Penguin Quick Guides: Really Useful English Idioms
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Do you want to understand and use more idioms in English? With over 130 of the most common idioms used in English today, this guide will help you use idioms to talk about many things, including: friends and family; work and business; dating and romance; thinking and learning, and much more.
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