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personal capitalFinancial resources or other wealth belonging to a particular person, especially when used for investment purposes.
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personal capitalGood reputation, credibility, or influence.
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personal computersPCs
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butter upTo flatter, especially with the intent of personal gain.
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knock outTo exhaust a personal or animal.
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suck upTo adulate or flatter somebody excessively, generally to obtain some personal benefit or favour.
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take uponTo take charge of an item of business, or an obligation, as a personal initiative.
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been there, done thatAn assertion that the speaker has personal experience or knowledge of a particular place or topic and is now bored.
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a man's home is his castle(US) a proverbial expression of personal privacy and security
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activist judgeA judge or justice who makes rulings based on personal political views or considerations rather than on the law, or who issues rulings intended to have political effects.
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activist justiceA justice (usually referring to a member of a Supreme, High or Appellate court) who makes rulings based on personal political views or considerations rather than on the law, or who issues rulings intended to have political effects.
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an englishman's home is his castle(UK) a proverbial expression of personal privacy and security
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as you sow, so shall you reapThe personal consequences of one's actions are in proportion to the good or bad intentions towards others.
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bag of tricksA set of skills, techniques, items of information, or other resources used to help achieve professional or personal goals.
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bare one's soulTo reveal one's innermost feelings and thoughts, especially concerning one's doubts, regrets, or flaws; to tell one's personal secrets to others.
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che sara saraUsed to express a personal philosophy of fatalism1892 March 17, Cigarette,
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che sera seraUsed to express a personal philosophy of fatalism1604, Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus:Why then belike we must sin, / And so consequently die. / Aye, we must die an everlasting death. / What doctrine call you this ? Che, sera, sera: / What will be*, shall be; Divinity adieu. / These Metaphysics of Magicians, / And necromantic books, are heavenly.
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clout listA usually secret list containing the names of people who are to be given special access, benefits, or influence in a political or social situation, especially as a result of having personal, professional, or financial relationships with those in authority.
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common touchThe personal quality of showing understanding of and sympathy for the concerns of ordinary people; rapport with and acceptance by ordinary people.
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excess baggageA dubious or unhelpful mental outlook, emotional disposition, or personal history.
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feather one's nestTo achieve benefits, especially financial ones, by taking advantage of the opportunities with which one is presented; to amass a comfortable amount of personal wealth.
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good booksFavorable regard; personal approval; kindly treatment.
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good gracesFavorable regard; personal approval; kindly treatment.
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have a mind of one's ownTo form one's personal opinions and choose one's actions without being governed by the views or choices of others; to be independently minded; to think for oneself.
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heart to heartA sincere, serious, or personal conversation.
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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.
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it's not what you know but who you knowFor success, and especially to obtain employment, one's knowledge and skills are less useful and less important than one's network of personal contacts.1951, G. P. Bush and L. H. Hattery, "Federal Recruitment of Junior Engineers," Science, vol. 114, no. 2966, p. 456:Eighty-four students referred to political influence as a disadvantage of federal employment with such remarks as: "There are too many political connections necessary . . . it's not what you know but who you know
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kitchen table softwareEspecially in the early years of personal computers, a set of computer programs developed by an entrepreneurial advanced amateur or self-employed professional computer programmer in his or her own home; software developed by a small business using the services of such programmers.
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know someoneTo have personal or social connections.
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line one's pocketsTo accumulate personal wealth, especially in an illegal or morally objectionable manner.
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pin moneyAn allowance of money given by a man to his wife or to other dependents for their personal, discretionary use. [from 16th c.]
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pin moneyA relatively small sum of cash kept in one's personal possession, for routine expenses or incidental purchases; an amount of money which is not particularly significant. [from 18th c.]
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private eyeA private personal detective, employed to gather information about someone.
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sell outTo abandon one's supporters or principles to seek profit or other personal advantage.
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shoot oneself in the footTo deliberately sabotage an activity in order to avoid obligation, though it causes personal suffering. Origins in first world war trench warfare.
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sort oneself outTo organize or solve one's personal problems.
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sweat equityAn investment of labour, typically by the owner and often his or her family, usually in a small business or personal residence that increases the value of the business or residence.
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take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselvesIf you take care of little things one at a time, they can add up to big things.1750, Chesterfield, letter 5 Feb. (1932) IV. 1500:Old Mr. Lowndes, the famous Secretary of the Treasury, ?used to say?Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.1912, G. B. Shaw, Pygmalion ii. 132:Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves is as true of personal habits as of money.1979, R. Cassilis, Arrow of God, iv. xvii.:Little things, Master Mally. Look after the pennies, Master Mally, and the pounds will look after themselves.1999,
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that's just meIndicates the expression of a personal opinion, but often used ironically as an understatement.
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thrill killerA murderer who is motivated by a strong personal desire to have a very exciting experience.
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timeserverA person who conforms to current opinions, especially for reasons of personal advantage; an opportunist.
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to each his ownEvery person is entitled to his or her personal preferences and tastes.
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TrampIn Depression Daze, A Vagrant, 'Homeless', Hobo, Wanderer, Vagabond, 'One Without Personal Transport', 'One Who Walks
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will doAffirmative yes in response to an especially personal or direct request for the performance of some action.
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