Friday, January 23, 2015

It's monkeys!

It's monkeys - it is very cold.

Example - "It's monkeys in here. Turn the heater on!"

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Up the wooden hill to bedfordshire

Up the wooden hill to bedfordshire - to go to bed

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Chinwag - chat

Example - "It was time we got together for a good old chinwag."

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Bob's your uncle!

Bob's your uncle - something that you say after you have explained how to do something,  to emphasize that it will be simple and successful.

Example - "You simply put on the stain remover, leave it for an hour and Bob's your uncle, the stain's gone."

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Horses for courses

Horses for courses - it is important to choose suitable people for particular activities because everyone has different skills.

Example  Ah well, horses for courses. Just because a plumber can mend your washing machine, it doesn't follow that he can mend your car as well.

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Swings and roundabouts

Swings and roundabouts - something that you say to describe a situation in which there are as many advantages as there are problems.

Example - "If you make more money, you will have to pay more taxes. So, it's swings and roundabouts, really."

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Away with the fairies

Away with the fairies - not facing reality; in a dreamworld

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

To break wind

To break wind - to fart.

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To foot the bill

To foot the bill - to pay the bill.

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To cordon off

To cordon off - to surround or blockade with or as with a cordon.

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Cold-call - an unsolicited call in an attempt to sell goods or services.

Example - "He has been cold-called a dozen times in the past two months."

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Grub - food

Example - "That place serves excellent pub grub."

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Boon - something that is helpful or beneficial.

Example - "The route will be a boon to many travelers"


Entranced - so attracted by someone or something beautiful or impressive that you give them all your attention.

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Monday, January 19, 2015


Harrowing - acutely distressing.

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Cuckold - an insulting word for a man whose wife has sex with another man.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

To drive home

To drive home - to make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something; drive home a point or an argument.

Example -  "I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas"

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Stark - severe

Example - "The one-minute video puts her living conditions into stark relief."

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Friday, January 16, 2015

All in all

All in all - everything being taken into account.

Example - "All in all, the criticism seemed fair."

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

To blubber

To blubber - to say, especially incoherently, while weeping.

Example - Stop blubbering and tell me what's wrong.

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Takeaway - a key fact, point or idea to be remembered.

Example - "The main takeaway for me is that we need to continue to communicate all the things we're doing for our customers"

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To straddle

To straddle - to sit with one's legs wide apart.

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