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Exercise 1: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

  1. I just took it that he’d always be available.

    1. into consideration B. easy

C. into account D. for granted

  1. I accidentally Mike when I was crossing a street downtown yesterday.

    1. kept an eye on B. lost touch with

C. paid attention to D. caught sight of

  1. I was glad when he said that his car was .

    1. for my use B. for me use

C. at my use D. at my disposal

  1. I really must go and lie down for a while; I’ve got a


    1. cutting B. splitting C. ringing D. cracking

  1. Stop about the bush. John! Just tell me exactly what the problem is.

    1. rushing B. hiding C. beating D. moving

  2. I usually buy my clothes . It’s cheaper than going to a dress-maker.

    1. off the peg B. on the house

C. in public D. on the shelf

  1. My father when he found out that I’d damaged the car.

    1. hit the roof B. saw pink elephants

C. made my blood boil D. brought the house down

  1. If you want a flat in the centre of the city you have to pay through the for it.

    1. teeth B. back of your head

C. nose D. arm

  1. I caught the last bus by the skin of my .

    1. mouth B. leg C. neck D. teeth

  2. It was a joke! I was pulling your .

    1. thumb B. hair C. toe D. leg
Exercise 2: Mark the letter A, B,C, or D to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

  1. I always get in my stomach before visiting the dentist.

    1. worms B. butterflies C. crabs D. hedgehogs

  2. Those smart phones are selling like . If you want one, you’d better buy one now before they’re all gone.

    1. shooting stars B. fresh bread

C. hot cakes D. wild oats

  1. I haven’t had an accident yet but I’ve had a number of shaves.

    1. narrow B. near C. close D. tiny

  2. My father refused to eat meat that had been fried. He had in his bonnet about it causing cancer.

    1. a bug B. a bee C. a bull D. an ant

  3. I can’t stand Mr. Brian. He’s always blowing his own telling everyone how good he is at everything.

    1. balloon B. breath C. mind D. trumpet

  4. The escaped prisoner fought before he was finally overpowered.

    1. head over heels B. tooth and nail

C. heart and soul D. foot and mouth

  1. I didn’t suspect anything at first, but when I noticed her going through the office drawers I began to smell .

    1. a rat B. a pig C. a thief D. a culprit

  2. Peter was born and brought up in Hastings and knows it like the .

    1. nose on his face B. tip of his tongue

C. back of his hand D. hair on his head

  1. I was already fed up with the job, but when the bosswalked into my office and told me he expected me to work overtime that was the . I quit.

    1. final curtain B. last straw

C. end of the line D. last waltz

  1. He has a quick temper and easily off the handle.

    1. leaps B. goes C. runs D. flies
Exercise 3: Mark the letter A, B, C, orD to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

  1. Before she left for Australia she promised her parents that she would drop them

at least once a month.

    1. a note B. a word C. the news D. a line

  1. I was all set to take the job in Tokyo, but at the last minute I and decided to stay in Britain.

    1. pulled my finger out B. got cold feet

C. held my horses D. called it a day

  1. “What I’ve got to say to you now is strictly publication,” said the government official to the reporter.

and most certainly not for

    1. beside the point B. for the time being

C. by the way D. off the record

  1. I’ve never enjoyed going to the ballet or the opera; they’re not really my .

    1. piece of cake B. chip off the old block

C. biscuit D. cup of tea

  1. “What’s wrong with Tom today? He’s unusually quiet.” “He’s got something on his . I expect.”

    1. brain B. mind C. thoughts D. brow

  2. He was wearing very shabby, dirty clothes and looked very .

    1. easy-going B. down to earth

C. out of shape D. down at heel

  1. Since he started his own business he has been making money hand over .

    1. fist B. heel C. head D. palm

  2. I can’t see us beating them at tennis this year - we’re so out of .

    1. step B. practice C. fitness D. breath

  1. I’m not surprised that Tom is ill. He’s been to affect his health sooner or later.

for a long time. It was bound

    1. having his cake and eating it B. burning the candle at both ends

C. playing with fire D. going to town

  1. I just couldn’t remember her name even though it was on the

of my tongue.

    1. edge B. tip C. top D. front
Exercise 4: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

  1. That’s exactly what I mean, Tom. You've !

    1. put your foot in it B. killed two birds with one stone

C. put two and two together D. hit the nail on the head

  1. “I’m going for an interview for a job this afternoon.” “Good luck! I’ll keep my crossed for you.”

    1. legs B. fingers C. arms D. hands

  2. “If only I hadn’t lent him all that money!” '‘Well, you did, so it’s no good crying over milk.”

    1. spilt B. wasted C. sour D. goat’s

  3. The car swerved to avoid a cyclist and just missed hitting a passer-by.by .

    1. a slight edge B. a narrow escape

C. a close thing D. a hair’s breath

  1. Well, well, if it isn’t Kathy Lewis! You’re a sight for


    1. old B. blue C. sore D. crocodile

  1. I know times have been bad lately, Peter, but keep your up; things are bound to get better soon.

    1. chin B. head C. socks D. mind

  1. He may be shy now, but he’ll soon come out of his

when he meets the right girl.

    1. shoe B. shell C. shed D. hole

  1. I’m afraid you’ve caught me on the afternoon.

. I wasn’t expecting you until this

    1. stove B. grapevine C. spot D. hop

  1. Nagging Susan to stop smoking has no effect on her. It’s like water off

    1. a windmill B. a duck’s back

C. a dripping tap D. an umbrella

  1. Have you seen the new boss? She’s the

image of Marilyn Monroe.

    1. live B. true C. spitting D. same
Exercise 5: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

  1. Writing rhymes for birthday cards is really easy. It’s money for old .

    1. rags B. bread C. rope D. rubbish

  2. Of course you won’t become more intelligent if you eat a lot of fish that’s just an old tale.

    1. maids’ B. ladies’ C. mothers’ D. wives’

  3. I agree that this is a bit of a shot, but we’re desperate - we have to do something to try to save the company.

    1. hot B. long C. wild D. high

  4. I like my new job; the only fly in the is the fact that I have to work every other weekend.

    1. fat B. porridge C. soup D. ointment

  1. It’s a large cities.

shame that so little is done nowadays to help the homeless in our

    1. sweeping B. crying C. dying D. pitying

  1. My aunt is a bit of a wet

. She’s always spoiling everyone’s fun.

    1. rag B. sheep C. rat D. blanket

  1. We looked in every and cranny for the missing ring, but we couldn’t find it anywhere.

    1. nook B. gap C. hole D. niche

  2. Everyone bosses me about at work. I’m nothing but a .

A. lame duck


B. general dogsbody

C. blue-eye boy

D. marked man

  1. He had a soft for his granddaughter and thoroughly spoilt her.

    1. heart B. way C. smile D. spot

  2. He just wanted one before setting down and getting married.

    1. final fling B. last leap

C. happy hop D. joyful jump
Exercise 6: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.






      1. WIRE



      1. STALE BREAD


A. a sheet B. snow C. milk D. whitewash

  1. Nothing ever seems to bother Colin. No matter what happens, he always seems to remain as cool as .

    1. cool feet B. ice-cream C. a cucumber D. Eskimo

  2. You’ll have to shout, I’m afraid.My father’s as deaf as .

    1. a leaf B. a post C. a politician D. a stone

  3. It’s hard to believe Brian and Stephen are brothers, isn’t it? They’re as different as .

    1. Mars from Jupiter B. milk from honey

C. chalk from cheese D. margarine from butter

  1. Ever since I’ve given up smoking I feel as fit as !

    1. a fighter B. a fiddle C. a frog D. an athlete

  2. Our dog looks very ferocious, but don’t worry, Liz. It’s gentle like .

    1. a pony B. snowflakes

C. a lamb D. washing-up liquid

  1. “I hope the children didn’t play you up, Doris?” “No, not at all, Mrs. Garderner. They’ve been as good as

    1. religion B. gold C. God D. brass
Exercise 7: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

  1. “The suitcase isn’t too heavy, is it?” “No, it’s as light as

    1. dust B. lightning C. a feather D. a fish

  2. “By the way, have you heard the one about the Welshman, the Irishman and the pig?” “Yes, we have. That joke’s as old as

    1. Solomon B. the hills C. a dinosaur D. Jupiter

  3. Of course he loves you! It’s as plain as .

    1. a pancake B. the knob on your door

C. the nose on your face D. a bell

  1. Kate was as pleased as when she heard she had passed the exam.

    1. Punch B. a poppy C. a sunflower D. pound notes

  2. I hope the computer course starts this term. We're all as keen as to get going.

    1. coffee B. mustard C. a gigolo D. cornflakes

  3. He was a natural singer with a voice that was as clear as .

    1. a waterfall B. a lake C. a bell D. a mirror

  4. After a good night’s sleep he woke up feeling as fresh as and eager to start work again.

    1. fruit B. a daisy C. a kitten D. a maiden

  5. He might look kind and sympathetic, but deep down he’s as hard as .

    1. nails B. a mountain C. a gangster D. an iceberg

  6. Pauline can’t have emigrated to New Zealand because I saw her last night at Peter’s party, as as life.

    1. true B. real C. good D. large

  7. It’s no use arguing with him, he won’t listen. He’s as stubborn as .

    1. a mule B. a spoilt child C. a strawberry D. a trade union
Exercise 8: Mark the letter A, B, C, or D to indicate the correct answer to each of the following questions.

  1. “You’re drunk!” “No, I’m not. I’m as sober as

    1. a priest B. Sunday C. a judge D. a Muslim

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