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Preform: back in a flash......[5]
Sentence: He said he would be back in a flash. That was three hours ago. Either he's in trouble or he ran into one of the women he used to date.

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Preform: because of
Sentence: Because of Adams poor behavior in class today he was suspended

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Preform: best and the brightest .......[4]
Sentence: We take the best and the brightest into our program. Most of them do very well.

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Preform: calls to mind [4]
Sentence: The story calls to mind a legend from the East.

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Preform: can be assessed in terms of X [9]
Sentence: Classroom speech can be assessed in terms of its value in the amount of information that is exchanged.

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Preform: conflation of X with Y is not always Z [10]
Sentence: The conflation of disease with disease risk is certainly not always a positive predictor of bone fracture.

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Preform: even the reader unfamiliar with this line of reasoning should realize that CLAUSE [10+]
Sentence: Even the reader unfamiliar with this line of reasoning should realize that serious effort has gone into the preceding argument.

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Preform: hit the spot.....[2]
Sentence: The glass of ice-cold lemonade really hit the spot. I'll have another glass.

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Preform: Like __X__, so __C__ [7]
Sentence: Like their father, so are the Johnson children well mannered.

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Preform: little something........ [1]
Sentence: We got you a little something for your birthday. Jane picked it out.

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Preform: makes us human [9]
Sentence: Language, it is often said, is what makes us human.

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Preform: my pleasure.......[-1]
Sentence: Did you ask for a glass of water? It would be my pleasure to get you one.

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Preform: my pleasure.......[-1]
Sentence: Did you ask for a glass of water? It would be my pleasure to get you one.

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Preform: red flag on his back.....[5]
Sentence: After he insulted the president, there was a red flag on his back. Everyone knew who he was and what he had done. He was not welcome anywhere.

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Preform: the long-term future didn't look especially upbeat [7]
Sentence: It was painful for me to say it: the long-term future of live pit musicians didn't look especially upbeat.

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Preform: virtualy a universal phenomenon [10+]
Sentence: The ritual banquet was virtually a universal phenomenon, frequently consisting of offerings which had been consecrated at an earlier stage.

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Preform: was given Y [5]
Sentence: Al was given the prize.

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Preform: "aha!" moment......... [1]
Sentence: A mythical example of an "aha!" moment is when the word meaning "a single horn on the snout,hoofs of a goat and usually light in color" pops into the mind.

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Preform: "Does this thing ever work!".......[5]
Sentence: He tried for one hour to start the mowing machine, each time wrapping the thin rope carefully. "Does this thing ever work!" he asked in frustration.

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Preform: "hear, hear"
Sentence: "Hear, hear," Mr. Johnson said when he wanted to express approval of the president's remarks.

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Preform: : __X__ is not to be told what to __VERB__or when to __VERB__. [9]
Sentence: John is not to be told what to wear or when to wear it.

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Preform: __X__ are thought to have the ability to __VERB__. [10]
Sentence: Plants are thought to have the ability to communicate.

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Preform: __X__ has likened __Y__ to __Z__. [7]
Sentence: Nancy has likened accusation to conviction.

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Preform: __X__ is as __Y__ as she is __Z__. [8]
Sentence: The queen is as beautiful as she is clever.

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Preform: __X__ is on a par with __Y__. [5]
Sentence: Successful relations between husband and wife are on a par with health

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Preform: __X__ must be __PAST PARTICIPLE__. [7]
Sentence: The President must be informed

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Preform: __X__ often represents __Y__. [9]
Sentence: A lack of computer skills often represents unemployment.

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Preform: __X__ raises doubts as to whether __Y__ is __ADJ__ or not. [9]
Sentence: The open window raises doubts as to whether Mac is guilty or not.

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Preform: __X__ should be regarded less as an attempt to __V1__than as an attempt to __V2__. [9]
Sentence: The list should be regarded less as an attempt to be comprehensive than as an attempt to be selective.

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Preform: __X__ was regarded as so weighty a matter that __C__. [10]
Sentence: The theft of the book was regarded as so weighty a matter that no one was allowed to say anything about it.

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Preform: A dime a dozen
Sentence: Old VCRs are a dime a dozen and have virtually no value.

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Preform: a man among men.....[2]
Sentence: You should be proud of your father. He was a man among men.

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Preform: a more moderate and thoughtful attitude was that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: A more moderate and thoughtful attitude was that "If a person is old enough to join the military, he or she is old enough to vote."

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Preform: a shout-out [2]
Sentence: At this moment, you are on the radio. You can be heard by one million people: do you want to give anyone a shout-out? How about your fiance? She'd be embarrassed but amused.

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Preform: a shout-out [2]
Sentence: Would you like to give your girl-friend a shout-out? Many people are listening to the radio right now, and I'm sure that she would appreciate it.

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Preform: a single remote control operates the system
Sentence: A single remote control operates the system, enabling one to locate identical names in an enormous data base.

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Preform: a sound mind in a sound body [8]
Sentence: Ancient Greeks thought highly of the principle: "A sound mind in a sound body."

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Preform: a whole nother can of worms....[10]
Sentence: Property taxes? That's a whole nother can of worms. I don't even want to talk about that subject. {NOTE: Normally, grammar would require "another whole can of worms," but popular usage justified this exception in informal conversation.]

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Preform: a world of difference [4]
Sentence: Yet that tiny portion of unshared DNA makes a world of difference. It gives us, for instance, our bipedal stance and the ability to plan missions to Mars.

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Preform: above my pay grade........[5]
Sentence: Joe said that telling the teenagers to stay off the city lawn was above his pay grade. In other words, he was saying that he wan not being paid enough to justify his taking that risk. They are only teenagers, but they are dangerous. In short, he didn't want to do it.

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Preform: above my pay grade.......[5]
Sentence: Don't ask me. Decisions like that are above my pay grade. Ask my supervisor, or his supervisor.

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Preform: absence makes the heart grow fonder [8]
Sentence: As the ship was about to leave, Bill said to Mary, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

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Preform: absent myself [10]
Sentence: I will absent myself from this meeting if that is the preference of the majority. I will return only if I am called for.

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Preform: academic discussions are all well and good [5]
Sentence: Academic discussions are all well and good, but experience in the field is also essential.

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Preform: accordingly, we can speak of X [7]
Sentence: Accordingly, we can speak of universally accepted modes of behavior regarding one's parents.

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Preform: accoring to this hypothesis, CLAUSE [4]
Sentence: According to this hypothesis, an ancestral polygamous mating system was replaced by pair bonding.

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Preform: accumulating evidence strongly suggests that X is wrongheaded [9]
Sentence: The concept of the dumb jock persists. Accumulating evidence strongly suggests that such thinking is wrongheaded.

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Preform: across the board...........[7]
Sentence: We are changing our policy across the board. All purchases must be paid for in cash in advance.

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Preform: across the board.......[4]
Sentence: The new president is interested in seeing writing improve across the board. To aqccomplish this, she has hired new tutors for each department.

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Preform: act of violence......[5]
Sentence: Most mothers think that most acts of violence are to be avoided at virtually all costs.

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Preform: add insult to injury.........[5]
Sentence: "You should keep your feet out of the way," she said after she had intentionally stepped on my bandaged ingrown toenail. She was adding insult to injury.

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Preform: add some credence [5]
Sentence: There offer to withdraw added some credence to their initial statement.

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Preform: afraid of X, the boy VERB [7]
Sentence: Afraid of the animal, the boy started shaking uncontrollably.

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Preform: against all odds [5]
Sentence: Diamond was a small and ugly horse. He won the race against all odds.

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Preform: against all odds [6]
Sentence: Susan attempted to swim across the river against all odds.

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Preform: aha! moment........[8]
Sentence: According to a writer in "Scientific American Mind," "aha!" moments can "occur when your brain spontaneously reinterpretation to reach a novel, nonobvious conclusion.

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Preform: aha! moment........[8]
Sentence: The"aha!" moment can be experienced by virtually anyone who studies an optical illusion and comes to see the foreground change to background and the background to foregrounw.

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Preform: all by yourself [1]
Sentence: He bought the kit and built the model airplane all by himself. We ought to congratulate him.

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Preform: all good things must come to an end [1]
Sentence: As the teacher addressed the last student at the party, she smiled and said, "All good things must come to an end."

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Preform: all is not lost.......[3]
Sentence: All is not lost if he refuses to come. We can always invite someone in his place. Actually, I think that I would prefer that to continuing to beg him.

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Preform: all manner of [10]
Sentence: By changing stimulation to the monkey's brain, we successfully created all manner of artificial dizziness in this animal.

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Preform: all neat and tidy..........[-1]
Sentence: She is always all neat and tidy. All of her teachers appreciate that.

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Preform: all of a sudden......[2]
Sentence: He was running well when all of a sudden he caught his side and collapsed. The doctor is with him now on the side of the track.

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Preform: all set to help out [3]
Sentence: I was all set to help out until his wife asked me how much would I charge per hour. I told her that it was a bad idea to hire friends to work for you.

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Preform: all walks of life...........[4]
Sentence: The volunteers came from all walks of life: every occupation you can think of was represented, as well as all classes and professions.

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Preform: always chasing rainbows [2]
Sentence: He's always attempting to realize fanciful dreams: he's always chasing rainbows.

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Preform: an eight-hundred-pound gorilla [9]
Sentence: It was like having an eight-hundred-pound gorilla seated across from you at a conference.

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Preform: an oversimplified conception of [10]
Sentence: Colorful scans have lulled us into an oversimplified conception of the brain as a modular machine.

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Preform: an unclean beast [10}
Sentence: In Mosaic Law, the bat was considered an unclean beast.

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Preform: and that, my friend, is how it's done......[7]
Sentence: He tightened all of the bolts and made some small adjustments. Then, after his wife started the engine,he turned, smiled and said, "That, my friends, is how it's done."

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Preform: anger begets anger [7]
Sentence: Anger begets anger, the preacher said. The best way to break the cycle is to leave.

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Preform: another one bites the dust [3]
Sentence: When Tom learned that another of the candidates he was supporting had lost, he said, "Another one bites the dust." In Western movies, good guys shot bad guys who fell into the dust.

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Preform: answers are more likely to come from X than from Y [3]
Sentence: The answers to that question are more like to come from the students than from the teachers.

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Preform: Answers to that question are more likely to come from Ed than from Al......[10s]
Sentence: Answers to such a question are more likely to come from Ed than from Al. However, neither man likes to commit himself to anything.

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Preform: any easier to take........[5]
Sentence: Does knowing that his suffering has ended make his death any easier to take? It's difficult to answer that question.

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Preform: appears to be PAST PARTICIPLE [8]
Sentence: Trees appear to be given special meanings in this story.

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Preform: approval
Sentence: Peter needed his parents approval before he could order the new Xbox online

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Preform: are assumed to contribute to X [7]
Sentence: Untrained soldiers are assumed to contribute to their defeat on the battlefield.

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Preform: are constantly called on to VERB [7]
Sentence: Human beings are constantly called on to discriminate among words, locations, concepts, objects and life-forms.

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Preform: are counting on you [2]
Sentence: We are counting on you to attend the football game and cheer for your cousin. We really hope that you won't let us down.

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Preform: are faced with .........[8]
Sentence: Prisons are faced with tremendous demands on their health-care systems.

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Preform: are in line [1]
Sentence: Three schools are in line for closing. Ours will probably be next.

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Preform: are joined at the hip......[9]
Sentence: Those two guys always agree with each other and have the same reaction to different situations: they a seem to be joined at the hip.

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Preform: are more likely to come from X than from Y [9]
Sentence: Answers to that question are more likely to come from the study of plant viruses than from any other source.

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Preform: are not directly concerned with X [4]
Sentence: Today, the most intellectually exciting aspects of virology are not directly concerned with medicine.

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Preform: area of expertise [4]
Sentence: Geometry is not my area of expertise, I don't know that much about it. Psychology is my area of expertise: I have written three books in that field.

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Preform: area of expertise [5]
Sentence: Medieval art is not my area of expertise, but I would be delighted to accompany you. We might make an evening of it and have dinner afterwards.

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Preform: area of expertise [8]
Sentence: Linguistics is not my area of expertise. Literature is.

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Preform: area of expertise........[7]
Sentence: You ought to ask an architect. Designing towers is not my expertise. I can build them, but I need to see the blueprints.

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Preform: armed with a name [7]
Sentence: Newly armed with a name for her disorder, Dana didn't know what to do next.

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Preform: around the neighborhood [2]
Sentence: There's nothing to do around the neighborhood. Let's go into town.

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Preform: as a result [1]
Sentence: As a result of his carelessness, three children were injured in the accident.

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Preform: as a symbol [6]
Sentence: As a symbol, Babylon is the antithesis of Paradise.

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Preform: as everyone knows by now is X [6]
Sentence: Siri, as everyone knows by now, is a software assistant that takes spoken orders. No training necessary: just hold down the "Home" button and speak casually.

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Preform: as if on a merry-go-round [6]
Sentence: If we kept the pulses consistent and the current steady, he experienced spinning, as if on a merry-go-round.

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Preform: as is the case for........[4]
Sentence: As is the case for all freshmen, we are not allowed to take advanced courses.

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Preform: as it were.......[6]
Sentence: He seems, as it were, intoxicated. Have you ever seen him drinking on the job? This is a serious situation. If he is drunk, he should be fired on the spot.

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Preform: as might be expected [9]
Sentence: Aristotle's "The Aim of Man" does not have as eloquent a style as might be expected.

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Preform: as one sign of [8]
Sentence: As one sign of strained--and potentially incendiary--relations, persons from different cultures often tend to visit separate stores.

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Preform: as Smitters has observed [2]
Sentence: As Smitters has observed, there is sometimes a difference between the language you love and the language in which you are most fluent.

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Preform: as we can see [4]
Sentence: As we can see, it is the young people who are often discriminated against.

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Preform: as we have seen [6]
Sentence: These disagreements are, as we have seen, due to different perspectives.

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Preform: as we saw earlier [5]
Sentence: As we saw earlier, utterances normally relate back to the previous utterance.

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Preform: asking for trouble [3]
Sentence: His refusal to accept Joe's apology is asking for trouble [

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Preform: at a loss [4]
Sentence: I was at a loss for how to answer John's supervisor: if I told him the truth, John would be in trouble; if I told him a lie, I would be fired.

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Preform: at a loss [4]
Sentence: I was at a loss for how to answer John's supervisor: if I told him the truth, John would be in trouble; if I told him a lie, I would be fired.

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Preform: at all times
Sentence: One has to be alert at all times

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Preform: at loggerheads ....[3]
Sentence: They are at loggerheads about which book should be assigned as a text to be studied. I am sure, however, that they will reach an agreement before closing time.

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Preform: at one time or another .........[3]
Sentence: It seems that, at one time or another, I have held every job you can think of. It's been interesting--often fascinating.

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Preform: at the helm [4]
Sentence: She's an excellent coach: a good person to have at the helm.

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Preform: at the helm [4]
Sentence: We were lucky to have a man like Jim Davis at the helm. He really is a good coach--highly principled and straightforward.

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Preform: at this point, we may already suspect that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: At this point, we may already suspect that the vice president is going to run for the presidency.

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Preform: attaboy! (Addressing an animal who has done well) 2
Sentence: "Attaboy," John said to his horse which was having new horse-shoes nailed to his hooves.(Short for "That's a boy.")

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Preform: back in a flash ...........[3]
Sentence: I'll be back in a flash, before you can count to 100.

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Preform: back in a flash ...........[3]
Sentence: I'll be back in a flash, before you can count to 100.

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Preform: back in the day .....[3]
Sentence: Back in the day, guys would fight over issues like that. Today, no one gives it a second thought.

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Preform: back in the day .....[3]
Sentence: Back in the day, guys would fight over issues like that. Today, no one gives it a second thought.

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Preform: back in the day .....[3]
Sentence: Back in the day, guys would fight over issues like that. Today, no one gives it a second thought.

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Preform: back in the saddle [2]
Sentence: Joe is back in the saddle after appending two months in bed due to an injury. Now, he's okay and claims to be feeling as fit as a fiddle.

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Preform: back to the drawing board [3]
Sentence: Our model airplane just crashed. It's back to the drawing board we must go to find out what we did wrong.

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Preform: bad as they come..[2]
Sentence: Smith is as bad as they come. I don't want him in this house again under any conditions.

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Preform: bait and switch [3]
Sentence: It sounds like a bait and switch scheme. He shows you a picture of a beautiful house. You buy it and when you show up, you find that the picture is thirty years old and everything's run down.

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Preform: bait and switch [3]
Sentence: He uses the old bait and switch tactic. He puts a valuable jewel in one box, takes their money, and then gives them a different box.

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Preform: bait-and-switch [3]
Sentence: He operated on a bait-and-switch principle. He would show you a brand new car and then switch it in the back shop for a wrecked car that had been fixed up.

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Preform: bark up the wrong tree [5]
Sentence: I think Sgt. Deaux has been barking up the wrong tree. Sam is innocent.

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Preform: battle royale [2]
Sentence: He and his wife have a battle royal when he comes home late.

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Preform: be all smiles [5]
Sentence: She's all smiles since she got a promotion.

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Preform: be all smirks [6]
Sentence: Al was all smirks when I failed the exam. I don't want to see him now.

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Preform: be in his shoes............[1]
Sentence: "Now that the experiment has faied," John said, "I wouldn't want to be in his shoes." He was honestly worried because he liked Edgar.

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Preform: be left with nothing [5]
Sentence: She was afraid that he would take the car and she'd be left with nothing.

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Preform: be on pins and needles [5]
Sentence: He will be on pins and needles until he learns the results of the exam.

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Preform: be on the short list .....[3]
Sentence: He is on the short list. I don't, however, think that he will be the one chosen for the job. His credentials on paper are not that good. He never did complete his undergraduate degree.

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Preform: be on thin ice......[3]
Sentence: You'll be on thin ice if you two begin talking about marriage. Both of you have been married and divorced two times. Some people are said to be in love with love and not particularly with the other person. Be careful.

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Preform: be perfectly clear
Sentence: Let me be perfectly clear about ...

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Preform: be ready in no time 2]
Sentence: Yes, I definitely want to go to New York. I can be ready in no time. Ten minutes: can you wait that long?

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Preform: be that as it may ......[10]
Sentence: Be that as it may, You'll have to move in with that division. I know of the tremendous assets you brought to this conmpany, but the president has spoken. And when he speaks, people listen.

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Preform: be that as it may [10]
Sentence: He told his father that he was very sorry. "Be that as it may," the father answered, "You will never again be trusted by me or my colleagues."

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Preform: be that as it may [10]
Sentence: Be that as it may, Jane is not going to go to the prom. Her father and I are on the verge of disowning her for what she did to the Harrow family.

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Preform: be up to someone.......[3]
Sentence: If it were up to me, none of us would go. But the chairperson makes that kind of decision, and she has decided that all of the classes would go.

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Preform: bear in mind [3]
Sentence: We must bear in mind the age of the thief and his life at home. To steal would get him away from very difficult parental arguments.

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Preform: bear up under that kind of pressure [4]
Sentence: I think he can bear up under that kind of pressure. He's got his head together. I'm sure he'll be fine.

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Preform: been ages since.......[8]
Sentence: It's been ages since I have seen you. Do have a seat. How have you been?

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Preform: beginner's luck......[1]
Sentence: The first time he bowled, he made a strike. All of the pins went down. "It's beginner's luck," his friend said. "It won't happen again."

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Preform: being the oldest [5]
Sentence: Francine, being the oldest, was careful not to let the other children know that she knew the answer.

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Preform: being X, Y is rarely questioned [5]
Sentence: Being law, the moral code is rarely questioned.

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Preform: belle of the ball [5]
Sentence: A beautiful lady in a lovely dress: you will be the belle of the ball.

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Preform: bells and whistles......[2]
Sentence: He always likes cars that are big and fancy and complete with all of the bells and whistles. I prefer simpler things.

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Preform: bench-warmer .......[-1]
Sentence: All semester, Al has been a bench-warmer. The coach said that if our team gets ahead in the game, he might put Al in for a couple of plays.

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Preform: benefit of the doubt [7]
Sentence: Although he was not sure, the policeman gave him the benefit of the doubt and let him go.

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Preform: benefit of the doubt [4]
Sentence: We should give him the benefit of the doubt. He's always been trustworthy.

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Preform: best and the brightest [5]
Sentence: Our students are among the best and the brightest you will find anywhere.

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Preform: best is yet to be [5]
Sentence: The celebration is certainly not over: the best is yet to be.

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Preform: best of both worlds [4]
Sentence: He was a top musician and a top physician: he was in the best of both worlds.

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Preform: best regards to your family .......[1]
Sentence: I send my best regards to your family. They are unusually kind and helpful.

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Preform: best regards to your family [4]
Sentence: The Senator smiled as he shook Alfred's hand and said, "Best regards to your family."

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Preform: better place [4]
Sentence: It is sad that he has died, but now he is in a better place.

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Preform: better safe than sorry......[3]
Sentence: My grandmother used to always say that we should stay away from strange dogs. "It's better safe than sorry," she would say.

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Preform: better safe than sorry.....[5]
Sentence: It's better safe than sorry. Since I am paying for this trip, we will not stop by Uncle Al's house.

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Preform: better stop while you're ahead......[3]
Sentence: You've been playing cards for three hours. You win a little and lose a little. You'd better stop while you're ahead. If you continue, you'll probably lose all of it.

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Preform: beyond a shadow of a doubt.......[6]
Sentence: Beyond a shadow of a doubt, that is the man I saw last night. I know this is a serious matter, but I am positive.

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Preform: beyond a shadow of doubt.........[10]
Sentence: I was positive that he was guilty, beyond a shadow of doubt. I had seen him steal the wallet. He said that I was mistaken.

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Preform: Big as a house
Sentence: He gained a lot of weight this past year, and is as big as a house now.

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Preform: big time............... [2]
Sentence: Your television show has helped my business big time. We have added three new locations and are considering a fourth.

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Preform: big time......[3]
Sentence: The advertising method you recommended has increased the response to our ads--big time!

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Preform: bigger fish to fry [4]
Sentence: We don't have time to worry about that minor infraction of the law. We have bigger fish to fry. Just go home and stay out of our way.

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Preform: bird's eye view.........[4]
Sentence: We have another image taken from above--a bird's eye view, if you will.

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Preform: bitter cold.........[4]
Sentence: He spent all night in the bitter cold looking for her. He didn't find her, and now he's very sick.

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Preform: bleed out [3]
Sentence: He was shot in the leg and will bleed out if you don't apply this tourniquet now. He will make it if you do that. If you don't, he will die.

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Preform: bleed out [3]
Sentence: He was shot in the leg and will bleed out if you don't apply this tourniquet now. He will make it if you do that. If you don't, he will die.

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Preform: blood feud [1]
Sentence: A blood feud between our families has been going on for the past 50 years. It's time to call a halt to it. None of us know what the original disagreement was about.

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Preform: blow the whistle.........[3]
Sentence: Amy blew the whistle on her husband. She told the police that all kinds of people were stopping to visit late at night. She was truly frightened.

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Preform: blow them to smithereens [2]
Sentence: If they are not very careful with those new explosives, they'll blow themselves to smithereens. They really should respect deadly power.

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Preform: blow them to smithereens.....[3]
Sentence: Those dogs are very dangerous. When the police get here, they'll blow them to smithereens.

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Preform: blow themselves to smithereens [4]
Sentence: If they are not very careful with those explosives, they're going to blow themselves to smithereens.

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Preform: blowing smoke [1]
Sentence: He doesn't know anything about the situation. All he does is blow smoke. His words have little or no meaning.

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Preform: blowing smoke [5]
Sentence: He was blowing smoke. What he said makes no sense.

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Preform: blowing smoke...... [1]
Sentence: He was blowing smoke. He doesn't know anything at all about football.

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Preform: blue blood [2]
Sentence: Aristocrats are said to have blue blood. The don't, of course: it's only an expression referring to their supposedly superior families.

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Preform: blue in the face.........[3]
Sentence: I am not interested in your excuses. You can talk until you're blue in the face, but I won't change my mind.

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Preform: blue jeans that are painted on [4]
Sentence: Her blue jeans are so tight that they seem to have been painted on.

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Preform: blue-chip .......[2]
Sentence: These stocks are blue-chip: you can depend on them, but they yield a low rate of return.

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Preform: bone-tired..............[1]
Sentence: She was bone-tired as she finished her second shift at work. In a few years, she thought, "I will not be able to do all this work no matter how badly we need the money."

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Preform: bone-tired...........[5]
Sentence: I was bone-tired after working two shifts, back to back. I couldn't do that every day; I simply couldn't go any more.

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Preform: boots on the ground [5]
Sentence: In my opinion, drones constitute the same invasion as do boots on the ground.

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Preform: border on [2]
Sentence: I don't think that is wise or just. It might not be illegal, but it borders on theft.

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Preform: border on the incredible .......[10]
Sentence: Sue's findings seemed to border on the incredible. These findings indicate that a different part of a dog's brain lights up on an MRI when the dog is near the owner.

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Preform: bottom line [5]
Sentence: "Medical care for the poor is the bottom line," he said. "Rather than drop that, I'd gladly give up my political ambitions."

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Preform: bottom line...........[5]
Sentence: The bottom line in this and most other companies is profit. If we don't make a profit, we'll have to lock our doors for good.

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Preform: bottom of the barrel [3]
Sentence: Prof. Tennel told each class that they were the bottom of the barrel, the worst of the worst.

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Preform: bow out [2]
Sentence: I bowed out when I learned that her husband was in charge. I prefer not to take a job when the boss is my personal friend.

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Preform: boys will be boys [3]
Sentence: "Boys will be boys," she said as her 50-year-old husband and his brother were wrestling.

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Preform: brace yourself [1]
Sentence: You'll want to brace yourself: I have some very bad news.

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Preform: brace yourself [1]
Sentence: All passengers will brace themselves because we expect a bumpy landing of this airplane.

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Preform: break the bank........[3]
Sentence: Why can't you give me the money now? It only a check for $1,000 and it all properly endorsed. It won't break the bank.

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Preform: break the bank........[3]
Sentence: Why can't you give me the money now? It only a check for $1,000 and it all properly endorsed. It won't break the bank.

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Preform: breath of fresh air [2]
Sentence: Her attitude and ability are a breath of fresh air for an otherwise weary team.

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Preform: breath of fresh air......[2]
Sentence: Hearing that mellow music was a welcome breath of fresh air after all that loud rock-and-roll. At least that is what all of the older people said.

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Preform: breath of fresh air......[5]
Sentence: Her presence in our office is like a breath of fresh air. Before she came, we were all moody and glum all the time. It's the opposite now.

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Preform: bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.......[4]
Sentence: He has been working for 48 hours: he shouldn't be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but he is.

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Preform: bright-eyes and bushy-tailed.........[2]
Sentence: I'm very tired now, but let me sleep for one hour and I will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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Preform: bring home the bacon..........[3]
Sentence: She's 22 years old, and she never gives a thought to who brings home the bacon. That's the great disadvantage of being born rich: when she has to go out and provide for herself, it will be very difficult. Virtually no one likes to hire a person like that.

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Preform: bring it on myself......[3]
Sentence: He has brought an enormous amount of trouble on himself for no reason. He should have walked away when it was proposed.

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Preform: bring us together [2]
Sentence: This hardship will probably bring us together.

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Preform: brings about a change in X [3]
Sentence: The accident brought about a change in his thinking and, indeed, in his whole personality.

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Preform: broken heart [4]
Sentence: Sometimes, people never recover from a broken heart. No medication has yet been discovered that heals such an emotional wound.

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Preform: buckle your seat belt [3]
Sentence: Buckle your seat belt, Darling: you're in for a rough evening.

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Preform: bully for you .....[2]
Sentence: "Bully for her," John said approvingly after he heard an account of Jane's strong speech supporting feminism.

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Preform: bully pulpit [10]
Sentence: He cannot address that topic as mayor. But that office does provide him with a bully pulpit that would have informal influence over a lot of people.

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Preform: bustin' his chops..........[2]
Sentence: I have been bustin' my chops trying to prevent additional homes from being broken into.

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Preform: but not by all that much [3]
Sentence: The bill passed, but not by all that much: the final vote was 53 for and 47 against out of a total of 100 votes.

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Preform: but not by all that much.......[4]
Sentence: Our car was not damaged in the accident, but not by all that much. My buddy's car was totaled. It would have cost more to repair than what he would have paid for a brand new vehicle.

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Preform: buy into this [7]
Sentence: Despite her initial reluctance, Sue bought into this idea at the end of the meeting.

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Preform: buy low and sell high.......[3]
Sentence: Everyone knows that in the stock market, everyone wants to buy low and sell high. But why doesn't everyone get rich?

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Preform: by ADVERB, she will have been PAST PARTICIPLE [10]
Sentence: By next Tuesday, she will have been given the answer that she has always wanted to hear.

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Preform: by next summer [2]
Sentence: I will take my final course at the university in the spring. By next summer, I will have graduated.

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Preform: by the time I VERB, I will have been studying English
Sentence: By the time I get my Ph.D., I will have been studying English for two decades.

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Preform: by the way........[2]
Sentence: By the way, who is covering for you tomorrow? If no one shows up, a lot of people will be upset.

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Preform: call a halt [2]
Sentence: It's time for us to call a halt to the blood feud our families have been engaged in the for past 20 years. I suggest a barbecue. No guns or knives.

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Preform: call it a day.......[1]
Sentence: I am tired and you are tired and it's 4:30 p.m. Let's call it a day and come back tomorrow.

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Preform: calls to mind.........[1]
Sentence: She calls to mind an old friend of mine. They both start smiling when they meet someone, even before they begin speaking.

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Preform: came back to haunt him [7]
Sentence: The politician's promises that got him elected are coming back to haunt him. The people are beginning to demand what was promised.

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Preform: can be assessed in terms of X [5]
Sentence: Classroom speech can be assessed in terms of the amount of information that is exchanged.

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Preform: can be thought of as ADJECTIVE [7]
Sentence: A man can be thought of as happy if he has attempted to do no harm to his fellow man.

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Preform: can't even
Sentence: You ask me to go with you tonight? I can't even...

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Preform: can't seem to find ........ [1]
Sentence: Mom! I can't seem to find my had. Did you put it somewhere?

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Preform: can't seem to find any X [2]
Sentence: I can't seem to find any pine trees in that part of the forest.

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Preform: canary in a coal mine [4]
Sentence: This pilot program is like a canary in a coal mine. If it fails, there is little chance of finding funding for the complete program.

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Preform: canary in a coal mine.......[5]
Sentence: You don't understand: it's not a promotion. You'll be a canary in a coal mine. If you survive, you'll have assistance. If you don't, you'll be fired.

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Preform: care not a whit [7]
Sentence: Ed and Al care not a whit about the other players pon the team.

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Preform: carries a chip on her shoulder [4]
Sentence: She's arrogant and hard-headed. In other words, she carries a chip on her shoulder.

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Preform: cash cow [2]
Sentence: The new part of my retail business has been enormously well received. All of the members of the staff are calling it a cash cow.

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Preform: cash cow................[1]
Sentence: Fixing flat tires has been their main source of income, their cash cow. Your invention will cut their business in half. You can expect significant push back.

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Preform: cat bird seat .......5
Sentence: He likes to be relatively high up with a unobstructed view. In other words, he likes a cat bird seat.

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Preform: cat is out of the bag [4]
Sentence: Why not talk about it? Everybody knows: the cat is out of the bag.

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Preform: cat is out of the bag.......[5]
Sentence: The cat is out of the bag now: the secret engagement is now known by everyone.

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Preform: cat's meow [3]
Sentence: He was all spiffy and smiles: he was the cat's meow.

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Preform: catch me if you can.......[5]
Sentence: "Catch me if you can," Tom said and ran into the woods. "That should be easy," his friends said and took off after him.

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Preform: caught flat footed.....[5]
Sentence: Her remark caught him flat footed. He didn't know how to answer.

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Preform: chalk it up to X [3]
Sentence: It's not too serious a mistake. We can chalk it up to the fact that he doesn't have much experience.

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Preform: chances are pretty slim [5]
Sentence: Chances are pretty slim that he'll show up. But, you never know. Will Susan be there? If you want to increase the chances that he'll be there, let him know that she'll be there.

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Preform: chances are pretty slim......[6]
Sentence: Chances are pretty slim that Susan will pass the course. If she fails, she can take it once again. If she fails a second time, she will have to leave school.

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Preform: charm your socks off..........[5]
Sentence: He has a slightly formal way about him. But he's a charmer: he'll charm your socks off.

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Preform: chock-a-block
Sentence: His pickup truck is chock-a-block: we can't add even one small box.

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Preform: choke a cow [3]
Sentence: He got a bonus that was so big it would choke a cow. It was big, but he did earn it.

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Preform: choke up [2]
Sentence: I choked up when she asked for her parents, who died in the crash.

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Preform: circle back to that.....[3]
Sentence: In responding to your inquiry, I would like to circle back to what I said at the beginning of my remarks. Namely, I commented that teachers need to be motivated, and--to some degree--students have a remarkable role to play.

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Preform: circle the wagons..........[4]
Sentence: I'm afraid they intend to do us harm. It's time to circle the wagons: we can help each other to defend ourselves.

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Preform: claim to fame.......[2]
Sentence: His one claim to fame is having been photographed with a famous actor.

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Preform: clear that hurdle [6]
Sentence: Once we clear that hurdle, the rest of the problems will be easy to solve.

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Preform: close call.......[1]
Sentence: That was a close call: the autombobioe passed at inches away from the infant.

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Preform: clossed down
Sentence: All school were closed down due to the bad weather condition

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Preform: clossed down
Sentence: All school were closed down due to the bad weather condition

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Preform: code-switching [9]
Sentence: Apparently, code-switching can be done only by two or more persons in whom fluency in at least two-languages is approximately equal.

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Preform: come back to haunt him [2]
Sentence: That mechanic is always taking short cuts so that he can finish repairing cars quickly. Those short cuts will come back to haunt him.

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Preform: come clean [3]
Sentence: Are you going to come clean about the accident or do you want me to never speak to you again? The deep scratch was not made when my car was parked.

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Preform: come clean...........[2]
Sentence: The detective told Al to come clean. "Admit that you were in the wrong and the judge will go easy on you," the detective said with a look of anger in his eyes.

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Preform: come clean...........[2]
Sentence: The detective told Al to come clean. "Admit that you were in the wrong and the judge will go easy on you," the detective said with a look of anger in his eyes.

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Preform: come from all walks of life....[8]
Sentence: The participants come from all walks of life. May the best man or woman win!

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Preform: come hell or high water .......[3]
Sentence: "Come hell or high water," he said, "I am going to finish this job."

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Preform: come into play [5]
Sentence: When blood flow is interrupted, any number of biological mechanisms can come into play to try to save what is left.

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Preform: come out of hiding [4]
Sentence: He came out of hiding when he was certain that the policeman had gone.

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Preform: come out of the closet........[2]
Sentence: John finally came out of the closet. He and Richard are now married and seem very happy.

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Preform: come riding to the rescue [9]
Sentence: Sam came riding to the rescue when it appeared that I would lose the election..

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Preform: come right this way ........[2]
Sentence: Come right this way please. The president is waiting for you.

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Preform: come this way, please ...........[3]
Sentence: Good morning, Mr. Smith. Won't you come this way please. The doctor is expecting you.

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Preform: come to a head [1]
Sentence: The long-standing disagreement between the two men came to a head yesterday when they actually got into a fist-fight.

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Preform: comes in waves [6]
Sentence: The throbbing of Joe's migraine headaches came in waves: each worse than the one before.

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Preform: common sense [3]
Sentence: She doesn't have any common sense: she was trying to fry an egg without breaking the shell first.

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Preform: comparing apples to oranges.......[4]
Sentence: Limiting yourself to age and skill is wrong: that's like comparing apples to oranges. They're different things. Some older people are skillful, and some younger guys need additional training.

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Preform: comply with demands ......[10]
Sentence: We have complied with all of your demands. When can we expect to get him back?

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Preform: contrary to the conventional wisdom that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: Contrary to the conventional wisdom that violence is an inherent part of the personality, recent research has indicated that it can be learned during adolescence.

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Preform: control freak [3]
Sentence: Everything must be done exactly as he wishes. He is a control freak.

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Preform: cottage industry......[2]
Sentence: Most of the production of widgets is done in family garages and basements. But we're talking about a lot of garages and basements. Why, this has become a cottage industry. (widgets = a general term for any small device)

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Preform: could you please.......... [-1]
Sentence: Sue, could you please open the window? And John, could you please bring me a glass of water?

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Preform: couldn't be happier [7]
Sentence: Your speech was wonderful: your father couldn't be happier.

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Preform: couldn't stop himself [2]
Sentence: He tried not to go to Mary's house, but he couldn't stop himself.

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Preform: count me in ...........[3]
Sentence: Yes, indeed! I want to go. Definitely count me in.

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Preform: count on that.........[5]
Sentence: I will never agree: you can count on that. Never!

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Preform: crawling with X [4]
Sentence: The large dance-floor was crawling with policemen. The visual effect from high up was they were like insects: no disrespect intended.

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Preform: cream of the crop [4]
Sentence: Prof. Sylvan told each class that they were the cream of the crop, the best of the best.

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Preform: creep me out......[1]
Sentence: Don't talk like that. You're creeping me out. I'm so scared that I'm shaking.

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Preform: creep me out......[2]
Sentence: The ghost stories that he will tell will creep you out. I do wish that he wouldn't do that, especially when children are around.

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Preform: crowning glory [3]
Sentence: I once knew a man who said that his thick hair was his crowning glory. This was said tongue-in-cheek because "crowning glory" usually refers to high achievement.

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Preform: cry me a river [7]
Sentence: "Cry me a river," the coach said when Sam said that he had a slight headache.

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Preform: curl up on the couch........[4]
Sentence: I just want to curl up on the couch and forget all about the office. Everywhere I turn, I find out that something has gone wrong and that it's me who has to fix it.

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Preform: cut it out .............. [1]
Sentence: Cut it out! If you don't stop kicking my seat, I will advise the manager of this theatre.

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Preform: cut me off at the knees....[5]
Sentence: Don't ask for all of the money that I owe you. Not at once. You'll be cutting me off at the knees. If I were to pay you, I would have to close shop.

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Preform: cut them off at the knees...[6]
Sentence: Our coach intuitively knows the next play of the opposing team. As a result, we are winning. Under our coach, we are cutting them off at the knees.

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Preform: cut us off at the knees [7]
Sentence: Your foreign policy makes it impossible for us to have confidence in your government. You cut us off at the knees by your trade with that country.

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Preform: cut your losses.......[5]
Sentence: You'd better cut your losses at the gambling casino and come home. Your wife will leave you if you don't: part of that money belongs to her.

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Preform: damaged goods [5]
Sentence: FDR was quite reluctant to acknowledge that he had had polio because it would mark him as "damaged goods" and people would not vote for him. It is a primitive belief.

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Preform: day in and day out [2]
Sentence: Since she turned 14, she argues with me day in and day out. I love her, but I'll sure be happy when she turns l8 and goes off to college or gets a job.

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Preform: day in and day out...........[4]
Sentence: Day in and day out the baby was crying loudly. I think he should have been taken to a doctor.

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Preform: dead end [2]
Sentence: That street is a dead end. If you go down it, you will just have to turn around and come back.

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Preform: deep content knowledge [5]
Sentence: Tough exams should probe for deep content knowledge.

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Preform: deep pockets [3]
Sentence: Welcome! The cause is good. The food is excellent. The entertainment was quite professional. Now, I hope you have deep pockets to express your agreement with me. Let us all be as charitable as possible.

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Preform: deja vu [8]
Sentence: Deja vu is a startling mental event.

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Preform: delicate balance...........[1]
Sentence: There is a delicate balance between work and play.

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Preform: devilishly difficult [8]
Sentence: The second movement is devilishly difficult: it took me quite a while to master it.

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Preform: did herself in [3]
Sentence: Normally, I am against suicide. There are, however, rare situations that justify--in my opinion--doing yourself in.

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Preform: disrespected
Sentence: I can believe Kim would disrespect her mom in the presences of her friends

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Preform: distinguishing characteristic [7]
Sentence: This type of innovation is a distinguishing characteristic that is called a "ratchet effect," that is an incremental upgrading of skills.

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Preform: do not correlate with higher performance in the classroom [8]
Sentence: Graduate degrees do not correlate with higher performance in the classroom.

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Preform: do some heavy lifting [3]
Sentence: That country is always ready to do a lot of talking, but it is never ready to do some heavy lifting. If an athlete only talks, he avoids the work of lifting heavy weights.

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Preform: do tell! [7]
Sentence: "Do tell!" the teacher said when the student gave an impossible excuse.

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Preform: do what we please [1]
Sentence: He doesn't care what we want. He will do what he pleases.

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Preform: do' and don't's [4]
Sentence: The head teacher told us all of the do's and dont's of his class. There were a lot of rules.

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Preform: Does this thing ever work?............[-1s]
Sentence: "Does this thing ever work?" he said as he pulled the starter cord on the outboard motor of his boat again and again. Finally, the motor caughed thick oil smoke and began.

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Preform: dog and pony show [3]
Sentence: It wasn't much of a competition. Essentially, it was a dog and pony show. Everyone knew which high school band would be called the best. I far prefer real effort.

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Preform: dog-and-pony show [3]
Sentence: Those leaders are not suggesting any worthwhile goals: the whole thing is a dog-and-pony show.

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Preform: don't blame her........[4]
Sentence: I don't blame her for getting angry. She been patient for a very long time. Finally, she lashed out when her best friend said she was guilty.

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Preform: don't get me started [5]
Sentence: We agreed on a handshake that $10 for two rakes was a fair price. Let's not get started on that again.

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Preform: don't let its size fool you.........[4]
Sentence: Don't let its size fool you. This flashlight is only four inches long but it is extremely powerful.

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Preform: Don't let its small size fool you. .......[5s]
Sentence: Don't let its small size fool you. When that animal gets angry, you'd need an elephant to stop it.

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Preform: don't look a gift horse in the mouth [2]
Sentence: Normally, before buying a horse, the buyer examines his mouth to determine the condition of his teeth and therefore his age. If you are given a horse, however, it is bad form to examine his mouth. In other words, don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

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Preform: don't mess with the IRS.......[7]
Sentence: The slogan "Don't mess with the IRS" is becoming very popular. It was started as part of an advertisement for an income tax preparation firm.

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Preform: don't take it out on him ....[3]
Sentence: So her husband stole your money. It's not her fault. Don't take it out on her.

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Preform: down and out.....[4]
Sentence: I like him, but he has become down and out in the past year. I think it's better if he is not made to feel welcome here. When a person is destitute, I don't believe he or she is to be trusted.

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Preform: down in the dumps.......[3]
Sentence: Since her boyfriend said that they would have to break up, she has been down in the dumps. So has he. They'll probably get back together soon.

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Preform: down pat...............[-1]
Sentence: He's got all of the material down pat. Undoubtedly, he will make a good score on the exam.

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Preform: dream come true.........[5]
Sentence: Nary said that her parents' gift to her of a used car was a dream come true. None of the other students would have ever thought this of a used car with 189,000 miles on it.

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Preform: dream come true....[2]
Sentence: Her new car was like a dream come true.

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Preform: dream come true....[2]
Sentence: Ti's only an old used car, but for me, it's a dream come true.

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Preform: dropped a bombshell [3]
Sentence: Jane dropped a bombshell at dinner Sunday. She said calmly that she got married last week.

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Preform: dropped a bombshell ....[5]
Sentence: I'm afraid you dropped a bombshell when you said your were already married: we all thought you would ask our daughter to marry you.

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Preform: dropped a bombshell........[5]
Sentence: You really did drop a bombshell when you said that either your wife would be hired by our company or else you were going to quit.

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Preform: drum roll ......[5]
Sentence: Immediately before an important event, a drum roll is not rare.

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Preform: during a given experiment [10]
Sentence: During a given experiment, the scanner snaps pictures of the rapid-fire brain activity every two seconds.

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Preform: dying to go...........[2]
Sentence: John is dying to visit his girl friend in Smithville. He would do anything to be allowed to accompany us. He really wants to go!

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Preform: dying to go........[4]
Sentence: Oh yes. John said that he's dying to go to the play and watch Sue act. I am the same. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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Preform: each group took measures to minimize the use of X [10]
Sentence: Each group took measures to minimize the use of other languages.

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Preform: each of us ......[8]
Sentence: Each of us listens to the others and then does what he or she thinks is right.

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Preform: each of which [7]
Sentence: The test consists of 20 criteria, each of which is scored as 0, 1 or 2.

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Preform: each of whom [8]
Sentence: He is one of five team members, each of whom has responsibility for one area.

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Preform: each of whom has [8]
Sentence: He is one of the leaders, each of whom has responsibility for one area.

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Preform: each X turns in upon itself because [7]
Sentence: Each group turns in upon itself because in each, one find the attitude that it is special and superior to all others. That is at the heart of the abomination called "ethnic cleansing."

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Preform: easy come, easy go [5]
Sentence: He won $50,000 at the casino, and then he lost all of it. He gritted his teeth and said, "Easy come, easy go."

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Preform: easy come; easy go [2]
Sentence: Joe always said, "Easy come; easy go." He felt that if you wanted something, you would have to work hard and long for it.

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Preform: eat your heart out [4]
Sentence: When Joe saw Al out with Jane, Al said, "Eat your heart out, Joe. You didn't want her love: I do.Now get out of my way and leave me alone."

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Preform: elicit a response [4]
Sentence: At first, the speaker's comments did not elicit a response from anyone in the audience. After a few minutes, however, the audience became restless and shouts were heard.

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Preform: Elvis is leaving the building ....[2]
Sentence: Instead of saying the name of the important man or woman they are guarding, policemen used to say "Elvis is leaving the building." It has become something amusing to say.

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Preform: embark on a new quest [10+]
Sentence: When she was 50 years old, she embarked on a new quest, skydiving.

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Preform: emotional melt-down ......[7]
Sentence: At 1 p.m., everyone was very happy and excited. By 3 p.m., the happiness had turned to sadness and frustration. By 4 p.m., there was a complete emotional melt-down in the crowd. It was disappointing and dangerous.

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Preform: emotional melt-down ......[7]
Sentence: At 1 p.m., everyone was very happy and excited. By 3 p.m., the happiness had turned to sadness and frustration. By 4 p.m., there was a complete emotional melt-down in the crowd. It was disappointing and dangerous.

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Preform: empty nest ........... [3]
Sentence: That couple has started going to lots of plays and having people over. I think it's all part of the empty nest syndrome. Their last child went off to college last summer, and now it's quiet as a mouse in their house.

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Preform: end-times..............[2]
Sentence: "We are getting into the end-times," the preached said. "There is still time to repent."

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Preform: enough is enough........[2]
Sentence: Enough is enough, the woman said and threw her engagement ring at her fiance.

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Preform: entertain an offer [6]
Sentence: I would be willing to entertain an offer for my house. Exactly how much is it worth to you?

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Preform: even up the score ...... [6]
Sentence: You have evened up the score. Now stop1 If you don't, you will be asked to leave the party.

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Preform: even up the score ...... [6]
Sentence: You have evened up the score. Now stop. If you don't, you will be asked to leave the party.

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Preform: ever the __X__ [7]
Sentence: Mr. Deaux was ever the teacher: he hated to see children fail.

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Preform: ever the __X__ [7]
Sentence: Mr. Deaux was ever the teacher: he hated to see children fail.

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Preform: every single one [50
Sentence: She answered every single one correctly and made "A" in all of her courses.

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Preform: everyone who is anyone......[5]
Sentence: Everyone who is anyone will attend the party that marks the 100th birthday of Mrs. Oday. Virtualy everyone in town was in her first-grade class at the public school. She is a much beloved person.

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Preform: everything came to a halt [6]
Sentence: After the explosion, everything came to a halt. Nothing was moving.

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Preform: everything is just as you left it [10]
Sentence: Everything is just as you left it: no one has touched a thing or even gone into your room.

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Preform: exceed expectations [5]
Sentence: His performance on the exam exceeded expectations of virtually all of the teachers.

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Preform: exchanged
Sentence: Tina and Adam exchange business cards with each other

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Preform: excuse himself and slip away [2]
Sentence: When Gil didn't know the answer, he excused himself and slipped away.

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Preform: explain as to why ..........[5]
Sentence: The teacher explained for a long time as to why an infitive can be a subject. The example he gave was, "To dance with a movie star would be delightful."

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Preform: explanation that X offers is that CLAUSE
Sentence: The explanation that Michael offers is that he did not change lanes. It is the other driver who did the changing.

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Preform: extrapolating from he samples [10+]
Sentence: Extrapolating from the samples, the scientists estimate that up to seven trillion pieces of microplastic could be released because of climate change.

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Preform: eyes glaze over...........[4]
Sentence: When Professor Smith begins talking, the students' eyes glaze over. They all think that he's a nice man, but they also think that he's incredibly boring.

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Preform: eyes peeled [2]
Sentence: Keep your eyes peeled. If the officials catch us, we'll be treated like criminals.

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Preform: false sense of familiarity......[4]
Sentence: Television and photographs can breed a false sense of familiarity later on.

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Preform: fancy seeing you here!............[1]
Sentence: Fancy seeing you here! We all thought you were visiting your sick grandmother in Columbia.

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Preform: fare-thee-well .......[10}
Sentence: He researched the story to a fare-thee-well and began writing. There seemed nothing more that he could learn about the topic.

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Preform: faster than the eye can see [4]
Sentence: Don't be a fool and bet with him: his hands are faster than the eye can see.

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Preform: fatal misstep......[6]
Sentence: "If you max out your credit cards in order to pay your employees, you'll be taking a fatal misstep," Bill said. "Your debts will increase until you have to file for bankrupty. And that's no picnic," he added.

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Preform: fearing for her life, CLAUSE [8]
Sentence: Fearing for her life, Beth began to weep and gasp for breath.

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Preform: feather in your cap.....[4]
Sentence: Your having been appointed chairman is indeed a feather in your cap. It's something you should be proud of.

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Preform: feel compelled [3]
Sentence: He felt compelled to report the widespread cheating to the teacher.

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Preform: final request [3]
Sentence: The final request he made before closing his eyes and taking one last breath was that his daughter not be neglected in the inheritance.

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Preform: finding his legs............[4]
Sentence: The horse was about four hours old and was barely finding his legs. After about 12 hours, he was shakily following his mother.

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Preform: finding his legs......[3]
Sentence: The newborn deer was already finding his legs. Within one day, I think he will be strong enough to follow his mother and survive.

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Preform: finger on the scale [3]
Sentence: No one likes to buy from a man who secretly puts his finger on the scale, increasing the cost but not the actual weight of the thing that is bought.

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Preform: fire broke out [3]
Sentence: Fire broke out in the kitchen. From there, it spread to the rest of the house.

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Preform: fire it up [1]
Sentence: You say you fixed the engine. Well, let's fire it up to see if it starts.

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Preform: fires of hell ....... [4]
Sentence: The fires of hell can't make me break my promise.

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Preform: fires of hell..........[10]
Sentence: A political leader said that the fkires of hell would freeze over before he would agree to a certain proposal.

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Preform: first come, first served......[5]
Sentence: He's a stickler for order. It's always first come, first served. He never deviates.

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Preform: fish out of water..........[4]
Sentence: When I'm around her family, I'm like a fish out of water. I don't understand medicine or most other parts of science. I'm a good refrigeration repair man. That's it.

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Preform: fish out of water..........[4]
Sentence: When I'm around her family, I'm like a fish out of water. I don't understand medicine or most other parts of science. I'm a good refrigeration repair man. That's it.

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Preform: fits like a glove [4]
Sentence: Your new shirt fits like a glove. It seems to have been made for you.

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Preform: fits like a glove......[3]
Sentence: That shirt fits like a glove. Give me three: one black, one red, and one blue.

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Preform: fits like a glove......[3]
Sentence: That shirt fits like a glove. Give me three: one black, one red, and one blue.

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Preform: flashes of insight [7]
Sentence: Flashes of insight are markers of the creative process.

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Preform: flights of fancy [8]
Sentence: You can't really depend on him. His flights of fancy know no limits. He has serious problems in separating cold, hard reality from fanciful imagination.

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Preform: flying by the seat of his pants........[5]
Sentence: That was a long time ago. Daddy didn't know much about the plumbing business. Essentially, he was flying by the seat of his pants.

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Preform: flying by the seat of my pants [5]
Sentence: None of my instruments work. I'm flying by the seat of my pants. Some call it "intuition".

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Preform: flying off the shelf ......[3]
Sentence: The new beans are very popular. The cans are flying off the shelf.

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Preform: flying off the shelves......[4]
Sentence: Those new shoes are flying off the shelves. Neither of us anticipated this. It'g great, but we must reorder within the next ten minutes.

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Preform: fool's paradise [4]
Sentence: Don't accept too quickly: I might be wrong, but it sounds like a fool's paradise.

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Preform: fool's paradise [4]
Sentence: He thinks he is the best baseball player in the state. He is living in a fool's paradise.

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Preform: fool's paradise...... [4]
Sentence: As far as I'm concerned, you and your wife are living in a fool's paradise. When the bills start arriving, you'll see that I was right.

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Preform: for a while [1]
Sentence: Just sit down and rest for a while. You might be in mild shock.

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Preform: for me to VERB [9]
Sentence: For me to go out with you would be wrong: you are married.

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Preform: for some time [2]
Sentence: For some time now,I have been reading for 60 minutes every day after dinner. I started about five months ago.

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Preform: for some time now.......[4]
Sentence: She's been sleeping for some time now. I think we should wake her up. It's getting late.

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Preform: for some time.....[1]
Sentence: I've been watching you for some time now. I think that you will be very comfortable with Watkins and Roberts.

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Preform: for some time....[2]
Sentence: She has been gone for some time. I'm beginning to get worried.

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Preform: for the birds [2]
Sentence: That speech he gave yesterday is for the birds. I couldn't sit through all of it.

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Preform: for the sake of argument, let us assume that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: For the sake of argument, let us assume that Jane is correct.

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Preform: for years......[1]
Sentence: For years, I have been dying to spend a summer in the country. It seems that an opportuinity for that has presented itself.

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Preform: formative event.......[5]
Sentence: This will be a formative event in her life. Let us set aside our disagreements for a little while and let her know that we share her joy.

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Preform: fortress under siege ......... [10+]
Sentence: They attacked our company from all angles. It was a fortress under siege.

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Preform: fraught situation [7]
Sentence: It was a fraught situation: everyone was quite nervous.

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Preform: friends don't let friends drive drunk......[5]
Sentence: Friends don't let friends drive drunk. They should take the keys away from the man who kept falling over everything.

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Preform: from now on ......[1]
Sentence: From now on, I would appreciate it if none of you were to play or to even walk in the small space I call my garden. It's special to me.

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Preform: from the get-go [3]
Sentence: She's been angry from the get-go. Who knows when she'll cool down.

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Preform: from the point of view of X [5]
Sentence: From the point of view of a single culture, this procedure is very useful.

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Preform: from time to time............[3]
Sentence: From time to time it occurs to me that a skilled labor background is as interesting and rewarding as undergraduate school.

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Preform: fundamental to X and to Y is Z [10]
Sentence: Fundamental to chemistry and to physics is mathematics.

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Preform: fundamentally misguided view of the world...[2]
Sentence: I don't consider him a moral person. I think, rather, that he's got a fundamentally misguided view of the world.

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Preform: fuss and fight [1]
Sentence: They fuss and fight very often. I hope that they don't come to our party.

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Preform: get ahead......[1]
Sentence: Don't be too eager or you'll get ahead of yourself and will not know what you're doing.

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Preform: get away...........[-1]
Sentence: I will have to get away from this New York life: I am becoming a ball of nerves.

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Preform: get cold feet..........[5]
Sentence: "I was going to ask Jane to dance," the 13-year-old boy said, "but I got cold feet. I couldn't make myself walk. She saw me shaking and came across the dance floor and said that I was silly." "Of course I want to dance with you," she said and began dancing with him.

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Preform: get down to brass tacks [6]
Sentence: They got down to brass tacks and discussed three highly meaningful issues.

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Preform: get his goat [1]
Sentence: Sue's friend always does something to irritate him. She always gets his goat.

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Preform: get inside her head .......5
Sentence: Through telephone calls and very many letters, he got inside her head. She became so confused that she had to visit a psychiatrist.

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Preform: get inside her head .......5
Sentence: Through telephone calls and very many letters, he got inside her head. She became so confused that she had to visit a psychiatrist.

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Preform: get it while the getting's good [5]
Sentence: "Get it while the getting's good," Al told his classmates who were waiting to eat.

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Preform: get off Scot-free [1]
Sentence: Mos people have to serve time in jail if they commit a crime. Not Sam: he got off Scot-free because the arresting policeman made a serious error.

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Preform: get out of hand.......[4]
Sentence: The demonstration got out of hand. Protesters began throwing garbage cans and garbage at the police.

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Preform: get over it [4]
Sentence: You gambled and lost. Get over it.

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Preform: get over it!.......[1]
Sentence: Her husband was angry because his window was broken. He wouldn't stop complaining. "Get over it!" his wife said annoyed.

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Preform: get tipsy [6]
Sentence: If you are used to drinking champagne, you will get tipsy after one glass.

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Preform: get to higher ground.........[4]
Sentence: We've got to get to higher ground before the flood waters are over the steps.

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Preform: get up late......[-1]
Sentence: I get up late this morning. How about you? Did you get up early or late?

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Preform: get wind of it.....[4]
Sentence: Just hope that she doesn't get wind of what you did. If she does, I doubt that she'll ever talk to you again. I wouldn't blame her for doing that.

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Preform: get wind of something........[4]
Sentence: "Before the police get wind of this, you have to tell me. Where were you last night." He had never seen his mother so angry.

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Preform: get wind of something.....[3]
Sentence: By the time she gets wind of this party, everyone will be gone.

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Preform: getting along in age...........[2]
Sentence: He shouldn't be skydiving: he's getting along in age. How old is he? 81?

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Preform: giant leap forward [1]
Sentence: This football team has made a giant leap forward this year.

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Preform: gift that matters .......[3]
Sentence: I think you should spend more and give her a gift that matters. You won't have a chance again.

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Preform: give expression to the idea of [9]
Sentence: As an aesthetic symbol, the carpet gives expression to the idea of the garden, which is in separable from the notion of Paradise.

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Preform: give me a hand [1]
Sentence: These boxes are heavy. Please give me a hand.

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Preform: give me a hand........[1]
Sentence: Could you give me a hand with this piano. It's awfully heavy.

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Preform: give me a hand....[1]
Sentence: Please give me a hand: I cannot lift the tire alone.

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Preform: give one another chance [4]
Sentence: Please don't fire me! Give me another chance.

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Preform: give rise to ......[9]
Sentence: Your question gives rise to all sorts of unwarranted speculation.

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Preform: glowing review...............[3]
Sentence: Three newspapers carried glowing reviews of the new pla. Only one said that the play about racism was old fashioned and poured old wine into new bottles.

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Preform: go away..........[-1]
Sentence: Go away, Little Brother. When I need you to help me, you're no where to be found. When I don't want you around, you refuse to leave. But I love you, regardless of whether or not I want you near at a given moment.

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Preform: go awry [2]
Sentence: When things start to go awry, it's usually time to slow down. Often that helps to give us a chance to put things back in order.

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Preform: go beyoind the basics [6]
Sentence: There was no attempt to go beyond the basics and do some tinkering to make an improved ant catcher.

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Preform: go bust [3]
Sentence: After her marriage went bust, she went one way and her husband went another.

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Preform: go on the fritz [8]
Sentence: Pelvic nerves may also go on the frits, becoming hyper-stimulated. That is what certain researchers worry.

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Preform: go see if you can find out what's.......[8]
Sentence: Everyone is walking and running toward the school. Go see if you can find out what's happening.

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Preform: go steady [1]
Sentence: Sam and Jane have been going steady for one year. He'll probably ask her to marry him.

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Preform: Go to the park.
Sentence: went to the park

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Preform: go viral............[1]
Sentence: That photo of you hitting a dog with your fist has become very popular. Lots of people have seen it on the internet. It has gone viral!

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Preform: going forward........[3]
Sentence: That's all I want to say about cars. Going forward, I would like to speak at greater length about busses.

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Preform: good as gone...........[5]
Sentence: He decided to leave when no one supported him. Now, he's good as gone. I imagine he'll leave before the weekend.

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Preform: good night's sleep [2]
Sentence: You'll feel better after you get a good night's sleep.

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Preform: good to go............[4]
Sentence: Ted, the mechanic, told me that the car was ready. "It's good to go," he said with a smile.

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Preform: good.....night!......................[5]
Sentence: Good.....night but that knife is sharp! Be very careful or you'll cut yourself.

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Preform: Goodnight Irene ...................[3]
Sentence: If he doesn't make it before the flood hits the bridge, it'll be Goodnight Irene. He won't have a chance.

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Preform: goodnight Irene [7]
Sentence: If he doesn't hand in his paper by 8 p.m., it's goodnight Irene. No more chances.

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Preform: goodnight Irene........[7]
Sentence: Then he saw that all of his tires were flat. It was goodnight Irene. There's no way he can get them changed in time for the race.

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Preform: got a beef [6]
Sentence: Those two have never been friends: Sam, in particular, has a beef with his boss.

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Preform: grace personified [3]
Sentence: Jane is trim, polite, humble and carries herself well: she is grace personified.

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Preform: grace personified [4]
Sentence: Sheila's reaction was grace personified. I look forward to congratulating her.

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Preform: grace personified ........[7]
Sentence: That young lady is grace perfonified. She has poise, intelligence, talent, and a keen sense of appropriate behavior.

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Preform: grace personified......[2]
Sentence: Your daughter is grace personified. Everyone admires her beauty, true humility and obvious happiness. It's a pleasure to be in her company.

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Preform: grain of truth [3]
Sentence: While there may be a grain of truth in that explanation, it has to be an oversimplification.

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Preform: grasping at straws......[3]
Sentence: "Your experiment has failed," she said. "There's a point at which it's foolish to keep grasping at straws to prove that you are right."

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Preform: grasping at straws....[3]
Sentence: There's no reason to believe that you passed the exam. You're grasping at straws when you think that the calm expression of the teacher as you left the room had any special meaning.

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Preform: grossly mismanaged..........[4]
Sentence: You are the supervisor, and, if you like, tell me not to comment further on this. But I think you grossly mismanaged that sitution by putting all of the blame on Johnson.

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Preform: had never before been linked to X [7]
Sentence: Men past 75 had never before been linked to playing an active role in gangs.

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Preform: had X stopped me [7]
Sentence: Had the police stopped me, I would have tried to be as cooperative as possible.

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Preform: hail fellow well met [10]
Sentence: "Hail fellow well met" is not used in speaking directly to someone: it refers to a sincere, heartfelt greeting that took place in a slight different time.

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Preform: half-hearted apology...............[2]
Sentence: At the end of his speech, he made a half-hearted apology for what he said about his opponent. I think it would have been better to make a strong and clear apology or to have said nothing.

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Preform: hands down..........[5]
Sentence: He won the tennis match easily. Hands down, he is the best player I have ever seen. No one comes near him.

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Preform: hard for me to fathom........[5]
Sentence: It's hard for me to fathom what you see in those guys. They will all get in trouble one day, and you'll be with them.

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Preform: hard to come by [6]
Sentence: Often, the flags of countries that are defunct are hard to come by.

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Preform: hard-pressed ......[10]
Sentence: Although that was the café that most people preferred, I think that they would have been hard-pressed to tell you why.

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Preform: hardly surprising that CLAUSE [7]
Sentence: It is hardly surprising that Rudy has been thought guilty.

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Preform: has been held in high regard [7]
Sentence: Persistence despite difficulty has been held in high regard for thousands of years.

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Preform: has been linked to [9]
Sentence: Theta activity indicates a slower-paced, more relaxed brain state. Greater theta activity has been linked to enhanced memory while aware.

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Preform: has come to be known as [7]
Sentence: The quiet man has come to be known as "The Ultimate Marauder" in wrestling circle.

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Preform: has come to be known as [7]
Sentence: The quiet man has come to be known as "The Ultimate Marauder" in wrestling circles.

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Preform: has come to be known as X.........[8]
Sentence: Johnny Demarco has come to be known as John P.V. De Marco, diamond dealer par excellence.

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Preform: has got a beef [6]
Sentence: Sam doesn't like Mr. Ed, the manager: he's got a beef with his boss.

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Preform: has got it down pat........[6]
Sentence: A week ago, she didn't know when to begin and when to end. She studied, and now it's very different. She has got the whole procedure down pat.

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Preform: has in turn directed much of the energy [10]
Sentence: The lack of a broad social base has in turn directed much of the energy in the project to fostering its internal cohesion.

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Preform: has its place..............[3]
Sentence: Clarity most definitely has its place in the campaign. Voters generally don't like half-hearted positions and view them as a weakness.

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Preform: has long been debated [3]
Sentence: It has long been debated that genetics is closely related to the causes of schizophrenia. [4]

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Preform: has no business [3]
Sentence: He had no business climbing to the top of the pecan tree. He fell down and broke his arm. I'll take him to the hospital, but that's all I will do.

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Preform: has not gone unnoticed [3]
Sentence: The current crisis in U.S. education has not gone unnoticed by our international neighbors.

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Preform: has often been attributed to X [6]
Sentence: Intelligence has often been attributed to some kind of energy flow or force field.

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Preform: has the voice of an angel [7]
Sentence: Carol has the voice of an angel: everyone likes to hear her sing.

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Preform: has yet to be determined.......[5]
Sentence: He has admitted his guilt in the matter. Exactly how long he will be sent to prison for, however, has yet to be determined. I hope the judge is lenient and gives him a light sentence.

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Preform: hassel-free .......[1]
Sentence: Well, you just won the lotto. That will help you find a hassel-free environment. Don't count on it, though. Money attracts men without principle.

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Preform: have a rough night [4]
Sentence: I had a rough night last night. What with my own cold and two sick children, I didn't get much sleep.

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Preform: have an affair............[8]
Sentence: "We weren't having an affair or anything like that. Jane is simply my good friend. Can't you understand that?" Ed said.

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Preform: have at it.....[3]
Sentence: If you disagree, let us have at it right here and now. Otherwise, we'll all be sulking all afternoon.

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Preform: have failed to VERB [4]
Sentence: They have failed to realize that once they are out, they will not be allowed back in.

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Preform: have found that CLAUSE [8]
Sentence: Experimenters have found that touch is as important as vision for learning and retaining information.

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Preform: have his hands full.........[3]
Sentence: With his demanding girl-friend, he's always got his hands full

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Preform: have his sights set on .............[3]
Sentence: That high school senior is determined. He has his sights set on Harvard University. I wish him luck.

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Preform: have long had profound concern for X [10]
Sentence: They have long had profound concern for animal rights and the ethical issues raised by the inter-relationship of animals and people.

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Preform: have long recognized [6]
Sentence: Psychiatrists have long recognized that failing to get in touch with one's feelings extracts a physical.

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Preform: have made it even more the symbol of [10]
Sentence: The cedar's natural properties of strength and grandeur have made it even more the symbol of incorruptibility.

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Preform: have my back [3]
Sentence: Soldiers often depend on their friends to protect each other from different directions. They have each other's back.

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Preform: have my back.........[6]
Sentence: The two policeman said that they "had each other's back" meaning that they helped guard their partner in a dangerous situation.

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Preform: have one's head on straight.....[5]
Sentence: Anyone with his head on straight would realiZe that I was not involved in the car accident. I was in California and the accident occurred in New York City.

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Preform: have your work cut out for you [8]
Sentence: Khalid, you have your work cut out for you: you must start a formulaics site in Arabic.

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Preform: having analysed the scripts presented, [10]
Sentence: Having analyzed the scripts presented, we found that few of the authors understood what we were aiming for.

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Preform: he's got bigger fish to fry......[9]
Sentence: Sam can't be concerned with the theft of an old jacket. He's got bigger fish to fry, like the thief who stole the president's highly valued gift.

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Preform: head for the hills.............[4]
Sentence: He headed for the hills after wrecking his father's car. No one saw him for about two months.

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Preform: head on straight [2]
Sentence: He doesn't have his head on straight: he thinks the Yankees are the best team.

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Preform: head on straight [4]
Sentence: He has never impressed me as having his head on straight. I'd be careful about investing money in a plan of his.

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Preform: head start..... [1]
Sentence: Albert got to school early and got a head start on his classmates. As a result, he finished his assignment before the rest and went to watch the ball game.

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Preform: headed for New Orleans........[3]
Sentence: We were headed for New Orleans when our car broke down. Getting it fixed took all weekend.

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Preform: hear it on the grapevine..........[4]
Sentence: Did Ed tell you that or did you hear it on the grapevine? If you heard it from Ed himself, we ought to take some action. If it's just gossip, we'll ignore it.

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Preform: heaven forbid!
Sentence: It was dark and both of his headlights were out. Heaven forbid! He's very lucky that he didn't get into an accident.

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Preform: heaven forbid! [4]
Sentence: Heaven forbid! We didn't know what she'd do next.

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Preform: heavy llifting [2]
Sentence: There's no heavy lifting involved: just write a 250-word evaluation of the story you were assigned for today.

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Preform: herding cats [3]
Sentence: Teaching that group of students is a little like herding cats. By their nature, cats do not behave in such a fashion that they can be herded like cattle or sheep.

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Preform: high incidence [3]
Sentence: On the island of Martha's Vineyard, there is a high incidence of genetic deafness.

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Preform: high profile [5]
Sentence: He kept a high profile in college. Now, he's different: you rarely hear his name.

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Preform: his concerns have paralleled those of X [10+]
Sentence: His concerns have paralleled those of Singer.

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Preform: hit an all-time low ......[4]
Sentence: His reputation hit an all-time low after he was caught trying to sell the house his aged parents were living in.

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Preform: hit it off [3]
Sentence: They didn't hit it off. Both of them were angry when they went in and angry when they came out.

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Preform: hit the roof ,,,,,,,[2]
Sentence: The teacher hit the roof when he found his best student cheating. The student received an "F", and the teacher refused to change it.

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Preform: ho, ho, ho [1]
Sentence: Santa Claus's traditional greeting is, "Ho, ho, ho."

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Preform: hob-nobbing with people she considers important [4]
Sentence: She won't have anything to do with us anymore. She's always hob-nobbing with people she considers more important.

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Preform: hold off on that [3]
Sentence: I appreciate your reminding me about the tickets. I have decided to hold off on that for a while. I'd like to see how the budget for this month is shaping up

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Preform: hold one's head high [4]
Sentence: They were not ashamed: they held their heads high.

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Preform: hold promise [1]
Sentence: I think that she holds promise as a student.

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Preform: hold your horses .........[2]
Sentence: Hold your horses! I'll be ready in ten minutes--make that twenty.

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Preform: Holy Grail................[7]
Sentence: A fish such as you describe is the Holy Grail of fishing. I don't believe that it exists now or ever. Too good to be true.

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Preform: home away from home [4]
Sentence: I hope you think of our apartment as a home away from home

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Preform: home run.......[1-]
Sentence: John loves to play baseball. His first time at bat today, he hit a home run. The fans went wild as he touched each base and then home plate.

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Preform: hood-winked [2]
Sentence: He was hood-winked at the carnival and had to go home to get a few more dollars.

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Preform: hook, line and sinker......[4]
Sentence: He took it hook, line and sinker. As soon as he puts the money in our hands, we'll be off to New York City.

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Preform: hop onto an airplane......[3]
Sentence: He was always hopping onto airplanes and traveling half-way around the world.

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Preform: horse is out of the stable [5]
Sentence: It's too late to worry: the horse is out of the stable. We might as well call off the meeting.

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Preform: house calls [1]
Sentence: Dr. Allen doesn't make house calls: you have to see him at the clinic or in his office.

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Preform: Houston, we got a problem [2]
Sentence: He said, "The astronaut said, 'Houston, we got a problem. The temperature in here keeps dropping'."

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Preform: how about........[2]
Sentence: You said you wanted to play cards. How about poker?

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Preform: how dare you [2]
Sentence: How dare you attempt to get all of the credit for warning everyone of the coming storm.

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Preform: How have those efforts been going? .....[10s]
Sentence: How have those efforts been going? I remember when they started out, they were very enthusiastic.

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Preform: how it is that [8]
Sentence: A critical next step is to nail down how it is that neurons and blood vessels communicate.

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Preform: how many times do I have to tell you that CLAUSE
Sentence: How many times do I have to tell you that you cannot sleep in class?

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Preform: how this can be done........[10]
Sentence: How this can be done depends on financing and on the motivation of teachers.

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Preform: how we can fix it......[10]
Sentence: The following article concerns itself with what can go wrong and how we can fix it.

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Preform: I am sorry for your loss,,,,,,,,,,,,[4]
Sentence: When the police encounter a death, the preform they often use is, "I am sorry for your loss."

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Preform: I calls 'em' like I sees 'em [2]
Sentence: Expressing his opinion, John said, "I calls 'em like I sees 'em."

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Preform: I come bearing gifts........[4]
Sentence: "I come bearing gifts," the policeman said as he entered the room with many boxes. He did have one box for each child. You have never seen such happiness. Each of the children felt as though he or she was important and worthy of such a gift.

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Preform: I kid you not. .....[4]
Sentence: He was trying to bring down a young bull by grabbing it by the horns. I kid you not. Then the animal shook free of him and would have injured him seriously if his friend had not been there to pull him under the fence.

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Preform: I think you got my drift........[5]
Sentence: I don't want to come out and blame anyone, but I think you got my drift. I don't like him, and I never will. But keep that to yourself or we'll have a lot of trouble.

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Preform: I thought you'd never ask! [5]
Sentence: What? Of course I will marry you. I thought you'd never ask!

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Preform: I thought you'd never ask! [5]
Sentence: What? Of course I will marry you. I thought you'd never ask!

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Preform: I thought you'd never ask. [2]
Sentence: Bill said, "Mary, will you marry me?" Anne answered, "I thought you'd never ask. Of course I will."

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Preform: I'd give anything to be...........[5]
Sentence: I'd give anything to be single again. I really enjoy dancing and going to parties and staying out all night. All that came to a screeching halt after the wedding.

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Preform: I've got places to go.........[5s]
Sentence: I've got places to go. I'll see you later.

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Preform: ideas slip away........[5]
Sentence: Good ideas can slip away like greased snakes. If you get one, you had better stop whatever you're doing and take notes.

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Preform: identical
Sentence: Aline and April are identical twines

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Preform: If __X__ had to work for a living, __CLAUSE__. [9]
Sentence: If Mr. Telford had to work for a living, he would be kinder to laborers.

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Preform: If __X__ were to be found, __CLAUSE__. [8]
Sentence: If Anthony were to be found, his mother would be eternally grateful.

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Preform: if I had a hammer [2]
Sentence: The song entitled "If I Had a Hammer" has become very well known. Those words are used as the title to an article on evolution.

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Preform: If I had known of X, I would have PAST PARTICIPLE [9]
Sentence: If I had known of your physical condition, I would not have allowed you to come.

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Preform: if I had my druthers .... [4]
Sentence: If I had my druthers, I'd spend my winters in the tropics.

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Preform: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Sentence: Leave it alone. It's working fine. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Preform: if only we could ..................[4]
Sentence: We would all be ecstatic if only we could find another player. I know that you have never played, but would you consider joining our team--only for today.

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Preform: if social change is to occur ..........[10]
Sentence: Freire held that if social change is to occur, it must come from the oppressed.

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Preform: if truth be told [8]
Sentence: If truth be told, Al seems to have always been jealous of his brother.

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Preform: if we generalize from these fidings, [8]
Sentence: If we generalize from these findings, then there seems very little that reformers can do to raise the awareness of practicing teachers.

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Preform: if X cannot agree on Y, then we cannot expect them to agree on Z [10+]
Sentence: If scientists cannot agree on when humans became monogamous, we can hardly expect them to agree on why it happened.

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Preform: If X had to work for a living, CLAUSE [8]
Sentence: If Edward had to work for a living, I think that she would be more understanding in general.

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Preform: If you should have any questions [3]
Sentence: If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact my assistant.

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Preform: impatiently waiting
Sentence: Adam waited impatiently for his first pay check

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Preform: in a better place.....[2]
Sentence: Your grandmother experienced some grave difficulty before her death last week. Now, she is in a better place.

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Preform: in a funk ........[3]
Sentence: You seem to be in a funk--sad, depressed, unmotivated. You should visit a psychologist.

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Preform: in a recent study [4]
Sentence: In a recent study, she and I investigated this idea.

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Preform: in a tizzy .....[3]
Sentence: You know Aunt Jude. She's always in a tizzy, excited about nothing.

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Sentence: You know Aunt Jude. She's always in a tizzy, excited about nothing.

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Preform: in bed with [5]
Sentence: City officials are in bed with the unions: Al says that's why taxes keep increasing.

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Preform: in favor of [5]
Sentence: I am in favor of leaving. It'll be dark soon, and no one is sure about which roads get us out of here.

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Preform: in for a severe winter (summer) [3]
Sentence: It looks like were're in for a sever winter. It's already snowing, and the water in the river is freezing over.

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Preform: in harm's way
Sentence: The President is reluctant to put anyone in harm's way.

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Preform: in harm's way......[4]
Sentence: I can't ask you to go because that would be putting you in harm's way. I must go myself.

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Preform: in no way, shape, manner or form [4]
Sentence: In no way, shape, manner or form am I suggesting that anyone stay away from the voting booth.

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Preform: in no way, shape, manner or form [5]
Sentence: In no way, shape, manner or form do I wish to suggest that anyone stay away from the voting booth.

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Preform: in on it [2]
Sentence: He knows that you were in on it. I advise you to apologize immediately. You let the other boys do what they want.

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Preform: in such cases, X triggers Y .........[10+]
Sentence: In such cases, trauma triggers a sharp disconnect from emotional awareness.

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Preform: in support of this idea [6]
Sentence: In support of this idea, administrators will not wear neckties on Friday.

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Preform: in terms of style [7]
Sentence: In terms of style, Aristotle is at a disadvantage because he addresses an audience of those who have thought very deeply on the issues of human behavior.

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Preform: in the last analysis [4]
Sentence: In the last analysis, it is you who will gain or lose most.

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Preform: inasmuch as he will never do what is ADJECTIVE [10]
Sentence: No happy can become truly miserable inasmuch as he will never do what is hateful or base.

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Preform: increasingly come face-to-face with X [4]
Sentence: Parents increasingly come face-to-face with important educational decisions that they must make.

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Preform: increasingly refined versions of the theory [10]
Sentence: Increasingly refined versions of the theory were developed by nuclear scientists.

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Preform: incur the wrath [3]
Sentence: John incurred the wrath of everyone in town. They all hate him because of what he did.

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Preform: incur the wrath [3]
Sentence: Don't incur the wrath of the teacher. When he gets angry, he gets very angry.

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Preform: incur the wrath....[2]
Sentence: You don't want to incur the wrath of that man. He's dangerous. Apologize and walk the other way.

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Preform: is asking for a whole lot of trouble by X [5]
Sentence: Rudolph was asking for a whole lot of trouble by making that comment.

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Preform: is associated with notions of [7]
Sentence: The chrysanthemum is associated with notions of longevity and even of immortality.

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Preform: is he doing it well! [2]
Sentence: He was given a difficult task, and is he doing it well! I didn't think it was possible. He is to be congratulated.

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Preform: is none too reliable [3]
Sentence: Max is none too reliable when it comes to getting up early.

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Preform: is not only to VERB-1 but to VERB-2.............[10+]
Sentence: The intent of such programs is not only to lengthen life, but more importantly, to improve the functional independence of the aged.

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Preform: is said to instill [10]
Sentence: Apollo is said to instill in the human heart a love of harmony.

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Preform: is so ADJECTIVE that CLAUSE [8]
Sentence: Galbraith is so exceptionally clear in his essay that little commentary is needed to establish its importance.

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Preform: is taken up again and again [6]
Sentence: This theme is taken up again and again in the literature of different cultures.

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Preform: is thought to have played a major role in [10]
Sentence: Anger is thought to have played a major role in John's getting fired. He is going to take a course in anger management.

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Preform: is to be found in [7]
Sentence: The best evidence for this is to be found in the books of the early sixteenth century.

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Preform: it can be argued that .........[7]
Sentence: It can be argued, however, that this approach meshes well with the norms of a closed community.

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Preform: it comes with the territory [3]
Sentence: Well, there's not much you can do to avoid the gambling and drinking. It comes with the territory. Your only alternative is to quit.

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Preform: It did not exactly put me in a party mood. .......3s
Sentence: He left with another woman. That does not exactly put me in a party mood. If you happen to see him, tell him not to write, call of visit. We're finished.

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Preform: It did not exactly put me in a party mood. .......3s
Sentence: He left with another woman. That does not exactly put me in a party mood. If you happen to see him, tell him not to write, call of visit. We're finished.

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Preform: it gives me great pleasure to introduce [3]
Sentence: Good afternoon. It gives me great pleasure to introduce Ms. Gladys Thompson.

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Preform: it goes with the territory...........[5]
Sentence: It goes with the territory. If his best judgment is affected by the seeing of a dead body, he should apply for a transfer.

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Preform: it is interesting to observe that CLAUSE [7]
Sentence: It is interesting to observe that the cat is sometimes a symbol of sin and the misuse of good things in the world.

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Preform: it is also worth mentioning that CLAUSE
Sentence: It is also worth mentioning that the Nobel Prize is among the most respected honors that can be conferred upon men and women of intellectual inquiry and pursuit.

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Preform: it is also worth noting that when CLAUSE, CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: It is also worth noting that when Smith talks about the American colonies, he reminds the reader that there is plenty of land for people to work.

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Preform: it is entirely possible that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: It is entirely possible that our most distant ancestors were monogamous.

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Preform: it is entirely possible that CLAUSE [6]
Sentence: It is entirely possible that our most distant ancestors were monogamous.

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Preform: it is generally held that CLAUSE [5]
Sentence: It is generally held that diseased animals should be kept from those that are healthy.

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Preform: It is hardly surprising that __C__. [6]
Sentence: It is hardly surprising that James should be thought guilty..

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Preform: it is hoped that [8]
Sentence: It is hoped that research findings will eventually find their way into the classroom.

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Preform: it is imposible
Sentence: It is impossible to do two things at the same time

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Preform: it is in line with this view of things that CLAUSE [10+]
Sentence: it is in line with this view of things that peace should be actively pursued at all times.

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Preform: it is of considerable importance that CLAUSE [7]
Sentence: It is of considerable importance that you do not use illustrations, tables or figures as decorations: such is the practice of amateurs.

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Preform: it is reasonable to suggest that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: It is reasonable to suggest that what is helpful is a rigorous linguistic framework.

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Preform: it is still an open question [10]
Sentence: It is still an open question how humans got to be monogamous.

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Preform: It is to be stressed that __CLAUSE__. [8]
Sentence: It is to be stressed that , generally, animals have certain rights.

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Preform: it is to be understood that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: It is to be understood that children should be respectful of older generations.

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Preform: it it ain't broke, don't fix it.......[4]
Sentence: My uncle is a professor at the university: he says, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." He does not say, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it." In this case, "sub-standard" grammar trumps grammar.

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Preform: it must be clearly understood that CLAUSE
Sentence: It must be clearly understood that in the last analysis, your action will damage the reputation of the school.

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Preform: it remains an open question as to which [7]
Sentence: It remains an open question as to which engine--a V-shaped or an in-line--is more efficient.

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Preform: it remains to be seen [8]
Sentence: It remains to be seen if these developments have any effect whatsoever.

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Preform: it remains to be seen [8]
Sentence: It remains to be seen if these developments have any effect whatsoever.

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Preform: it should be noted that CLAUSE [10]
Sentence: It should be noted that horses are often thought to have the virtue of understanding.

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Preform: it should be remembered that CLAUSE [6]
Sentence: It should be remembered that kindness is often considered a very high virtue.

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Preform: it turns out that CLAUSE [5]
Sentence: It turns out that thunderclouds did form that day--just not where the spacecraft was looking.

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Preform: it warms my heart........[3]
Sentence: It warms my heart to see a young mother caring so diligently for her child.

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Preform: it will have been worth the effort.........[8]
Sentence: If vaccines can help even a fraction of addicts get off drugs, Koobs and Janda believe their work will have been worth the effort.

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Preform: it won't hurt to look.......[6]
Sentence: Let's get a couple of prices on new cars. It won't hurt to look. We're not committing ourselves to anything.

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Preform: it'll be over before you know it......[6]
Sentence: "It'll be over before you know it," the dentist said as he assembled the tools he needed to extract a decayed tooth.

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Preform: it's a cinch that CLAUSE [2]
Sentence: It's a cinch that the New York Yankees are going to win the pennant this year. They have defeated all of the other teams, and they are really good this year.

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Preform: it's about time! ......[4]
Sentence: They have been seeing each other for six years. When they announced that they would get married in June, her mother said, "It's about time!"

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Preform: it's all up in the air at the moment [4]
Sentence: Both John and Sue deserve the award. No one knows who will get it. It's all up in the air at the moment.

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Preform: it's my turn..........[4]
Sentence: "It's my turn," the boy insisted. "Each of you rode the bicycle three times. I have ridden it once. It's my turn, and I insist that you give it to me."

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Preform: it's too bad...........[2]
Sentence: It's too bad that he cannot stay focused: otherwise, he has an excellent mind.

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Preform: Jack of all trades but master of none [4]
Sentence: He lacks advanced training in any single field: he is a Jack of all trades but maser of none.

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Preform: jack-of-all-trades but master of none [5]
Sentence: Bill can often spot the source of the problem; but he certainly cannot always fix it. He is a jack-of-all-trades but master of none.

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Preform: jealous bone....[2]
Sentence: There's not a jealous bone in my body. If someone wants to do something and it's legal, I will not object.

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Preform: Joe, is that you [1]
Sentence: As the man in a Halloween costume approached, Sam said, "Joe is that you?"

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Preform: johnny come lately [2]
Sentence: Sam Goodall is finally going to marry Jane Duvane. He's always been a Johnny come lately. I'm surprised she's waited.

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Preform: Johnny come lately.......[4]
Sentence: Jim called Ed a "Johnny-come-lately" meaning that Johnny was new in the course which was well underway.

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Preform: jump for joy [1]
Sentence: Ellen jumped for joy when her team won the game.

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Preform: jump through hoops ........[5]
Sentence: He always makes us jump through hoops when he wants to feel important. Doing unnecessary things puts a damper on the whole class.

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Preform: jump through hoops ........[5]
Sentence: He always makes us jump through hoops when he wants to feel important. Doing unnecessary things puts a damper on the whole class.

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Preform: just a moment...........[2]
Sentence: Just a moment, Doctor. Do you mean that after this operation, I will never be able to speak again? Are there any alternative courses of treatment?

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Preform: just a tad [2]
Sentence: The door is almost in place: push it just a tad more.

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Preform: just a tad [2]
Sentence: I walk just a tad over one mile every day--about a block past one mile.

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Preform: just in case [3]
Sentence: Just in case the baby wakes up before we're back, give him a bottle and sing him a gentle lullaby. I don't, however, think that that will necessary.

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Preform: just like that [3]
Sentence: So! Just like that. No warning or hint. You don't want to marry me. Well, I'll tell you what: I won't ever marry you, no matter how many times you change your mind.

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Preform: just stepped out of the shower...............[5]
Sentence: He was always fresh and bright. He looked like he had just stepped out of the shower.

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Preform: keep a stiff upper lip [4]
Sentence: I wanted to cry, but I didn't: I kept a stiff upper lip.

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Preform: keep in mind .....[2]
Sentence: Carl, keep in mind that the age of the persons coming to the party is about 50.

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Preform: keep the peace [3]
Sentence: Policemen are primarily interested in keeping the peace. To keep the peace, it sometimes necessary to take people to jail.

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Preform: keep things going [4]
Sentence: How are you going to keep things going? You have no money.

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Preform: keep to herself [6]
Sentence: He is very quiet and Al told his friend to stop on by after the play.

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Preform: keep up with [1]
Sentence: Please slow down. I can't keep up with you.

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Preform: keep us apart [4]
Sentence: How long are they going to keep us apart? Whatever it means, I want to be with you.

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Preform: keep your cards close to your vest [4]
Sentence: In poker, people don't like for other people to see what cards they have. They keep their cards close to the vest. This expression is used in any situation in which a person does not wish to share information.

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Preform: keep your powder dry [5]
Sentence: If he keeps his powder dry, he speech will be very well accepted. It will be like an explosion.

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Preform: keeps to herself [3]
Sentence: She keeps to herself and doesn't like the glare of attention.

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Preform: kick-off
Sentence: This parade will be the kick-off of a large campaign.

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Preform: knee-jerk reaction ......[4]
Sentence: You wanted to hit him as a knee-jerk reaction. You're lucky your friends held you back. You cooled off and shook hands: far more sensible.

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Preform: knock him flat [4]
Sentence: Al knocked Jim flat for criticizing Joe's girl friend.

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Preform: know a thing or two..............[6]
Sentence: Our writers know a thing or two about the economy. Actually, all of them have earned Ph.D.'s in business, finance or accounting.

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Preform: know-it-all......[2]
Sentence: She's a know-it-all. Because she is that way, she has no friends. If someone would tell her, I think she would stop her arrogant behavior and at least pretend a little humility.

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Preform: known to be [3]
Sentence: Schizophrenia is known to be highly heritable.

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Preform: laid eyes on you.......[3]
Sentence: Before he ever laid eyes on you, he didn't like you because of your background. He's quite prejudiced: it's a fault that he should be ashamed of.

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Preform: lame duck .......[4]
Sentence: You'll have to work that out between the two of you. I have not been re-elected and in two months, I will leave office. I am a lame duck mayor.

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Preform: lame-duck politician ..... [5]
Sentence: A lame-duck politician can be dangerous: he has nothing to lose since he cannot stand for re-election.

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Preform: lash out.........[3]
Sentence: She lashed out at John for being passive. I doubt that they'll ever speak again.

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Preform: lead him on [5]
Sentence: The young woman smiled and continued to lead him on. In the end, he lost everything, as his mother had predicted.

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Preform: leaking all over the place........[5]
Sentence: After the tornado, Jane's roof was leaking all over the place. Her family had to stay in a motel until it was fixed.

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Preform: leaking all over the place.......[6]
Sentence: The rusted bucket was leaking all over the place. You'll have to go to the hardware store and buy a new one.

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Preform: leap of faith...[5]
Sentence: We had no theoretical proof that this would work. It was a leap of faith.

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Preform: leave it at that [4]
Sentence: Neither you nor I will change our minds: let's leave it at that. We can agree to disagree.

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Preform: leave it at that......[5]
Sentence: I'm sorry he came back. I asked him quietly to get out of town, and he did so. Let's leave it at that.

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Preform: left behind............[2]
Sentence: If you don't hurry up, you'll be left behind and will have to wait until the next outing in three weeks.

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Preform: lend a helping hand [1]
Sentence: She is always to stop and lend a helping hand. Everyone likes her for that.

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Preform: less is more.......[5]
Sentence: She said that sometimes, less is more. What she meant is that sometimes fewer words is better than a lot of words.

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Preform: let bygones be bygones.......[4]
Sentence: I think we should let bygones be bygones: let's shake hands and be friends again. No one's perfect--except maybe me.

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Preform: let it snow, let it snow, let it snow .....[9]
Sentence: He was happy about the snow which he liked very much. "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow," he said joyously.

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Preform: let me be clear...[3]
Sentence: Let me be clear, the teacher said. If you miss more than four classes, you will be advised to drop the course.

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Preform: let nature take its course [2]
Sentence: The doctor said that he had done all that he could. "Now," he said, "we'll have to let nature take its course."

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Preform: let nature take its course....[3]
Sentence: "I've done all I can do," Dr. Simmons said. "Now we must let nature take its course."

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Preform: level the playing field.......................[5]
Sentence: Your route has always resulted in sales. Mine hasn't. The boss should level the playing field and divide the city into two equal sections in terms of number of sales..

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Preform: lie in wait [3]
Sentence: We don't want to lie in wait all afternoon for our prey. Two hours is the maximum.

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Preform: life become livable [5]
Sentence: Your release from prison has resulted in life become livable.

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Preform: lift off [1]
Sentence: Lift off will be in exactly one hour. Houston says everything is "g".

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Preform: light at the end of the tunnel [6]
Sentence: I think in a couple of weeks, you'll see light at the end of the tunnel. At least, I hope you do. It's a serious situation.

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Preform: like pulling teeth..........[3]
Sentence: "Getting any information on where you have been all weekend," her mother said, "is like pulling teeth. If you want to use the car again this month, where were you? I expected the police to show up at any moment."

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Preform: like shooting fish in a barrel .....7
Sentence: Shooting wild animals that have no escape is like shooting fish in a barrel.

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Preform: listen up.......[1]
Sentence: I would like all of you to stop whatever you're doing and give me your attention. Listen up, team.

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Preform: little in the way of [6]
Sentence: She had had a hysterectomy when she was 27, with little in the way of hormone therapy since.

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Preform: little-known fact [2]
Sentence: It is a little-known fact that the tongue is directly connected to the brain stem. It has been found that electrically stimulating the tongue can help some patients to improve their gait.

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Preform: live on your own..........[6]
Sentence: After I finished college, I had to start living on my own. It was a relief for both my parents and me.

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Preform: living in a fool's paradise......[4]
Sentence: He thinks that he will be young forever. He's living in a fool's paradise.

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Preform: living on his own...........[3]
Sentence: After college, former students sometimes move back into their parents' house. In such cases, neither the parents nor the child is happy until he moves out for real and starts living on his own.

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Preform: living on my own......[3]
Sentence: I have been living on my own since I finished high school. I prefer it that way; so do my parents.

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Preform: living will.......[2]
Sentence: The living will he wrote when he was alive has helped people understand exactly what he wanted to do with his money after he was gone. Such "living wills" are usually not legally binding, but they are helpful to people who are interested in doing what he wanted.

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Preform: loaded for bear........[6]
Sentence: He is loaded for bear. He has been preparing for this debate for six months.

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Preform: loading their shotguns [6]
Sentence: "Loading their shotguns, the lions looked at the hunters" is an incorrect sentence. It would seem that the lions owned and used shotguns. Hardly!

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Preform: lock, stock and barrel [2]
Sentence: He bought me out completely: lock, stock and barrel.

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Preform: lone wolf........[2]
Sentence: That terrorist is a lone wolf, not a member of any organization. He works alone.

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Preform: lone wolf......[4]
Sentence: David is not part of a terrorist organization: he is a lone wolf. He sees reports on the internet and attempts to imitate those actions. If he were part of an organization, he would somehow communicate with them.

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Preform: lone wolf......[4]
Sentence: David is not part of a terrorist organization: he is a lone wolf. He sees reports on the internet and attempts to imitate those actions. If he were part of an organization, he would somehow communicate with them.

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Preform: long in the tooth....[4]
Sentence: His hair has become thin, and now he's long in the tooth. I'm surprised that he has not retired yet.

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Preform: long knives are out [6]
Sentence: Hargraves' political opponents are gathering outside his house. There is danger. The long knives are out.

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Preform: long shot [9]
Sentence: She is a long shot for the senate, but you never can tell when the tide will turn and she'll be leading the pack.

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Preform: long shot......[1]
Sentence: It's a long shot, but I thijk we should try. If we make it, it will change our lives forever.

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Preform: long time no see.............[7]
Sentence: Hey! Long time no see, Dan said. (This exact phrase is sometimes used to greet an old acquaintance, despite the fact that is not in keeping with proper usage.)

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Preform: long-term goal..........[6]
Sentence: A good policy, then, is to keep your long-term goals in mind when evaluating a decision such as how to spend your Friday evening.

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Preform: longest known to X has been Y [10]
Sentence: Longest known to Western readers has been the corpus of Greek writings known as "Hermes Trismegistus."

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Preform: look the other way......[2]
Sentence: The policeman was her friend and looked the other way at first. Then, he warned her, and finally he arrested her.

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Preform: look the other way...[2]
Sentence: The teacher looked the other way every time she saw her best student giving other students the answer in an exam. The chairman called her in and asked why she was doing that.

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Preform: lost in translation..........[4]
Sentence: The delicacy and complexity of Rimbaud's poetry were simply lost in translation. The translator demanded that his photograph be placed on the cover beside Rimbaud's. That did not, however, help the awkwardly translated text.

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Preform: lost in translation......[7]
Sentence: The beauty of the original of that poem was lost in translation. I don't think it can be captured in any other language.

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Preform: lost my breath [5]
Sentence: William lost his breath when he saw her walk into the classroom. William falls deeply in love at least twice a week.

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Preform: lotsa luck (wish for another to have good luck) [2]
Sentence: So you're going to go ahead with your plans for a new business. Lotsa luck! Feel free to come over and talk about it, if that would help.

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Preform: love at first sight.............[7]
Sentence: The moment he saw her getting out of the car, he was smitten. It was love at first sight.

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Preform: low-hanging fruit.............[3]
Sentence: The easy problems are the low-hanging fruit. Everyone knows that they require no great wit. Go directly to the advanced section and don't waste your time on the first ones.

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Preform: low-hanging fruit..........[8].
Sentence: He always looks for the assignment entailing least work. Low-hanging fruit is what he wants.

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Preform: low-hanging fruit........[4]
Sentence: She always goes for the low-hanging fruit because she is lazy. I prefer people who try very hard for high goals.

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Preform: made it back in one piece......{6]
Sentence: That was a terrible storm. I'm glad to see that you made it back in one piece.

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Preform: made it back in one piece [2]
Sentence: We went all the way to New Orleans and made it back in one piece. It was a long and difficult trip.

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Preform: made it back in one piece....[5]
Sentence: There was a terrible storm that washed out part of the road. I'm lucky I made it back in one piece.

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Preform: made out like a bandit........[7]
Sentence: He was clever about getting women to spend their money on him. Frankly, he made out like a bandit!

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Preform: madly in love [2]
Sentence: John is madly in love with Sue: he cannot study or eat. He has begun writing songs to her.

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Preform: make a beeline for.......[3]
Sentence: Those kids will make a beeline for the free hot dogs and soda. Of course, you and I are above that.

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Preform: make a deal with the devil [7]
Sentence: To sell drugs, you automatically make a deal with the devil. Don't expect people to help you in any way.

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Preform: make a deal with the devil [2]
Sentence: If you agree to exchange something with that country, you're making a deal with the devil.

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Preform: make a deal with the devil............[6]
Sentence: He would make a deal with the devil to get that contract: there are tens of millions of dollars involved.

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Preform: make an exception ......[3]
Sentence: You said that we had to be on the field by 10 a.m. Can you make an exception for my brother? He might be 15 minutes late. He's helping my grandfather. He'll have a note from the older gentleman.

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Preform: make it easy on us.........[1]
Sentence: Please professor, don't ask us to look up all of that information. The holidays are coming. Make it easy on us.

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Preform: make life worth living [3]
Sentence: Your presence, Sweetheart, will make life worth living.

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Preform: make up one's mind [4]
Sentence: If you can't make up your mind, I'll make it up for you.

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Preform: man does not live by bread alone.........[10]
Sentence: I told the priest that I was hungry. "Man does not live by bread alone," he said and told me to continue walking.

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Preform: manipulation of preformulations [10+]
Sentence: He claims that the manipulation of preformulations is enormously important to language--as important as syntax.

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Preform: may have once been [10]
Sentence: The basic gestural repertoire of our hominin kin may have once been similar to that of the great apes.

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Preform: may have trouble defining X [5]
Sentence: We may have trouble defining intelligence, but we can recognize it when we see it.

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Preform: may I speak frankly........[8]
Sentence: May I speak frankly about this matter? Sometimes it's better to be direct than to allow confusion to fester.

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Preform: may in fact be [7]
Sentence: Conscientious omnivores may in fact be the best Jones can hope for if she cannot convince everyone to be vegetarian.

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Preform: may well have been VERB [10]
Sentence: