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1

It seems to wobble a bit in May, but it found its footing now

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2

A stout heart breaks bad luck

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3

It takes two to tangle

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4

We got down on our stomach

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5

One way or another this story needs an end

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6

Friendlies always end in that way. This one follows the script

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7

The shadow of penalty shootout is looming over

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8

Even a fly has its spleen

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9

She threaten, in a fit/burst of spleen, to resign

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10

Shares surges on reform plans

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11

A bungled rescue attempt

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12

People who can't get their foot on the property ladder

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13

No monkey business!

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14

Peel the grape and remove the pit

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15

I got a sick feeling/a knot in the pit of my stomach when the news of the attack was announced

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16

My kid brother

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17

Inside scoop

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18

His voice trailed off as the seriousness of his position sank in

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19

I need some time to let everything sink in

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20

A saline drip

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21

I get the jitters when

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22

An unfulfilled wish

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23

I've been feeling tired and headachy and generally out of sorts

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24

He went into convulsion and had to be rushed to hospital

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25

The glasses perch on his nose

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26

The vibration can be irksome after a while

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27

Corporations trawl talent pools around the world

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28

I looked up from my newspaper and there he was, as large as life, Tim Trotter!

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29

Most characters in his film are somewhat larger than life

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30

The news agent next door to Mr Afzal's store

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31

As = even though, sweet as he is, he doesn't pay his bills

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32

Try as he might, he failed to pull it off

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33

The economic slowdown has caused our sales to plateau

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34

The whole apparatus of communism was already falling apart

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35

When love cools, faults are seen

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36

Fecund soil

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37

I have tried to persuade her not to resign, but to no avail

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38

My attempts to improve the situation were of little/no avail

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39

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows

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40

I'd better be on my way

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41

Polystyrene foam

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42

A pus-filled wound

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43

Blood was still oozing out of the wound

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44

The waiter brought her a massive pizza oozing (with) cheese

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45

He oozes charm/confidence

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46

He deserves the victory; he is too good in every department

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47

He is a bit lacking in the brain department

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48

He has been listless and a bit depressed ever since he got his exam results

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49

We spent our days lounging around the pool

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50

A languid manner/voice

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51

I have warned you several times about being late and my patience is wearing thin

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52

Tony, the joke is beginning to wear thin, and a lot of us have had enough of it

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53

Her standard excuse of being late was beginning to wear thin

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54

Power is being squandered

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55

Make empty promises

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56

They are ignored when they want to be heard and spied when they want to be left alone

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57

I didn't want to go but Linda twisted my arm

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58

She claims that she rubs shoulders/elbows with royalty all the time

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59

We have offices dotted about/all over the region

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60

The countryside is dotted with beautiful churches

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61

Make haste

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62

A bad penny

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63

They demoted you, pending the results

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64

Make a statement

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65

Trade you for the 17 hostages on train

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66

The sleaze factor was the major reason for the electoral defeat

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67

Confess a felony

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68

We were all frisked at the airport

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69

The police have widen their dragnet in their search for the killer

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70

She smiled and batted her eyelashes at him

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71

No-go areas

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72

Pneumococcal infection

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73

The ruptured pipelines

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74

The bitter cold and rain didn't deter the audience

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75

A morbid fascination with death

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76

There is no prison in any world into which Love cannot force an entrance

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77

Can I bank on your support?

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78

YGM has pitted itself against dozens of luxury brands that are vying to grab a slice of the mainland market

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79

Accidental discharge

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80

Catastrophic negligence claim

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81

I personally think it would be on balance a good thing

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82

Trees are few and far between

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83

You don't have to look far to find a party

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84

A lively and friendly atmosphere fills the area

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85

The students bring back their energy and vigour to the area

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86

Employees should avail themselves of the opportunity to buy cheap shares in the company

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87

He seemed to be a born sceptic, constantly demanding answers and taking nothing on trust

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88

I have travelled far and wide

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89

The city below is densely studded with lights

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90

Amongst the towering buildings, which were like firework plumes, I caught glimpses of a snaking chain of fiery beads: the world renowned Japanese high speed train

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Not moving on rails but gliding just above the ground

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92

The layout of the airport

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Pass through the passport control without a hitch

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A very silly thought flashed across my mind

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Without the slightest problem

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Japanese must get a sore bum sitting on these seats

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97

We bumped into two Americans

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With each step our rucksacks seemed to get a kilo heavier

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He was taken aback that we spoke English

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100

It was a tough call, but eventually I decided to give up my job

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101

Fall fast asleep

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102

Binomial - back and front

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103

Trinominal - cool, calm and collected

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104

Dead drunk

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105

"I hear you are a friend of gambit," was her opening gambit

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106

She ran up (=caused herself to have) a huge phone bill talking to her boyfriend for hours

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107

The directors is due to announce the initiative at an investor conference

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108

Every rally is so hard fought for

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109

A North American launch could follow as part of a global roll-out

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Amid signs that demand is on the increase

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Volatile sales

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Heavy lay-offs

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It was on the road to recovery

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114

He suffered from suffocating fits of asthma

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He plunged into numerous activities

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116

Initiative = a new action or movement, often intended to solve a problem

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You must hang in there!

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118

At his wit's end

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119

The dart hit the bulls-eye

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120

The law ordered that their names be struck off the roll of solicitors

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121

On moral high ground

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122

It is a grave disrespect to the deceased

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We are cutting corners

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Much obliged, Your Honour

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I keep digging myself deeper

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126

The light creeps down through the thickly-muffled glass of the small iron-barred window

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127

It's always twilight in one's cell, as it is always midnight in one's heart

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128

And in the sphere of thought, no less than in the sphere of time, motion is no more

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129

I have not words fit to bear so august a burden

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130

I had disgraced that name eternally

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We booked the holiday on a whim

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I had dragged it through the very mire

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The very poor women who are used as mules by drug barons often get long prison sentences

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The thin beaten-out leaf of gold

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Farmers have reported a bumper crop this year

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136

Tucked along/down this alley were are some beautiful timber-framed houses

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A group of tiny brick houses is tucked away behind the factory

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The upbeat tone on

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Was in marked contrast to past complaints

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Drag its feet on promised liberalisation

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The government know they have to tread carefully on this issue

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Procrastination is certainly not a good policy

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143

Olivia dismissed him with a perfunctory nod

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A perfunctory kiss on the cheek

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There are a few things I don't like about my job, but by and large it is very enjoyable

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Stop whining!

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You gonna suck it up

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He enjoys the cut and thrust of party politics

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149

Days pass away before my day-dreaming gaze as I reflect in silence

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150

I bury my face in my hands and heave a sigh

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151

Those bygone days have been dispersed as smoke by a light wind, or evaporated as mist by the morning sun

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I have come to this world, stark naked

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153

They return, often on the payroll of multinational companies

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To feign folly

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It's just that I made a mistake in the previous email

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Now, we're all set

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He is in his physical prime of his career

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The music industry works in a haphazard fashion

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159

Make significant strides in academic progress

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These days I've been toying with the idea of writing a book

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161

You are all teary-eyed

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He is just buttering you up

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A dab of remorse

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My conscience will prick me

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We were having a snigger at the bride

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Gaudy plastic flower

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She dolled herself up

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Reaping without sowing

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He kindly offered to pick up the tab (=pay)

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Goofing off, huh?

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You are way out of line!

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172

You will overstuff yourself

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A bloated stomach

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If I eat it, my stomach bloats up

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In for a penny, in for a pound

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Fat chance

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177

May I take this opportunity to thank you, once again and as always, for all your very interesting questions raised in the class or by email

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178

The rain necessitate a change of plan

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179

The police can invoke the law of trespass to regulate access to these places

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180

The sacred dance is performed to invoke ancient gods

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181

Spiky hair/ haircut/ grass/ leaves/ fins

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Barbed wire/ sutures/ whip/ tail/ arrow

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Jagged rocks/ metal/ glass/ edge/ scar

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184

The job was his for the asking

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185

I'd never have thought that Hugh would jump bail

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186

This joint (=place of entertainment) is really jumping today

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They were just walking home when a bunch of guys jumped (on) them

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We all argued about it for hours and eventually arrived at a decision

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Sorry that I'm sending you files for printing only now

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190

Meaning lingering beyond the boundary of the text

言有盡, 而意無窮

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Occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn't necessary

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Insofar = to the extent that = such that?

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A glaring error

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The sentences are obviously out of place

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Please pencil down on your calendar

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Kim feels confident to run the show himself

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A vote of no confidence

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He catches the wind with a net

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199

Man proposes, God disposes

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A ream of A4 paper

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201

Never discount the discount one can make

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They were decorated for their part in the rescue

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It turns government into the most reviled and unpalatable kind of authority in libertarian eyes, the nanny state

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204

To exact revenge on others

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Heart surgery exacts tremendous skill and concentration

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But more ambiguous varieties of mischief should remain within the exclusive province of conscience

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207

Looking back upon centuries of religious self-assurance, libertarians stand transfixed by the dangers of conviction

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They are self-conscious of their motives and uninclined to wallow in sloth and self-pity

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209

Whether foetuses should ever be aborted beyond twenty-four weeks

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To draw up star charts fastened to the sides of fridges or the doors of larders

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211

With a modest laugh at such a palpably absurd idea

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212

In a world obsessed with freedom, there are few voices left that ever dare to exhort us to act well

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A slip of the tongue

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214

I really put my foot in it with Alison. I had no idea she was divorced

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I made a real gaffe - I called his new wife 'Judy' which is the name of his ex-wife

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216

A leopard can't change his spots

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Best be off

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I'm completely stumped - how did she manage to escape?

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Scientists are stumped by the mystery virus

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Rotten luck

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221

Holy cricket!

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Die a most painful death

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Pea brain

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224

The long-awaited dismantling of apartheid

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He is jinxing the bloom

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226

What a load of codswallop!

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It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live

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228

It's yet another health produce claiming to be the elixir of life/youth

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I thought I heard you wrong

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An inch away from death

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My dad can always checkmate me within twenty moves

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Tokens from your admirers

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Alas! Earwax

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Great use of intellect when others are in grave peril

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It is a defining moment in the development of the project

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Today marks the beginning of

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It also underlines the importance that the Government attaches

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Through ingenious architectural and engineering solutions, the cost can be lowered

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239

The nape of his neck

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The conversation meandered

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Someone must have been pulling strings in the sky

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Her way of draining pasta

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The first pieces of luggage had begun to tumble down onto the jointed rubber matting

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I was ready to love every one of her jokes that had missed it punchline, every reflection that had lost its thread

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I knew the void that romantic intoxication could fill

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Exhaust dictionaries with their possible meanings

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To tower over him

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To bring to the attention of the Committee an incident of student misdemeanor

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Disciplinary actions should be administered by the committee where appropriate

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A blow-by-blow account of the incident

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We knocked and entered the room, only to find

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Apparently chafed, the student pair took no heed of the request to vacate the premises

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The girl tossed her stationery items, one by one, into her pouch

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254

Upon further admonition, they packed up and left the classroom reluctantly

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255

She barged into the classroom without knocking

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She fumbled around the teacher's desk but picked up nothing

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257

She swore at him. "None of your f'king business!" came the retort

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258

The girl stormed out, slamming the door as she left. Dr Wong pressed her for her name

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He charged at her at the doorway

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She spit out words of menace

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We deeply deplore the attitude of the student pair

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We wonder if their petulance and impertinence was warranted

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He aggressive behaviour rattled the students in the class

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It also concerns us that the security of the college would be compromised by such reckless trespassing

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Absence sharpens love

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See Hades of the Underworld

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I lost my bearing

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"Well, he didn't invite me to his party, so I'm certainly not inviting him to mine!" She said petulantly

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To gloat over sb's misfortune

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She has terminal cancer

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I work with people who are half my age so that keeps me on my toes

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Take your pick

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He let out a holler as he fell

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I pulled a all-nighter

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Just a slight chill

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Nosey Parker

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It pains me to read it

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Stub your toe

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Toss cigarette stubs about

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Those deaf and mute people

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Jackie fell over and scraped her knee

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Go on a wild goose chase

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Unless the oil spill is contained, irreparable damage will be done to the coastline

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284

She hitched up her skirt and ran

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285

He was angry at the comment that is coming in his way

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286

Whenever I smell burning, I relive the final moments of the crash

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287

The authority has cleared the first hurdle of the project

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288

He was moping around like a lovesick teenager

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We spent an afternoon meandering around the streets of the old town

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She is amazing, even when she does not doll up

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I am so out of practice

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Go binge shopping

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I'm putting on a brave front

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The opening of the superstore will sound/toll the death knell for hundreds of small independent shops

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The evidence against them is all hearsay

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You really need a knife with a serrated edge for cutting bread

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297

To foot the bill

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To pick up the tab

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A flowery description/speech

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By all counts

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301

He puckered his lips and kissed her

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Her stiff-necked look

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One must be cautious in drawing strong causal conclusions

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

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The draft resolution was adopted by acclamation

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By all accounts he is a millionaire

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An incident that has incensed India

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America is slowly turning off the tap

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309

Mr Leung's duty visit to Beijing

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The coach drew to a jerky halt

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A sullen pout

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He sat sprawled on a park bench

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313

Their eyes darted all over the place

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She was frantic with worry

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Everyone is trotting out a particular party piece

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316

Lull the guard to sleep

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