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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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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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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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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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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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line one's pocketsTo accumulate personal wealth, especially in an illegal or morally objectionable manner.
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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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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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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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