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Acknowledge Receipt Of It »
(make a record to confirm that one received it...)

Almost Lost It »
(almost lost control of one's thoughts, one's feelings, or one's body; almost started laughing; almost vomited...)

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

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

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

Before You Know It »
(it will happen quickly...)

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

Bringing It Home »
(you understand it because it affects your life...)

Call It A Day »
(end the day's work; finish working for the day...)

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

Call It Off »
(cancel it...)

Calling It Off »
(cancel it; decide to not do it...)

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

Carrying It A Bit Too Far »
(still doing that thing after you should stop...)

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

Ease Off On It »
(let go after pushing too hard...)

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

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

Explain It Away »
(finding different reasons to explain why it happened...)

Familiar With It »
(comfortable with it...)

Feathering Her Own Nest With It »
(using it to help herself...)

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

Feel Like It »
(want to do it...)

Feeling Like Doing It »
(wanting to do it; interested in doing it; eager to do it...)

Figure On It »
(expect it to happen...)

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

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

For The Heck Of It »
(less rude way to say: for no reason; not for any good reason...)

For The Hell Of It »
(overly casual: for no reason; not for any good reason...)

Full Of It »
(this person says things which are not true; a liar...)

Gearing Myself Up For It »
(prepare yourself; get ready for it...)

Get Away From It All »
(escape from one's problems or difficulties...)

Get It »
(understand the thing...)

Get It All Together »
(get organized...)

Get Off It »
(stop talking about that one thing...)

Get Over It »
(recover from...)

Get Up The Nerve To Do It »
(gain the confidence to do it...)

Go For It »
(do your best; try your best; good luck...)

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

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

Got A Charge Out Of It »
(that thing made one laugh; it made one very happy...)

Ham It Up »
(act funny; be silly; tell jokes; put on a show...)

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

Hammer It Home »
(say it repeatedly in different ways so it is clear...)

Hand It Over »
(give it to me now; give me that...)

Hang On To It »
(keep that one; don't lose it; don't let her leave you...)

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It »
(it is already working well, so don't change it...)

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...)

It Burns You Up »
(it really angers you...)

It Fell On Deaf Ears »
(they did not listen to what was said, so they did not hear it...)

It Takes Two To Tango »
(when two people have a conflict, both people are at fault...)

Jack It Up »
(lift it up in the air; use a lever to raise that thing...)

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

Let's Call It Quits »
(let's stop working; let us not try anymore; we should not continue our effort...)

Live It Up »
(have fun; enjoy yourself...)

Never Had It So Good »
(this is great; we are happy...)

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

No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts About It »
(it must happen this way; nothing else is acceptable...)

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

Out Of It »
(unaware; not aware; not knowing what one is doing...)

Step On It »
(go faster...)

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

Take A Look For It »
(look for it; spend time trying to find it...)

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

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

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

Take It Slow »
(do not rush...)

Take It To One's Grave »
(not tell anyone; keep it as a secret...)

Take It Upon Oneself To Do Something »
(accept the responsibility to get it done...)

They Ate It Up »
(really enjoy it; eat all of it; believe one's lie...)

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

Whoop It Up »
(get excited with a party-like feel...)

Wing It »
(do it without a detailed plan...)

With Everything On It »
(including all of the additional options...)

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

You Are Bent On Doing It »
(you really want to do it...)

You Are Keen On Doing It »
(you like doing it; you want to do it more...)

You Can Bet On It »
(I guarantee that it will happen...)

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 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 Just Don't Get It »
(You are not understanding the situation...)

You Said It »
(You are correct; I completely agree with you...)

You're In The Mood For It »
(you feel like having it; you want it...)

You're In The Mood To Do It »
(feel like doing that; want to do it...)

You're Into It »
(you like that thing; you are enjoying...)

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 Change Of Pace »
(doing it differently from the way it was done before...)

A Credit To Someone Or Something »
(it happened because of the good qualities of that person...)

A Crying Shame »
(it is very sad that it 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 Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted »
(foolish people lose money easily; it is foolish to waste money...)

A Foregone Conclusion »
(one knew that it would happened even before it happened...)

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

A Harbinger Of Things To Come »
(it shows us what will happen in the future...)

A Hearbeat Away »
(it is very close to happening...)

A heartbeat Away »
(it is very close to happening...)

A Kind Of A Something »
(it is like that thing; it fits into the same category as that thing...)

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 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 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 Mixed Bag »
(there are lots of different things in it...)

A Must »
(that thing must happen; it is needed...)

A Piercing Scream »
(a scream so loud and high-pitched that it hurts to hear it...)

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

A Rush On Something »
(try to make it go faster; hurry...)

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

A Slip Of The Tongue »
(it was said accidentally...)

A Square Peg In A Round Hole »
(it was put in a place where it does not fit...)

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 Taste Of Something »
(a try of something to see how one likes it...)

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 Travesty Of Justice »
(what happened was terribly unfair; it is so unfair that we must doubt in our system...)

A Wealth Of Something »
(there is a lot of it...)

Able To Do Something Blindfolded »
(it is easy to do...)

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

Act Something Out »
(do a performance to show what it was like...)

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...)

Advise Someone Against Doing Something »
(tell that person one believes they should not do it...)

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

Ahead Of Time »
(before it begins...)

Aim To Do Something »
(one plans to do it; one intends to do it...)

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

All Greek »
(I don't understand it at all...)

All In Good Time »
(no need to rush; it will happen at the right time...)

All Night Long »
(it happened during the entire evening; it did not stop happening during the night...)

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

All Over »
(it is finished; there is no more of it...)

All Over Again »
(it happened again, just like the first time...)

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

All The Rage »
(it is very popular right now; everyone is talking about it...)

All Year Round »
(it happens during all of the months of the year...)

An Act Of Faith »
(one does it because one believes in God or has confidence in another person...)

An Affinity For Someone Or Something »
(you like that thing; you do it well...)

An Eager Beaver »
(one who is very eager; one who really wants to do it...)

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

As An Aside »
(I will say this even though it is not the main topic...)

At First Glance »
(when one first looked at it...)

At Half Mast »
(it is placed only halfway up the post...)

At Hand »
(nearby; one is able to reach for it...)

At Liberty »
(free to do it...)

At Long Last »
(after a long time without it...)

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

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

Bad As All That »
(people are saying that it is very bad; as bad as people are saying...)

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

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

Bargain On Something »
(expect plan that it would happen...)

Barking Up The Wrong Tree »
(look for it in the wrong place...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bear In Mind »
(remember; don't forget; keep it in mind...)

Bear Someone Or Something In Mind »
(remember it; keep it in mind...)

Bear Watching »
(it is worthwhile to pay attention to it...)

Beat The Clock »
(do it before a certain time...)

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...)

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...)

Belaboring The Point »
(continue talking about it...)

Bending Over Backwards »
(make an extra effort; try extra hard to do it...)

Better Late Than Never »
(doing it late is better than not doing it...)

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

Beyond Words »
(one is unable to describe it...)

Bite The Bullet »
(wait when it is hard to wait...)

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

Brought To Light »
(it became clear...)

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

By Word Of Mouth »
(by hearing it from others...)

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

Can You Imagine? »
(it is amazing; it is difficult to believe; do you believe it?...)

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

Can't Make Heads Or Tails Out Of Someone Or Something »
(do not understand it at all; it does not make sense to one...)

Can't Wait For Something To Happen »
(eager for it to happen...)

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

Capable Of Doing Something »
(able to do it; strong enough; willing to do a hurtful act...)

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

Catch Hell »
(get in trouble for it; get yelled at...)

Chalk Something Up To Something »
(say that that is why it happened...)

Chance Upon Someone Or Something »
(discover something by accident; find something without looking for it...)

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

Clamp Down On Someone Or Something »
(not allow it to happen anyway; become more strict...)

Clear As A Bell »
(one understands it very clearly...)

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

Coming In Handy »
(it was convenient to have that thing...)

Coming Of Age »
(you are old enough to do it...)

Cross Your Fingers »
(hoping it happens that way...)

Do A Flip Flop On Something »
(decide for something, then decide against it; change one's position irresponsibly...)

Do Away With Someone Or Something »
(get rid of that thing; not have it any more...)

Do Justice To Something »
(communicate something in a way that really shows how good it is...)

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 To The Wire »
(it is close to the finish; there is little time left; we do not yet know who will win...)

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

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...)

Easy As Abc »
(it is very simple; you are confident that you can do it...)

Escape Someone's Notice »
(one did not notice that it happened...)

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

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

Every Time You Turn Around »
(it seems to happen very often...)

Expense Is No Object »
(do not worry about the cost; I can pay a lot of money for it...)

Explain Yourself »
(tell why you did it...)

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

Fair Game »
(anyone can try to compete for it...)

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

Fat Chance »
(it is unlikely that will happen...)

Feel Free »
(allow yourself to do it; don't stop yourself...)

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

Figure In Something »
(it is included in your preparations; it was expected...)

Fill Someone In On Someone Or Something »
(tell one about it, let one know that it happened...)

Find Something Out The Hard Way »
(one learned it by making a mistake...)

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...)

Firing On All Cylinders »
(the machine is working very smoothly; everything is now going as we want it to...)

Fish Or Cut Bait »
(don't waste time; either do it now or quit...)

Fit The Bill »
(it is what you are looking for; it is what you wanted...)

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

Flirt With The Idea Of Doing Something »
(consider the possibility of doing it...)

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

Follow Up On Something »
(check on something at a later time; make sure that it is being done...)

Foot The Bill »
(pay for it...)

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

For Days On End »
(doing it for a number of days without stopping...)

For Free »
(it does not require any money...)

For Keeps »
(you are allowed to keep it...)

For Kicks »
(that stupid action was is done because one thinks it is funny...)

For No Good Reason »
(there is no good reason to explain why it happened...)

For Safekeeping »
(so it does not get lost or stolen...)

For Sure »
(it is certain; it is definitely true...)

For The Duration »
(during the time while it is happening...)

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

For The Time Being »
(it will happen this way until something changes...)

Free For All »
(anyone can have it; a frantic situation where everyone is trying to get some...)

Fresh Out Of Something »
(we have no more of it; there is none left...)

From Dawn To Dusk »
(all day, from the moment the sun comes up until the moment it goes down...)

From Hand To Hand »
(it passed from one owner to another...)

From Time To Time »
(it happens occasionally...)

From Top To Bottom »
(from the very top of the thing to the very bottom of it...)

Get A Checkup »
(when a specialist checks over a body to see if it is okay...)

Get A Feel For Something »
(beginning to feel comfortable with it...)

Get A Fix On Something »
(learn the place where it is...)

Get A Hand With Something »
(receive help to do it...)

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

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 Whiff Of Something »
(smell it; have an idea that it is happening...)

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

Get The Go Ahead »
(it is okay to begin; one has permission to do what one wanted to do...)

Get Through Something »
(just finished doing it...)

Get Through With Something »
(finished doing it...)

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

Go From Bad To Worse »
(it was already bad, not it has gotten worse...)

Go Into Something »
(talk about it more; explain it...)

Go Over Big With Someone »
(they really liked it...)

Go Over Like A Lead Balloon »
(people did not like it; it was not popular; they hated it...)

Go Over Someone's Head »
(one did not understand it; it was too complicated...)

Go Over Something With A Fine Tooth Comb »
(look carefully to find something wrong with it...)

Go Overboard »
(do too much of it; go too far...)

Go Through The Motions »
(do it even though one is not excited to do it...)

Hands Down »
(easily; clearly; it is easy to say that one is better than the others...)

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

Haul Someone In »
(pull it in the way one pulls fish into a fishing boat...)

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

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 Clue About Something »
(have some knowledge about it...)

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 Go At Something »
(try it; make an effort...)

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

I Didn't Catch Your Name »
(i was not able to hear your name so please say it again...)

I'm Game »
(interested; willing to try; excited about doing it...)

If Not »
(if it does not happen or is not true...)

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

In A Constant State Of Flux »
(it keeps changing...)

In A Split Second »
(it happened extremely quickly...)

In All Probability »
(probably; it will probably happen; it is likely; i think so...)

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

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

In Defiance Of Someone Or Something »
(doing it against that one; doing it even though that one said "don't do it"....)

In Denial »
(pretending it did not happen; one says that the truth is untrue...)

In Due Time »
(it will happen eventually; there is no need to rush it or hurry...)

In Other Words »
(here is another way of saying it; i will try to explain it again...)

In Short Supply »
(there is very little of it; we have almost no more...)

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 The Dark »
(you did not know about it...)

In The Meantime »
(until it happens; while you are waiting; the time before thing...)

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 Your Hair »
(so close that it bothers you...)

In Your Mind's Eye »
(in your imagination; you see an image of it in your mind...)

In Your Opinion »
(it is one's personal belief...)

In Your Own Best Interests »
(because it helps you...)

Its Anyone's Call »
(it is difficult to judge the outcome of a competition...)

Jump At The Chance »
(take the opportunity to do it; quickly do it as soon as one can; one wants to do it...)

Jump The Gun »
(start before it is time to begin; cheat in a race by starting early...)

Just A Stone's Throw Away From Something »
(very near to it; it very nearly happened...)

Just As I Expected »
(I was correct; it happened as I expected it would happen...)

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

Likely As Not »
(it will probably happen...)

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

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

Look Good On Paper »
(it seems like a good plan; we are not yet certain that the plan will work...)

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

Mull Something Over »
(think about it; consider it carefully...)

Mum's The Word »
(we won't tell anyone; keep it a secret...)

Nail In Someone's Or Something's Coffin »
(it will kill them; this guarantees they are finished...)

Neither Here Nor There »
(it doesn't matter; it's not important...)

Nip Something In The Bud »
(stop it just when it is beginning...)

No Big Deal »
(it is okay; it doesn't matter; it is not important...)

No Can Do »
(it cannot be done...)

No Doubt »
(it is certain; I am sure it is true...)

No News Is Good News »
(if something bad happened, we would probably hear about it...)

No Skin Off Someone's Nose »
(it does not bother me...)

None Other Than Someone »
(it is that person...)

Not A Chance »
(it will definitely not happen...)

Not A Moment To Spare »
(one arrived just as it started...)

Not Able To Make Anything Out Of Someone Or »
(don't understand it at all...)

Of The Old School »
(done in old way; done the way people used to do it...)

Off Again, On Again »
(it was not going to happen, not it seems like it will happen...)

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...)

Old Habits Die Hard »
(it is hard to forget old ways of doing things...)

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

On Duty »
(one is responsible for it because one is working...)

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

On One's Person »
(on has it with one; on is holding it on one's body...)

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

On Purpose »
(one intends to do it...)

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

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 All Proportion »
(it seemed more important than it was...)

Out Of Luck »
(it did not happen as one wanted...)

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

Out Of One's Way »
(not something one had planned to do; one did it to help another...)

Out Of Reach »
(one cannot reach it with ones hands; one cannot get it...)

Out Of Season »
(it is not the right time of the year to get that...)

Out Of Service »
(it it not working right now; it is broken...)

Out Of Sight »
(one cannot see it; slang from the '60s: cool, interesting...)

Over My Head »
(I don't understand it...)

Par For The Course »
(that naturally happens while doing that; it is natural...)

Pick Up The Tab »
(pay for it...)

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

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

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

Scream Bloody Murder »
(scream so it sounds like someone is trying to kill you...)

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

Set One's Heart Against Something »
(feel strongly one does not want it...)

Set One's Heart On Something »
(feel strongly that one wants it...)

Set Someone Back Some Amount Of Money »
(one had to pay that amount of money; it cost that much...)

Shed Some Light On Something »
(make it easier to understand...)

Shell Something Out »
(give the thing even though one does not want to give it...)

Shy Away From Someone Or Something »
(not do something because it makes one a little afraid...)

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

Signal To Someone To Do Something »
(let that person know you want them to do it...)

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

Since Time Immemorial »
(it has always been this way; it has been that way for a long, long time...)

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...)

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 Something Together »
(put something together very quickly; build it fast...)

Slip One's Mind »
(one cannot remember it; forget the thing...)

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

Slow Going »
(it is taking a lot of time...)

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

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

Spring For Something »
(pay for it; pay it's cost...)

Stare Someone In The Face »
(look directly at that thing; see it clearly...)

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

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

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

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 Shot At Something »
(attempt to do it; try it...)

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 An Interest In Something »
(start to become interested in it...)

Take Exception To Something »
(disagree with it; not in happy agreement with something...)

Take No Stock In Something »
(not believe in it nor see its value...)

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

Take Offense At Someone Or Something »
(feel insulted about it...)

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

Take Part In Something »
(join in it; participate...)

Take Root »
(the beginnings of it were formed...)

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...)

Taken Aback »
(surprised, it caused one to pause...)

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

Talk Someone Into Doing Something »
(convince that person to do it...)

The Ball Is In Your Court »
(it is your turn to do something...)

The Jury Is Out »
(it is still being decided...)

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

Think Something Out »
(think about it in detail...)

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

Throw One's Voice »
(make it sound as if one's voice is coming from a different place...)

Tied Down »
(something is tied so that it cannot go up...)

Tied Up »
(that person or thing is tied so that it cannot move or escape...)

Time Flies »
(it feels like time is passing quickly...)

Tip Someone Off »
(tell someone what it is going to happen...)

Tip The Scales At Something »
(increase the chance that it will happen...)

To No Avail »
(it was not a success; it was useless...)

To One's Heart's Content »
(as much as one wants to do it...)

Twist Someone's Arm »
(force one to do it...)

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right »
(it is never right to do wrong to another person...)

Under Age »
(too young to do it legally...)

Under Someone's Very Nose »
(that person was nearby when it happened; that person did not stop it from happening...)

What For »
(Why? What is the reason for it?...)

What Makes Something Tick »
(How does it work?...)

What One Doesn't Know Won't Hurt One »
(it would cause more trouble if that person knew what happened...)

What's Done Is Done »
(We must accept that it happened...)

When Hell Freezes Over »
(it will never happen...)

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

When The Time Is Ripe »
(it will happen at the right time, not sooner...)

Who Would Have Thought? »
(It was a surprise; no one could have guessed...)

Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Someone »
(No power will force one to do it...)

With Each Passing Day »
(time goes by while it happens...)

With Ease »
(it is done easily...)

With Flying Colors »
(it was done spectacularly, gracefully, successfully...)

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

With Something To Spare »
(It did not require all of one's efforts...)

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...)

Within Someone's Reach »
(you can reach it with your hands; it is close enough that one can get it...)

Within Walking Distance »
(you can walk there from here; it is close enough that you can walk there...)

Without A Doubt »
(it is certain...)

Without Any Strings Attached »
(one is not expecting any "payment" for doing it...)

Without Fail »
(It always happens...)

Without Question »
(It is definitely so...)

Without Rhyme Or Reason »
(There was no good or logical reason for what was done; there was no good reason why it happened...)

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

Work Someone Or Something In »
(Find the time to include it...)

Work Through Channels »
(Communicate with the people who are responsible for it...)

Worth Its Weight In Gold »
(It is very valuable...)

Wouldn't Touch Something With A Ten Foot Pole »
(It is safer to stay away from that...)

Wrapped Up In Someone Or Something »
(All of one's attention is on it...)

Write Someone Or Something Off »
(Believe that it will fail; not have confidence that they will succeed...)

Write Something Down »
(Write something on paper to help to record or remember it...)

Year After Year »
(It continues to happen every year...)

Year In, Year Out »
(It happens repeatedly for many years...)

Year Round »
(It happens all during the year; it does not stop during any part of the year...)

You Are Keen On Him »
(you like it or them; you want more of them...)

You Can Say That Again »
(I agree with you so much that I am willing to hear you say it again...)

You Can't Please Everyone »
(It is not possible for one's actions to make everyone happy all of the time...)

You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks »
(it is difficult to change old habits...)

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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