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3-on-the-treeOn an automobile (especially those produced from 1939 through the mid-1970s), a three-speed manual transmission whose gearshift lever is mounted on the steering column.Rate it:

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a drop in the bucketAn effort or action having very little overall influence, especially as compared to a huge problem.Rate it:

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a little bird told meOf information which was gathered from a source not to be overtly exposed.Rate it:

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a little bit of bread and no cheesethe song of the yellowhammer.Rate it:

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a little from column A, a little from column BA combination of two factors or reasons.Rate it:

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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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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.Rate it:

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all talk and no actionSpeaking, promising, or boasting much, but doing littleRate it:

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and your little dog tooA statement that not only will the person being addressed be punished but their conspirators will also.Rate it:

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bargain basementOf poor quality; of little or no value; low-end, shoddy.Rate it:

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believe it or notAn expression made famous by Ripley in his news column featuring difficult to believe facts, events, situations, people, truisms.Rate it:

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big fish in a small pondOne who has achieved a high rank or is highly esteemed, but only in a small, relatively unimportant, or little known location or organization.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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break out of your shellWhen someone is a little shy.Rate it:

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bright-line ruleA clearly defined rule or standard, comprised of objective factors, which leaves little or no room for varying interpretation.Rate it:

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busy little beaverSomeone who has completed or accomplished many tasks or works.Rate it:

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chump-changeOf or pertaining to something of little monetary value.Rate it:

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cotton-pickingAn intensifier, like "darn", used for emphasis or to signify that something is of little value.Rate it:

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cry like a little girlTo bawl unabashedly and pitifully.Rate it:

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dick allNothing at all, or very little.Rate it:

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dog's chancelittle or not likelihoodRate it:

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doing the townEngaging in an evening of celebration and reveling with little consideration of expenses.Rate it:

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drop in the bucketAn effort or action having very little overall influence, especially as compared to a huge problem.Rate it:

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eat someone out of house and homeTo consume such a portion of one's store of food that little is left for the owner.Rate it:

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every cloud has a silver liningIn every bad situation there is an element of good1881, National Academy of Code Administration (U.S.), Folio, page 417:Every cloud has a silver lining; but in the old-fashioned meeting-houses every cloud of hymnal melody generally had a nasal lining before the congregation...1887, Shakers, Religion, page 36:that "a little reserve and thou'lt fail surely," will prove to be true in our experience. Every cloud has a silver lining and so has every sorrow,1918, George Jean Nathan, Performing Arts, page 222:But the most popular attitude toward what we may call "sad" plays is the peculiar one of believing that, since every cloud has a silver lining,Rate it:

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every little helpsEven the smallest things are helpful when towards a goal.Rate it:

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excess baggageSomething or someone not needed or not wanted; something or someone of little use or importance; something or someone considered burdensome.Rate it:

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f** allNothing at all or very little.Rate it:

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fall into one's lapTo receive something that one desires with little or no effort.Rate it:

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fanny aboutTo waste time or fool around; to engage in activity which produces little or no accomplishment.Rate it:

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fat chanceLittle or no likelihood of occurrence or success.Rate it:

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fly like a rockto travel through the air with little or no benefit from aerodynamic liftRate it:

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fly off the handlegetting angry for a small little thingRate it:

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fuck allNothing at all or very little.Rate it:

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fuck allNothing at all or very little.Rate it:

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go by the boardTo be superseded, rejected, or obliterated; to pass by with little consequence; to amount to nothing.Rate it:

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gravy trainAn occupation or any lucrative endeavor that generates considerable income whilst requiring little effort and carrying little risk.Rate it:

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great oaks from little acorns growAlternative form of mighty oaks from little acorns grow.Rate it:

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hack intoTo gain unauthorized entry to, particularly by exploiting little-known weaknesses.Rate it:

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hiding to nothingA situation in which victory has little or no value, but defeat has a huge cost.Rate it:

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kick up a fussTo show annoyance, or to complain loudly about something, often when it is of little importance in reality.Rate it:

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knock some sense into his headDepression Expression: During the Depression, there was little empathy for the unemployed. Pundits identified the loafer, the hobo, the bum, the specified lazy-boy, the uninspired, those lacking ambition as needing a wakeup Call.Rate it:

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know beans aboutTo know something, even if only a little, about.Rate it:

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lay a finger onIf you lay a finger on my little brother, I'll have your guts for garters.Rate it:

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leave nothing to the imaginationTo cover or hide very little or nothing.Rate it:

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licence to print moneyA means of generating a large income with little effort.Rate it:

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life's a bitchAn expression of acceptance of misfortune.1950, Joy Davidman, Weeping Bay, page 184:She'd have been willing enough to use them, poor dead little bitch. Life's a bitch. Life's a bad joke.Rate it:

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lift a fingerTo make minimal effort; to help as little as possible.Rate it:

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little emperorIn contemporary China, a child with no siblings who is regarded as overly protected and spoiled. (Seen as belonging to a generation which is a product of China's "one-child" policy.)Rate it:

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little headThe glans of the penis.Rate it:

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