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

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

Be Curtains For Someone Or Something »
(that thing is finished; that one will lose...)

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

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

Be Reluctant To Do Something »
(dont' want to do it; not eager to do it...)

Be Sick »
(ill; not feeling well; slang: disgusting, gross, cruel...)

Be So »
(true; yes it is really true...)

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

Be That As It May »
(even if that is true...)

Be The Case »
(is true...)

Be The Spitting Image Of Someone »
(the one looks exactly like the other...)

Be The Straw That Broke The Camel's Back »
(the last thing that happened after which one said "no more"...)

Be Too »
(said to disagree with one who says it is not so...)

Be Used To Something »
(familiar with it...)

Beggars Can't Be Choosers »
(be thankful for what you get when you get something for free...)

Fit To Be Tied »
(very angry; so angry that one could strike out...)

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

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

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

You Can't Be All Things To All People »
(able to satisfy everyone's needs...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Above Suspicion »
(that person cannot be suspected...)

Across The Board »
(it will apply to all; all will be affected by it...)

Against Someone's Will »
(it was done even though that person did not want it to be done...)

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...)

All For The Best »
(the result will be good...)

All That Glitters Is Not Gold »
(some things are not as valuable as the appear to be...)

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

All Worked Up About Something »
(one let oneself be very bothered by that thing...)

All Worked Up Over Something »
(one let oneself be very bothered by that thing...)

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

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

At Some Time Sharp »
(at exactly that time; one should not be late...)

At Stake »
(what can be gained or lost; this thing could be lost...)

At The End Of One's Rope »
(one cannot be patient any longer; one is ready to become very angry...)

Back Off »
(move back to give more space; not be so agressive...)

Bank On Something »
(be confident that it will happen...)

Bargain For Something »
(expect that it would happen; plan for it; be prepared for it...)

Battle It Out »
(fight to decide how it will be done...)

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

Bear With Someone »
(be patient with me; wait for me...)

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

Behind The Scenes »
(done by people who could not be seen...)

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

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

Call The Roll »
(read out the names of people who should be present...)

Cannot Help Doing Something »
(it must be done; it had to happen...)

Carry Weight »
(be important...)

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

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

Cheat On Someone »
(be with someone who is not one's love partner...)

Choose Up Sides »
(decide which players will be on which team...)

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

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

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

Doing The Honors »
(be the one to do the ceremonial thing...)

Easy Come, Easy Go »
(something which we get easily can be lost easily also...)

Easy Does It »
(please be more gentle...)

Easy To Come By »
(something that can be found easily...)

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

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

Every Last One »
(all of them must be included; not even one of them can be forgotten...)

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

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...)

Falling Into His Trap »
(be tricked by that person's plan...)

Falling Into Place »
(it is as it should be; it will be good...)

Filled To The Brim »
(so full that no more can be added without spilling...)

Find It In One's Heart To Do Something »
(it would be very kind if you would please do this thing...)

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers »
(children's saying: the one who finds the thing should be allowed to keep it; the one who found the thing should be allowed to keep it...)

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

First Come, First Served »
(people will be helped in the order that they arrive; the first one to arrive will be served first, etc....)

First Things First »
(the most important thing should always be done first...)

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

Flight Of Fancy »
(mistakenly believing that something impossible can be done...)

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

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

For All It's Worth »
(though it may or may not be important to you...)

For Crying Out Loud »
(that thing should be obvious...)

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

From The Old School »
(this is way things used to be done; the traditional way...)

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

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

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

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

Get Another Think Coming »
(what will happen is not what you are expecting; the result is not going to be good for you...)

Get Away With Something »
(do something bad but not be discovered...)

Get Credit For Something »
(be noticed for doing good work...)

Get Hell »
(be yelled at by others...)

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

Get Mad At Someone Or Something »
(be angry at that person; become angry because of what that person did...)

Get The Brush Off »
(be ignored...)

Get The Nod »
(get permission to do something; be allowed to enter the game...)

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 Through To Someone »
(be understood by that person...)

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

Go It Alone »
(be the only one; do it or go there without anyone else...)

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

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...)

Handle Someone With Kid Gloves »
(be careful with that person; take care not to hurt one's feelings...)

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

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

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

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

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

I Don't Belong Here »
(I am not like the others at this place; I should not be here; I am not comfortable here because i am different...)

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...)

If You Can't Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen »
(if you want to be responsible then you must face difficulties...)

In Disguise »
(pretending to be someone else; trying to look like another...)

In Sight »
(it can be seen; we can see it...)

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

In Style »
(popular; looking good; what people want to be doing...)

In The Near Future »
(very soon; it will happen soon; the time for it will be soon...)

In The Open »
(not hidden; it can be seen...)

In The Public Eye »
(where everyone can see you; people you don't know may be watching...)

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

Jump Through Hoops »
(to get something done, one has to do other things which should be unnecessary; have to do special things...)

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...)

Laying Down On The Job »
(acting lazy; not work when one should be working...)

Laying Down The Law »
(make the rules that others must follow; be strict; say what the others must do...)

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

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

Look Forward To Something »
(be eager for it...)

Look Out »
(be careful...)

Look Someone In The Eye »
(be direct with that person; do not hide; do not turn away when that person looks at you...)

Misery Loves Company »
(people who are unhappy prefer to be with unhappy people...)

Need Something Yesterday »
(need that to be done as soon as possible...)

Never Fear »
(don't worry; you will be safe...)

No Buts About It »
(it will be this way; this is how it will be...)

No Can Do »
(it cannot be done...)

No Hard Feelings »
(let's not be angry; I am not angry; please don't be angry...)

No Two Ways About It »
(it will definitely be that one way...)

Off The Record »
(not official; what one says is not to be repeated...)

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

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

Out Of Date »
(old; cannot be used any more; expired...)

Out Of Necessity »
(it needed to be done; it was done because it was necessary...)

Pride Oneself On Something »
(be proud of oneself for that thing...)

Put The Cart Before The Horse »
(you must do the one thing before you do the other thing; the order cannot be changed...)

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

Safety In Numbers »
(it is more dangerous to be alone...)

Sail Under False Colors »
(pretending to be different from what one is...)

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

Shape Up »
(start doing what one should be doing...)

Shape Up Or Ship Out »
(either do what you should be doing, or leave...)

Simmer Down »
(relax; quiet down; take it easy; don't be so upset...)

Sit On The Fence »
(be unsure of which choice to make; not decide...)

Size Someone Or Something Up »
(try to decide how good that one will be...)

Steal The Spotlight »
(be the one that everyone looks at...)

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

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

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

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

Take After Someone »
(be similar to that person...)

Take Attendance »
(look at the list of names to be sure everyone is there...)

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

Take It Easy On Someone Or Something »
(not be strict about; not punish or harass that person...)

Take It Or Leave It »
(this is the last offer; either accept or reject this proposal because there will be no more adjustments...)

Take Precedence Over Someone Or Something »
(be more important than...)

Take Pride In Something »
(be proud of that thing; one likes this quality in oneself...)

Take Someone Or Something At Face Value »
(expect from that thing only what it is actually worth; don't hope for more; it is what it appears to be...)

They Jumped All Over Me »
(attack that person continuously, usually with words; be very aggressive with one suddenly...)

Think Twice Before Doing Something »
(don't decide too quickly; it might not be good to do that...)

What's The Good Of Something? »
(There seems to be no reason to do that...)

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

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

Win The Day »
(Be successful on this day...)

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

Without Further Ado »
(There will be no more delaying this...)

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

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 Think You're So Smart »
(don't be so arrogant...)



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