Exercise 2

Read each of the texts below and fill in the blanks with the corresponding idioms in Part A.

To look at the definition of the difficult words (yellow words) drag your cursor over them.

Part A

You're grounded, to be hungover, butterflies in one's stomach, cost an arm and a leg

I’ve had the chance to bask in the glory of some pretty spectacular stars. Julia Andrews was luminous and lovely. Elton John was thoughtful and sweet. But nothing would prepare me for the when I came face to face with two favorite celebrities of my youth.  I met Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. If my twelve-year-old self knew that this was in my future, she would have freaked. And since I’ve never really grown up, I freaked as an adult, but just in a far more mature and well-mannered way.

When I was a kid there were plenty of times I heard the phrase Of course, as a kid, all I knew about being grounded was that it sucked. I wasn’t allowed to see my friends, I couldn’t watch TV (today’s equivalent of snatching a teenager’s smartphone), and I was confined to the house. No outlets. No distractions. No contact with the outside world. Suck. But now that I’m an adult, I find myself telling myself I’m grounded? What happened? My parents were right? No way. 

When Noel Gallagher earlier this year accused brother Liam of bailing on an Oasis booking at the 2009 V Festival because he , the accused sibling responded by suing for defamation. But Noel then subsequently backtracked somewhat on his claims, and it was thought Liam had withdrawn his lawsuit as a result. But seemingly not, because the Mirror has got its hands on Noel Gallagher’s countersuit, which – if the photocopies published by the tabloid are to be believed – were submitted to court at the start of this month.

It , but it doesn't have a sell-by date. A precious haul of Russian art, with many pieces on the market for the first time in decades, is expected to fetch seven-figure prices at Christie's upcoming sale in London. ­One of the world's oldest auction houses is to offer «rediscovered treasures» by some of Russia’s brightest artists, including Vasily Vereshchagin, Boris Grigoriev, Natalia Goncharova and Filipp Maliavin. The most sought-after lot is Vasily Vereshchagin’s masterpiece Crucifixion by the Romans. The canvas with an estimate of $1,590,000 – $2,385,000 will be presented to an international audience for the first time in 80 years, on November 28.