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English idiom
His wife never lets him do what he wants and as a result he leads a dog's life.

Idiom definition
His wife never lets him do what he wants and as a result he has an unhappy time.

Correct answer: (c) has an unhappy time

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English idiom
A word of warning: don't let him make a monkey of you.

Idiom definition
A word of warning: don't let him make a fool of you.

Correct answer: (d) make a fool of you

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I would advise you to wait and see which way the cat jumps.

Idiom definition
I would advise you to wait and see what develops.

Correct answer: (a) what develops

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I don't honestly think he is capable of being polite as the leopard never changes his spots.

Idiom definition
I don't honestly think he is capable of being polite as people never change.

Correct answer: (c) people never change

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English idiom
He's very greedy when it comes to eating and always takes the lion's share of the food.

Idiom definition
He's very greedy when it comes to eating and always takes the largest portion.

Correct answer: (d) largest portion

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English idiom
I really don't know how to explain it as I am completely foxed.

Idiom definition
I really don't know how to explain it as I am absolutely confused.

Correct answer: (c) absolutely confused

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Until he is more serious in his job and stops playing the goat, he won't get any more money.

Idiom definition
Until he is more serious in his job and stops making jokes all the time, he won't get any more money.

Correct answer: (d) making jokes all the time

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He never makes any silly mistakes because he's got too much horse sense.

Idiom definition
He never makes any silly mistakes because he's got too much common sense.

Correct answer: (a) common sense

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Charlie doesn't like getting too tired so he gets his assistant to do all the donkey work.

Idiom definition
Charlie doesn't like getting too tired so he gets his assistant to do all the hard work.

Correct answer: (d) hard work

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He doesn't really go around with many people because he's a bit of a lone wolf.

Idiom definition
He doesn't really go around with many people because he's a bit of a lonely person.

Correct answer: (b) lonely person

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