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""A bitter pill"" A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
""A dime a dozen"" Anything that is common, inexpensive, and easy to get or available any where.
""Ace in the hole"" A hidden or secret strength, or unrevealed advantage.
""Achilles' heel"" A metaphor for a fatal weakness in spite of overall strength.
""Add insult to injury"" To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
""All ears"" Listening intently; fully focused or awaiting an explanation.
""All thumbs"" Clumsy, awkward.
""Apple of discord"" Anything causing trouble, discord, or jealousy.
""At the drop of a hat"" Without any hesitation; instantly.
""Barking up the wrong tree"" Looking in the wrong place.
""Basket case"" One made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic, or stress.
""Beat around the bush"" To treat a topic, but omit its main points, often intentionally or to delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
""Bite off more than one can chew"" To take on more responsibility than one can manage.
""Bite the bullet"" To endure a painful or unpleasant situation that is unavoidable.
""Bite the dust"" Euphemism for dying or death.
""Break a leg"" A saying from the theatre that means ""good luck"".
""Burn the midnight oil"" To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
""Bust one's chops"" To say things intended to harass.
""By the seat of one's pants"" To achieve through instinct or do something without advance preparation.
""By the skin of one's teeth"" Narrowly; barely. Usually used in regard to a narrow escape from a disaster.
""Call it a day"" To declare the end of a task.
Cat nap A nap.
""Champ at the bit"" or ""Chomp at the bit"" To show impatience or frustration when delayed.
""Chew the fat"" To chat idly or generally waste time talking.
""Chink in one's armor"" An area of vulnerability
""Clam up"" To become silent; to stop talking.
""Cold shoulder"" To display aloofness and disdain.
""Couch potato"" A lazy person.
""Cut a rug"" To dance
""Cut the cheese"" To pass gas, fart, break wind
""Cut the mustard"" To perform well; to meet expectations.
""Don't have a cow "" Don't overreact.
""Drop a dime "" Make a telephone call; to be an informant.
""Fit as a fiddle"" In good physical health.
""For a song"" Almost free. Very cheap.
""From A to Z"" Covering a complete range; comprehensively.
""From scratch / to make from scratch"" Make from original ingredients; start from the beginning with no prior preparation
""Get bent out of shape"" To take offense; to get worked up, aggravated, or annoyed
""Have a blast"" To have a good time or to enjoy oneself.
""Have eyes in the back of one's head "" Someone can perceive things and events that are outside of their field of vision.
""Hit the road "" To leave.
""Hit the sack ""/sheets/hay To go to bed to sleep.
""Let the cat out of the bag "" To reveal a secret.
""Kick the bucket"" Euphemism for dying or death.
""Off one's trolley"" or ""Off one's rocker"" Crazy, demented, out of one's mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
""Off the hook"" To escape a situation of responsibility, obligation, or (less frequently) danger.
""Pop one's clogs"" (UK) Euphemism for dying or death.
""Piece of cake "" A job, task or other activity that is pleasant – or, by extension, easy or simple.
""Pull somebody's leg"" To tease or to joke by telling a lie.
""Pushing up daisies"" Euphemism for dying or death.
""Put the cat among the pigeons"" To create a disturbance and cause trouble.
""Right as rain"" Needed, appropriate, essential, or hoped-for and has come to mean perfect, well, absolutely right.
""Screw the pooch"" To screw up; to fail in dramatic and ignominious fashion.
""Shoot the breeze"" To chat idly or generally waste time talking.
""Sleep with the fishes"" Euphemism for dying or death.
""Spill the beans"" Reveal someone's secret.
""Split the whistle"" To arrive just on time.
""Take the biscuit (UK)"" To be particularly bad, objectionable, or egregious.
""Take the cake (US)"" To be especially good or outstanding.
""Through thick and thin"" In both good and bad times.
""Thumb one's nose"" To express scorn or to disregard.
""Tie one on"" To get drunk.
""Trip the light fantastic"" To dance
""Under the weather"" Feel sick or poorly
""You can say that again"" That is very true; expression of wholehearted agreement
a bit of fluff (Also a bit of skirt.) A sexually attractive woman.
a breath of fresh air said about a new, fresh, and imaginative approach, a change that feels good.
a clean bill of health said when you examine someone or something and state that they are healthy, in good condition, or legal.
a dime's worth an insignificant amount
a fool and his money are soon parted this means that stupid people spend money without thinking about it enough.
a little bird told me said when you don't want reveal the source of your information.
a man of action a man who is inclined to act first rather than think about things and discuss them.
a man of few words a man who doesn't speak much. A man of action
a number cruncher someone whose job is to work with numbers and mathematics. It may also refer to a computer that is able to solve complicated problems of mathematics.
a roof over your head a place to live.
a whole new ball game a completely different situation.
above the law Not subject to the law, exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else.
achilles heel said about a strong situation which contains an element of vulnerability.
act of God something that ooccured, such as an accident, for which no human is responsible. A natural disaster such as a storm, earthquake...
act one's age To be mature and not childish.
adam's ale (old-fashioned) water.
add fuel to the fire (also add fuel to the flames) to make a problem worse; to say or do something that makes a bad situation worse.
affinity for said about you have attraction , preference or sympathy for something or someone.
against the clock To work or race against the clock means to do something as fast as possible and try to finish it before a deadline.
against time (also against the clock) an attempt to finish something quickly within a time limit.
age before beuaty A phrase said to allow older people to go before younger ones. Now most often used humorously or lightheartedly, and usually said by a younger person to an older friend or relative out of mock pity for being so much older and unattractive.
ahead of one's time in advance of concurrent commonly accepted ideas; showing characteristics of changes yet to be; present in one's work before later advances in the field.
alive and kicking (also be alive and well) to continue to be well, healthy or successful.
all hat and no cattle Describing someone who is full of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious.
all in a day's work What is normal, typical or expected.
all one’s eggs in one basket the state of having invested heavily in just one area or of having devoted all of one’s resources to one thing.
all that glitters is not gold appearance is sometimes misleading. Things that appear valuable or worthwhile might not be as good as they look.
all that jazz Everything else related to something; and other similar things.
all the more even more.
all walks of life Occupations, roles, social class, or lifestyle.
all's fair in love and war. In love or in war, you are allowed to be deceitful in order to get what you want.
along the lines in a general direction or manner.
an act of war An act which is considered violent enough to cause war.
an arm and a leg a lot of money.
an eye for an eye (also, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.) said to suggest that punishment should equal the crime. At the root of this principle is that one of the purposes of the law is to provide equitable retribution for an offended party.
another nail in one's coffin One in a series of events which lead to downfall or inevitable failure.
any minute soon now (also any moment/second/time now) very soon
any port in a storm An unfavorable option which might well be avoided in good times but which nevertheless looks better than the alternatives at the current time.
apple of somebody's eye said about someone whom you love the most and you are very proud of.
are your ears burning? said about someone who was not present but was the topic of discussion.
as bald as a cue ball (also as bald as a coot) completely bald.
as blind as a bat Said about someone who can't see very well or can't see anything at all.
as gentle as a lamb Said about kind , innocent, mild-mannered people.
at death's door About to die; in a life-threatening state of health
at the wheel Driving; in control of a vehicle.
at your mother's knee said about something that you learned when you were a child.
back the wrong horse to support someone or something that later cannot be successful.
backseat driver 2. Anybody offering unsolicited or unwelcome advice.
bad blood unpleasant feeling between different people.
bad egg bad person
bag of bones an extremely thin person.
bag of tricks a set of techniques and methods.
ball of fire a person who is especially hard-working, high-achieving, ambitious, or active.
backseat driver A passenger in a car who insists on giving the driver directions.
ball someone or something up 1. To make a mess of, destroy or ruin; to interfere with someone or something.
ball someone or something up 2. To roll something up into a ball.
ball-breaker (Also a ball-buster.) This refers either to a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing or to a demanding woman who destroys men's confidence.
banana repulic A small country, especially one in Central America, that is dependent on a single export commodity (traditionally bananas) and that has a corrupt, dictatorial government.
bank on to expect something or rely on.
baptim of fire said about a very difficult first experience someone undergoes.
be a barrel of laughs be enjoyable or entertaining.
be a chicken be a coward.
be a cold fish be a person who is distant and unfeeling
be an item said about a couple when they are having a romantic relationship.
be better than sex said about something which is very enjoyable or exciting.
be dead in the water said when something has no chance of succeeding or of making any progress.
be dead to the world to be sleeping.
be full of beans said about someone who is active, lively, healthy and has a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
be glad to see the back of someone To be happy to get rid of someone; to be happy because someone has left.
be in black and white (also be down in black and white) to be written down.
be in deep water to be in serious trouble.
be in hot water to be in a difficult situation
be in somebody's shoes to be in the situation that another person is in.
be in the land of the living be awake or to be alive.
be like a fish out of water to feel uncomfortable in a situation
be on cloud nine feel extreme happiness or elation
be on the ball to be well-informed and respond promptly.
bean counter An accountant.
beat a dead horse (Also flog a dead horse.) To persist or continue far beyond any purpose, interest or reason.
beat a retreat to leave hastily in the face of opposition.
beat around the bush To treat a topic, without mentioning its main points, often intentionally, because the topic is difficult or unpleasant.
beat the clock To do something before a deadline.
beats me (Aso it beats me) I don't know; I have no idea.
beef up To strengthen or make something more effective.
before you can say Jack Robinson very quickliy.
behind bars in jail or prison.
behind closed doors in private; in one's private life.
behind one's back In one's absence
Benjamin of the family This regers to the youngest child of the family.
better the devil you know (also better the devil you know than the devil you don't) ) it is sometimes better to deal with someone or thing you know than to deal with a new person or thing who could be even worse.
between life and death A situation involving the danger of dying or being killed.
big bucks Lots of money.
big deal Something very important, difficult, or of concern.
big fish in a small pond One who has achieved a high rank or is highly esteemed, but only in a small, relatively unimportant, or little known location or organization.
big mouth said about someone who tend to say things which are meant to be kept secret.
big wheel A person with a great deal of power or influence, especially a high-ranking person in an organization.
bite me An expression of discontent, aggravation or anger.
bite the dust to die.
bite your lip to make an effort not to react to something.
bitter pill to swallow (Also swallow a bitter pill) Said about something unpleasant that must be accepted or endured.
black and blue covered in bruises
black out to lose consciousness.
black sheep A disreputable member of a family or a group.
black-and-white said when you have a simplistic opinion about situations while they are in fact more complicated.
blessing in desguise when a misfortune has some unexpected benefits
blind date A social meeting where the two people have never met before.
blood is thicker than water family relations are more important than all other relationships.
blow a fuse become uncontrolably angry; lose your temper.
blow a kiss To kiss one's hand, then blow on the hand in a direction towards the recipient.
blow one's own horn (also toot one's own horn) to brag; to talk boastfully.
blue-eyed boy (also fair-haired boy) a person highly regarded by someone and treated with special favor
Bob’s your uncle Said to mean ""No problem"", ""the solution is simple"", ""there you have it"" (appended to the end of a description of how to achieve something).
boots on the ground The ground forces actually fighting in a war or conflict at the time of speaking, rather than troops not engaged or being transported to the fighting.
bright as a button intelligent.
bring home the bacon get a job and bring home money earned from this job.
bring to knees to destroy or defeat someone or something.
browned off annoyed, upset, angry, bored, fed up, disgusted.
build bridges to improve relationships between people.
burn the midnight oil Work hard, especially late into the night.
butter up To praise or flatter excessively.
button (up) one's lip to stop talking.
by the grace of God Through the kindness and help of God.
by the name of called.
call a spade a spade to be truthful about something, even if it is rude or unpleasant.
call it a day to stop working for the rest of the day.
call off the dogs said when you want someone to stop criticizing you.
call someone names to call someone by unpleasant, abusive or insulting names.
call the tune to be the one who controls a situation; to have the most power and authority in a situation
calm before the storm an unussual or false quiet period before a period of upheaval.
carrot and stick an offer involving a reward countered by the threat of punishment.
carry the ball to take charge and control of an activity and be considered reliable enough to do a job.
case in point an example that illustrates a point
case-by-case Separate and distinct from others of the same kind.
cash cow someone or something which is a dependable source of appreciable amounts of money; a moneymaker.
castles in the air Plans that are unlikely to happen.
cat got your tongue Why aren't you speaking?
chalk something up to inexperience To attribute a failure to inexperience and learn from that particular experience.
chew the fat To waste time talking or to chat idly.
chicken out To refuse to do something because of fear.
chicken-hearted not brave.
chin music talk, conversation
clock on To register one's arrival at work
clock out (Also clock off) To register one's departure from work.
cog in the machine (also a cog in the wheel) said about one part of a large system or organization
coining it (also mintining it) to be earning a lot of money quickly.
coining money (also mintining it) earning a lot of money quickly.
come clean to be honest and tell the truth.
come down on somebody like a ton of bricks to hit or punish somebody.
come from behind to win after being in a losing position in a game.
come hell or high water said when you are determined to do something despite difficulties.
come into bloom to blossom, to start to produce flowers.
come rain or shine (Also rain or shine) Regardless of the weather or circumstances.
come to blows to have fight or an argument with someone.
come to terms with to gradually accept a sad situation.
come to your attention (also come to your notice) said when you notice something.
come true said when something happens although it was unlikely that it would.
come under fire to be subject of criricism.
common as an old shoe (also (as) common as dirt) low class; unrefined; ill-mannered; uncouth.
cool as a cucumber very calm.
cost an arm and a leg extremely expensive.
couch potato Lazy person.
count one's chickens before they hatch To assume success too early, before it is certain.
cross swords to quarrel or argue with someone; to have a dispute with someone.
cry wolf to ask for help when there is really no danger.
curiosity killed the cat used to warn someone not to be too curious about something and ask too many questions because this can get you into trouble.
curl your lip an upward movement of the side of the mouth to show dislike and disrespect.
cost a bomb,the earth, a packeta, a small fortune extremely expensive.