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the clumsiest kid #1 (permalink) Thu Nov 11, 2010 16:15 pm   the clumsiest kid
 

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ESL/EFL Test #299 "English Slang Idioms (21)", question 3

He was the clumsiest kid she had ever seen -- a definite ......... just waiting to happen.

(a) fall
(b) idiot
(c) accident
(d) bump

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #299 "English Slang Idioms (21)", answer 3

He was the clumsiest kid she had ever seen -- a definite accident just waiting to happen.

Correct answer: (c) accident
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What does accident mean here? What are their synonyms in this sentence?
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the clumsiest kid #2 (permalink) Fri Nov 12, 2010 0:02 am   the clumsiest kid
 

'An accident waiting to happen' is an idiom. The individual words have no literal translation.

He is so clumsy that he is bound to have an accident sooner or later -- the accident will happen - at the moment we're waiting for it.
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clumsy kid and expected accident #3 (permalink) Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:45 am   clumsy kid and expected accident
 

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Hello BZ,

You are right. Thanks. I have to see the whole sentence. In other words:
"As the kid is one is the clumsiest kids, we have to prepare for an accident." etc.
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