Tuesday, April 25, 2017

To overstep one's bounds

To overstep one's bounds - to do more than you are allowed to do or should do.

Example - "This is your house so I do not mean to overstep my bounds"

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

To fight tooth and nail

To fight tooth and nail - to use a lot of effort to oppose someone or achieve something.

Example - "I'm going to fight tooth and nail for that promotion"

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To surmise

To surmise - to suppose something is true without having evidence to confirm it.

Example - "He surmised that something must be wrong"

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To burn bridges

To burn bridges - to make decisions that cannot be changed in the future; to permanently and unpleasantly end your relationship with a person or organisation.

Example - "If you drop out of school now, you'll be burning your bridges behind you"

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The scum of the earth

The scum of the earth - the worst type of people.

Example - "People who abuse children are the scum of the earth"

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Faux pas

Faux pas - an embarrassing remark in a social situation.

Example - "I'm sorry, did I faux pas?"

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The world's smallest violin

The world's smallest violin - When someone is whining and you are tired of hearing it, you can play the world's smallest violin to provide musical ambiance to dramatize their annoying whine. This is accomplished by rubbing your index finger and thumb together and saying, 

"This is the world's smallest violin, and it's playing just for you."

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Friday, February 3, 2017

To fall on deaf ears

To fall on deaf ears - to be ignored or disregarded.

Example - "Their appeals to release the hostages fell on deaf ears"

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Monday, January 16, 2017

To sound out

To sound out - to carefully found out what someone thinks or knows.

Example - "I don't know what Jane thinks about your suggestions but I will sound her out"

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Straight arrow

Straight arrow - an honest, morally upright person.

Example - "He does not drink or smoke. He's a straight arrow."

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To breathe down one's neck

To breathe down one's neck - to pursue someone closely; to watch or supervise someone closely.

Example - "My boss is always breathing down my neck"

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Thursday, January 5, 2017


Yelp - a short, sharp cry of pain.

Example - "She uttered a yelp as she bumped into a table"

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Harebrained - ill-judged; very silly or foolish.

Example - "It was a harebrained idea to go for a hike in an area where grizzly bear attacks had recently been reported"

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To fumble

To fumble - to use the hands clumsily while doing or handling something.

Example - "She fumbled with the lock"

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Alm - money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy.

Example - "The hands of the beggars were outstretched for alms"

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To deign

To deign - to do something that one considers to be beneath one's dignity.

Example - "She did not deign to answer the maid's question"


Dilettante - a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge; a dabbler.

Example - "You can always tell a true expert from a dilettante"

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Bereft - deprived of or lacking something.

Example - "Her room was stark and bereft of color"

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To lose one's marbles

To lose one's marbles - to go crazy; to lose one's mind.

Example - "What a silly thing to say. Have you lost your marbles?"

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To show somebody the ropes

To show somebody the ropes - to explain to someone how to do a job or activity.

Example - "The new secretary started today so I spent most of the morning showing her the ropes"

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Marauding - going from one place to another killing or using violence, stealing, and destroying.

Example - "Witnesses reported gangs of marauding soldiers breaking into people's houses and setting fire to them"

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To dole out

To dole out - to distribute something to someone.

Example - "The teacher doled out pencils to the students"

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Leery - cautious or wary due to realistic suspicious.

Example - "This city is leery of gang violence"

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Saturday, December 31, 2016


Spiel - to speak extravagantly; a persuasive talk.

Example - "He delivers a breathless and effortless spiel in promotion of his new novel"

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Aquiline - hooked or curved like an eagle's beak.

Example - "He's told me I have an aquiline nose"

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Wisecrack - a sarcastic remark.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Speed - something that matches one's tastes or inclinations.

Example - "This is not really my speed. I will have to pass"

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To zip around

To zip around - to move quickly.

Example - "We zipped around the supermarket to get the shopping done"

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To blow off some steam

To blow off some steam - to release emotional tension by talking or getting angry.

Example - "I told her she can call me and talk any time she wants to blow off some steam"

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To wait for the other shoe to drop

To wait for the other shoe to drop - to wait for the inevitable next step or the final conclusion.

Example - "He just opened his mail and moaned. Now I am waiting for the other shoe to drop when he finds the subpoena"

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Gun-shy - nervous about doing something.

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Saucer-eyed - eyes wide open, naturally or from an an expression of fear.

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Leave to own devices

Leave to own devices - to allow you to decide for yourself what you do.

Example - "There are four hours of lessons each morning, and in the afternoon students are left to their own devices"

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Kingpin - the chief person in a group.

Example - "He's showed me a list of suspected drug kingpins in Washington"

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Neck-deep - deeply involved.

Example - "I am neck-deep in work"

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

One's handwriting is like chicken scratch

One's handwriting is like chicken scratch - very poor, messy or illegible handwriting.

Example - "I can't understand your notes at all! Your handwriting is like chicken scratch"

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To twist someone's arm

To twist someone's arm - to persuade someone to do something that they might be reluctant to do.

Example - "I had to twist her arm a little but she agreed"

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

To weather the storm

To weather the storm - to reach the end of a very difficult situation without too much harm or damage.

Example - "Bob lost his job, but somehow his family weathered the storm"

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To drum up

To drum up - to bring something about by persistent effort.

Example - "The manager tried to drum interest up in the computer training classes"

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To buck up

To buck up - to get over something; to cheer up.

Example - "Come on, now. Buck up! Things can't be all that bad"

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To have skin in the game

To have skin in the game - to be at risk financially because you have invested in something that you want to happen.

Example - "You take more ownership of something when you have some skin in the game"

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Hitch your wagon to a star

Hitch your wagon to a star - always aspire to do great things; set high goals. 

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To belabor

To belabor - to argue or elaborate in excessive detail.

Example - "Critics thought they belabored the obvious"

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To cash in

To cash in - to take advantage or exploit a situation.

Example - "Profiteers cashed in during the gasoline shortage"

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A song and dance

A song and dance - a long or complicated statement or story, especially one that is not true.

Example - "She gave me some song and dance about her kids always being sick and not being able to get to the meetings"

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A day late and a dollar short

A day late and a dollar short - late and ill-prepared.

Example - "You seem to show up a day late and a dollar short all the time. You need to get organized"

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To dig your heels in

To dig your heels in - to refuse to alter one's course of actions or opinions; to be obstinate.

Example - "I'm digging in my heels. I am not coming back"

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Wake up and smell the coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee! - used to tell someone that they are wrong about a particular situation and must realize what is really happening.

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Can it!

Can it! - stop talking; be quiet.

Example - "You should have told him to can it straight away"

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Nail in the coffin

Nail in the coffin - an action that will cause something to end.

Example - "This latest evidence could be the final nail in the coffin for Jackson's case"

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