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A Chip On Your Shoulder »
(angry because of what happened in the past...)


A Drag On Someone »
(something which pulls at ones strength and slows one down...)


A New Lease On Life »
(that person will live longer than was believed...)


A Night On The Town »
(that person will go out to have fun at different public places...)


A Paradise On Earth »
(a perfect place; exactly what you want...)


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


A Slap On The Wrist »
(a slight punishment...)


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


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


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


Brushing Up On »
(review; practice...)


Carry On Somehow »
(find a way to continue...)


Carry On Without Someone Or Something »
(continue working after one is gone...)


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


Catch On To Someone Or Something »
(discover what is being done...)


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


Check In On Someone Or Something »
(visit one to see that they are okay...)


Cheer Someone On »
(call to let them know you want them to win...)


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


Climbing On The Bandwagon »
(joining in what the others are doing...)


Coming Out On Top »
(as the match is ending, you are the winner...)


Dash Cold Water On Something »
(do something to lessen excitement...)


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


Do A Snow Job On Someone »
(trick someone by confusing them with lots of information...)


Down On One's Luck »
(one has been having bad luck lately; bad things have been happening...)


Down On Someone Or Something »
(finding faults with or criticizing that one...)


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


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


Falling Flat On Your Face »
(fail completely, and everyone can see you fail...)


Feast Your Eyes On This »
(look at this; you are going to see something great...)


Feeling On Top Of The World »
(feeling great, like a winner...)


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


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


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


Follow Through On Something »
(complete what you began doing...)


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


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


For Hours On End »
(for many consecutive hours...)


From This Day On »
(starting today, and including every day after today...)


Gang Up On Someone »
(a larger number of people attack a smaller number...)


Get A Crush On Someone »
(have a love interest towards that person...)


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


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


Get A Head Start On Someone Or Something »
(begin running the race before the other one...)


Get A Hurry On »
(go faster; hurry...)


Get A Slap On The Wrist »
(receive a very mild or light punishment...)


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


Get Back On One's Feet »
(able to move around after having been unable to walk due to sickness or injury...)


Get By On Something »
(able to live or survive with only that thing...)


Get In On Something »
(join in on what the others are doing...)


Get In On The Ground Floor »
(join a project at the very beginning; invest early...)


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


Get On The Good Side Of Someone »
(that person likes you and will do nice things for you...)


Get The Goods On Someone »
(have information that someone did something wrong...)


Get The Upper Hand On Someone »
(be in a position of strength over that person...)


Give Someone A Slap On The Wrist »
(give that person a mild punishment for what they did wrong...)


Go On A Binge »
(do too much of something for a long time...)


Go On A Fishing Expedition »
(one is looking for something; trying to find something that one is looking for...)


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


Hang On Your Every Word »
(listen closely and react to every word you say...)


Hanging On To Your Coattails »
(try to gain success by following a successful person...)


Have A Bad Effect On Someone Or Something »
(one's influence makes that person worse...)


Have A Chip On One's Shoulder »
(one is upset about something that happened in the past...)


Have A Good Head On One's Shoulders »
(bright; intelligent; resourceful...)


Have A Handle On Something »
(have a good understanding and control of that thing...)


I'll Have To Give You A Rain Check On That »
(give a promise to do that thing at a future time...)


Icing On The Cake »
(a second great thing happens in addition to the first...)


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...)


Jump On The Bandwagon »
(join everyone else in what they are doing...)


Jumping On The Bandwagon »
(start doing or saying the same as the others...)


Keep A Close Rein On Them »
(control them carefully...)


Keep An Eye On Him »
(watch him carefully...)


Landing On Your Feet »
(recovering from a difficult situation...)


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


Laying Your Cards On The Table »
(let the other person see your plans...)


Like Nothing On Earth »
(something like that had never been seen before...)


Live On Borrowed Time »
(something is going to catch you...)


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 In On Someone Or Something »
(check to see if that person is okay...)


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


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


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


Off And On »
(occasionally...)


Off On The Wrong Foot »
(starting off badly...)


On A Diet »
(eating less food, usually one is trying to become thinner; eating only certain kinds of food...)


On A First Name Basis With Someone »
(familiar; two people address each other informally...)


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


On A Shoestring »
(while spending very little money...)


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


On All Fours »
(an animal walking on its four feet; a person walking on hands and knees...)


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


On Board »
(on the ship; one agrees with the plan...)


On Call »
(available to work when called...)


On Campus »
(on the grounds where the school is...)


On Cloud Nine »
(one is so happy that one feels light and weightless...)


On Credit »
(paid for by borrowing money; one buys the thing now and will pay later...)


On Deck »
(the person who is waiting to go next; in baseball: the one who will bat next...)


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 Edge »
(nervous; tense; impatient; reacting angrily or fearfully...)


On Foot »
(walking; not riding...)


On Good Terms With Someone »
(the two people are friendly towards each other...)


On Horseback »
(riding a horse...)


On In Years »
(older...)


On One's Own »
(alone; without others...)


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


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


On One's Toes »
(ready to act; prepared...)


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


On Pins And Needles »
(nervous and sensitive; tense...)


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


On Sale »
(being sold for a special, low price...)


On Schedule »
(arriving at the correct time...)


On Second Thought »
(after thinking, one has a different idea...)


On Someone's Account »
(for that person; to help that person...)


On Someone's Back »
(bothering that person; demanding things from that person...)


On Someone's Behalf »
(acting for another person; representing that person...)


On Someone's Case »
(pursuing that person; making demands or requests of that person...)


On The Fence »
(you are still undecided...)


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


On The Same Page »
(different people are looking at an issue in the same way, as when reading from the same page...)


On Your Last Leg »
(the end is near...)


On Your Mind »
(the thing you are thinking about...)


On Your Toes »
(ready, prepared, alert...)


Pin Something On Someone »
(blame one for what happened...)


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


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


Set Someone Or Something On Fire »
(something made him very angry...)


Shame On Someone »
(one should feel bad because one did a bad thing...)


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


Sign On The Dotted Line »
(sign a form; write one's name on an official piece of paper...)


Sign On With Someone »
(join that team or company...)


Sit In On Something »
(attend as a person watching the event...)


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...)


Sitting On A Powder Keg »
(it is possible that thing will explode...)


Sitting On Top Of The World »
(one is feeling great; one is feeling like one's life is going great...)


Skate On Thin Ice »
(taking a risk; doing something dangerous; it could have a very bad result...)


Skating On Thin Ice »
(doing something which is risky and could fail badly...)


Sleep On Something »
(first get a good night's sleep, then decide...)


Stand On One's Own Two Feet »
(independent; able to take care of oneself...)


Start Off On The Wrong Foot »
(have a bad start; begin with bad feelings...)


Step On It »
(go faster...)


Take A Rain Check On That »
(agree to do that thing at a future time; we will do it another time...)


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


Take Pity On Someone Or Something »
(feel badly for another person's trouble...)


Take Someone Up On Something »
(accept an offer that someone has made...)


The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence »
(we tend to want things that belong to other people...)


The Writing On The Wall »
(the signs of a coming change...)


Think Back On Someone Or Something »
(remember that thing...)


Think On One's Feet »
(find creative solutions quickly...)


Throw Some Light On Something »
(help to understand that thing better...)


Walk On Air »
(feeling light and happy...)


Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve »
(expressing your emotions freely and openly...)


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


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


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


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


Zero In On Something »
(aim at as if through a target...)


Zoom In On Someone Or Something »
(focus on; look at more closely as if through a camera...)


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 Hole In One »
(one is successful on the first try at something very difficult...)


A Slave To Something »
(one spends all of one's time and effort on that thing...)


A Struggle To The Death »
(one spends all of one's life energy on a fight, and dies...)


Act As Someone »
(take on a certain role or responsibility...)


At Sea »
(in a boat on the open ocean...)


At This Juncture »
(at this time; based on what is happening now...)


Biting Off More Than You Can Chew »
(taking on a challenge that is too big...)


Build Castles In The Air »
(tell unreal stories and make plans based on fantasy...)


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


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


Don't Count Your Chickens (Until They've Hatched) »
(don't make plans based on uncertain events...)


Door To Door »
(to find customers by going to people's houses, knocking on the door and introducing oneself...)


Down The Street »
(nearby to where one is; on the same street that one is located...)


First Thing In The Morning »
(the first thing done on a new day...)


From Door To Door »
(by going to peoples houses, knocking on the door and introducing oneself...)


From Overseas »
(from a place on the other side of an ocean...)


Get A Charley Horse »
(a painful spot on one's thigh after getting hit...)


Get A Life »
(rude way to say stop bothering other people; focus on your own life; go away; stop bothering us; we don't want you here...)


Get All Dolled Up »
(a woman makes herself more pretty by putting on nice clothes or cosmetics...)


Get Down To The Nitty Gritty »
(work on the small details of the project; think and talk about the many small details...)


Get Into The Act »
(join in on what the others are doing...)


Get Into The Swing Of Things »
(feel comfortable participating in what is going on...)


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


Get To First Base With Someone Or Something »
(kiss that person on the mouth...)


Get Wet »
(water or other liquid got on one's skin or clothing...)


Give Someone A Ring »
(call him or her on the telephone...)


Go Out With Someone »
(go on a date with that person; make a plan and spend time with one...)


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


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


In Retrospect »
(looking back on what happened...)


In Surgery »
(the person is in the room where the doctor is operating on a patient...)


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


Pass The Buck »
(blame what happened on someone else...)


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


Settle A Score With Someone »
(get revenge on that person; hurt the one who hurt you...)


Settle The Score With Someone »
(get revenge on that person; hurt a person who hurt you...)


Side Against Someone »
(join on the side that is against one...)


Sing A Different Tune »
(on is thinking differently than before...)


Split Down The Middle »
(the results are exactly the same on both sides...)


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


Take A Powder »
(when one goes to a dressing room to put on her make-up...)


Take A Shower »
(bathe while standing with water showering down on one...)


Take Sides »
(choose which team one is on; to join one against the other...)


The Bottom Line »
(the thing on which you will base your decisions...)


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


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


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


Write Something Out »
(To write on paper in more detail...)


You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover »
(don't make judgments based only on appearances...)




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