Match the idioms with the meanings.
 

1. My hands are tied, I’m afraid.

2. Hold your horses.

3. You’ll have to swallow your pride.

4. Have you been burning the candle at both ends?

5. There’s something fishy going on.

6. He’s a dark horse.

7. I killed two birds with one stone.

8. That’s a real can of worms.

9. I’m sorry – I’ve let the cat out of the bag.

10. You look like a million dollars.
 
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Now complete each sentence with one of the above idioms.
 
1. - Hey! Did you tell Dave about the surprise birthday party we’re organising for him?
- Yes, I thought he knew about it.

2. - I’m interested in renting your beach house for the summer.
- I’m sorry, but I’ve agreed to rent it to a family from Galicia.
- Can’t you make an excuse and tell them you’ve changed your mind.
- No, we’ve already signed a contract.

3. - Dan’s in hospital. He’s had a nervous breakdown.
- I’m not surprised with all the work he’s been doing lately. He’s got two full-time jobs and he sometimes works through the night. He’s really been

4. Wow, you look so sexy babe. That new dress is absolutely stunning and that new gold necklace is beautiful.

5. - How can you be so selfish? It’s my birthday and you’re going on a fishing weekend with your mates?
- Wait a minute, , I was going to invite you to come along with us.

6. - I accused my daughter of taking my new pocket video camera, and then I found it down the side of the sofa. I really shouted at her and now I feel terrible.
- I think you’d better and ask her to forgive you.

7. - The problem is, I need to lose weight and I have to study English for my final exams. I just don’t have enough time for everything.
- Why don’t you download some Mansión Ingles podcasts onto your mp3 player and listen to them at the gym. That way you can

8. He’s so quiet and shy normally, but as soon as we got to the karaoke bar he stood up on the stage and started singing.
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Change the order of the letters to make names of clothes.

Example: catejk -

1. stui
2. frasc
3. tuis ractk
4. nertrais
5. eajns
6. maspyaj
7. hoess
8. telb
9. sourtres
10. sedrs
11. treswae
12. tobos
13. skocs
14. acot
15. thosrs
 

You can find more clothes words
in our vocabulary section

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The following verbs are followed by gerunds or infinitives. Choose the correct form for each sentence.
 

1. I really hope your company agrees us design your mobile phone application.
2. I’ll be happy you when I’m free.
3. We had a very relaxing time around the Greek islands.
4. She’s not used to so early in the morning.
5. He was surprised that he’d passed his final exams.
6. He was arrested for his neighbour on the head with a baseball bat.
7. It might be worth the DVD player in to be repaired.
8. She’s very likely an accident of you let her drive.
 
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