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Flashcards in Gd14 Deck (264):
1

Peanut brittle

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2

It is traditional that you haggle over/ about the price of things in the market

A

3

Punch the light out of me = punch sb's lights out

A

4

I will take lessons from you

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5

You are pulling a prank on me

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6

Act cool and all

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7

He dotes on the new baby

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8

Ride on sb's coat-tail

托... 之福

9

The newspapers milked the story dry

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10

The directors milked the company of several million pounds

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11

The children watch with rapt attention

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12

Cut in in front of us in line

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13

Stand with our legs apart, arms thrust out, taking up space

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14

He ironed the a crease down the front of each trouser leg

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15

A creased blouse

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16

Pirouette

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17

To wake up natural

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18

The examiner will try to catch you out, so stay calm and think carefully before you speak (=try to trick sb into making mistake)

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19

Leave without a stain on his character

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20

He slipped the hook

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21

He cocked his rifle and took aim

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22

Britain has suffered a huge brain drain in recent years

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23

Be a slam dunk = be a certain winner

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24

The disaster is indelibly seared into the villagers' memory

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25

Fast rope

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26

It took casualties at close quarters/range

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27

His remarks stirred up a (real) hornet's net

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28

I've got to change jobs - after 15 years here I feel I'm (stuck) in a rut. (I'm bored)

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29

We were moved to tears

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30

Its all-too-brief life

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31

A moot point/question

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32

Door knob

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33

They come in waves

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34

A love/magic potion

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35

I hold you in high regard

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36

Corny jokes

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37

For six years his championship record was unblemished

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38

Drum up business

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39

Don't playing dumb

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40

Turn me down flat

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41

Don't read too much into her leaving so suddenly - she probably just had a train to catch

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42

Protruding tummy

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43

My learned friend/ brother

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44

Lean barbecued pork

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45

The article portrayed her as domineering by dropping quotes from her context

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46

Get my hair permed

燙頭髮

47

Phone+Snubbing = Phubbing

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48

We only received the signature at the eleventh hour

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49

A bungled robbery

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50

Charm offensive

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51

Cloth wedged in the cracks failed to block out the drafts

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52

I was wedged in between Tim and Amy on the back seat

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53

"This tastes horrible," said Tom, pulling a face at his glass

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54

I was pulling silly faces to make the baby laugh

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55

This is an argument that seems to fly in the face of common sense

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56

Mr Smith came striding towards us with a face like thunder

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57

Sb's face falls

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58

Judging from her blank face, I'd say she didn't know what we are talking about

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59

What's the long face for

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60

His face lit up when I mentioned her name

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61

The disappointment was written all over his face

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62

Tony stared at me in stony-faced silence

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63

It looks, on the face of it, like a minor change in the regulations

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64

He seems to have vanished off the face of the earth

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65

She was scarlet in the face and perspiring profusely

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66

She scattered a deck of cards face down

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67

The house faces due east

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68

He climbed atop a tank to face down a coup

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69

The external basement walls were faced with granite slabs

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70

If your face didn't fit they could get rid of you within twelve months

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71

He was putting a brave face on it but she knew he was shattered

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72

He had set his face against the idea = resist with determination

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73

Local newspapers tend to be very parochial

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74

The Air Force conducted a surgical strike on the enemies by bombing their hideouts in the forest

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75

First past the post = winning a race by being the first to reach the finishing line

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76

Obama poked fun at himself

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77

Entrepreneurs of all stripes are joining in the offensive

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78

Even when the days seem darkest, we have seen humanity shine at its brightest

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79

Law enforcement officers lived their oath to serve and to protect

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80

Journalists take the time to wade upstream through the torrent of digital rumours to chase down leads and verify facts and painstakingly put the pieces together

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81

He was vilified by the press as a monster of perversity

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82

Beijing is a huge ship. It takes time to turn

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83

Reputable charities spend a lion's share of donation on aid and a tiny fraction on administration

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84

We must find ways of keeping our expenditure in check

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85

A wild boar/ hog

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86

Anything but that

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87

Something beyond comprehension happened

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88

You don't believe in horoscopes and all that mumbo jumbo, do you?

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89

When it comes to parenting, it is all about being fair but firm

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90

It's easy to be flippant, but we have a serious problem to deal with here

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91

His poetry is imbued with deep, religious meaning

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92

Empathy is the natural enemy of egocentricity, a disease that eats away at our society

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93

Cheap fast food in no-frills surroundings

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94

Skewered meat and fish

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95

Shoddy experiments

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96

Success can breed complacency

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97

The obligation to "publish or perish" has come to rule over academic life

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98

The most enlightened journals are already becoming less averse to humdrum papers

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99

Forget dated ideas about left and right hemispheres

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100

The left brain/right brain story may be the mother of all urban legends: It sounds good and seems to make sense - but just isn't true

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101

East or west, home is best

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102

The master bedroom commands a view of rolling green hills

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103

It is whether Hong Kong has a level playing field

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104

It takes eyeballs away from other TV channels

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105

He made use of the knowledge gleaned from economics class he audited (=attend informally, without working for credit)

A

106

It's a long shot, but you could try phoning him at home

A

107

They are traveling back to Star City, where they plan to touch base with relatives (=briefly make or renew contact with someone)

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108

He will be all well in no time

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109

There is a long, winding path, leading up to the house

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110

A miss is as good as a mile

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111

I'm just going to zip along to the shop - I won't be long

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112

A police precinct

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113

Stop dawdling! You'll be late for school

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114

The cheap movie house only shows skin flicks

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115

Chick flick

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116

A good omen for the match

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117

A bad omen

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118

An omen for bad luck

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119

Most men go out at night with one objective: meet women and get laid

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120

Readers vicariously experience events in a story from the point of view of the protagonist

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121

This is just the little touches after the average man would quit that make the master's fame

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122

A premeditated crime

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123

Flipping flats is risky

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124

Rancid lard

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125

Thanks for pulling the strings

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126

A slipshod guide

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127

We are inviting trouble here

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128

I toiled and sweat to make it happen

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129

What is the best way to make a fast buck

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130

Knead the dough

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131

To draw the line with them

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132

I don't want you to feel torn

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133

Play second fiddle to

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134

During the dispute, many police officers were seconded from traffic duty to prison service

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135

An annual stipend

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136

To tie up loose ends

跟手尾

137

Due process

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138

Time and again

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139

As a small new company they did well to weather the recession

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140

Playing nice, huh?

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141

To play dead/ dumb

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142

Would you mind playing host (=entertaining the guests)?

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143

You scared the hell out of me

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144

She's a smart/ tough cookie

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145

Their relationship is in enigma

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146

Every time takes its course

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147

Your number is up = you are going to die

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148

Everyone's path is fraught with difficulties

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149

Filled with twists and turns

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150

The speaker sidestepped the question by saying that it would take him too long to answer

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151

A grand opening is sometimes - but not always - preceded by a soft opening or soft launch

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152

Nothing leads to complacency faster than success

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153

There is no rest for the wicked

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154

That night she finally lost her inhibitions and told him how she felt

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155

He summed up his achievement in one or two felicitous phrases

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156

Hong Kong is a case in point

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157

A man rushed past and jogged her elbow, making her drop the bag

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158

The police showed him a photo to try to jog his memory about what had happened on the night of the robbery

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159

"How's your research going?" "Oh, It's jogging along."

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160

Digging the garden is a backbreaking job

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161

The terrorists were holding several British diplomats captive

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162

We are going to visit your aunt tomorrow and there will be no buts about it

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163

Case dough

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164

To chase down leads

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165

I've taken most of the big things to the new house, but there are a few odds and ends left to collect

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166

In the open sea

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167

Male/female chauvinism

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168

Taking a 20-minute power nap can boost your energy levels

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169

Those are water over the dam/ under the bridge

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170

Could you lift that desk for me? But don't strain yourself

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171

My tongue tied

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172

No pleasure cruise / No bed of roses

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173

Knee-bending

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174

Chime in

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175

I rolled my eyes

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176

Fetch and carry for sb

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177

The response has been great - we've been deluged with new orders

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178

Don't drag your feet

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179

You can't pin the blame on her - she wasn't even there when the accident happened

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180

He is a henpecked man

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181

Your eyelids started to droop

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182

Put her on

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183

The phone was off-hook

無收線

184

Don't be a pain

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185

Spare me with the sweet talks

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186

He is mentally drained

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187

You need nourishment

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188

Don't over-strain yourself

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189

She left the Church because of its misogynist teachings on women and their position in society

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190

He stamped out a burning stick

A

191

The two giants in the fast-food industry are squaring off this week with the most aggressive advertising campaigns yet

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192

While the children were young, we managed to muddle through

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193

Plump for = decide definitely in favour of

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194

Offered a choice of drinks, he plumped for brandy

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195

At a stroke, the kingdom would become one-third smaller

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196

In a vain attempt to ward off

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197

Britain could also become more isolated and insular simply by persisting with some unwise policies

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198

An attempt to bear down on immigrants and visitors harm the economy

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199

British pressure gradually cracks open services markets

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200

Help balance the nation's book

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201

British once ran the world

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202

Since the collapse of its empire, it has occasionally wanted to curl up and hide

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203

It is advisable to book seats at least a week in advance

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204

Be subject to fines, disciplinary proceedings and adverse publicity

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205

The conglomerate has emerged as the frontrunner to ...

A

206

People close to the deal said ...

A

207

It has pulled ahead of six domestic and international bidders

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208

It is part of efforts to recoup public funds used to keep the company afloat

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209

Never judge a book by its cover

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210

Only when they have stammered out an introduction do they venture to strike up a conversation

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211

Talk incessantly

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212

Sell vegetables in outlets at a flat rate of US$1 each

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213

The team was basking in the afterglow of winning the cup

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214

Such arguments would not hold sway in a university

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215

The poets should be held in due respect

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216

Advocate the resurgence of the freer writing style

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217

The languid and florid writing style

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218

Poems offer an apt illustration of phenomenal talent

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219

Tide-turning

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220

Offhand = ungraciously or offensively nonchalant or cool in manner

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221

No strings attached

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222

To bum free room

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223

Hold a torch for sb

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224

I am not on a blind date

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225

We are actually poles apart

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226

The attending doctor

主診醫生

227

She was being groomed for leadership

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228

Prosecutor on fiat

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229

I will be upfront

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230

It was his personal conjecture that she was a willing party in the sexual intercourse

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231

Have a fling with

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232

Consensual sex

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233

He readily agreed to help

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234

She craves for vanity

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235

Does she still harbour any fancy for him

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236

Take the matters into your own hands

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237

Profuse bleeding

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238

He offered me the job on the spot (without any delay; immediately)

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239

Journalists on the spot reported no progress (at the scene of an event)

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240

Running on the spot

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241

Every request not immediately understood and satisfied may quickly turn into a piercing shriek

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242

Park on a driveway and drive on a parkway

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243

Cruiser = (Amr) a police patrol car

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244

He burst out in guffaws

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245

I know you want to go to Paris. Don't keep harping on (about it)!

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246

I've had my bike nicked again

A

247

That is the most beautiful thing I have ever lay eyes on

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248

I hope he didn't think me impertinent when I asked him about his private life

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249

His unsullied reputation

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250

A snuff box

A

251

Fight fire with fire

A

252

Spare me your boasting please

A

253

Oh don't grouching

A

254

All is well

A

255

Be on speaking terms = to know sb well enough to talk to them

A

256

What film did you plump for in the end?

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257

He is the sort of man who would let down the tyres on your car just out of/from spite

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258

My children have never shown interest in music, much to my chagrin

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259

Losing the job was bad enough, but being evicted from my house was the last straw

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260

She claimed that someone had spiked her drink with whiskey

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261

The pasta was served in a cream sauce spiked with black pepper

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262

His writing is spiked with humour

A

263

A patient's sexual orientation has no bearing whatsoever on treatment decision

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264

Yesterday was my day off and so I just chilled (out) at home

A