ideas.

Correct answer: (d) practical

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English idiom
He's certainly picked himself up since we last saw him when he was clearly down-at-heel.

Idiom definition
He's certainly picked himself up since we last saw him when he was clearly shabbily dressed.

Correct answer: (b) shabbily dressed

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I invested all my money in that failed company and now I find my whole investment has gone down the drain.

Idiom definition
I invested all my money in that failed company and now I find my whole investment has been wasted.

Correct answer: (c) has been wasted

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English idiom
You can use special symbols in your emails if you want to show you're down in the mouth.

Idiom definition
You can use special symbols in your emails if you want to show you're depressed.

Correct answer: (d) depressed

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English idiom
Let's put it like this — you made the decision and so it's down to you as to what happens next.

Idiom definition
Let's put it like this — you made the decision and so it's your responsibility as to what happens next.

Correct answer: (a) your responsibility

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They've had enough of the bad climate and high taxes here and have gone to live down under.

Idiom definition
They've had enough of the bad climate and high taxes here and have gone to live in Australia.

Correct answer: (c) in Australia

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