Exercise 1

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

Burn the candle at both ends, everything but the kitchen sink, get bent out of shape, let the cat out of the bag

The bracelet will monitor your movements and record the number of hours you slept, deep vs. light sleep, and overall sleep quality. The bracelet doubles as an alarm clock, but wakes you during the portion of your sleep cycle that is least disruptive to getting some quality rest. Sleep is a critical and often overlooked component of wellness, especially for cops who work irregular hours and are prone to

I noted before the game that I really liked UT-Arlington as an intermediate test for this Texas team, and the Mavericks did not disappoint, throwing at the Longhorns before fading down the stretch. Texas led by seven at intermission, thanks largely to Sheldon McClellan, who scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the first half. UT-Arlington kept within striking distance for the first few minutes of the second half, but for the second straight game Myck Kabongo rebounded from an inauspicious start to lead a second half surge that helped Texas put the game away 80-62.

I really need some help today. Not like Charlie Sheen needs help, but I need your assistance with something that has bothered me for a while. I really need to know — why do so many people , and go absolutely ballistic, if a store clerk wishes them "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"? Yes, I know. I know. We fight this battle every year around this time. It's as much a part of the season as crowds, traffic and Black Friday sales that last a month. But nobody has really answered the basic question — Why? Why does it upset people so much when some 18-year-old, who is probably busy texting behind the register in a store, says "Happy Holidays"?

Robert Downey Jr. during Monday night’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” when he revealed he and wife Susan Downey are having a boy. "I am not permitted to discuss it," the actor, 46, said when asked about the gender of the child. "She'll say don't tell your cousins until ... and then I tell them. I can't say a word ... we're having a boy!" The "Iron Man" star also revealed that his child’s due date is expected in late February. "I don't want to be presumptuous, but I think it's been tougher on me,” he joked. “Just the hormones and the mood stuff, and the nausea, the whole thing.”