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breathe down someone's neckTo follow someone too closely, making it uncomfortable for them.Rate it:

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neck and neckVery close in progress, as in a race or contest.Rate it:

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breathe a sigh of reliefto be relieved.Rate it:

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breathe a wordto divulge a secret (usually used with a negative)Rate it:

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breathe easyTo relax or feel secure about something.Rate it:

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pencil-neckAn insubstantial person; a weakling.Rate it:

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pain in the neckSomeone or something which is annoying, irritating or inconvenient.Rate it:

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albatross around one's neckSomething that one is associated with that keeps one from succeeding in what they want to achieve.Rate it:

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albatross round one's neckAlternative form of albatross around one's neck.Rate it:

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brass neckA person with gall.Rate it:

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brass neckGall, shamelessness, cheek.Rate it:

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brass-neckTo behave boldly or shamelessly.Rate it:

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drain the swamp when up to one's neck in alligators(idiomatic) When performing a long and complex task, and when you've gotten utterly immersed in secondary and tertiary unexpected tangential subtasks, it's easy to lose sight of the initial objective. This sort of distraction can be particularly problematic if the all-consuming subtask or sub-subtask is not, after all, particularly vital to the original, primary goal, but ends up sucking up time and resources (out of all proportion to its actual importance) only because it seems so urgent.Rate it:

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forget, when up to one's neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swampTo lose sight of one's initial objective, becoming caught up in subtasks or in tasks only tangentially/orthogonally related to the initial objective.Rate it:

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neck of the woodsA local neighbourhood or region.Rate it:

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pencil-neckA person with a very thin neck.Rate it:

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stick one's neck outTo take a risk, putting oneself in a vulnerable position.Rate it:

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stick one's neck outGamble or venture when odds for success are slim! Step-up, speak up, while still a novitiate, inexperienced and possessing no 'savvy' in a particular venture.Rate it:

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when you're up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the initial objective was to drain the swampOnly because it seems so urgent.Rate it:

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jump down someone's throatTo criticise with excessive and unexpected harshness.Rate it:

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kick someone when they are downTo make it worse for someone who is going through a difficult time.Rate it:

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lead someone down the garden pathTo deceive, hoodwink.Rate it:

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let someone down gentlyTo reject or refuse someone in a way that avoids causing hurt or disappointment.Rate it:

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pick up what someone is putting downTo understand, pay attention to, or learn from what someone says or does.Rate it:

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pull someone down a pegTo lower someone's high self-opinion.Rate it:

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put someone down asTo assume someone has a particular character from very little information.Rate it:

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send shivers down someone's spineTo terrify; to make someone feel extremely nervous.Rate it:

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cross someone's pathTo meet by chance.Rate it:

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darken someone's doorTo arrive at the entrance of someone's residence or of another building associated with that person, especially as an unwelcome visitor.Rate it:

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keep someone in the darkTo deliberately not tell someone details about somethingRate it:

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not give someone the time of dayTo ignore someone deliberately; to refuse to talk or pay attention to someone.Rate it:

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pull someone's legTo tease someone; to lead someone on; to goad someone into overreacting. It usually implies teasing or goading by jokingly lying.Rate it:

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tickle someone's fancyTo amuse, entertain, or appeal to someone; to stimulate someone's imagination in a favorable manner.Rate it:

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queer someone's pitchTo make a task more difficult for the speaker.Rate it:

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get under someone's skinTo make a memorable impression or have a strong effect on someone; to impact someone's feelings.Rate it:

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hit someone for sixBe affected in a devastating way by some unexpected news.Rate it:

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before someone's timeFrom before one was born or old enough to be aware of the world.Rate it:

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pull someone's bacon out of the fireTo rescue someone, especially at the last moment.Rate it:

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warm the cockles of someone's heartTo provide happiness, to bring a deeply-felt contentment.Rate it:

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apple of someone's eyeA favourite, a particular preference, or a loved one; the object of somebody's affections.Rate it:

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beat someone to the punchTo do something before somebody else is able to.Rate it:

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beat someone's brains outTo beat someone very severely.Rate it:

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before someone's timeAt a stage in one's life, development, etc. that seems premature.Rate it:

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behind someone's backWithout somebody's knowledge; secretly.Rate it:

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bend someone's earTo bore; to talk too long, especially to one particular person.Rate it:

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bite someone in the arseTo punish or take retribution on.Rate it:

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bite someone's head offTo severely berate someone.Rate it:

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blind side someoneTo injure, reveal shared private information or cause financial or personal loss through disloyalty or actions which hurt or disappoint.Rate it:

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blow someone out of the waterTo trounce; to defeat someone thoroughly, at a game or in battle.Rate it:

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blow someone's mindTo astonish someone, to flabbergast someone.Rate it:

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