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IELTS Vocabulary: Idioms

Use a dictionary to check the meaning of the phrases in the box. Then complete sentences 1-8 with the correct phrase.

there is something to be said for You can say that again!
having said that have a say
When all is said and done Needless to say
That is to say to say the least

1) John: That was a delicious meal!
    George: ...............................

2) Swimming was not permitted in the lake. However, ...................., many people did use the lake for swimming.

3) Of course you want to look good when out on the pull, but .................... not wearing too much makeup.

4) While you are studying abroad, you are certainly going to want somewhere to stay and looking for housing can be stressful, .....................

5) ...................., I believe I had a very enjoyable time on my vacation.

6) My father passed away when I was 16. ...................., this had a devastating effect on my life.

7) An essay should be an argument. Ask yourself what are the important questions in any particular issue. ...................., you should discuss a problem and not simply narrate events or the stages of an argument.

8) We live in a democratic country, which means we all .................... in how the country is run.


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