Contradictory CollocationsLanguage brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.
Collocations are words that regularly occur together in usage. For example: "crumbling infrastructure" or "sibling rivalry". Below are four collocations, pairs of words, that from a certain point of view, may seem incompatible. That is to say, the two words that make up each pair may seem to have contradictory characteristics when seen from a certain perspective. For example: "jumbo shrimp" - If "shrimp" means "a small person", then how can they be described as "jumbo" (big)?!
Fill in the missing letters to complete each collocation. If you get stuck, the hint provides a clue for each word pair.
1) c_i_ken _in_ers
2) li_ui_ _a_er
3) _ost sa_i_gs
4) _raw _in_er
Hint1) Meet me in St. Louis.
2) I have a solution for that typo!
3) I'll be richer once I pay for this.
4) Congratulations, it's a tie!
Answer1) chicken fingers (Chickens don't have fingers.)
2) liquid paper (Paper is a solid.)
3) cost savings (A cost is something one must pay, therefore it cannot save one money.)
4) draw winner (If it is a draw (a tie), then how can there be a winner?!)
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