Tuesday, June 28, 2016

To strike a chord

To strike a chord - to cause someone to remember something.

Example - "His name strikes a chord but I am not sure why"

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Pipe dream

Pipe dream - an unattainable  or fanciful hope.

Example - "Free trade in international aviation will remain a pipe dream"

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To take something with a pinch of salt

To take something with a pinch of salt - to listen to a story or an explanation with considerable doubt.

Example - "You must take everything she says with a pinch of salt. She doesn't always tell the truth"


A figment of your imagination

A figment of your imagination - something created by your mind.

Example - "I thought I saw someone standing in the shadows but it was just a figment of my imagination"

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Monday, June 27, 2016

To soldier on

To soldier on - to continue doing something although it is difficult.

Example - "I admire the way she soldiered on when her business ran into trouble"

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Totting up

Totting up - the accumulation of penalty points on someone's driving license leading to disqualification.

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To dwindle

To dwindle - to diminish gradually in size, amount or strength.

Example - "They dwindle in size but they do not actually die"

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Fat chance

Fat chance - very little likelihood.

Example - "Fat chance he has of getting a promotion"

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To wash your hands of

To wash your hands of - to end one's association with someone or something.

Example - "That car was a real headache. I washed my hands of it long ago"

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To pan out

To pan out - to end; to conclude.

Example - "He's happy with the way the deal panned out"

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To put your finger on something

To put your finger on something - to discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is, especially when something is wrong.

Example - "There's something odd about him but I can't quite put my finger on it"

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At a low ebb

At a low ebb - a point or state of decline.

Example - "I was recently divorced and feeling at a very low ebb"

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To keep the wolf from the door

To keep the wolf from the door - to have enough money to avert hunger or starvation.

Example - "I work part-time to pay the mortgage and keep the wolf from the door"

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

To reserve judgement

To reserve judgement - to delay the process of judging someone or giving one's opinion.

Example - "She said she would reserve judgment on that until next week"

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To be the spitting image of somebody

To be the spitting image of somebody - to look extremely similar to someone.

Example - "Josie is the spitting image of her granny at the same age"

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Friday, June 24, 2016


Pointers - a piece of advice, especially on  how to succeed in a specific area.

Example - "The food expert gave some good pointers on making better salads"

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To take stock

To take stock - to think carefully about a situation or event and form an opinion about it so that you can decide what to do.

Example - "After two years spent teaching overseas, she returned home for a month to take stock of her life"

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To stultify

To stultify - to prevent new ideas from happening.

Example - "These countries are trying to shake off the stultifying effects of several decades of state control"

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Miffed - somewhat annoyed.

Example - "She turned around, looking slightly miffed"

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Rousing - done or said with great enthusiasm.

Example - "She was met with a rousing reception"

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To be fobbed off

To be fobbed off - to persuade someone to accept something that is of a low quality or different from what they really wanted.

Example - "He tried to fob off an inferior brand on us"

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Monday, June 20, 2016

To take a toll on someone/something

To take a toll on someone/something - to cause damage or wear by using something or by hard living.

Example - "Years of sunbathing took a toll on Mary's skin"

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To heed

To heed - to pay careful attention to somebody's advice or warning.

Example - "They failed to heed the lessons of history"

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Back-to-back - consecutively; in succession.

Example - "He said he's having back-to-back surgeries today"

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Baloney - nonsense.

Example - "No matter how you word it, it's still baloney"

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To earn a crust

To earn a crust - to earn just enough money to live on.

Example - "I've been an actor for years, earning a crust wherever I can"

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Friday, June 17, 2016

To grate one somebody's nerves

To grate one somebody's nerves - to annoy someone a lot, especially by doing something again and again.

Example - "The telephone hasn't stopped ringing all morning and it was starting to grate on my nerves"

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Delinquent - overdue in payment; failing in one's duty.

Example - "She has been delinquent in paying her taxes"

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Apoplectic  - overcome with anger; furious.

Example - "I'm about to have an apoplectic attack!"

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Pressing - requiring quick or immediate action or attention.

Example - "Inflation was the most pressing problem"

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Thursday, June 16, 2016


Toiling - hard and continuous work

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Magpie - a person who collects and sorts different things.

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To naysay

To naysay - to take a pessimistic or negative view of.

Example - "They will naysay any policy that raises taxes"

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Snug as a bug in a rug

Snug as a bug in a rug - wrapped up tight, warm, and comfortable.

Example - "Are you warm enough? Yes, I am as snug as a bug in a rug"

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

To tend to somebody/something

To tend to somebody/something - to deal with the problems or needs of a person or thing.

Example - "Nurses tended to the injured"

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To give somebody a run for their money

To give somebody a run for their money - to compete very strongly against someone who is expected to win a competition.

Example - "He'll give those professional players a run for their money"

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Struck off

Struck off - if someone with a responsible job such as a doctor or a lawyer is struck off, they are officially not allowed to continue in that work because of having done something seriously wrong.

Example - "A solicitor who insulted two officials from the Law Society was struck off for abusive behaviour"

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To demur

To demur - to express disagreement or refuse to do something.

Example - "Normally, she would have accepted the challenge but she demurred"

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Gaping - wide open.

Example - "There was a gaping hole in the wall"

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To bone up on

To bone up on - to learn as much as you can about something for a special reason.

Example - "She boned up on economics before applying for the job"

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To stake a claim

To stake a claim - to show that you believe something is yours.

Example - "He marked the spot on his map where he had seen the gold and returned later that month to stake his claim"

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To level with somebody

To level with somebody - to tell someone the truth; to be straightforward with someone about something.

Example - "Level with me and tell me what you thought of my cake"

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Not know somebody from Adam

Not know somebody from Adam - to have never met someone and not know anything about them.

Example - "Why should I lend him money? I don't know him from Adam."

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

To impale

To impale - to pierce with a sharp instrument; to pierce with a pointed object.

Example - "Impale a marshmallow or two on that stick and let's start toasting"

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Shoddy - badly made or done.

Example - "We're not paying good money for shoddy goods"

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To allay

To allay - to diminish or put at rest.

Example - "The report attempted to educate the public and allay fears"

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Forlornly - miserably.

Example - "A single chicken was scratching forlornly in the yard"

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To take point

To take point - to assume leadership on a task.

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Telltale - revealing; allowing a secret to become known.

Example - "She found lipstick on his shirts - a telltale sign he was having an affair"

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Cheesed off

Cheesed off- annoyed or disappointed with someone or something.

Example - "I'm about to get cheesed off in a minute"

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