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A Babe In The Woods »
(young; innocent; not experienced; vulnerable...)

A Bed Of Roses »
(a situation that feels comfortable and easy...)

A Big Fish In A Small Pond »
(one who succeeds in a small area where there is little competition...)

A Big Frog In A Small Pond »
(one who succeeds in a small area where there is little competition...)

A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush »
(don't risk losing what you have by trying to get more; it is better to value what you have than to try to get more...)

A Bird's Eye View »
(what it looks like when seen from above...)

A Bitter Pill To Swallow »
(it is difficult to accept but necessary because of what happened...)

A Blessing In Disguise »
(it seemed like a bad thing at first, but the result was surprisingly good; it appeared to be a bad thing but turned out to be a good thing...)

A Boost Of Confidence »
(it makes you feel more confident...)

A Breath Of Fresh Air »
(refreshing; it makes you feel better; a change that feels good...)

A Bull In A China Shop »
(a clumsy person in a place where they can break something easily...)

A Bundle Of Nerves »
(very nervous; very nervous or frightened...)

A Card »
(a joker; one who tells many jokes and needs to make people laugh...)

A Case In Point »
(an example which makes clear what you are trying to communicate...)

A Case Of Mistaken Identity »
(an innocent person was believed to be guilty...)

A Change Of Pace »
(doing it differently from the way it was done before...)

A Change Of Scenery »
(moving to a new location...)

A Chip Off The Old Block »
(the child who is similar to his parent...)

A Chip On Your Shoulder »
(angry because of what happened in the past...)

A Cold Fish »
(someone who gives the feeling of cold and deadness...)

A Copycat »
(one who thoughtlessly copies the work of another; one who copies the work or actions of another...)

A Couple Of »
(two things which have a similarity and go together...)

A Credit To Someone Or Something »
(it happened because of the good qualities of that person...)

A Crick In One's Back »
(a soreness or pain felt in the person's back...)

A Crick In One's Neck »
(a soreness or pain felt in the person's neck...)

A Crying Shame »
(it is very sad that it happened...)

A Cut Above »
(better than the others...)

A Dead Duck »
(in trouble; likely to lose, fail, or be killed...)

A Den Of Iniquity »
(a place where wrong and dirty things happen...)

A Devil Of A Job »
(a job that is tricky and difficult...)

A Diamond In The Rough »
(a wonderful thing whose value is not seen easily at first look...)

A Dime A Dozen »
(easy to find and cheap to buy; not special...)

A Dose Of One's Own Medicine »
(the bad thing one does to others happens to oneself...)

A Drag On Someone »
(something which pulls at ones strength and slows one down...)

A Dream Come True »
(a wonderful thing which one had wished for has really happened...)

A Drop In The Bucket »
(it does not matter; it is a small amount; it seems like a very small amount...)

A Drop In The Ocean »
(it seems like a very small amount...)

A Fan Of His »
(one who likes and supports that person...)

A Far Away Look »
(a look in ones eyes when one is not focused on the present moment; the way a person looks when they are thinking of other times or places...)

A Far Cry From Something »
(very different from that thing...)

A Far Off Look »
(an expression that a person has when they are not aware of what is going on around them...)

A Feather In One's Cap »
(what happened makes one feel proud and look good to others...)

A Few Cards Short Of A Deck »
(something is lacking in that person; the person is being described as crazy or stupid...)

A Few Cards Shy Of A Full Deck »
(something is lacking in that person; the person is being described as crazy or stupid...)

A Fighting Chance »
(having a chance to win if they fight very hard...)

A Final Fling »
(the last time two people get together for romance...)

A Fine How Do You Do »
(describes a greeting from someone who was rude...)

A Flash In The Pan »
(an early success which later becomes a failure...)

A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted »
(foolish people lose money easily...)

A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted »
(foolish people lose money easily; it is foolish to waste money...)

A Force To Be Reckoned With »
(strong; powerful; able to compete...)

A Foregone Conclusion »
(one knew that it would happened even before it happened...)

A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed »
(people who need things are often polite and act like friends; people who need help from us will act friendly towards us...)

A Game That Two Can Play »
(you will do to that person the wrong that they did to you...)

A Gas »
(a really fun time with lots of laughing...)

A Ghost Of A Chance »
(at least some chance of winning...)

A Given »
(one assumes it to be true; we assume that it is true...)

A Gold Mine Of Information »
(very valuable because they have many answers to important questions...)

A Goner »
(one who has lost or will surely lose...)

A Grain Of Truth »
(something is at least partly true...)

A Great Deal »
(very much; a lot; a large amount...)

A Harbinger Of Things To Come »
(it shows us what will happen in the future...)

A Hard Nut To Crack »
(a difficult person to understand...)

A Hearbeat Away »
(it is very close to happening...)

A heartbeat Away »
(it is very close to happening...)

A Hive Of Activity »
(a place where people are busy and working hard...)

A Hole In One »
(one is successful on the first try at something very difficult...)

A Hop, Skip, And A Jump »
(not far away from where we are...)

A Horse Of A Different Color »
(one who does things differently from others...)

A Horse Of Another Color »
(one who does things differently from others...)

A Hush Fell Over Someone Or Something »
(they became quiet...)

A Jack Of All Trades »
(one who has many different skills...)

A Kind Of A Something »
(it is like that thing; it fits into the same category as that thing...)

A Kink In My Neck »
(a soreness or stiffness in the neck...)

A Known Fact »
(a fact that everyone knows; it is known to be true by most people...)

A Known Quantity »
(you are familiar with it and understand it well...)

A Labor Of Love »
(you do it because you love it...)

A Landslide Victory »
(won by a large amount; a huge victory...)

A Last Ditch Effort »
(one last try before one quits...)

A Leading Question »
(a question asked when one is looking for a certain answer...)

A Lick Of Work »
(a small amount of work...)

A Little Bird Told Me »
(a person who I will not identify whispered this secret to me; I know because this secret was whispered to me...)

A Little Bit »
(a small amount; not a lot...)

A Little Hard Work Never Hurt Anyone »
(it is good to work hard sometimes; one should not complain about working hard because it is a good thing...)

A Little Hard Work Never Killed Anyone »
(working hard does one good...)

A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing »
(people who have only a little knowledge about something often make big mistakes because they think they know more than they actually know...)

A Little New To All This »
(I am a beginner not familiar with this situation or task...)

A Lost Cause »
(one will lose; it is impossible for that one to succeed; one has no chance to win; one should expect to lose; it will surely fail...)

A Marvel To Behold »
(something wonderful to look at and consider...)

A Matter Of Life And Death »
(if this does not happen, some may die...)

A Matter Of Opinion »
(peoples beliefs about this differ...)

A Mecca For Someone »
(the place you dream of going...)

A Meeting Of Minds »
(when more than people connect well intellectually...)

A Mine Of Information »
(a place where a lot of information is found...)

A Miscarriage Of Justice »
(what happened was totally unfair...)

A Mixed Bag »
(there are lots of different things in it...)

A Must »
(that thing must happen; it is needed...)

A New Lease On Life »
(that person will live longer than was believed...)

A Night On The Town »
(that person will go out to have fun at different public places...)

A Nine To Five Job »
(a job with regular hours from nine in the morning to five in the evening...)

A Number Of Things Or People »
(more than one...)

A Pack Of Lies »
(a number of statements which are all untrue...)

A Pain In The Neck »
(this person causes problems; one who makes life difficult...)

A Paradise On Earth »
(a perfect place; exactly what you want...)

A Past Master At Something »
(one who was great in past times...)

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned »
(saving money is just as important as earning money...)

A Piece Of Cake »
(easy to do...)

A Piece Of The Action »
(wanting to participate...)

A Piercing Scream »
(a scream so loud and high-pitched that it hurts to hear it...)

A Pillar Of Strength »
(very strong and independent...)

A Pillar Of Support »
(a person who is strong and gives others strength...)

A Pipe Dream »
(it is wished for but it will probably never happen...)

A Place To Call Your Own »
(a place to live or work where you are the owner...)

A Play By Play Description »
(description of a game done as a narration of what is happening...)

A Portent Of Things To Come »
(a demonstration of what will happen in the future...)

A Prelude To Something »
(an introduction to something else which will happen...)

A Pretty State Of Affairs »
(a cynical way to say that the situation has gotten bad...)

A Ripe Old Age »
(a fun way to refer to a person coming to an older age...)

A Ripple Of Excitement »
(a feeling of excitement moving in one or from one person to another...)

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss »
(a person who keeps moving does not get stuck; life stays interesting for people who keep moving...)

A Rule Of Thumb »
(a general rule which is good to follow...)

A Rush On Something »
(try to make it go faster; hurry...)

A Sense Of Urgency »
(a feeling that you must hurry...)

A Shot In The Arm »
(something which gives you confidence and strength; it gives you strength and encourages you...)

A Shot In The Dark »
(a guess at something when one does not know the answer...)

A Shotgun Wedding »
(a wedding where one of the two is being forced to get married...)

A Show Of Hands »
(each person who supports this will raise his hand...)

A Sign Of Things To Come »
(the thing that happened will happen more often in the future...)

A Sitting Duck »
(an easy target; one likely to be a victim...)

A Sitting Target »
(easy to hit...)

A Skeleton In The Closet »
(things from ones past that are shameful or embarrassing...)

A Slap In The Face »
(an intentional insult...)

A Slap On The Wrist »
(a slight punishment...)

A Slave To Something »
(one spends all of one's time and effort on that thing...)

A Slip Of The Tongue »
(it was said accidentally...)

A Snake In The Grass »
(a sneaky person that wants to trick or steal from; deceitful...)

A Sporting Chance »
(the chance to win if one tries hard...)

A Square Peg In A Round Hole »
(it was put in a place where it does not fit...)

A Standing Joke »
(a joke that people refer to regularly...)

A Standing Offer »
(an offer you can choose to take whenever you want it...)

A Stone's Throw Away From Something »
(close enough that you could throw a stone and hit it...)

A Storm Is Brewing »
(something is preparing to happen, like the way clouds gather and the weather changes before a storm...)

A Stroke Of Luck »
(one lucky thing happened, which helped a lot...)

A Struggle To The Death »
(one spends all of one's life energy on a fight, and dies...)

A Taste Of Something »
(a try of something to see how one likes it...)

A Taste Of Things To Come »
(some knowledge of what the future will be like...)

A Taste Of Your Own Medicine »
(a lesson where other people treat you the same way you treat them in order to teach you that you are acting badly...)

A Thirst For Something »
(you really want that; you want a lot of that...)

A Thorn In Someone's Side »
(it nags at you; it wastes your time an effort; it regularly gives you pain...)

A Thumbnail Sketch »
(a small drawing or illustration of what it is like...)

A Toss-Up »
(the results have not been decided...)

A Tough Act To Follow »
(that performance was so good that the next one will seem weak...)

A Tower Of Strength »
(a person whose is so strong that they can support and give strength to others...)

A Travesty Of Justice »
(what happened was terribly unfair; it is so unfair that we must doubt in our system...)

A Vote Of Confidence »
(an action to let one know that we are confident in one's skills...)

A Wealth Of Something »
(there is a lot of it...)

A Wild Goose Chase »
(one is running around looking in many places but will not find the thing...)

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing »
(dangerous and threatening while pretending to be safe and harmless...)

A Word To The Wise »
(good advice; you will listen to this advice if you are smart...)

A Yoke Around Someone's Neck »
(that thing is choking and controlling you...)

Acquire A Taste For Something »
(begin to enjoy the taste of a food; begin to like doing something...)

All In A Day's Work »
(this is a natural part of ones job; what was done is not unusual for this type of work...)

All Of A Sudden »
(suddenly; it happened quickly and was not expected...)

All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy »
(a children's rhyme that says one is bored - and boring - if one only works; a person who only works becomes boring because doing fun things makes life interesting...)

An A For Effort »
(i see that you tried very hard; i respect your hard work...)

An Arm And A Leg »
(a high price to pay...)

Any Port In A Storm »
(a person will stop anywhere or ask anyone when help is needed...)

As A Duck Takes To Water »
(comfortably, easily and naturally...)

As Drunk As A Skunk »
(very drunk; that person is drunk and smells like alcohol...)

Bald As A Baby's Backside »
(casual way to say smooth and without hair...)

Bang One's Head Against A Brick Wall »
(trying to do something which is not possible...)

Be A Million Miles Away »
(far away; it feels like one is far away...)

Be Off To A Bad Start »
(started badly; started with bad feelings...)

Bear A Grudge Against Someone »
(continue to be angry about it; not willing to forgive...)

Beat A Dead Horse »
(still talking about a thing which is already finished...)

Beat A Hasty Retreat »
(go back; run away quickly...)

Beating A Dead Horse »
(forcing an issue that is already closed...)

Beating A Path To Your Door »
(you are popular; people are eager to be with you...)

Between A Rock And A Hard Place »
(stuck in a difficult situation...)

Beyond The Shadow Of A Doubt »
(definitely true; certain...)

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together »
(people like to spend time with others who are similar...)

Blind As A Bat »
(cannot see anything...)

Break A Leg »
(good luck in your performance...)

Building A Case »
(finding proof that person did wrong...)

Burned To A Crisp »
(the thing is so burned or overcooked that it is dry and flaky...)

Call A Meeting »
(ask people to meet...)

Call A Spade A Spade »
(say clearly and directly that the thing is what it seems to be...)

Call It A Day »
(end the day's work; finish working for the day...)

Call It A Night »
(go home and go to bed...)

Can I Get A Rain Check? »
(get a promise to do that thing at a future time...)

Can't Carry A Tune »
(is not able to sing a song properly...)

Can't Hold A Candle To Someone »
(not even close to the other in ability...)

Carry A Secret To One's Grave »
(dies without telling the secret...)

Carry A Secret To The Grave »
(not tell a secret during one's entire life...)

Carrying It A Bit Too Far »
(still doing that thing after you should stop...)

Catch A Whiff Of Something »
(suspect something; get an idea...)

Cause A Commotion »
(make a lot of noise and be noticed by others or bother others...)

Cause A Stir »
(cause people to look and ask questions or make comments...)

Clear As A Bell »
(one understands it very clearly...)

Dead As A Doornail »
(lifeless; motionless; clearly dead...)

Deaf As A Post »
(completely deaf; unable to hear...)

Desert A Sinking Ship »
(quit a project that is failing...)

Die A Natural Death »
(one's death did not happen as the result of an accident or tragedy...)

Die Of A Broken Heart »
(one's grief at not being with a loved one causes that person to do...)

Do A Double Take »
(look at something, look away, then look back at the thing a second time...)

Do A Flip Flop On Something »
(decide for something, then decide against it; change one's position irresponsibly...)

Do A Snow Job On Someone »
(trick someone by confusing them with lots of information...)

Do Not Have A Care In The World »
(carefree; without problems; acting like nothing bothers one...)

Do Someone A Good Turn »
(do a favor to help that person...)

Do Someone A Kindness »
(do a nice thing for that person...)

Do Something For A Living »
(the work you do to earn the money to pay your expenses...)

Draw A Blank »
(one is thinking or remembering but does not find the answer...)

Driving A Hard Bargain »
(pushing hard to get what you want...)

Dropping A Brick »
(saying something which shocks people...)

Drunk As A Skunk »
(very drunk; that person is drunk and smells like alcohol...)

Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Makes A Man »
(waking up early is the key to becoming successful...)

Early To Bed, Early To Rise, Makes A Man Healthy, Wealthy, And Wise »
(this fun old rhyme reminds us that going to bed and waking up early leads to success...)

Eat A Meal Out »
(leave one's place to eat a meal at a restaurant...)

Eat Like A Horse »
(eat a lot of food and possibly appear sloppy...)

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining »
(even bad things can have a good result...)

Every Once In A While »
(it does not happen often, but it happens sometimes...)

Expecting A Child »
(the woman is pregnant so they are expecting that a baby will born...)

Feel Like A Million Dollars »
(feel great, fantastic, wonderful, energetic...)

Feel Like A New Person »
(feel like one's problems are finished...)

Find A Happy Medium »
(find a compromise where both sides are happy; find a balance between two competing desires...)

Fire A Gun »
(shoot a gun; pull the trigger of a gun so that there is an explosion and a bullet comes flying out...)

Fish For A Compliment »
(try to get another person to say something good about you...)

Fit As A Fiddle »
(feeling strong healthy...)

Fit For A King »
(great, excellent, luxurious...)

Fit Like A Glove »
(this piece of clothing fits perfectly and feels very comfortable...)

Fit Someone To A»
(that suits you; that size and look is perfect for you...)

Flat As A Board »
(it is completely flat, like a piece of wood that is cut to be flat...)

Float A Loan »
(put up an amount of money to be loaned...)

For A Lark »
(not for any good reason; just or fun...)

Forever And A Day »
(a very long time...)

Free As A Bird »
(with a free and easy feeling; not locked up...)

Fresh As A Daisy »
(feeling fresh and clean; the way one feels after bathing...)

Gathering A Case Against You »
(collect evidence to prove that you are guilty...)

Generous To A Fault »
(very generous; gives too much to others; one is even too willing to share...)

Gentle As A Lamb »
(very gentle; would never hurt others...)

Get A Big Send Off »
(a big party to celebrate that you are leaving; a going-away party...)

Get A Break »
(get some help or assistance; get a chance to rest...)

Get A Bright Idea »
(an idea which can be used to solve a problem...)

Get A Charley Horse »
(a painful spot on one's thigh after getting hit...)

Get A Checkup »
(when a specialist checks over a body to see if it is okay...)

Get A Clean Bill Of Health »
(a doctor or specialist says that the body has no problems...)

Get A Crush On Someone »
(have a love interest towards that person...)

Get A Dirty Look From Someone »
(the person has an expression which shows they are angry or upset with you...)

Get A Feel For Something »
(beginning to feel comfortable with it...)

Get A Fix On Something »
(learn the place where it is...)

Get A Frog In One's Throat »
(one feels unable to speak; one feels like something is blocking one's throat...)

Get A Grasp Of Something »
(hold something in one's hand; begin to understand that thing more clearly...)

Get A Hand With Something »
(receive help to do it...)

Get A Handle On Something »
(be able to control it better...)

Get A Head Start On Someone Or Something »
(begin running the race before the other one...)

Get A Hurry On »
(go faster; hurry...)

Get A Jumpstart »
(begin before all of the others begin; start before the others...)

Get A Kick Out Of Someone Or Something »
(that thing makes one laugh...)

Get A Licking »
(lose by a lot of points; be beaten by a lot...)

Get A Life »
(rude way to say stop bothering other people; focus on your own life; go away; stop bothering us; we don't want you here...)

Get A Load Of Someone Or Something »
(take a look at that...)

Get A Load Off One's Feet »
(sit down; rest...)

Get A Load Off One's Mind »
(not worry about that thing any more...)

Get A Lot Of Mileage Out Of Something »
(able to use it for a long time; a car or other thing which lasts a long time...)

Get A Lump In One's Throat »
(feel unable to speak, often because of strong emotion...)

Get A Raw Deal »
(one was cheated; the agreement turned out bad for one...)

Get A Reputation As A Something »
(people say one is that way...)

Get A Reputation For Doing Something »
(people say that one often does that; one is known for doing that...)

Get A Rise Out Of Someone »
(succeed in bothering that person...)

Get A Slap On The Wrist »
(receive a very mild or light punishment...)

Get A Start »

Get A Taste Of One's Own Medicine »
(the bad thing one does to others has now happened to oneself...)

Get A Thing About Someone Or Something »
(become interested in that person for some reason...)

Get A Tongue Lashing »
(was yelled at by someone, as a punishment...)

Get A Whiff Of Something »
(smell it; have an idea that it is happening...)

Get A Word In Edgeways »
(one wants to speak but the other one will not stop talking...)

Get A Word In Edgewise »
(one wants to speak but the other one will not stop talking...)

Get Along On A Shoestring »
(be able to live while spending very little money...)

Get Into A Jam »
(get stuck; get into trouble; have a problem that you cannot escape...)

Get Into A Mess »
(be stuck in a situation that is difficult to manage...)

Get Off To A Bad Start »
(it just started, and it is going badly...)

Get Off To A Flying Start »
(it just started; and it is going very well...)

Give A Blank Check To Someone »
(give someone the freedom to spend as much money as they think they need...)

Give Someone A Ring »
(call him or her on the telephone...)

Give Someone A Slap On The Wrist »
(give that person a mild punishment for what they did wrong...)

Go Fly A Kite »
(go away; leave!...)

Go On A Binge »
(do too much of something for a long time...)

Go On A Fishing Expedition »
(one is looking for something; trying to find something that one is looking for...)

Go Over Like A Lead Balloon »
(people did not like it; it was not popular; they hated it...)

Go Over Something With A Fine Tooth Comb »
(look carefully to find something wrong with it...)

Got A Bang Out Of It »
(I really enjoyed it; it was fun and exciting and gave me pleasure...)

Got A Bee In Her Bonnet »
(informal: very upset; angry; disturbed...)

Got A Charge Out Of It »
(that thing made one laugh; it made one very happy...)

Hang A Left »
(turn left...)

Hang A Right »
(turn right...)

Have A Bad Effect On Someone Or Something »
(one's influence makes that person worse...)

Have A Ball »
(have fun; have a nice time...)

Have A Bee In One's Bonnet »
(angry and upset about something...)

Have A Big Mouth »
(that person talks a lot about other people...)

Have A Blowout »
(one has lost the tire of ones car, bike or motorcycle...)

Have A Bone To Pick With Someone »
(be angry at someone and want to discuss it with that person...)

Have A Brush With Something »
(that thing almost happened...)

Have A Case Against Someone »
(one has a reason to be upset with that person...)

Have A Change Of Heart »
(one's feelings about doing something have changed...)

Have A Chip On One's Shoulder »
(one is upset about something that happened in the past...)

Have A Clean Conscience About Someone Or Something »
(one does not feel guilty about it...)

Have A Clear Conscience About Someone Or Something »
(one does not feel guilty about it...)

Have A Close Call »
(something bad almost happened...)

Have A Clue About Something »
(have some knowledge about it...)

Have A Conniption Fit »
(get very upset and angry in a childish way...)

Have A Crack At Something »
(try to do it; attempt it...)

Have A Familiar Ring »
(it sounds familiar; I remember something like that...)

Have A Field Day »
(have great success; be very successful on that day...)

Have A Fit »
(get very upset...)

Have A Frog In One's Throat »
(one wants to speak but at that moment feels unable to speak...)

Have A Glass Jaw »
(can be stopped easily with one good punch to the jaw...)

Have A Go At Something »
(try it; make an effort...)

Have A Good Command Of Something »
(be able to do or use it well...)

Have A Good Head On One's Shoulders »
(bright; intelligent; resourceful...)

Have A Green Thumb »
(that person is good at growing plants...)

Have A Grudge Against Someone »
(not willing to forgive that person and forget what that person did...)

Have A Hand In Something »
(participate; take part...)

Have A Handle On Something »
(have a good understanding and control of that thing...)

He Got A Black Eye »
(the area around his eye is colored from a bruise after being hit...)

I'll Have To Give You A Rain Check On That »
(give a promise to do that thing at a future time...)

In A Bad Mood »
(unhappy; one is not happy...)

In A Bad Way »
(not looking good; not strong nor healthy...)

In A Bind »
(stuck; trapped; unable to get free...)

In A Constant State Of Flux »
(it keeps changing...)

In A Dead Heat »
(tied so far; we are not sure which one will win...)

In A Fix »
(trapped; in a difficult situation...)

In A Flash »
(very quickly; almost immediately...)

In A Fog »
(unclear; not sure; confused...)

In A Huff »
(quickly and angrily; angry and without patience...)

In A Little Bit »

In A Nutshell »
(a quick description; explained very simply...)

In A Pinch »
(when you are stuck and need help; when you are in need...)

In A Quandary »
(in a difficult or confusing situation...)

In A Rut »
(stuck doing the same thing...)

In A Split Second »
(it happened extremely quickly...)

In A Stupor »
(having trouble standing up and staying awake...)

In A Vicious Circle »
(the same bad thing keeps happening...)

In A Word »
(here is one word to answer your question; if answering with just one word, this is what I would say...)

In A World Of One's Own »
(that person is not connected to others; not relating to the people nearby...)

It's A Small World »
(you see the same people in different places...)

Jump Through A Hoop »
(to get something done, one has to do something else which should be unnecessary...)

Just A Stone's Throw Away From Something »
(very near to it; it very nearly happened...)

Keep A Civilized Tongue In Your Head »
(talk politely; not use rude words...)

Keep A Close Rein On Them »
(control them carefully...)

Keep A Stiff Upper Lip »
(be "strong" and unaffected by emotions...)

Keeping A Straight Face »
(not show expression on one's face; not show joy, sadness or anger...)

Like A Sitting Duck »
(easy to hit...)

Like Two Peas In A Pod »
(they fit together very well; they are comfortable with each other; two people who are similar and fit well together...)

Like Water Off A Duck's Back »
(one does not let that thing bother one...)

Live Out Of A Suitcase »
(not have one's own place to store one's things; be homeless...)

Look Like A Million Dollars »
(looks really good...)

Looking A Gift Horse In The Mouth »
(questioning the value of something you have received for free...)

Making A Mistake »
(doing some thing in the wrong way; making an error...)

Neither A Borrower, Nor A Lender Be »
(one should neither borrow nor lend...)

Not A Chance »
(it will definitely not happen...)

Not A Living Soul »
(no one...)

Not A Moment To Spare »
(one arrived just as it started...)

Off Like A Shot »
(starting very quickly...)

Off To A Running Start »
(one has a good strong start; one has started and is moving quickly and doing well...)

On A Diet »
(eating less food, usually one is trying to become thinner; eating only certain kinds of food...)

On A First Name Basis With Someone »
(familiar; two people address each other informally...)

On A Lark »
(unplanned; just for fun; not for any reason; the decision was made quickly and casually...)

On A Shoestring »
(while spending very little money...)

Out Like A Light »
(fell asleep quickly...)

Out Of A Clear Blue Sky »
(it was sudden and unexpected...)

Pack A Punch »
(hit very hard; strike with a very strong blow...)

Phony As A Three Dollar Bill »
(not real; not truthful; fake; artificial...)

Pick A Quarrel With Someone »
(start a fight with; begin an argument with that person...)

Rome Wasn't Built In A Day »
(a great work takes time to do...)

Save Something For A Rainy Day »
(don't act on it now; it will be useful in the future...)

Say Something In A Roundabout Way »
(speak indirectly; try to communicate one thing by saying something else...)

Settle A Score With Someone »
(get revenge on that person; hurt the one who hurt you...)

Shake A Leg »
(move faster; get going...)

Sharp As A Razor »
(smart; intelligent; quick thinking...)

Show Someone To A Seat »
(let that person know where to sit down...)

Sick As A Dog »
(very sick with a cold or flu...)

Sing A Different Tune »
(on is thinking differently than before...)

Sitting On A Powder Keg »
(it is possible that thing will explode...)

Six Of One And Half A Dozen Of The Other »
(either way, it is the same; both possibilites are equal; two ways of saying the same thing...)

Six Of One, A Half Dozen Of The Other »
(they are the same thing...)

Sleep Like A Baby »
(slept very well; slept gently and comfortably...)

Sleep Like A Log »
(sleep very deeply and soundly...)

Start Over With A Clean Slate »
(forget about the past and begin again...)

Stick Out Like A Sore Thumb »
(it is obvious and can be seen easily; it is difficult to hide...)

Strike Up A Conversation »
(begin talking talking with each other socially...)

Striking Up A Friendship »
(become friendly with each other...)

Take A Backseat To Someone »
(let the other person be the leader...)

Take A Bath »
(lose a lot when some even occurred...)

Take A Break »
(rest; stop working for a period of time...)

Take A Course In Something »
(study that thing in school...)

Take A Dig At Someone »
(insult that person; say something to bother that person...)

Take A Gander At Someone Or Something »
(look at that and be prepared for something interesting...)

Take A Hard Line With Someone »
(not be willing to compromise or change one's opinion...)

Take A Hike »
(rude way to tell someone to "go away" because they are not wanted...)

Take A Hint »
(understand that someone is trying to communicate to you without being direct...)

Take A Licking »
(to lose by a large amount...)

Take A Liking To Someone Or Something »
(to begin to like them...)

Take A Load Off One's Feet »
(to sit down and rest after standing or walking for a long time...)

Take A Long Walk Off A Short Pier »
(rude way to tell someone to "go away"...)

Take A Look At That »
(look at that...)

Take A Look For It »
(look for it; spend time trying to find it...)

Take A Nap »
(sleep briefly to get some rest before continuing...)

Take A New Turn »
(there has been another change in plans but it is different from earlier changes...)

Take A Nosedive »
(suddenly go down very quickly, like when a crashing airplane heads to the grown nose first...)

Take A Peep »
(look at it very quickly and briefly...)

Take A Powder »
(when one goes to a dressing room to put on her make-up...)

Take A Punch At Someone »
(try to hit someone with a closed hand...)

Take A Rain Check On That »
(agree to do that thing at a future time; we will do it another time...)

Take A Risk »
(be willing to do it even though there is a chance of loss...)

Take A Shellacking »
(lose very badly; lose by a lot...)

Take A Shine To Someone Or Something »
(begin to like them a lot; begin to have strong feelings towards them...)

Take A Shot At Something »
(attempt to do it; try it...)

Take A Shower »
(bathe while standing with water showering down on one...)

Take A Spill »
(fall down so that one hits the ground and continues rolling or tumbling...)

Take A Stab At Something »
(attempt to do someone that one doesn't have a lot of experience doing...)

Take A Stand Against Someone Or Something »
(be unwilling to tolerate that some wrong is being done; stand up for or against...)

Take A Toll »
(doing it has a cost; one becomes tired or weary or loses something as a result...)

Take A Try At Something »
(try to do it...)

Take A Turn For The Better »
(the situation has recently gotten better...)

Take A Turn For The Worse »
(the situation has recently gotten worse...)

Take A Vacation »
(not work for a period of time...)

Take A Walk »
(walk somewhere, usually for pleasure or relaxation...)

Take A Whack At Someone Or Something »
(attempt to do something that one has not been trained to do...)

Take Out A Loan »
(borrow money from a bank...)

Take Someone For A Fool »
(believe that person is foolish or stupid...)

There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat »
(There are different ways to get the thing done...)

They Had A Falling Out »
(they are having a fight...)

Think A Great Deal Of Someone Or Something »
(have a very good opinion of...)

Think A Lot Of Someone Or Something »
(have a very good opinion of...)

Thumb A Ride »
(hitchhike; ask strangers for a car ride; put one's thumb in the air to ask others to drive one somewhere...)

Tight As A Tick »
(drunk from drinking a lot of alcohol...)

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right »
(it is never right to do wrong to another person...)

Within A Stone's Throw Of Something »
(Close enough that you could throw a stone and hit it...)

Without A Doubt »
(it is certain...)

Wouldn't Touch Something With A Ten Foot Pole »
(It is safer to stay away from that...)

You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But You Can't Make It Drink »
(you can show people how do do things, but people must help themselves...)

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover »
(don't make judgments based only on appearances...)

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder »
(the time spent apart makes you care for a person even more...)

Acid Test »
(a test to see if the thing really works...)

Acknowledge Receipt Of It »
(make a record to confirm that one received it...)

Act As Someone »
(take on a certain role or responsibility...)

Act Something Out »
(do a performance to show what it was like...)

Add Fuel To The Fire »
(do something which makes a bad situation even worse...)

Add Insult To Injury »
(a person has been hurt, then something is said which makes that person feel even worse...)

Against The Clock »
(in a hurry; needing to be done before a certain time...)

Ahead Of One's Time »
(ones ideas are advanced; one's ideas might not be understood until a future time...)

Aid And Abet Someone »
(a formal or legal way to say "help" someone...)

All's Well That Ends Well »
(the name of a play written by Shakespeare; as long as the ending is good, what happened before is good too...)

Arguing For The Sake Of Argument »
(the person does not have a reason to disagree; the person is being disagreeable...)

Armed And Dangerous »
(that person has a weapon and could use that weapon...)

Arrange To Do Something With Someone »
(make a plan with that person...)

At Loggerheads With Someone »
(having a disagreement with that person; stuck in disagreement...)

At Long Last »
(after a long time without it...)

At Risk »
(there is a possibility that it could be lost or harmed...)

At Sea »
(in a boat on the open ocean...)

At Wit's End »
(not able to come up with a solution...)

Awol »
(a military term for Absence Without Leave; that person left but did not have permission to leave...)

Back East »
(said by a person from the East when talking about the East...)

Back In Circulation »
(one is seen again after being gone for a long time...)

Back Order Them »
(order a product and wait for it to arrive before giving to customer...)

Bail Me Out »
(help that person get out of a bad situation...)

Baptism Of Fire »
(learning from a difficult beginning...)

Batten Down The Hatches »
(prepare for a big storm...)

Be Off On The Wrong Foot »
(got a bad start; started in a bad way...)

Be Swimming In Something »
(have a lot of it...)

Bear Fruit »
(have a good result...)

Bear One's Cross »
(live with a burden...)

Beat The Clock »
(do it before a certain time...)

Behind Closed Doors »
(in a place where no one could see it happen...)

Behind Your Back »
(it happened without one knowing about it; they kept it a secret...)

Bending Your Ear »
(talk to you for a long time; forcing you to listen...)

Better Safe Than Sorry »
(it is better to be careful than to risk making a big mistake...)

Beyond The Call Of Duty »
(more than is expected or required by a job...)

Bite Off More Than One Can Chew »
(accept a responsibility which is too big...)

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew »
(taking on a challenge that is too big...)

Break The Tie »
(to finally determine a single winner...)

Breaking The News »
(being the first to tell a news story...)

Cap And Gown »
(the outfit one wears at a formal ceremony such as a college graduation...)

Capable Of Doing Something »
(able to do it; strong enough; willing to do a hurtful act...)

Carry On Somehow »
(find a way to continue...)

Cast One's Vote »
(vote; make a selection...)

Cast The First Stone »
(be the first to attack in a fight...)

Catch One's Breath »
(rest for a moment; stop to let one's breathing slow...)

Catch One's Death Of Cold »
(one is afraid that one will become very sick with a cold...)

Change Someone's Mind »
(do or tell something which causes a person to have a different opinion...)

Check Out »
(officially leave some place such as a hotel or hospital...)

Cheer Someone Up »
(do something to make a person feel better...)

Chew Someone Out »
(yell at a person...)

Chink In One's Armor »
(one who is very strong appears to have a small weakness...)

Crossing Swords With You »
(the two are having a fight or struggle...)

Dark Horse »
(a person who surprises you with skills that you did not know about...)

Dead Heat »
(a winner cannot be determined in this particular contest...)

Devil May Care Manner »
(a way of acting that shows others that one does not care...)

Dirty Old Man »
(an old man who thinks and jokes a lot about sex...)

Do An Errand »
(do a small task or job that needed to be done...)

Do Justice To Something »
(communicate something in a way that really shows how good it is...)

Do Or Die »
(a situation where one must perform well or one will fail...)

Down For The Count »
(one is not able to continue, like a fighter who has fallen and cannot get up...)

Downhill All The Way »
(easy, comfortable, and not requiring a lot of effort...)

Draw Blood »
(it made a cut and blood came out...)

Dry Spell »
(a period of time without success...)

Earn One's Keep »
(work to pay to for membership, i.e. in a home or at a job...)

Easier Said Than Done »
(talking about it is easier than doing it; to do the thing takes a lot of work; it is easier to talk about it than to actually do it...)

Eat One's Heart Out »
(be jealous of another; sometimes a loser is taunted with this statement...)

Eating Away At You »
(that thing has been bothering one a lot...)

Expense Is No Object »
(do not worry about the cost; I can pay a lot of money for it...)

Expressing Your Anger »
(communicate in a way that allows the other to see that one is angry...)

Extend Someone Credit »
(allow a customer to pay at a future time for goods given now; lend someone money to be paid back later...)

Extending Credit »
(allow a customer to pay at a future time for goods given now; lend someone money to be paid back later...)

Facing The Music »
(receiving a punishment for what one has done...)

Facing You Down »
(stare at a you until you quit and turn away...)

Fair Haired Boy »
(a boy with blond or light colored hair...)

Fair Weather Friend »
(a friend you can only trust in good times...)

Fall In With »
(join a bad group...)

Falling Head Over Heals In Love With You »
(feel strong love for one in a way that is overwhelming...)

Falling Head Over Heels »
(feel strong love in a way that is overwhelming...)

Fast And Furious »
(in a manner of quick motion and wild activity...)

Feel Someone Out »
(ask questions to get a feeling for what that person is thinking...)

Feel Something In One's Bones »
(one has a knowledge about something, and feels that knowledge as a deep sensation in one's body...)

Feeling On Top Of The World »
(feeling great, like a winner...)

Find One's Feet »
(begin to feel comfortable in a new job...)

Find Something Out The Hard Way »
(one learned it by making a mistake...)

Fine And Dandy »
(a polite and cheerful way to say "good" or "well"...)

First And Ten »
(a fresh new opportunity to succeed...)

First Thing In The Morning »
(the first thing done on a new day...)

Fit In Someone »
(find a time or a place for that one...)

Fix Someone Up With Someone Or Something »
(arrange for a person to have or do that thing...)

Fix Someone's Wagon »
(do something to cause a problem for that person; get revenge...)

Flash In The Pan »
(a sudden success that disappears quickly...)

Fly By Night »
(a business that opens briefly, cheats people, and disappears...)

Follow Up On Something »
(check on something at a later time; make sure that it is being done...)

For Days On End »
(doing it for a number of days without stopping...)

Forbidden Fruit »
(a person or thing one is not allowed to touch or have...)

Force Someone Out Of Office »
(a person is pressured to quit or leave an elected position...)

Force Someone To The Wall »
(force a person to make a decision that they did not want to make...)

Force Someone's Hand »
(a person is forced to take action...)

Forever And Ever »
(a colorful way of saying "forever"...)

Forgive And Forget »
(forgive a person for what they have done, and not continue to be angry...)

Forty Winks »
(a full night of sleep...)

Foul Someone Or Something Up »
(make a mistake and ruin something...)

Foul Up »
(make a big error...)

Fraught With Danger »
(there is a lot of danger...)

Free And Easy »
(with a very comfortable, relaxed feeling...)

Free For All »
(anyone can have it; a frantic situation where everyone is trying to get some...)

Free Translation »
(translating from one language to another, without using a dictionary...)

From Overseas »
(from a place on the other side of an ocean...)

From Rags To Riches »
(a poor person who became rich...)

From Way Back »
(from a long time ago...)

Fruits Of One's Labors »
(what one gets as a result of hard work...)

Full Of Hot Air »
(speaking a lot of angry words; saying things that are not true...)

Full Of It »
(this person says things which are not true; a liar...)

Gang Up On Someone »
(a larger number of people attack a smaller number...)

Gas Up »
(put gasoline in the car; get fuel for a trip; slang: eat a lot of food...)

Get All Dolled Up »
(a woman makes herself more pretty by putting on nice clothes or cosmetics...)

Get An Eyeful Of Someone Or Something »
(take a look at that...)

Get Back To Someone »
(communicate with someone at a later time about a question they have...)

Get Busy »
(become active with a lot of things to do...)

Get Butterflies In One's Stomach »
(one has a nervous or excited feeling in the stomach area...)

Get Down To Business »
(talk about a formal or official matter; doing the most important thing...)

Get In On The Ground Floor »
(join a project at the very beginning; invest early...)

Get In Touch With Someone »
(communicate with that person from a distance...)

Get Involved With Someone »
(have a relationship with that person...)

Get Nowhere Fast »
(using a lot of energy but not succeeding...)

Get Off Easy »
(one did something wrong but did not receive a big punishment...)

Get Off Lightly »
(one did something wrong but did not get a big punishment...)

Get Off On The Wrong Foot »
(have a bad start; start badly; the two did not like each other when they met...)

Get Physical With Someone »
(touch that persons body; use physical force to strike or move a person...)

Get Sick »
(become ill; get a physical illness...)

Get Stars In One's Eyes »
(one is amazed to see a famous person...)

Get The Day Off »
(have a day without working...)

Get The Old Heave Ho »
(be fired from a job or thrown out of some event...)

Get The Red Carpet Treatment »
(be welcomed grandly with a very special treatment...)

Get The Short End Of The Stick »
(be the one who gets a bad deal or a worse deal than the others...)

Get The Upper Hand On Someone »
(be in a position of strength over that person...)

Get The Willies »
(get a very gross or uncomfortable feeling...)

Get Time Off »
(be allowed to not work for a period of time...)

Get Under Way »
(begin a journey...)

Give And Go »
(pass it, then run to where you can receive a pass...)

Go For Broke »
(take a chance; try your best...)

Go Haywire »
(act crazy; act in a chaotic way...)

Go Into One's Song And Dance About Something »
(talk about something in a way to try to convince someone...)

Go Out With Someone »
(go on a date with that person; make a plan and spend time with one...)

Go Stag »
(go without a partner to a dance...)

Had Better Do That »
(do that thing, or there will be a problem...)

Ham It Up »
(act funny; be silly; tell jokes; put on a show...)

Hanging On To Your Coattails »
(try to gain success by following a successful person...)

Haul Someone In »
(pull it in the way one pulls fish into a fishing boat...)

Icing On The Cake »
(a second great thing happens in addition to the first...)

If The Shoe Fits, Wear It »
(if what people are saying is true, let's agree that it is true; it is a fair and good description; it is that way and it cannot be denied...)

In Drag »
(a man dressed in a woman's clothing, trying to look like a woman...)

In Short »
(I will now give a short explanation of what I am trying to say...)

In Storage »
(put away to be used at a future time; it is packed up and stored...)

In Surgery »
(the person is in the room where the doctor is operating on a patient...)

In The Middle Of Nowhere »
(a place that is far from anything important to you...)

In The Money »
(have a lot of money; become rich...)

In The Short Run »
(soon; for now; for a short period of time...)

It Takes Two To Tango »
(when two people have a conflict, both people are at fault...)

Its Anyone's Call »
(it is difficult to judge the outcome of a competition...)

Jack It Up »
(lift it up in the air; use a lever to raise that thing...)

Johnny Come Lately »
(one who has just arrived; a newcomer...)

Join Forces With Me »
(become partners; work together; form a team...)

Jump The Gun »
(start before it is time to begin; cheat in a race by starting early...)

Jump To Conclusions »
(one only knows a little information, but one thinks one knows what will happen...)

Keep Him At Arm's Length »
(don't let him get to close; keep him at a safe distance; watch out for that person...)

Landing On Your Feet »
(recovering from a difficult situation...)

Laughing All The Way To The Bank »
(one is happy because one got a lot of money...)

Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag »
(sharing a secret...)

Like Ships That Pass In The Night »
(a casual and coincidental meeting...)

Loaded For Bear »
(ready for a big fight...)

Look Good On Paper »
(it seems like a good plan; we are not yet certain that the plan will work...)

Look Like Something The Cat Dragged In »
(looking terrible as if one has been through a very bad experience...)

Losing Streak »
(a period of time with no wins...)

Method To My Madness »
(what appears to by crazy action is actually done for a good reason...)

Money Does Not Grow On Trees »
(earning money takes a lot of hard work...)

Mum's The Word »
(we won't tell anyone; keep it a secret...)

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention »
(you find a way to do what you need to do...)

No Spring Chicken »
(not a young person...)

Off One's Rocker »
(casual: that was a stupid idea; you must have gone crazy...)

Off The Hook »
(free from a difficult situation...)

Old Enough To Be Someone's Father »
(I am a lot older than you; you are much younger than I...)

On All Fours »
(an animal walking on its four feet; a person walking on hands and knees...)

On Horseback »
(riding a horse...)

On Sale »
(being sold for a special, low price...)

On Second Thought »
(after thinking, one has a different idea...)

Or Else »
(or there will be a punishment...)

Order Someone About »
(tell that person to do things; act like a person's boss...)

Order Someone Around »
(tell that person where to go and what to do; act like a person's boss...)

Out Of Circulation »
(has not been seen in a long time; does not get around to different places...)

Out Of Practice »
(one has not done that for a while...)

Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire) »
(to get out of a bad situation and end up in one that is even worse...)

Pass Away »
(this is a polite and gentle way to say "die"...)

Pie In The Sky »
(a big idea which is impossible to make real...)

Protest Too Much »
(you tend not to believe a person because they insist too strongly that something is not true...)

Pulling Your Leg »
(making a joke by tricking another person...)

Roll Out The Red Carpet »
(to give a grand welcome to an important guest...)

Round About »
(a way that is not the most direct...)

Sage Advice »
(a wise suggestion; a person who knows a lot would make this suggestion...)

Saving Grace »
(a good thing happened, even though bad things also happened...)

Settle Down »
(relax; calm down; live a more relaxing life; stop moving...)

Settle The Score With Someone »
(get revenge on that person; hurt a person who hurt you...)

Shame On Someone »
(one should feel bad because one did a bad thing...)

She Balled Me Out »
(yell at a person for making a mistake...)

Shipping And Handling »
(the cost of mailing a package from one place to another...)

Show Someone The Ropes »
(teach a person how to do that thing; share ones skill with another...)

Show Someone Up »
(do better than that person in a place where others can see...)

Shy Away From Someone Or Something »
(not do something because it makes one a little afraid...)

Sign On The Dotted Line »
(sign a form; write one's name on an official piece of paper...)

Since Time Immemorial »
(it has always been this way; it has been that way for a long, long time...)

Single File »
(a line with each person following the person in front of him...)

Sink Or Swim »
(a situation where one will either make a great effort, or fail...)

Sit In On Something »
(attend as a person watching the event...)

Sit Something Out »
(not participate; rest for now; one may join at a later time but not now...)

Sitting Pretty »
(in a situation that others will envy...)

Sixth Sense »
(an intuition; one has a feeling it will happen, without knowing why...)

Skate On Thin Ice »
(taking a risk; doing something dangerous; it could have a very bad result...)

Slap Someone's Wrist »
(push one by slapping one's hand; a very light punishment...)

Sleep On Something »
(first get a good night's sleep, then decide...)

Slip Up »
(make a mistake; err in a way that causes one to fall...)

Slow Going »
(it is taking a lot of time...)

Split One's Sides With Laughter »
(laughing so hard one feels a pain in the gut...)

Square Meal »
(a big, healthy meal...)

Stark Raving Mad »
(completely crazy; acting like a crazy person...)

Start Off On The Wrong Foot »
(have a bad start; begin with bad feelings...)

Take Effect »
(big to have a result or reaction...)

Take Five »
(rest for five minutes; take a five minute break...)

Take Forty Winks »
(get a good sleep so that one is rested fully...)

Take Great Pains To Do Something »
(make a very true effort; try hard...)

Take It On The Chin »
(accept the blow or the insult without quitting, like a boxer who gets hit on the chin but keeps fighting...)

Take It To One's Grave »
(not tell anyone; keep it as a secret...)

Take Off »
(leave some place, the way a ship or an airplane leaves...)

Take Off After Someone Or Something »
(leave in a hurry to catch them...)

Take Off From Work »
(spend time without working; not go to work for a period of time...)

Take One At One's Word »
(believe that what a person has said is true...)

Take Someone Hostage »
(a crime where a person is stolen; a person is taken illegally and lot allowed to leave...)

Take Someone Into One's Confidence »
(share a secret with that person; tell that person something you don't want others to know...)

Take Someone Or Something By Storm »
(arrive with a big noise and lots of activity...)

Talk Someone's Ear Off »
(talk a lot to that person...)

The Stars Were All Lined Up »
(a number of things happened which were needed for the perfect result...)

The Writing On The Wall »
(the signs of a coming change...)

There's No Place Like Home »
(home gives us a special feeling that nothing else can give us...)

Think Better Of Something »
(have a better feeling towards...)

Think Highly Of Someone Or Something »
(you think there is a lot of good in that person...)

Think Little Of Someone Or Something »
(not have a lot of respect for...)

Think Something Up »
(discover a new idea...)

Those Were The Days »
(things were good at that time; i have a good memory of those days...)

Throw In The Towel »
(quit the match; give up in a game; one does not have the strength to continue...)

Throw One's Voice »
(make it sound as if one's voice is coming from a different place...)

To No Avail »
(it was not a success; it was useless...)

Under The Gun »
(under a lot of pressure to get something done...)

Until The Cows Come Home »
(for a very long time...)

We Locked Horns »
(I had a struggle with that person...)

Weasel Out Of Something »
(find a sneaky way to not do something...)

Well Off »
(more polite way to say that someone has a lot of money...)

Wet Blanket »
(A person who is boring and makes others feel bored or stuck...)

What Goes Around, Comes Around »
(There is a natural fairness in life; if we do good or bad, that same thing is done to us...)

What Have You Been Up To? »
(Casual greeting to ask a person what they have been doing lately...)

When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do »
(it is best to do as the people do who are from that place; when visiting a foreign place it is best to do things the way those people do...)

When It Rains, It Pours »
(it hasn't happened for a long time, and then it happens all at once...)

Whet Someone's Appetite »
(give a bit of something so one wants more...)

Whip Something Into Shape »
(make one strong and ready to face a challenge...)

Who Would Have Thought? »
(It was a surprise; no one could have guessed...)

Whole New Ball Game »
(there has been a shift in power and the other side now has an advantage...)

Whoop It Up »
(get excited with a party-like feel...)

Wing It »
(do it without a detailed plan...)

Work One's Way Through College »
(when a student works to pay for college by oneself while attending college...)

Work Out All Right »
(have a good conclusion...)

Work Out For The Best »
(It will have a good result; the result will be the best possible conclusion...)

Work Someone Over »
(attack a person repeatedly...)

Work Something Out »
(Find a resolution to the problem...)

Work Wonders With Someone Or Something »
(Make a big improvement...)

Worth Someone's While »
(One will gain a lot from the effort of doing that...)

Wrap Something Up »
(Finish or complete a task...)

Wreak Havoc With Something »
(Act in a way that destroys things or makes things difficult...)

Wreak Vengeance Upon Someone Or »
(Get revenge in a destructive way...)

Wreak Vengeance Upon Someone Or Something »
(Get revenge in a destructive way...)

You Have To Take The Good With The Bad »
(accept that everything has a bad as well as a good side...)

You Scared The Hell Out Of Me »
(What you did scared me and I still get a bit upset when I remember it; what you did frightened me very suddenly...)

Zero In On Something »
(aim at as if through a target...)

Zoom In On Someone Or Something »
(focus on; look at more closely as if through a camera...)



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