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"This neighborhood is going to hell in a handcart. When I moved in here, it was nice. Now, there is graffiti, broken glass everywhere and thugs standing around on the streets," Gladice told Emma.

Correct answer: (d) hell

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"Getting a whole class of junior-high school students into and out of a gymnasium in an orderly manner is about as easy as herding cats," Melissa told David.

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"I can't go to the movies with you. I already spent the majority of my paycheck," Jay said. Tommy replied, " Isn't that the way of it? Paychecks are here today, gone tomorrow. I can never seem to save any money."

Correct answer: (a) gone

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"Why didn't you show up to help me move like you said you would do? You left me high and dry. I had to hire the next-door neighbor to help," Randy said to Bert.

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He hated his boss. Anytime he asked her for help, she would get all high and mighty and either treat him like a little kid or an idiot.

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"I am sorry if I acted like an idiot at the bar the other night. I don't usually drink and I was as high as a kite," Ronald said to Nancy

Correct answer: (a) kite

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He felt bad about how he treated Maureen at work. He acted all high-handed with her when she voiced her concern about who would pay for her gas on the company trip. He implied that it was her fault she couldn't afford it.

Correct answer: (b) handed

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"Let's find a plan that has a good chance of working. Tim's idea requires too much of a high-wire act. The costs of failing are too high," Rick said to the team.

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"Our main competitor committed the worst Himalayan blunders that I have ever seen. They committed all their resources to producing kitchen tables with television sets built into the tops. No one wants them and our competitors may go out of business," Tim told his coworker.

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"Don't worry about it, Tina. It was hard to see what the right answer was at the time. It is easy to see what someone else should have done after the fact. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty," Jay said.

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