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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