a brush with the law
a brief encounter or experience with the police because of a crime
The man had a brush with the law when he was young but now he is totally honest.
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  • a case in point
  • a case of mistaken identity
  • a come-down
  • a copycat
  • a course of action
  • a credit to (someone or something)
  • a crying shame
  • a cut above (someone or something)
  • a dime a dozen
  • a dirty look
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  • miss by a mile
  • run out of time
  • put (something) forward or put forward (something)
  • call in (someone) or call (someone) in
  • goof off
  • hush up
  • take a nap
  • new hire
  • in ink
  • regain one's feet

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    The bedroom

    I put on my pyjamas, got into bed, set the alarm clock, switched off the light, and went to sleep.

    The bathroom

    I didnít have time for a bath, but I had a wash, cleaned my teeth, and then I went to school.

    Housework (U)

    My room is very clean and tidy (= everything in order), but my brother is very untidy; he leaves his clothes all over the floor and never makes his bed. Whatís worse, he doesnít clean his room very often, so most of the time it is quite dirty.

    I do the washing-up every evening after dinner, and I normally do the washing and ironing at the weekend when I have a bit more free time. I also hoover the carpets and polish the dining room table once a week.
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