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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 »
(begin...)


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 »
(soon...)


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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