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Now it's your turn:
Read the sentences and try to choose the correct idioms:
|1. The boss told me that he'd give me a raise if I wrote ten reports this week. He knows that's impossible! He's just trying to ___ in front of my face.|
| go bananas
dangle a carrot
be in a pickle
|2. My new car is ___! It's broken down six times in the last two months.|
| apples and oranges
|3. Wendy: What's Frank doing?|
|Henry: Oh, you know him - he's watching TV.|
|Wendy: He's so lazy!|
| Frank is apples
Frank is a couch potato.
Frank is a pea-brain.
|4. Mother: You're late! Why didn't you call me?|
|Daughter: I'm sorry. I forgot. I didn't think about calling.|
|Mother: How could you forget? I told you three times to call me.|
|Daughter: I'm really sorry, I'm a dummy sometimes!|
| I'm a pea-brain sometimes.
I'm a lemon sometimes.
I'm a couch potato sometimes.
|5. When Susan won the karaoke contest, the audience clapped, cheered, and yelled.|
| They threw
bananas at Susan.
They dangled a carrot.
They went bananas.
|6. Steve: How was your first day on your new job?|
|Henry: It was terrible!
I hit my new manager's car in the parking lot,
so I'm really ___. Should I tell him, or should I lie?
|Steve: Hmm.. that is a pickle!|
| in a pickle
a couch potato
apples and oranges
|7. Shawn: Everyone knows that motorcycles are better than boats!|
|Kate: Motorcycles are useful, and so are boats, but each in a different way.|
| You're comparing
apples and oranges.
You're going bananas.
You're comparing lemons.
|8. Teacher: OK, um,
class, uhhm, who did the, um, homework?
Um, did you, um, have any, uhhh, questions?
| He's dangling
His speech compares apples and oranges.
His speech is peppered with "ums."
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