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English idiom
I had quite a shock last night. I ran into an old flame of mine.

Idiom definition
I had quite a shock last night. I ran into a former girlfriend of mine.

Correct answer: (c) a former girlfriend

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I suppose she was the apple of your eye at the time.

Idiom definition
I suppose she was your favourite person at the time.

Correct answer: (c) your favourite person

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English idiom
Yes, I suppose she was but she'd changed so. She was all skin and bone.

Idiom definition
Yes, I suppose she was but she'd changed so. She was very thin.

Correct answer: (a) very thin

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And I suppose you didn't panic and were as cool as a cucumber?

Idiom definition
And I suppose you didn't panic and were very calm?

Correct answer: (b) very calm

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Well I didn't have an axe to grind as far as she's concerned.

Idiom definition
Well I didn't have a personal reason for getting involved as far as she's concerned.

Correct answer: (c) a personal reason for getting involved

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English idiom
You mean there was no bad blood between the two of you?

Idiom definition
You mean there was no hostile feelings between the two of you?

Correct answer: (a) no hostile feelings

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No, not really except she did get angry sometimes but her bark was worse than her bite.

Idiom definition
No, not really except she did get angry sometimes but not as dangerous as she seemed.

Correct answer: (b) not as dangerous as she seemed

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Was she going anywhere or was she at a loose end?

Idiom definition
Was she going anywhere or was she doing nothing particular?

Correct answer: (a) doing nothing particular

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English idiom
Not really. Funny thing is I asked her out and she didn't bat an eyelid. What I want to know is whether I did the right thing.

Idiom definition
Not really. Funny thing is I asked her out and she didn't show any reaction. What I want to know is whether I did the right thing.

Correct answer: (d) didn't show any reaction

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I can't help you there my friend. The ball is in your court.

Idiom definition
I can't help you there my friend. You must decide.

Correct answer: (b) You must decide

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