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English idiom
He's not really doing anything serious at the moment because he's just marking time until he finds a proper job.

Idiom definition
He's not really doing anything serious at the moment because he's just waiting for the right opportunity until he finds a proper job.

Correct answer: (c) waiting for the right opportunity

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English idiom
You mark my words you do as I say and you'll be all right.

Idiom definition
You listen to me carefully you do as I say and you'll be all right.

Correct answer: (b) listen to me carefully

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English idiom
The dancers were marked down in the competition because the man fell over half way through.

Idiom definition
The dancers were lost marks in the competition because the man fell over half way through.

Correct answer: (a) lost marks

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English idiom
There wasn't much time to waste and in order to secure a place, you had to be quick off the mark.

Idiom definition
There wasn't much time to waste and in order to secure a place, you had to be be first in the queue.

Correct answer: (c) be first in the queue

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English idiom
When you look back over her lifetime you can see that she will have made her mark.

Idiom definition
When you look back over her lifetime you can see that she will be remembered.

Correct answer: (b) be remembered

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English idiom
From an early age he was marked out to become leader of his party.

Idiom definition
From an early age he was destined to become leader of his party.

Correct answer: (d) destined

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English idiom
They were very fussy about their products and any item not up to the mark was discarded.

Idiom definition
They were very fussy about their products and any item not of a high standard was discarded.

Correct answer: (c) of a high standard

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English idiom
Take no notice of what he said because his comments are beside the mark.

Idiom definition
Take no notice of what he said because his comments are irrelevant.

Correct answer: (a) irrelevant

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English idiom
As they were very slow off the mark, they missed some of the good bargains.

Idiom definition
As they were not ready on time, they missed some of the good bargains.

Correct answer: (d) not ready on time

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English idiom
Pay attention. The race is about to begin. On your marks, get ready, start.

Idiom definition
Pay attention. The race is about to begin. Be prepared, get ready, start.

Correct answer: (c) Be prepared

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