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vanish into thin air

- to disappear without leaving a trace

The university student vanished into thin air and was never seen again.

variety is the spice of life

- life is made more interesting by doing new or different things

My grandmother believes that variety is the spice of life and is always starting new projects.

vent one's spleen

- to get rid of one's angry feelings

I was able to vent my spleen at the manager of our apartment for the problems that she was causing.

verge on (something)

- to come close or approach something

The accident verged on becoming a major disaster.

very last

- the end of something

We were able to buy the very last tickets to the concert.

very thing

- the exact thing that is required

The new sofa was the very thing that we needed to make our house comfortable.

very well

- agreed, all right

"Very well, if you want me to go I will go with you."

vicious circle

- an unbroken sequence of cause and effect with bad results

The man had fallen into a vicious circle of drinking too much and then losing his job and then drinking even more.

vim and vigor

- energy and enthusiasm

Our great aunt is always full of vim and vigor when we see her.

vote down (something) or vote (something) down

- to defeat something in a vote

The proposal to extend the opening hours of nightclubs was voted down in the election.

vote of confidence

- a vote to see if a person or political party still has the majority's support

The government received a vote of confidence when everyone supported their new proposal.

vote of thanks

- a speech expressing appreciation and thanks to a speaker or organizer

The speaker received a vote of thanks from the audience.

vote with one's feet

- to express one's dissatisfaction with something by leaving or walking away

The students were voting with their feet when they began to leave the science course.



Idiom Quizzes - V



    Choose an idiom to replace the expression in the brackets:

  1. My address book (disappeared) and I have no idea where it is.

    (a) had a vote of confidence (b) voted with its feet (c) vanished into thin air (d) vented its spleen



  2. The members of the class were full of (energy and enthusiasm) during the first week of classes.

    (a) many votes of thanks (b) a vicious circle (c) the very thing (d) vim and vigor



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