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All Over But The Shouting »
(the competition is over; it has been decided...)


Can't Help But Do Something »
(it has to happen; there is no way to not do it...)


Everything But Kitchen Sink »
(almost everything has been included...)


Everything But The Kitchen Sink »
(one brought everything one could bring...)


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...)


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


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


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


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...)


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


Beating Around The Bush »
(one wants to say something but won't say it directly...)


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


Believe It Or Not »
(it is surprising but it is true...)


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


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


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


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


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


For All I Know »
(i do not know, but it is possible...)


For The Moment »
(this is the plan for now, but it may change...)


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


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


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 Scot Free »
(receive no punishment; one did something bad but was not punished...)


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


I Guess »
(this is probably correct but I am not sure...)


In Debt »
(one owes money; one has borrowed money but not yet paid it back...)


Johnny On The Spot »
(one arrives just in time; without delay; on time but not early...)


Joking Aside »
(I am going to talk seriously now; we have been making jokes about something, but I want to speak seriously now...)


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


Open Secret »
(people know it, but they don't talk about it; people pretend they don't know it...)


Or Words To That Effect »
(did not say that exactly, but something like that...)


Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish »
(cautious with small amounts of money, but careless with larger amounts...)


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


Slip Through Someone's Fingers »
(one was not able to catch it; one was close but could not grab it...)


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


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 One's Medicine »
(you don't like to do it, but it is necessary because it is good for you...)


Talk Is Cheap »
(it is easy to talk about doing things but it takes hard work to really do things...)


What Do You Want Me To Say? »
(I feel pressured to say something but I don't have anything to say...)


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




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