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herd catsTo attempt to control those resistant to control.
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ride herd onTo supervise a group of people, such as workers, and/or their actions, i.e. their work.
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fencepost problemIn computer programming, a problem dealing with how to treat the initial or boundary values of a discrete problem.
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problem childA child who is particularly difficult to raise or educate, especially due to a lack of self-control and disruptive and antisocial behavior.
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problem childSomeone or something persistently difficult or vexing; a frequent source of trouble or annoyance.
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one-banana problemA problem with a low level of difficulty.
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on the right trackUsing the correct general approach to a particular task or problem; pursuing something in a promising way.
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yak shavingAny apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem.
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boil downAs an allusion to the cooking technique of reducing liquids by heat, one boils down a problem, argument, etc. to its most central elements.
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ride outTo tackle a difficult problem and survive.
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mess upTo cause a problem with; to introduce an error or mistake in; to make muddled or confused; spoil; ruin.
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magic bulletA simple remedy to a difficult or complex problem, especially a cure for a disease.
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raise a stinkTo complain; to demand attention or remedy for a problem.
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sort outTo fix, as a problem.
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make a mountain out of a molehillTo treat a problem as greater than it is; to blow something out of proportion; to exaggerate the importance of something trivial.
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"never mind your mother sonny.... eat your bleedin' orange"I worked with a man from Foulridge, Lancashire for over 35 years who often used this phrase whenever there was a problem and he wasn't sure of the answer!.. Said the phrase came from a "chap I used to work with in Colne... but he didn't know what it meant either"
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a drop in the bucketAn effort or action having very little overall influence, especially as compared to a huge problem.
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a stitch in time saves nineA little effort expended sooner to fix a small problem prevents it from becoming a larger problem requiring more effort to fix later; A little preparation can eliminate the need for repairs later; consistency (achieving a set rhythm) is better than trying to rush ahead.
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aha momentThe moment or instance at which the solution to a problem or other significant realization becomes clear.
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be in a spot of botherTo have a slight problem, to be in a predicament.
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be left holding the babyTo be left with the responsibility of resolving a problem.
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blame gameA situation in which people attempt to blame others rather than trying to resolve a problem.
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Bob's your uncle"No problem", "the solution is simple", "there you have it", you have what you want, all will be well; indicates a desirable conclusion has been reached.
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box oneself into a cornerTo create a predicament or problem for oneself; to do something that leaves one with no good alternatives. or solutions.
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bury one's head in the sandTo deliberately ignore the reality of a situation; to pretend a problem does not exist.
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cast/shed/throw light on sthto make a problem,etc easier to understand
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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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cookie-cutterA solution to a problem that can be applied in many situations without modification.
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cross that bridge when one comes to itTo deal with a problem or situation only when it arises.
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divide and conquerA combination of political, military and economic strategies that aim to gain and maintain power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into chunks that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy.(computing) Applied to various algorithms, such as quicksort, that solve a problem by splitting it recursively into smaller problems until all of the remaining problems are trivial.(as imperative, proverb) In order to rule securely, don't allow alliances of your enemies.
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do the trickTo work; to be successful; to solve a problem.
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drop in the bucketAn effort or action having very little overall influence, especially as compared to a huge problem.
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drug of choiceThe best-choice medication to treat a particular medical problem.
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elephant in the roomA problem or difficult issue that is very obvious, but is ignored for the convenience or comfort of those involved.
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escape fireAn unconventional or counter intuitive solution to a difficult problem.
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fiddle while Rome burnsTo neglect helping when one's time is needed most; to ignore the major problem at hand (whilst doing something less important); to be idle, inactive, or uninterested in a time of great need.
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fly in the ointmentSomething which ruins or spoils everything else; a nuisance or problem; an unpleasant or disagreeable detail.
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fudge the issueAdopt a solution to a specific problem which does not address the larger, more general problem of which the specific problem is an instance.
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go aboutTo tackle (a problem or task).
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hard nut to crackA problem that is challenging to solve.
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he who smelt it dealt it(colloquial, originally) A person who calls attention to or complains about a fart is likely trying to pretend it wasn't his or her own.(colloquial, by extension) Used to suggest that a person calling attention to or complaining about a given problem may in fact be the source of the problem.
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head-in-the-sandExhibiting disregard or denial of a problem or threat.
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hit a snagTo encounter an unexpected problem or delay.
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hot potatoAn awkward or delicate problem with which nobody wants to be associated.
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in a bindIn a difficult situation, usually of one's own making; having a dilemma; faced with a problem or a set of problems for which there is no easy solution.
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iron outTo resolve (a dispute); to solve (a problem).
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kill the messengerTo blame a problem on whoever reported it; to hold somebody accountable a problem because he/she brought attention to it.
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loose endA small job that needs to be done, or minor problem that needs to be resolved, before a task can be considered complete.
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make a stinkTo complain; to demand attention or remedy for a problem.
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mind over matterWillpower alone can overcome a physical problem.
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