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Complete the sentences with the correct idiom.

     
1.   The grandchildren were amused that their grandparents ______ holding hands in public.
     
2.   The manager told Alex to stop ______ and come to the point.
     
3.   It is ______ to hear that someone has lost his car when yours has just been stolen.
     
4.   The thieves ______ for a few days before escaping to another country with the money.
     
5.   Both political parties were no good and the people would just have to decide to vote for ______.
     
6.   Many people just ______ the ideals of love and the brotherhood of man and in fact lead totally selfish lives.
     
7.   The patriarch found it hard to ______ with the young people cracking jokes around him.
     
8.   Although the herbal medicine works slowly, ______ the patient will get better.
     
9.   Julian and his sister had ______ when they found out that their father had been made a bankrupt.
     
10.   Alice was confident that she would pass the test with flying colors as she had the subject ______.
     

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1.   The grandchildren were amused that their grandparents fought shy of holding hands in public.
2.   The manager told Alex to stop beating about the bush and come to the point.
3.   It is cold comfort to hear that someone has lost his car when yours has just been stolen.
4.   The thieves lay low for a few days before escaping to another country with the money.
5.   Both political parties were no good and the people would just have to decide to vote for the lesser of two evils.
6.   Many people just pay lip service to the ideals of love and the brotherhood of man and in fact lead totally selfish lives.
7.   The patriarch found it hard to keep a straight face with the young people cracking jokes around him.
8.   Although the herbal medicine works slowly, in the long run the patient will get better.
9.   Julian and his sister had a rude awakening when they found out that their father had been made a bankrupt.
10.   Alice was confident that she would pass the test with flying colors as she had the subject at her fingertips.
 
     
 
 

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