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House/Building Idioms (1)

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English idiom
The news about the tragic terrorist acts hit us like a ton of bricks.

Idiom definition
The news about the tragic terrorist acts strongly affected us.

Correct answer: (b) strongly affected us

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My wife got really mad at me on the weekend and now I'm in the doghouse.

Idiom definition
My wife got really mad at me on the weekend and now I'm in trouble.

Correct answer: (c) in trouble

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My mother left for Europe on Friday. She asked me to hold the fort while she's away.

Idiom definition
My mother left for Europe on Friday. She asked me to be the temporary manager while she's away.

Correct answer: (a) be the temporary manager

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English idiom
I don't like that joke. It hit a little too close to home.

Idiom definition
I don't like that joke. It was closely related to my inner feelings.

Correct answer: (a) was closely related to my inner feelings

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I always tell my friend to make herself at home when she comes over.

Idiom definition
I always tell my friend to act like my home is her home when she comes over.

Correct answer: (a) act like my home is her home

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The restaurant owner was so happy and he announced that all drinks were on the house.

Idiom definition
The restaurant owner was so happy and he announced that all drinks were free and paid for by the owner/restaurant.

Correct answer: (c) were free and paid for by the owner/restaurant

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The comedian was really funny. He brought the house down on the weekend.

Idiom definition
The comedian was really funny. He received a lot of applause and praise on the weekend.

Correct answer: (a) received a lot of applause and praise

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Our neighbors talk about everyone but they don't realize that if you live in a glass house, you shouldn't throw stones.

Idiom definition
Our neighbors talk about everyone but they don't realize that you shouldn't judge others when you do the same things they do.

Correct answer: (a) you shouldn't judge others when you do the same things they do

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When his father came home and saw the mess, he hit the roof and grounded his son for one month.

Idiom definition
When his father came home and saw the mess, he was enraged and grounded his son for one month.

Correct answer: (b) was enraged

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Megan doesn't like her run-of-the-mill job.

Idiom definition
Megan doesn't like her regular or ordinary job.

Correct answer: (a) regular or ordinary

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