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hold someone's feet to the fireTo maintain personal, social, political, or legal pressure on someone in order to induce him or her to comply with one's desires; to hold someone accountable for his or her actions.Rate it:

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fight fire with fireTo respond to an attack with a similar or identical method.Rate it:

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the doctor always err's on the side of caution.It means to make sure of, or to make the most ofRate it:

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hold your fireWait, don't retaliate, calm down, be quiet.Rate it:

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hold your fireDo not discharge your weapon. Used originally for weapons needing a spark or lighting of a fuse to ignite gunpowder, now sometimes used to mean any weapon launching a projectile.Rate it:

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sweep someone off their feetTo seduce someone romantically.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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hold over someone's headTo harp on; to remind continuously (especially of a misstep or defeat)Rate it:

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hold someone's handTo grasp or hold a person's hand.Rate it:

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hold someone's handTo guide somebody through the basics or assist with excessively small details.Rate it:

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a closed mouth gathers no feetOne who does not speak can be certain he won't say anything embarrassing.Rate it:

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put one's feet upTo relax.Rate it:

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cold hands, warm heart; dirty feet, no sweetheart!A few old timer's "fun" way to compliment a lady & to find out if she could be courted.Rate it:

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at the feet ofAs a disciple, student, subordinate or worshiper of.Rate it:

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at the feet ofUsed other than as an idiom: Situated near the feet of.Rate it:

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beat feetTo flee.Rate it:

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beat feetTo run.Rate it:

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cover one's feetto lower one's garment, especially to urinate or defecate.Rate it:

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drag one's feetTo procrastinate, put off; to dawdle, avoid, or make progress slowly and reluctantly.Rate it:

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feet firstWith the feet preceding the rest of the body.Rate it:

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feet firstIn the manner of a deceased person (i.e., dead).Rate it:

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feet of clayTo say that someone, who appears strong or invincible, in fact has a hidden weak point which could cause their fall.Rate it:

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feet on the groundIn a manner characteristic of a practical person; sensibly.Rate it:

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find one's feetTo grow in confidence in a new situation as one gains experience.Rate it:

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get cold feetTo become nervous or anxious and reconsider a decision about an upcoming event.Rate it:

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get one's feet wetTo begin gaining experience; To take a risk and try something new.Rate it:

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in one's stockinged feetWearing socks, stockings or other hosiery on one's feet but no shoes.Rate it:

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itchy feetA strong desire to travel; wanderlust.Rate it:

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itchy feetRestlessness.Rate it:

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keep your feet on the groundmaintain a sense of composure, refuse to get all up in the air over any reversal.Rate it:

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land on one's feetTo be lucky, or successful, often in difficult situations.Rate it:

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lay something at the feet ofTo assign responsibility for (something) to (someone).Rate it:

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let the grass grow under one's feetTo be idle; to fail to make progress.Rate it:

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on one's feetBeing stable or capable, especially in a financial or emotional sense.Rate it:

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on one's feetBeing standing up.Rate it:

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on one's feetBeing well again after a bout of illness.Rate it:

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out on one's feetStanding erect but not consciously aware of one's surroundings, or only minimally aware, and having little or no ability to control one's bodily actions, as a result of physical injury or exhaustion.Rate it:

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out on one's feetStupefied; dazed; nonfunctional.Rate it:

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plant your feet firmly on the ground!Assume a firm stand, become resolute, reject intimidation.Rate it:

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six feet underBuried six feet underground; not alive; dead.Rate it:

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stand on one's own two feetTo be independent. To survive without any help.Rate it:

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think on one's feetWhen one is in the middle of a process, activity, or conversation, to adjust rapidly, effectively, and intelligently to new developments or changing circumstances.Rate it:

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to not let any grass grow under one's feetto be always active and never delay in taking an actionRate it:

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two left feetExhibiting particular clumsiness, especially at dancing or at soccer.Rate it:

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vote with one's feetTo show a lack of support for something by departing or otherwise absenting oneself.Rate it:

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vote with one's feetTo show support for something by going to or otherwise being present somewhere.Rate it:

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fire offTo write a note or letter quickly.Rate it:

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fire awayTo begin to talk or present information quickly.Rate it:

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fire offTo ask an unexpected question rapidly.Rate it:

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fire upTo ignite.Rate it:

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