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a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go downAn otherwise unpleasant situation can be pleasant when a pleasant aspect is deliberately introduced.1999, Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253335833, page 372,One is known as the "sweetening parable," that is to say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Thus, when the aim is to preach to the people, to guide them along the "bitter," arduous path of upholding burdensome precepts and prohibitions, a tale can lighten the load, make the "medicine" easier "to swallow."2001, Maureen Reagan, First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir, Little, Brown, ISBN 0316736368, page 319,It put some fun into the tedious business of preparing for a presidential debate. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?2004, John Hoover, How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive... Without Killing Your Boss, Career Press, ISBN 1564147045, page 11,If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a barrel of laughs can wash down the big pills you might need to swallow.Rate it:

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an army marches on its stomachYou must eat properly if you want to perform tasks well.Rate it:

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at a loss for wordsHaving nothing to say; stunned to the point of speechlessness.Rate it:

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be as silent as the graveto say absolutely nothing (especially about a particular subject)Rate it:

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beggars can't be choosers(proverb) When resources are limited, one must accept even substandard gifts.Rate it:

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better watch your mouth!Watch what you say....Rate it:

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bitter pillSomething unpleasant that must be accepted or endured.Rate it:

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bitter pill to swallowSomething unpleasant that must be accepted or endured.Rate it:

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blanket termA word or phrase that is used to describe multiple groups of related things. The degree of relation may vary. Blanket terms often trade specificity for ease-of-use; in other words, a blanket term by itself gives little detail about the things that it describes or the relationships between them, but is easy to say and remember. Blanket terms often originate as slang, and eventually become integrated into the general vocabulary.Rate it:

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business before pleasureAn admonishment that discharging one's obligations must take precedence over devoting time to pursuits meant solely for one's own gratification.Rate it:

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button upsay nothingRate it:

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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.Rate it:

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come si!, come 'sah'Say Yes! or NoRate it:

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correlation does not imply causation(statistics) The observed correlation between two parameters, say, the growth of a market and the growth of a neighbor's child may, in fact, have nothing to do with each other's causation.Rate it:

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every shut eye isn't asleepOne must be careful, because some people who seem not to be paying attention are actually paying attention.Rate it:

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everything happens for a reasonAll events are purposeful.Everything happens for a reason, so there is no such thing as failure. Mary-Kate OlsenPeople like to say "everything happens for a reason." If you repeat that in your head long enough that starts to sound like "anything can happen with a razor." Laura KightlingerI believe that everything happens for a reason, but I think it's important to seek out that reason - that's how we learn. Drew BarrymoreRate it:

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excess baggageLuggage which exceeds the allowable size or weight (as for an airline flight or train trip), and for which an extra fee must therefore be paid.Rate it:

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feed a cold, starve a feverEating more will cure the common cold, and eating less will cure a fever.1887, J. H. Whelan, "The Treatment of Colds.", The Practitioner, vol. 38, pg. 180:"Feed a cold, starve a fever." There is a deal of wisdom in the first part of this advice. A person with a catarrh should take an abundance of light nutritious food, and some light wine, but avoid spirits, and above all tobacco.1968, Katinka Loeser, The Archers at Home, publ. Atheneum, New York, pg. 60:I have a cold. 'Feed a cold, starve a fever.' You certainly know that.2009, Shelly Reuben, Tabula Rasa, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 015101079X, pg. 60:They say feed a cold, starve a fever, but they don't tell you what to do when you got both, so I figured scrambled eggs, tea, and toast.Rate it:

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feet of clayTo say that someone, who appears strong or invincible, in fact has a hidden weak point which could cause their fall.Rate it:

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forewarned is forearmedAdvance awareness of a situation, especially a risky one, prepares one to deal with it.1863, Charles Reade, Hard Cash, ch. 4:[W]hatever a young gentleman of that age says to you, he says to many other ladies; but your experience is not equal to your sense; so profit by mine . . . forewarned is forearmed.1885, G. A. Henty, Saint George for England, ch. 4:Sometimes, they say, it is wiser to remain in ignorance; at other times forewarned is forearmed.circa 1903, Lucy Maud Montgomery, "Why Mr. Cropper Changed His Mind":"Well, Miss Maxwell, I think it only fair to tell you that you may have trouble with those boys when they do come. Forewarned is forearmed, you know."Rate it:

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from the department of the bleeding obviousSo obvious it was unnecessary to say.Rate it:

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front wallThe main and largest wall in a racquetball or squash court, located at the front of the world; the wall which the ball must hit in a rally.Rate it:

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go off at scoreOf a horse, to break suddenly into a gallop; of a person, suddenly to say or do something impetuous.Rate it:

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ground ruleThe basic rules or standards; whatever someone must know before proceeding.Rate it:

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ground rulesThe basic rules or standards; whatever someone must know before proceeding.Rate it:

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heaven forbidTo say that one hopes that something does not happen.Rate it:

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in for a dime, in for a dollarAmericanised form of in for a penny, in for a pound.1983, Allen Drury, Decision, p. 356:In for a dime, in for a dollar, he thought crazily, and said what he had to say in a voice he forced to stay level and calm.1998, Ellen Miller, Like Being Killed, p. 47:In for a dime, in for a dollar. I whispered to Gerry, Rate it:

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it goes to showA phrase used to say that: this recent fact or result confirms what we always thought.Rate it:

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it is what it isThis circumstance is simply a fact and must be accepted or dealt with as it exists.Rate it:

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jump ropeThe activity, game or exercise in which a person must jump, bounce or skip repeatedly while a length of rope is swung over and under, both ends held in the hands of the jumper, or alternately, held by two other participants. Often used for athletic training and among schoolchildren. Variations involve speed, chants, varied rope and jumper movement patterns, multiple jumpers and/or multiple ropes.Rate it:

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latch-key childA child who returns home from school to an empty house and therefore must unlock/unlatch the exterior door with a key, especially a child of working or absent parent(s).Rate it:

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let aloneMuch less; to say nothing of.Rate it:

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log offTo depart from conversation; to say goodbye.Rate it:

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make an example ofHe made an example of the drunken sailor with twenty lashes, to show that he must have a sober crew.Rate it:

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make one's bed and lie in itTo create a difficult situation whose unpleasant consequences one must now endure.Rate it:

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map out my dayList tasks, phone-calls, errands, must-do's, for the day.Rate it:

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money doesn't grow on treesYou must work in order to have money.Rate it:

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much lessLet alone; to say nothing of.Rate it:

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necessary evilAn unfavorable thing that must be done or accepted, especially because the available alternative courses of action or inaction would be worse.Rate it:

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no commentA refusal to say the obvious impolite retort.Rate it:

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no pain, no gainOne must be willing to endure some inconvenience or discomfort in order to achieve worthwhile goals.Rate it:

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no rest for the wicked(humorous) People who are wicked must work harder than normal people.Rate it:

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nobody's perfectUsed when someone's mistakes or flaws are acknowledged, to remind that everyone else makes mistakes and has flaws1995, New York Magazine Vol. 28, No. 5, 30 January 1995, The de-moralization of society (Book Review)Hypocrisy, particularly in sexual matters, is excused on the grounds that hey, nobody's perfect, and at least folks back then felt bad enough to lie.2000, Madonna, Nobody's PerfectI feel so sad. What I did wasn't right. I feel so bad and I must say to you: Sorry, but nobody's perfect. Nobody's perfect. What did you expect? I'm doing my bestRate it:

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not be able to get a word in edgewaysTo be unable to say a single word because of someone else's talkativeness.Rate it:

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one's got to do what one's got to doA person must do what he or she feels obliged to do.Rate it:

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ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny(biology, social sciences, art, philosophy) The physical, cultural, moral, or intellectual development of each individual passes through stages similar to the developmental stages of that individual's species, society, or civilization.1905, J. A. Harris, "The Importance of Investigations of Seedling Stages," Science, New Series, vol. 22, no. 554, p. 186:With reference to seedling stages the statement that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny must be made with great reserve.1961, M. E. Wolfgang, "Pioneers in Criminology: Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909)," The Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science, vol. 52, no. 4, p. 367:Haeckel maintained that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, and this idea was incorporated by Lombroso into his parallelism between the criminal and the child.2002, B. S. Jackson, "Models in Legal History: The Case of Biblical Law," Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 11:For even if we accept that "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny," those responsible for the drafting of ancient legal documents were not children, and are hardly to be endowed with some form of infantile mentality.Rate it:

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pachydermWhat others say about him or her.Rate it:

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part and parcelAn integral or essential piece; that which must be done or accepted as part of something else.Rate it:

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punch the clockRing-In With Your Time Card or as we say; "Punch the Clock"Rate it:

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put one's foot in one's mouthTo misspeak; to say something embarrassing or wrong.Rate it:

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