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


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


Do Not Have A Care In The World »
(carefree; without problems; acting like nothing bothers one...)


Do Not Have All One's Marbles »
(that person does not think clearly...)


If It's Not One Thing, It's Another »
(too many things are going wrong, one after another...)


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


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


Money Does Not Grow On Trees »
(earning money takes a lot of hard work...)


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


Not A Living Soul »
(no one...)


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


Not Able To Go On »
(cannot continue...)


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


Not Your Cup Of Tea »
(not something you like; you don't prefer that...)


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


Rome Was Not Built In One Day »
(all great works take time to finish...)


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


A Babe In The Woods »
(young; innocent; not experienced; vulnerable...)


A Diamond In The Rough »
(a wonderful thing whose value is not seen easily at first look...)


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


A Drop In The Bucket »
(it does not matter; it is a small amount; it seems like a very small amount...)


A Far Away Look »
(a look in ones eyes when one is not focused on the present moment; the way a person looks when they are thinking of other times or places...)


A Far Off Look »
(an expression that a person has when they are not aware of what is going on around them...)


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


A Little Bird Told Me »
(a person who I will not identify whispered this secret to me; I know because this secret was whispered to me...)


A Little Bit »
(a small amount; not a lot...)


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 Little New To All This »
(I am a beginner not familiar with this situation or task...)


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


A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss »
(a person who keeps moving does not get stuck; life stays interesting for people who keep moving...)


A Shot In The Dark »
(a guess at something when one does not know the answer...)


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


A Toss-Up »
(the results have not been decided...)


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


Advise Against Something »
(recommend that you not do that...)


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 One's Time »
(ones ideas are advanced; one's ideas might not be understood until a future time...)


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


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


All In A Day's Work »
(this is a natural part of ones job; what was done is not unusual for this type of work...)


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


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


An Act Of God »
(an accident caused by nature, such as bad weather; not because of what people did...)


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


Appear Out Of Nowhere »
(we did not see them arriving...)


Arguing For The Sake Of Argument »
(the person does not have a reason to disagree; the person is being disagreeable...)


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


At Rest »
(resting; not working at this moment...)


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


At Wit's End »
(not able to come up with a solution...)


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


Back Down From »
(decide to not fight...)


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


Back The Wrong Horse »
(choose to support the one who will not win...)


Balance The Books »
(make sure the money spent is not more than the money earned...)


Balled Up »
(stuck together; confused; not able to move smoothly...)


Bang One's Head Against A Brick Wall »
(trying to do something which is not possible...)


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


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


Beauty Is Only Skin Deep »
(being handsome or pretty does not mean that person is good; being handsome or pretty does not mean that person is good...)


Behind The Eight Ball »
(slow; not doing well; falling behind...)


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


Below Average »
(not good; worse than most...)


Below Par »
(poor; not good enough...)


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


Biting The Bullet »
(patiently waiting when you do not want to wait...)


Breaking New Ground »
(doing what has not been done before...)


Bump Into »
(one's body accidentally hits another; one did not plan to meet the other...)


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


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


Calling Your Bluff »
(you guess that person is not telling the truth...)


Can't Carry A Tune »
(is not able to sing a song properly...)


Can't Cut The Mustard »
(not good enough to participate...)


Can't Do Anything With Someone Or Something »
(that person is not useful...)


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


Can't Hold A Candle To Someone »
(not even close to the other in ability...)


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


Carry A Secret To The Grave »
(not tell a secret during one's entire life...)


Cast Doubts On Someone Or Something »
(makes one question whether or not that is true...)


Cast One's Pearls Before Swine »
(share important things with people who will not understand their value...)


Caught In The Middle »
(not able to go the one way or the other way...)


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


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


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


Child's Play »
(childish behavior; not serious work; acting childlike...)


Clam Up »
(one decides that one does not want to talk...)


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


Dark Horse »
(a person who surprises you with skills that you did not know about...)


Devil May Care Attitude »
(one acts like one does not care what others think...)


Devil May Care Manner »
(a way of acting that shows others that one does not care...)


Die A Natural Death »
(one's death did not happen as the result of an accident or tragedy...)


Die Laughing »
(one laughed so violently that one could not control one's actions...)


Die Of A Broken Heart »
(one's grief at not being with a loved one causes that person to do...)


Dirty One's Hands »
(one is not innocent any more; one has done something to make one guilty...)


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


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


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


Don't Put The Cart Before The Horse »
(certain things will fail if they are not done in the correct order...)


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


Down To Earth »
(realistic; grounded; not fake; not pretending; easy to talk with naturally...)


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


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


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


Ease Up On Her »
(not push that one so hard...)


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


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


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...)


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


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


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


Fiddle While Rome Burns »
(not paying attention while something veery serious is happening...)


Fixed In Your Ways »
(not wanting to change how you do things...)


Fold One's Hands »
(chose to not help...)


For A Lark »
(not for any good reason; just or fun...)


For All I Care »
(i do not care whether you do that or not...)


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


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


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


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


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...)


For Whatever It's Worth »
(I am saying this even though you might not understand my meaning...)


Forbidden Fruit »
(a person or thing one is not allowed to touch or have...)


Force Someone To The Wall »
(force a person to make a decision that they did not want to make...)


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 As A Bird »
(with a free and easy feeling; not locked up...)


Full Of Beans »
(not truthful; dishonest...)


Full Of Hot Air »
(speaking a lot of angry words; saying things that are not true...)


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


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


Funny Ha Ha »
(ironic: what you said is not really funny; that's not funny...)


Get A Load Off One's Mind »
(not worry about that thing any more...)


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


Get Into High Gear »
(moving more quickly; going fast; working hard; not wasted time...)


Get Lost »
(not know where on is; go to where one does not know how to find things; become confused or forget; leave this place...)


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 On The Wrong Foot »
(have a bad start; start badly; the two did not like each other when they met...)


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


Get Sidetracked »
(focusing on some thing which is not the most important thing...)


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


Getting Wise To You »
(become aware that someone has been doing something they were not supposed to do...)


Give Him The Third Degree »
(tell that person what not to do...)


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


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 Out Of Fashion »
(no longer popular; not fashionable anymore...)


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


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


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


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


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


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...)


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


In A Bad Mood »
(unhappy; one is not happy...)


In A Bad Way »
(not looking good; not strong nor healthy...)


In A Dead Heat »
(tied so far; we are not sure which one will win...)


In A Fog »
(unclear; not sure; confused...)


In A World Of One's Own »
(that person is not connected to others; not relating to the people nearby...)


In Bad Faith »
(not fair; dishonest; deceitful; cheating...)


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


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


In Earnest »
(honestly; truthfully; being real; not fake...)


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


In The Nude »
(not wearing any clothes...)


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


In Your Spare Time »
(when you are not busy...)


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


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


Judge Something On Its Own Merits »
(that things is judged by it's own good or bad points, not by association with others...)


Keep A Civilized Tongue In Your Head »
(talk politely; not use rude words...)


Keeping A Straight Face »
(not show expression on one's face; not show joy, sadness or anger...)


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


Lay Low »
(hide; only go places where others do not see one...)


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


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


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


Like Water Off A Duck's Back »
(one does not let that thing bother one...)


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


Live In An Ivory Tower »
(not understand how most people live their lives...)


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


Look Down On Someone Or Something »
(not respect that one...)


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


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


Look Someone In The Face »
(face the danger; do not hide; do not run away; accept the problem...)


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


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


No Comment »
(I have nothing to say; I will not say what I think...)


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


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


No Spring Chicken »
(not a young person...)


No Sweat »
(not difficult; easy...)


No Trespassing »
(strangers are not allowed to go here...)


Nobody's Fool »
(not stupid; not fooled by that...)


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


Off Duty »
(not working; one who is not working right now...)


Off Limits »
(you are not allowed to go there; one may not do that...)


Off Season »
(this is not the official time of the year for that...)


Off The Beaten Track »
(not in the usual, ordinary way; differently...)


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


Off The Subject »
(not connected to what people are talking about...)


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


On Active Duty »
(in the military or diplomatic service right now; not on vacation...)


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


On Foot »
(walking; not riding...)


On One's Own Time »
(when one is not being paid by another...)


On The Rocks »
(fighting with each other; not communicating...)


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


Out Cold »
(asleep; in deep sleep; not easy to wake...)


Out Of Bounds »
(one is not allowed to do that or go there...)


Out Of Character »
(that person does not usually do things like that...)


Out Of Circulation »
(has not been seen in a long time; does not get around to different places...)


Out Of Commission »
(not working; not functioning; broken...)


Out Of Consideration For Someone Or Something »
(one is not being considered for that...)


Out Of Fashion »
(people do not do that or wear that any more...)


Out Of Hand »
(not under control; crazy; fun...)


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


Out Of Line »
(not standing in line; not correct; not doing the right thing...)


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


Out Of One's Element »
(one is not familiar nor comfortable...)


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


Out Of Order »
(not doing things in the right way...)


Out Of Place »
(saying or doing what is not okay for that place...)


Out Of Practice »
(one has not done that for a while...)


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


Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind »
(one does not think about what one does not see...)


Over The Hill »
(old; not young...)


Phony As A Three Dollar Bill »
(not real; not truthful; fake; artificial...)


Protest Too Much »
(you tend not to believe a person because they insist too strongly that something is not true...)


Round About »
(a way that is not the most direct...)


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


Say Something Right To Someone's Face »
(tell that person directly what you think; not speak secretly...)


Second Rate »
(not good; poor...)


See Double »
(one's eyes are not able to focus correctly; one see's two images...)


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


Set In One's Ways »
(not wanting to change...)


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


Set Someone Or Something Straight »
(help one understand something important that one does not yet understand...)


Shed Crocodile Tears »
(one pretends to cry when one is not really sad...)


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


Shirk One's Duty »
(not do the work that one should do...)


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...)


Sit On One's Hands »
(not do anything; not help; not participate; being lazy...)


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


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


Skeletons In The Closet »
(secrets from your past which you try not to show to other people...)


Sleep In »
(sleep until late in the morning; not wake early...)


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


Split Up »
(not together any more; separated...)


Spread Oneself Too Thin »
(spend too much time in too many different places; not focus enough on one thing...)


Stop At Nothing »
(not quit; not give up...)


Take A Hard Line With Someone »
(not be willing to compromise or change one's opinion...)


Take A Hike »
(rude way to tell someone to "go away" because they are not wanted...)


Take A Vacation »
(not work for a period of time...)


Take A Whack At Someone Or Something »
(attempt to do something that one has not been trained to do...)


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


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


Take It Slow »
(do not rush...)


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


Take Leave Of One's Senses »
(not act rationally; not act like oneself; lose control...)


Take Liberties With Someone Or Something »
(allow oneself to do things that one should not do...)


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


Take Off From Work »
(spend time without working; not go to work for a period of time...)


Take One's Time »
(not hurry; go slowly...)


There's No Accounting For Taste »
(The differences in peoples tastes are not easily understood...)


They Don't Make Them Like They Used To »
(Products are not built as well today as they were in the past...)


Thick Skinned »
(Feelings not easily hurt...)


Think Inside The Box »
(thinking in old, outdated ways; not original...)


Think Little Of Someone Or Something »
(not have a lot of respect for...)


Think Nothing Of Someone Or Something »
(not respect that person; think that person is no good...)


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


Throw In The Towel »
(quit the match; give up in a game; one does not have the strength to continue...)


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


Turning Up Your Nose »
(rejecting others because they are not good enough...)


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


Wasting Your Breath »
(wasting time talking because that person is not listening...)


Weasel Out Of Something »
(find a sneaky way to not do something...)


Weed Someone Or Something Out »
(get rid of what is not useful...)


What's Keeping You? »
(We are waiting; why are you still not coming?...)


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 Chips Are Down »
(When things are not going well; how one feels when one is losing...)


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


Where've You Been Hiding Yourself? »
(I have not seen you around lately; where have you been?...)


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


Wide Awake »
(not sleepy at all...)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 Scared Me Out Of My Wits »
(what you did frightened me so that I could not think clearly...)


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


Your Secret Is Safe With Me »
(I will not tell others what I know...)




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