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keyword: Be
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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