Idioms and colloquial phrases


1. We're making progress by . . . and bounds.



2. That sort of thing usually happens only once in a . . . moon



3. You may not think it's very important, but for me it's the thin end of the . . . .



4. I don't want to talk . . . at this party. I'll ring you up at the office tomorrow.



5. They eventually bought the site at 20 per cent below the asking . . . .



6. At first they thought he was joking, but then they realized that he really meant . . . .



7. Although it's expensive, we're convinced that it's good . . . for money.



8. The new office furniture must have cost a pretty . . . .



9. We'll just have to take . . . luck as regards finding hotel accommodation in London.



10. You'll be reimbursed for all your out-of- . . . expenses.



11. There were so many problems that they just couldn't see the . . . for the trees.



12. You're too curious. Why don't you mind your own . . . ?



13. Although he was disappointed at first, it turned out that losing the order was really a . . . in disguise.



14. I'm tired of arguing with you. Let's change the . . . .



15. At last her boss stopped beating about the . . . and told her she was fired.



16. Everybody was more relaxed after the Chairman . . . the joke about the company's losses.



17. The union representatives accepted most of the management's suggestions, but they drew the . . . at the mention of 200 planned redundancies.



18. I was surprised that he told his boss about it, but you know what they say - fools rush in where . . . fear to tread.



19. Since he lost his job, he's gone to . . . .



20. It is taken for . . . that all applicants for the job will have a good knowledge of written and spoken English.



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