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"I need someone to look at my computer today. Whenever I bring up a customer's file, this other program pops up asking me questions about my anti-virus protection. I don't know what it means or what I am supposed to do," Ellie told the boss.

Correct answer: (b) pops

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"We are having a pot luck on Friday and we'd like you to come. We still need someone to bring a salad, drinks, or a dessert. If you want to come, please let me know which you are going to bring. We already have enough people bringing main courses," Gina said to Alice and Jack.

Correct answer: (d) pot luck

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Many journalists have taken potshots at Presidential Candidate Barrack Obama for his association with his outspoken pastor.

Correct answer: (b) potshots

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"Jean did a great job at pounding away at the competition in the debate semi finals. I think we have a great chance at winning this round because she argued well," Mr. Wilson said to Blake.

Correct answer: (c) pounding

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He left his essay until the night before it was due again. After his last essay, he vowed to never do that again. He really didn't have good study habits so, now, he had to pound out ten pages in the next nine hours or he would fail.

Correct answer: (c) out

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The town recently opened a computer center for people to use who were looking for jobs. They offered access to different databases that had information on current openings in town and the qualifications one should have to apply for those jobs. He didn't think that applying for jobs over the Internet was half as effective as getting out there and pounding some pavement. It was better to go in and be seen rather than be a faceless resume in an e mail attachment.

Correct answer: (b) pavement

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Justin knew he was one step away from being fired so he decided to pour the compliments on pretty thick in a last-ditch attempt to save his job.

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"We are going to have to buy a new dishwasher. We keep paying to get this one fixed but we are pouring money down the drain. It is obviously going to break every month or two like it has been doing. We will actually save money by buying a new one," Steve said to Alma.

Correct answer: (d) money

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"Thank you for listening. I wasn't planning on pouring out all of my sorrows on you. I don't know why all that came to mind. Thanks for putting up with me," Julie said to her best friend.

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The principal of my high school used to walk around with his chest puffed out and his shoulders squared, looking every bit the authoritarian. Unfortunately for him, we knew it was all posturing. The real power behind the throne was the vice-principal. If one got in trouble, one was not worried about what the principal would think but terrified as to what the vice-principal might do.

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