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it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of godThe rich can afford more immoral behavior than the poor.
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against the grainContrary to what is expected; especially, of behavior different from what society expects.
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tough loveThe compassionate use of stringent disciplinary measures, to attempt to improve someone's behavior.
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all's fair in love and warunpleasant behavior is acceptable during love and conflict.
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apple does not fall far from the treeA child grows up to be very similar to its parents, both in behavior and in physical characteristics.1842, E. A. Freidlaender (translator), Frederika Bremer (author), The Neighbours, ch. 10:It is impossible to look at Madam Rhen, without at once making the conclusion that she is pleasantness, hospitality, and loquacity itself; nor can one look upon her daughter Renetta without thinking, "the apple does not fall far from the tree!"1978, Dr. Isador Rosenfeld, "Doctor Asks Patient
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be oneselfTo behave or act naturally, without regard to how this behavior is perceived by others.
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blood in the waterIn a competitive situation, the exhibition of apparent weakness or vulnerability by one party, especially when this leads to a feeling of vulnerability or greater pressure to perform on the part of the weak party, and/or enhanced expectation of victory by the other(s).
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blot one's copy bookTo damage one's own reputation through bad behavior.
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born in a barnEngaging in the annoying behavior of inappropriately, and usually neglectfully, leaving open a door or window.
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calling cardAn attribute, object, or behavior which is distinctly characteristic of someone or something.
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carrot and stickSimultaneous rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.
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cat that ate the canaryA person whose appearance and behavior suggest guilt mixed with other qualities, such as satisfaction or feigned nonchalance.
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caucus raceThe competitive process in which a political party selects their candidate, esp. presidential; a primary election via caucus.
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cease and desistA demanding that one "cease and desist from" continuing certain behavior, such as copyright infringement, trademark infringement, slander, or libel.
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China syndromeA behavior, policy, or situation characteristic of or involving China; an actual or potential catastrophe, especially one involving China.
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den of iniquityA place of immoral behavior, usually of a sexual type.
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do aTo emulate the behavior/behaviour that is generally attributed to the individual named.
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do as i say and not as i doDon't imitate my behavior but obey my instructions.
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dog eat dogRuthlessly acquisitive or competitive. Describes a business or other set of circumstances where people try to succeed at the expense of other people.
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freak flagUnconventional or unrestrained behavior; extreme, nonconformist views; the side of one's personality which harbors a tendency toward such behavior or such views.
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get the goods onTo acquire knowledge or develop evidence that reveals the truth about someone's character or behavior, especially criminal behavior.
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give as good as one getsTo behave toward others in a manner resembling or commensurate with their behavior towards oneself, especially in a situation where one is insulted or otherwise ill-treated.
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go with the flowTo act as others are acting, conforming to common behavior patterns with an attitude of calm acceptance.
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hardwiredIn humans and animals, genetically determined, instinctive behavior, as opposed to learned behavior.
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hold with the hare and run with the houndsTo oppose an action or behavior and yet engage in the same action or behavior; to be a hypocrite.
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keep one's nose cleanTo stay out of trouble, especially by avoiding unlawful behavior.
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mess upTo make unwanted mistakes in a given task, usually through distraction or obnoxious behavior.
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moral compassAn inner sense which distinguishes what is right from what is wrong, functioning as a guide (like the needle of a compass) for morally appropriate behavior.
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moral compassA person, belief system, etc. serving as a guide for morally appropriate behavior.
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nut-cutting timeTime to exert maximum effort, for example, due to an approaching deadline or a looming competitive situation.
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object lessonAnything used an example or lesson which serves to warn others as to the outcomes that result from a particular action or behavior, as exemplified by the fates of those who followed that course.
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one-horse raceAn election campaign or other competitive situation in which only one competitor is entered or in which only one competitor has a realistic chance of winning.
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party animalA person known for frequent, enthusiastic attendance at parties, especially one whose partying behavior is exuberant or excessive.
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play fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.
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play to winTo play in an especially competitive, committed manner, focused intently on winning.
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problem childA child who is particularly difficult to raise or educate, especially due to a lack of self-control and disruptive and antisocial behavior.
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read like a bookTo be able to discern someone's thoughts from his or her body language or other behavior.
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run for one's moneyA difficult challenge for the person indicated, especially one involving a competitive situation.
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scare straightTo frighten (someone) to such a degree that a significant improvement in behavior results.
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second childhoodThe period or state of cognitive decline of an elderly person, characterized by childlike judgment and behavior.
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second natureA mindset, skill, or type of behavior so ingrained through habit or practice that it seems natural, automatic, or without a basis in conscious thought.
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send someone to the showersTo remove or expel someone from a job, position, or activity, especially because of poor behavior or performance.
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shape upTo improve; to correct one's bad habits or behavior.
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shape up or ship outTo either improve one's behavior or else be required to leave; to either improve one's performance in an activity or else withdraw from that activity completely.
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show one's true stripesTo reveal one's real beliefs, sentiments, or character, especially through one's behavior.
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silly seasonA period of time, as during a holiday season or a political campaign, in which the behavior of an individual or group tends to become uncharacteristically frivolous, mirthful, or eccentric.
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sow one's wild oatsTo indulge in a period of irresponsible behavior, particularly sexually; Often used in reference to young adults or to the recently divorced.
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thick skinAbility to take criticism or harsh behavior without being easily offended.
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turkey shootA unequal competitive situation in which one party easily defeats the other(s).
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turn someone's headTo influence someone in a manner that significantly changes his or her behavior.
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