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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 aroundto misbehave, fool around
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jack aroundto dawdle, to waste time
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jack o'lanternwill o' the wisp, a strange light that attracts travellers
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jack o'lanternA vegetable, usually a pumpkin, but alternatively a turnip, carved into the form of a face and lighted within by a candle. Associated chiefly with the holiday Halloween.
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jack offAn annoying person or one who has committed a transgression with no or insufficient apology; a jerk, an asshole.
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jack offTo masturbate.
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jack offTo manually stimulate someone sexually, generally a male.
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Jack TarAlternative spelling of jacktar.
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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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jack of all tradesOne competent in many endeavors, especially one who excels in none of them.
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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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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 hand that rocks the cradle rules the worldWomen, particularly mothers, have a decisive influence on the future direction of society because they raise and nurture the next generation.
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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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let the perfect be the enemy of the goodTo insist on the total realization of a goal and reject any compromise, thereby decreasing the chance of achieving even a part of that goal.
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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 hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the worldAlternative form of the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
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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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don't let the door hit you on the way outUsed to indicate that one is glad to see someone leaving.
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if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchenIf you cannot handle the pressure, you should not be in a position where you have to deal with it.
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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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when the cat's away the mice will playIn the absence of a controlling entity, subordinates will take advantage of circumstances.
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let go an anchor to the windward of the lawTo keep within the letter of the law.
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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.
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