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English idiom
Unfortunately the cooker overheated and then exploded and so it really wasn't long before the whole house was alight.

Idiom definition
Unfortunately the cooker overheated and then exploded and so it really wasn't long before the whole house was on fire.

Correct answer: (b) on fire

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English idiom
After several days underground after the earthquake one child was pulled out alive.

Idiom definition
After several days underground after the earthquake one child was pulled out still living.

Correct answer: (d) still living

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English idiom
They found that there was no possibility of work in their own country so they decided to try their luck abroad.

Idiom definition
They found that there was no possibility of work in their own country so they decided to try their luck in another country.

Correct answer: (c) in another country

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English idiom
I must congratulate her on the way she has overcome all her problems and gone back to her old job to start anew.

Idiom definition
I must congratulate her on the way she has overcome all her problems and gone back to her old job to start once more.

Correct answer: (b) once more

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English idiom
I've looked everywhere for my passport and can only assume it has gone astray.

Idiom definition
I've looked everywhere for my passport and can only assume it has gone got lost.

Correct answer: (d) got lost

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When she told her parents that she had decided to get married, they were utterly taken aback.

Idiom definition
When she told her parents that she had decided to get married, they were utterly surprised.

Correct answer: (a) surprised

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There are no two ways about it because the crime that has been committed is really akin to murder.

Idiom definition
There are no two ways about it because the crime that has been committed is really similar to murder.

Correct answer: (c) similar to

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English idiom
So many good ideas abound in his mind, he finds it difficult to know where to start.

Idiom definition
So many good ideas exist in large numbers in his mind, he finds it difficult to know where to start.

Correct answer: (b) exist in large numbers

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English idiom
I spent ages fixing the nail in the wall to put the picture up and then I stood back and found it was askew.

Idiom definition
I spent ages fixing the nail in the wall to put the picture up and then I stood back and found it was not straight.

Correct answer: (a) not straight

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We couldn't wait for them to come home after their holidays as we were all agog to hear what had happened.

Idiom definition
We couldn't wait for them to come home after their holidays as we were very interested to hear what had happened.

Correct answer: (c) very interested

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