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


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


Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty »
(one does more work than is required...)


Act High And Mighty »
(act like one is better or more important than others...)


After All Is Said And Done »
(when things are calmer; after some time passes and all of this activity is finished...)


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


Alive And Kicking »
(well; strong; not dead; still fighting...)


Alive And Well »
(living and healthy...)


All Bark (And No Bite) »
(acting aggressive but not willing to fight...)


All Skin And Bones »
(too thin...)


All Talk And No Action »
(one who says he will do things, but does not do them...)


All Well And Good »
(what you are saying may be true, but there may be something else more important...)


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


An Open And Shut Case »
(it is easy to decide quickly...)


And Something To Spare »
(it did not take all of one's effort; we were still not exhausted...)


And The Like »
(and things like that...)


And Then Some »
(even more than was just said; it was that, and more of it...)


And What Have You »
(and things like that...)


Apples And Oranges »
(the two things are totally different; they cannot be counted in the same way...)


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


At Someone's Beck And Call »
(responding to one's needs and requests...)


Back And Forth »
(moving in one direction then turning and moving in the opposite direction...)


Bait And Switch »
(the thing they showed you when you paid was different from the thing they gave you...)


Ball And Chain »
(one's punishment; the burden that one must carry...)


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


Black And Blue »
(bruised...)


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


Cash And Carry »
(you buy it and take it with you...)


Cease And Desist »
(formal and legal way of saying "stop"...)


Checks And Balances »
(protections to make sure mistakes are not being made...)


Dart In And Out »
(to appear, then leave repeatedly...)


Deaf And Dumb »
(cannot hear sounds nor speak words...)


Divide And Conquer »
(make sure that one's enemy is not able to organize, then defeat the disorganized opponents...)


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 And Run »
(eat ones food and then leave right away, which can be considered rude...)


Eat One's Cake And Have It Too »
(an impossible wish; one wants to use something but still have the thing available for use...)


Ebb And Flow »
(movement which is like the rise and fall of tide water...)


Every Nook And Cranny »
(in every little place where the thing could be...)


Every Now And Again »
(sometimes, but not frequently...)


Every Now And Then »
(it happens sometimes, but not often...)


Fair And Fair Alike »
(the same rules should apply evenly to all...)


Fair And Square »
(it was fair; there was no cheating...)


Far And Away The Best »
(much better than any others...)


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


Faster And Faster »
(the speed keeps increasing...)


Fat And Happy »
(comfortable, lazy and well fed; taken care of...)


Few And Far Between »
(rare; difficult to find; there are not many...)


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


First And Foremost »
(the number one most important think that needs to be done...)


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


Fit And Trim »
(strong and thin...)


Flesh And Blood »
(family members; one's immediate relatives; children, parents or siblings...)


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


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...)


Free And Clear »
(not guilty; not held responsible for what happened...)


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


Fun And Games »
(not serious; easy and comfortable but not meaningful...)


Get Up And Go »
(energy; enthusiasm for physical activity...)


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


Go In One Ear And Out The Other »
(the person did not hear what was said; one is acting as if one did not hear...)


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


In Black And White »
(very clearly...)


In(s) And Out(s) »
(the knowledge gained from experience...)


Jekyll And Hyde »
(one who transforms quickly from good to bad...)


Live And Learn »
(we learn from our mistakes; if bad things happen, we learn from it and continue...)


Live And Let Live »
(one should be careful to not hurt others...)


Lock, Stock, And Barrel »
(the whole thing; all parts included...)


Look High And Low For Someone Or Something »
(try to find it in many places...)


Nickel And Dime Someone »
(try to pay someone less...)


Off And On »
(occasionally...)


Off And Running »
(the race has begun; the contestants have started...)


On Pins And Needles »
(nervous and sensitive; tense...)


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...)


Safe And Sound »
(will not be harmed...)


Share And Share Alike »
(children's saying: only if you share with others, will others share with you...)


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


Sick And Tired Of Someone Or Something »
(one wishes that thing would stop; one does not want it to happen any more...)


Signed, Sealed, And Delivered »
(the talk has been completed...)


Sit Up And Take Notice »
(became very interested and pay attention carefully...)


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...)


Skin And Bones »
(very, very thin; too thin...)


Spick And Span »
(very clean; it has been cleaned perfectly; there is no dirt...)


Swallowing It Hook Line And Sinker »
(completely tricked by the lie...)


The Be All And The End All »
(the only thing that one cares about; the only thing that one cares about...)


The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men »
(good plans can go bad...)


The Best Laid Schemes Of Mice And Men »
(good plans can go bad; big plans that people make and fill with hopes and dreams...)


The Nuts And Bolts Of Something »
(the details of how the thing works...)


The Pros And Cons »
(the reasons for and against it; the good and bad aspects...)


Tooth And Nail »
(to fight violently...)


Trials And Tribulations »
(difficult times; challenges...)


Wheel And Deal »
(actively negotiate...)


When All Is Said And Done »
(After people are done talking and we can see the result...)


When One Is Good And Ready »
(One will not do it until one feels ready; one is feeling stubborn and will not be forced...)


Wine And Dine »
(to treat someone to expensive food and drink...)


You Scratch My Back And I'll Scratch Yours »
(if you help me then I will help you too; let's help each other...)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Actions Speak Louder Than Words »
(to do the thing is more difficult and important than to just talk about it; doing things is much more difficult and important than just talking about things...)


Afraid Of One's Own Shadow »
(fearful and easily frightened...)


All For Something »
(one agrees with that and wants it to happen...)


All In The Same Boat »
(facing the same challenges and needing to work together...)


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


All Systems Are Go »
(everything is working correctly and we are ready to begin...)


All Thumbs »
(clumsy; uncoordinated; not able to hold things without dropping them; clumsy and dropping things...)


All Told »
(here is the number; we counted them all and we have the number...)


All Walks Of Life »
(people from all different places with different jobs and lifestyles...)


An About Face »
(turn around and face the opposite direction...)


Answer The Door »
(go to the door and ask who is there or let them in...)


Around The Block »
(been to different places and done different things...)


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...)


As Strong As An Ox »
(very tough and physically strong; solid...)


At Someone's Earliest Convenience »
(polite and formal way to say please hurry...)


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


Back To The Drawing Board »
(make new plans and start again from the very beginning...)


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


Ball Of Fire »
(very energetic and lively...)


Beat Him Up »
(punch and kick that person; hit that person's body...)


Beat It Into Your Head »
(repeat this until you understand and remember it...)


Beating Him At His Own Game »
(doing the thing that the other person does well, but doing it better and winning...)


Blowing Your Top »
(getting angry and yelling out of control...)


Bringing Home The Bacon »
(earning money and taking it home for the family...)


Build Castles In The Air »
(tell unreal stories and make plans based on fantasy...)


Burn The Candle At Both Ends »
(too busy working late at night and not getting sleep...)


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


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


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


Call The Shots »
(make the decisions for oneself and others...)


Can Take It To The Bank »
(you can trust, expect and rely on it...)


Cast One's Lot In With Someone »
(join that person and have the same result that they have...)


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...)


Change Someone's Tune »
(that person has changed what they believe and what they are saying...)


Check Into Something »
(study up and learn about something...)


Chew The Fat »
(talk casually and make conversation...)


Chicken Out Of Something »
(become afraid and decide to not do it...)


Clear Sailing »
(comfortable and easy; with no disturbance...)


Clear The Table »
(move dirty things off of the table so it can be clean and ready for use...)


Coming Clean »
(telling the truth and confessing what you did...)


Coming Into Your Own »
(becoming confident, unique and independent...)


Coming To Terms With It »
(learning to accept it and beginning to feel okay about it...)


Cutting Corners »
(spending less money and doing cheaper quality work...)


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


Do One's Bit »
(one participates in the project and does what was expected...)


Do One's Own Thing »
(do what you like to do and not what others force you to do...)


Doing All Right For Yourself »
(making money and succeeding at your work and in your life...)


Doing Your Level Best »
(try hard and do the best you can...)


Door To Door »
(to find customers by going to people's houses, knocking on the door and introducing oneself...)


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


Down The Drain »
(it has disappeared and it gone; it is lost...)


Down The Tubes »
(it is lost and gone; the thing got ruined...)


Down With Some Disease »
(because of sickness one is unable to get up and go out...)


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


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


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


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


Eat Out Of Someone's Hands »
(that one will follow your requests and do what you wish...)


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


Falling Flat On Your Face »
(fail completely, and everyone can see you fail...)


Falling From Grace »
(losing popularity and not the favorite any more...)


Fed Up To Here With It »
(tired of and angry about it...)


Feel Fit »
(one's body feels strong and comfortable...)


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


Feel Up To Something »
(feel strong, prepared, and have the energy to do it...)


Fend For Oneself »
(fight to protect oneself and take care of one's own needs...)


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


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


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


Flip One's Lid »
(become very upset and explode in anger; become crazy...)


Flip One's Wig »
(become very upset and explode in anger; become crazy...)


Flunk Out »
(fail and be forced to leave school...)


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


Fly Off The Handle »
(become angry and start yelling; lose one's temper...)


Flying Off The Handle »
(getting upset and going out of control...)


Follow In Someone's Footsteps »
(do something that another has done, and try to do it the way they did it...)


For Better Or For Worse »
(said when two people marry, their commitment to stay together in good times and bad times...)


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


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...)


From Door To Door »
(by going to peoples houses, knocking on the door and introducing oneself...)


From The Bottom Of One's Heart »
(one feels the emotion very deeply and truthfully...)


From The Heart »
(said or done in an honest and caring way...)


From This Day On »
(starting today, and including every day after today...)


Get Back Into Circulation »
(begin to go out and see others after not having gone out for some time...)


Get Cold Feet »
(become nervous and afraid to act...)


Get Down To The Nitty Gritty »
(work on the small details of the project; think and talk about the many small details...)


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...)


Get On The Good Side Of Someone »
(that person likes you and will do nice things for you...)


Get The Creeps »
(it makes you feel nervous and uncomfortable...)


Get The Word »
(start believing in the God and bible of Christianity...)


Get What's Coming To One »
(one has acted badly and deserves some kind of punishment...)


Give Someone The Runaround »
(give that person excuses and false answers...)


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


Go Scot Free »
(allowed to be free with no penalty and no punishment...)


Go Steady With Someone »
(dating that person and seeing them regularly...)


Going All The Way »
(continuing and succeeding until the very end...)


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


Hammer Away At It »
(do that thing again and again; do it repeatedly...)


Hang On Your Every Word »
(listen closely and react to every word you say...)


Hang Tough »
(stay strong; don't get sad and don't worry too much...)


Hash Something Over »
(talk and think about it together to understand it better)s...)


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


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


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


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


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


He Backed Out »
(did not do the thing that was planned and promised...)


Head Over Heels »
(totally and uncontrollably in love...)


I'm All Ears »
(listening very closely; one is willing and eager to listen...)


I'm Jacked Up »
(lift that person up; make that person feel excited and full of energy; energize...)


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...)


Immediate Occupancy »
(it is possible to move in and live there right now...)


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


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


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


In Awe Of Him »
(that thing amazes you; one finds it awesome; one feels totally alive and awake watching that...)


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


In Your Prime »
(when one is young and strong and has lot's of opportunity...)


In Your Right Mind »
(thinking and acting the way you usually do...)


Jazz It Up »
(make it more interesting and exciting; add something to make it more lively, colorful, fun...)


Just Because »
(it is that way and there is no deeper reason for it...)


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


Keeping One's Nose To The Grindstone »
(working away and not letting oneself be distracted...)


Like An Open Book »
(open, honest; and available; not hidden; not secret...)


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


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...)


Off The Cuff »
(one just thought it up and said it; without preparation...)


Off The Top Of One's Head »
(one thinks it up quickly and easily; without help or preparation...)


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


Old Hat »
(experienced; one who is very comfortable and familiar doing that...)


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


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


On Approval »
(if and when it is approved; if the request is not rejected...)


On Cloud Nine »
(one is so happy that one feels light and weightless...)


On Credit »
(paid for by borrowing money; one buys the thing now and will pay later...)


On Easy Street »
(rich; comfortable and easy as one imagines it will be if one becomes rich...)


On Order »
(it has been ordered and we are waiting for it...)


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


Order Something To Go »
(you will take it with you and eat it someplace else...)


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


Out Of Shape »
(weak or fat; one's body is not strong and fit...)


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


People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones »
(don't criticize other people when you yourself have faults and weaknesses...)


Put Your Best Foot Forward »
(go ahead and give it your best try...)


Raise Cain »
(to disturb others and cause trouble...)


Running The Table »
(making all of your shots and winning...)


Scratch The Surface »
(beginning to discover something that is bigger and more extensive...)


Second Nature To Someone »
(it feels natural and easy for that person to do...)


See Red »
(become so angry that one can only feel the anger and is not able to think...)


Shape Someone Up »
(make that one stronger and healthier...)


Share Someone's Pain »
(feel care and understanding for another person who is in pain...)


Sit Idly By »
(sit and watch without helping...)


Skating On Thin Ice »
(doing something which is risky and could fail badly...)


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


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


Spread Like Wildfire »
(it moved fast and out of control...)


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...)


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


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


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


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


Take Care Of Someone Or Something »
(handle that matter; help and care for that person...)


Take Heed »
(listen carefully and be warned...)


Take It Easy »
(relax; let oneself feel free and comfortable...)


Take Off On Something »
(lose hold of something and have it run away...)


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


Take Someone In »
(welcome that person and offer them assistance...)


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


Take Someone Under One's Wings »
(offer help to that person and teach them what one knows...)


Take The Bull By The Horns »
(take strong action and gain control of the situation...)


Thick As Thieves »
(Very familiar and involved with each other...)


Tickle Someone Pink »
(that person was so happy that they were laughing and smiling and making noises...)


Waiting In The Wings »
(one is waiting close-by and ready to participate...)


Walk On Air »
(feeling light and happy...)


Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve »
(expressing your emotions freely and openly...)


Welcome You With Open Arms »
(greet you and welcome you eagerly...)


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


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


When Push Comes To Shove »
(When people begin to act more selfish and aggressive...)


Where One Is Coming From »
(with an understanding of the other persons situation and needs...)


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


Who Do You Think You're Kidding? »
(You are mistaken and I am not going to be fooled by your error...)


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


Will Not Hear Of Something »
(The answer is 'No' and one will not even consider the possibility of 'Yes'...)


Window Shopping »
(Visiting stores and seeing what is for sale but not planning to buy anything...)


With It »
(Alert, aware, and alive...)


With One's Tail Between One's Legs »
(Leaving in shame and disgrace...)


With Relish »
(I do it and enjoy doing it...)


Wither On The Vine »
(Die or fail visibly where it should be growing and thriving...)


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


Within Someone's Grasp »
(one is holding it and will not let go of it...)


Worked Up About Something »
(get excited and upset...)


Worked Up Over Something »
(get excited and upset...)


Yield The Right Of Way »
(Stop or slow and wait while another crosses or moves ahead...)


You Bet Your Boots »
(very casual, colorful and forceful way to say "Yes"...)


You Can't Take It With You »
(wealth and belongings are not what is most important because you will die someday and they will be useless to you...)


You Fell Into My Trap »
(you were tricked and now you are stuck...)


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...)


You Scared The Pants Off Of Me »
(I was not prepared for what happened and it frightened me...)




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