Saturday, July 23, 2016

To brandish

To brandish - to shake or wave as a weapon.

Example - "A man leaped out brandishing a knife"

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Misgiving - a feeling of doubt, distrust or apprehension.

Example - "We have misgivings about the way the campaign is being run"

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Squat - anything; nothing.

Example - "She didn't know squat about what her boyfriend thought"

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To float

To float - to suggest a plan or an idea to be considered.

Example - "Laura has floated the idea that we should think about expanding into Europe next year"

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


Steadfast - dependable; reliable.

Example - "He's a steadfast friend"

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rude awakening

Rude awakening - severe shock when you discover the truth of a situation.

Example - "They all think she has plenty of money but they are due to a rude awakening"

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To line up

To line up - to arrange or set up.

Example - "We need to line up a band for the wedding"

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Talking point

Talking point - a topic that invites discussion or argument; a subject of discussion.

Example - "We have several talking points we need to cover"

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Saturday, July 16, 2016


Burly - strong and heavily built.

Example - "I saw a burly figure approaching"

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Nimble - quick and light in movement.

Example - "Her mind was so nimble and she was so quick to learn"

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In the bag

In the bag - assured of success; virtually accomplished or won.

Example - "The coach thought the trophy was in the bag"

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To flail

To flail - to struggle uselessly.

Example - "I was flailing about in the water"

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Friday, July 15, 2016


Minnow - a small or insignificant person or organization.

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Dodgem - bumper car.

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Nous - common sense; practical intelligence.

Example - "If he had any news at all, he would sell the film rights"

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To ride on someone's coattails

To ride on someone's coattails - to have one's success dependent on that of someone else.

Example - "I don't think she would get promoted without riding her boss's coattails"

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On the cusp of

On the cusp of - at the point in time that marks the beginning of something.

Example - "An actor on the cusp of becoming a star"

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Hobson's choice

Hobson's choice - a choice of taking what is available or nothing at all.

Example - "He jokingly referred to dinner as a Hobson's choice between soup and salad or salad and soup"

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

To bean

To bean - to hit someone on the head

Example - "She picked up a rock and beamed him on the forehead"

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Gimme - something very easy to perform or obtain.

Example - "That was a gimme!"

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Supercilious - behaving as if you were better than other people.

Example - The supercilious art dealer rolled her eyes when we asked if she had anything for under $1,000.

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To hang someone out to dry

To hang someone out to dry - to leave someone in a difficult or vulnerable situation.

Example - "After losing the election, the party is going to hang him out to dry"

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To hit a wall

To hit a wall - to reach a situation where you cannot make any more progress.

Example - "We're just about to hit the wall in terms of what we can do to balance the budget"

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To be in the limelight

To be in the limelight - to receive attention and interest from the public.

Example - "He's been in the limelight recently, following the publication of a controversial topic"

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Flunky - a person who does menial jobs for someone powerful or important.

Example - "A flunky brought us a bottle of champagne"

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Pound - a place where stray animals may be officially taken and taken and kept until claimed by their owners.

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Mousy - shy and quiet.

Example - "He had a small, mousy wife"

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Self-deprecation is the act of reprimanding oneself by belittling, undervaluing, or disparaging oneself; excessively modest.

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You can't unring a bell

You can't unring a bell - once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

To have the odds/cards stacked against you

To have the odds/cards stacked against you - to be very unlikely to succeed because you are not in a good position.

Example - "I know the odds are stacked against me, but I wish to run in the race anyway.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

To strike home

To strike home - to be understood completely and have a strong effect.

Example - "Her tearful expression made it clear that his nasty remarks had struck home"

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Besotted - completely in love with someone and always thinking of them.

Example - "He was so completely besotted with her that he couldn't see how badly she treated him"

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To fritter

To fritter - to waste time, money or energy on trifling matters.

Example - "I wish we hadn't frittered the money away so easily"

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To skirt around

To skirt around - to move around and avoid someone or something.

Example - "We talked the whole evening and managed to skirt around Fred"

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To hit the nail on the head

To hit the nail on the head - to find exactly the right answer.

Example - "Bob doesn't say much, but every now and then he hits the nail on the head"

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Floored  - surprised.

Example - "You looked floored when I got here. Wasn't I invited?

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Friday, July 8, 2016


Foreboding - a feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension.

Example - "With a sense of foreboding, she read the note"

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Neck of the woods

Neck of the woods - a particular region or area.

Example - "I will drop in on you the next time I am in this neck of the woods"

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Fringe - the outer, marginal or extreme part of an area, group, or sphere of activity.

Example - "He has been forced to live on the fringes of society"

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To hit home

To hit home - to be understood completely and have a strong effect.

Example - "The president's message seemed to hit home with most people who watched him on TV"

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The gory details

The gory details - the explicit details of something.

Example - "He told her the gory details of his past"

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To rub salt into the wound

To rub salt into the wound - to make a difficult situation even worse for someone.

Example - "When Sheila found out she had failed the test, she was upset. The professor rubbed salt into the wound when he told her that she would not be able to graduate because of her poor mark"

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Monday, July 4, 2016

For my money

For my money - in my opinion.

Example - "For my money, they're one of the best bands around"

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From here to Sunday

From here to Sunday - all over the place; at great length.

Example - "I shudder to think of shopping on Black Friday, when every store from here to Sunday is crawling with consumers"

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

To keep one's wits about one

To keep one's wits about one - to remain rational when threatened or under stress.

Example - "If Jane hadn't kept her wits about her during the fire, things could have gotten much worse"

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The buck stops with somebody

The buck stops with somebody - someone takes responsibility for a situation or problem.

Example - "I approved the plan, I'm responsible for it and the buck stops with me"

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Non-starter - an idea, plan or person that will not be effective or successful. 

Example - "This whole idea is a non-starter, as far as I am concerned"

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To take something in your stride

To take something in your stride - to calmly deal with something that is unpleasant and not let it affect what you are doing.

Example - "There are often problems at work but she seems to take it all in her stride"

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To cut someone to the quick

To cut someone to the quick - to injure someone emotionally.

Example - "Your heartless comments cut me to the quick"

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To put a hex

To put a hex - to curse someone to have bad luck.

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