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outside the boxBeyond the bounds of convention.
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box the compassTo know, and be able to recite the 32 points and quarter points of the magnetic compass from North, both clockwise and anticlockwise.
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box the compassTo make a complete reversal in stance or opinion.
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box on the earAdministered on the victim's ear, usually by an educator, to enforce attention.
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out of the boxImmediately, without intervention from the customer.
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out of the boxSee outside the box.
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knock out of the boxTo cause a pitcher to be replaced by heavy hitting.
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knock out of the boxTo cause something to be replaced by something else.
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jack upTo ruin; wreck; mess up; screw up; sometimes as a bowdlerized substitution for f** up.
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jack upTo raise, hoist, or lift a thing using a jack, or similar means.
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jack inTo stop doing a regular activity. Often a job or studies.
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jack inTo insert an electronic coupling into a receptacle; to connect to something, whether involving a physical medium or not.
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jack upTo raise, increase, or accelerate; often said of prices, fees, or rates. See also jack up the price.
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jack-tarAlternative spelling of jacktar.
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every man jackAll the members of a group with no exceptions.
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jack it inAn imperative to stop doing something that the speaker finds annoying.
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idiot boxTelevision.
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penalty boxThat is assessed after an infraction.
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penalty boxThe penalty area.
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voice boxlarynx
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jack of all tradesOne competent in many endeavors, especially one who excels in none of them.
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box your earsA Threat of Violence To { child or youth ] because of a minor infraction.
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box-office bombA motion picture that generates relatively low revenue at the box office, especially that which is less than the budget for the motion picture.
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every jack has his jilleverybody will find someone to have a romantic relationship with at some point in their life
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before you can say jack robinsonVery quickly. Quicker than you expect.
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one candle short of a boxnot bright; stupid
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life is like a box of chocolatesLife is full of surprises, you never know what will happen next.
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all work and no play makes jack a dull boyToo much focus on one's career is often viewed unfavorably.Too much hard work and not enough leisure time can be unhealthy.
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jack of all trades, master of noneA person who has a competent grasp of many skills but who is not outstanding in any one.
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jack of all trades, master of noneA master of integration, who knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring their disciplines together in a practical manner; a polymath; a renaissance man.
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in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is kingAmong others with a disadvantage or disability, the one with the mildest disadvantage or disability is regarded as the greatest.Even someone without much talent or ability is considered special by those with no talent or ability at all.
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spill the beans / let the cat out of the bagTo let out a secret
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the proof of the pudding is in the eatingThe only real test of something is as what it is intended to be used for.
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it's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dogdetermination and perseverance will win out in the long run.
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the more things change, the more they stay the sameA proverb making the observation that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo.
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caught between the devil and the deep blue seaHaving a choice between two alternatives, both undesirable.
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close the stable door after the horse has boltedTo attempt to prevent a problem only to find it has already happened.
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it is not the whistle that pulls the trainAlternative form of it's not the whistle that pulls the train.
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pinch and a punch for the first of the monthSaid the first day of a new month, accompanied by a pinch and a punch to the victim.
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the grass is always greener on the other sideOther circumstances seem more desirable than one's own but in reality are often not
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beauty is in the eye of the beholderIndividuals have different inclinations on what is beautiful. Individuals have different beauty standards.
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it ain't the whistle that pulls the trainAlternative form of it's not the whistle that pulls the train.
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it isn't the whistle that pulls the trainAlternative form of it's not the whistle that pulls the train.
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it's not the whistle that pulls the trainBoasting and loud talk should not be mistaken for the work that produces real achievements; bravado is no proof of action.1956, James Reston, "Washington: It's Not the Whistle that Pulls the Train," New York Times, 1 July, p. E8:
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kill the goose that lays the golden eggsTo seek short term gain at the sacrifice of long term profit.
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out of the frying pan, into the fireFrom an already bad situation to a worse one.
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sufficient unto the day is the evil thereofNo need to worry about the future; the present provides enough to worry about.
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the apple doesn't fall far from the treeA child grows up to be very similar to its parents in the way they act and in their physical abilities.
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the dogs bark, but the caravan goes onLife goes on, even if some will try to stop or talk against progress.
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well ain't that the catfish in the trapA sentence commonly spoken in the Southern United States. It can often be used in place of "well, I'll be damned". Used to express surprise.
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