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  1. He was all ears when his boss talked.

  2. He is a chip off the old block.

  3. He is thick in the head.

  4. The bank robbers were armed to the teeth.

  5. His comments threw a wet blanket on the discussion.

  6. They were beat after three days of hard work.

  7. Jack was hard up to pay his rent.

  8. The storm left them all in the same boat.

  9. The house fire meant we had to start from scratch.

Copyright (C) 1998 Larry Kelly (lkelly@ge.aitech.ac.jp)
This quiz is part of the HTML-Only Self-Study Quizzes which is part of Activities for ESL Students, a project by The Internet TESL Journal.