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English idiom
Charlie's having a lot of problems with his business but at least he's keeping his head above water.

Idiom definition
Charlie's having a lot of problems with his business but at least he's managing to survive.

Correct answer: (c) managing to survive

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English idiom
That's the thing about Charlie even when things are really bad he doesn't panic and keeps his cool.

Idiom definition
That's the thing about Charlie even when things are really bad he doesn't panic and stays calm.

Correct answer: (a) stays calm

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English idiom
In a situation like his of course the one thing you must do is keep the wolf from the door and try to find money to pay all the bills.

Idiom definition
In a situation like his of course the one thing you must do is get enough money to live on and try to find money to pay all the bills.

Correct answer: (b) get enough money to live on

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English idiom
At least Charlie can manage that but he doesn't go telling everyone about his problem and keeps himself to himself.

Idiom definition
At least Charlie can manage that but he doesn't go telling everyone about his problem and doesn't talk about himself to others.

Correct answer: (d) doesn't talk about himself to others

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Some of his friends are a bit worried about him because he doesn't seem so friendly to them as he used to be and keeps his distance.

Idiom definition
Some of his friends are a bit worried about him because he doesn't seem so friendly to them as he used to be and doesn't let people get too close.

Correct answer: (a) doesn't let people get too close

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English idiom
The main thing that you have to admire him for is that he doesn't get into trouble and keeps his nose clean.

Idiom definition
The main thing that you have to admire him for is that he doesn't get into trouble and behaves legally.

Correct answer: (b) behaves legally

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It's surprising how few people knew that Charlie was having money problems but I suppose it was because he had kept it to himself.

Idiom definition
It's surprising how few people knew that Charlie was having money problems but I suppose it was because he had kept it secret.

Correct answer: (d) kept it secret

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His problem really was that he had tried very hard to be as successful as the rest of the people in his street by trying to keep up with the Joneses.

Idiom definition
His problem really was that he had tried very hard to be as successful as the rest of the people in his street by trying to remain on the same social level as his neighbours.

Correct answer: (a) to remain on the same social level as his neighbours

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When he confided in me, I promised Charlie that I wouldn't tell anybody about it and until now I have kept my word.

Idiom definition
When he confided in me, I promised Charlie that I wouldn't tell anybody about it and until now I did what I said.

Correct answer: (c) did what I said

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My only advice to Charlie was to keep his chin up and stop worrying.

Idiom definition
My only advice to Charlie was to try to be optimistic and stop worrying.

Correct answer: (b) try to be optimistic

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