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English idiom
The school custodian was the main suspect of the girl's disappearance.

Idiom definition
The school janitor was the main suspect of the girl's disappearance.

Correct answer: (c) janitor

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English idiom
Linda got a job as an executive assistant in a Law Firm.

Idiom definition
Linda got a job as secretary in a Law Firm.

Correct answer: (d) secretary

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Celebrities are usually surrounded by their personal protection specialists.

Idiom definition
Celebrities are usually surrounded by their bodyguards.

Correct answer: (b) bodyguards

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George is in the food business now. He is an Executive Snack Route Consultant.

Idiom definition
George is in the food business now. He is a potato chip delivery truck driver.

Correct answer: (b) a potato chip delivery truck driver

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English idiom
I have always wanted to be an esthetician.

Idiom definition
I have always wanted to be a hairdresser.

Correct answer: (a) a hairdresser

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My mom used to work at a hospital as a patient care assistant.

Idiom definition
My mom used to work at a hospital as a nurse.

Correct answer: (c) a nurse

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Bob used to work as a media courier during school summer breaks when he was a kid, now he has his own newspaper.

Idiom definition
Bob used to work as a newspaper delivery boy during school summer breaks when he was a kid, now he has his own newspaper.

Correct answer: (c) a newspaper delivery boy

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Some places in New York have advertised on the newspaper they needed part-time career associate scanning professionals.

Idiom definition
Some places in New York have advertised on the newspaper they needed part-time check-out clerks.

Correct answer: (a) check-out clerks

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The day before Carol's wedding, her bridesmaids went to see a nail technician.

Idiom definition
The day before Carol's wedding, her bridesmaids went to see a a manicurist.

Correct answer: (d) a manicurist

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The meteorologist said on TV that it is supposed to rain all day tomorrow.

Idiom definition
The television weatherman said on TV that it is supposed to rain all day tomorrow.

Correct answer: (b) television weatherman

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