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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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accident waiting to happenA thing or situation which is almost certain to eventually lead to an accident.Rate it:

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AFFORDABLE UTILITY VEHICLEHatch back (two box) vehicle with 'utility vehicle' appearance/some features; 'donut tires', e.g. Ford Ecosport. Who Sez?Rate it:

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all one's eggs in one basketDevoting all of one’s resources to one thing.Rate it:

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all sizzle and no steakA thing or person which fails to measure up to its description or advanced promotion.Rate it:

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aluminum showerThe result of a midair collision of two aircraft.Rate it:

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as the crow fliesIn a straight line distance between two locations, as opposed to the road distance or over land distance.Rate it:

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bad newsAn irritating, troublesome, or harmful person, situation, or thing.Rate it:

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bad pennyA person or thing which is unpleasant, disreputable, or otherwise unwanted, especially one which repeatedly appears at inopportune times.Rate it:

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bark up the wrong treeTo attempt or pursue the wrong thing; to take the wrong approach; to follow a false lead.Rate it:

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be on the horns of a dilemmaTo face a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives.Rate it:

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best of both worldsA combination of two seemingly contradictory benefits.Rate it:

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better an egg today than a hen tomorrowIt is better to have a sure thing now than a possibility of more later.Rate it:

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between a rock and a hard placeHaving the choice between two unpleasant or distasteful options; in a predicament or quandary.Rate it:

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between the hammer and the anvilWith the choice between two unpleasant or distasteful options; in a predicament or quandary.Rate it:

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betwixt and betweenNeither one thing nor the other.Rate it:

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bird in the handShortened form of "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush".Rate it:

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blind dateA romantic meeting between two people who have never met before.Rate it:

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boys will be boysIt is hard, often fruitless, to attempt to curb the natural playfulness and tendency to mischief of most growing boys.1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky. Boys will be boys and our two twins were no exception to this golden rule.Even grown men usually remain somewhat boyish in heart"Boys will be boys", grinned grandpa while he joined his adult son playing with the fancy train-set he gave his grandson for Christmas while the kid was in school.Rate it:

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branch offto diverge into two or more separate paths.Rate it:

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bridgeA device which connects two or more computer buses, typically in a transparent manner.Rate it:

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bridgeA system which connects two or more local area networks at layer 2.Rate it:

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bridgeA valence bond, atom or chain of atoms that connects two different parts of a molecule; the atoms so connected being bridgeheads.Rate it:

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bridgeAn unintended solder connection between two or more components or pins.Rate it:

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bridge the gapTo serve as or create a connection between two disconnected or disparate things.Rate it:

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Buckley's and noneA supposed two chances (probabilities), being Buckley's chance (meaning a very small chance) or no chance at all.Rate it:

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build a better mousetrapTo invent the next great thing; to have a better idea.Rate it:

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busman's holidayA holiday or vacation during which you do the same thing that you do for your usual work.Rate it:

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butter one's bread on both sidesTo profit from two things at the same time, especially when those things seem contradictory or incompatible.Rate it:

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candle in the windA fragile or vulnerable thing, likely to be put in jeopardy.Rate it:

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cat and mouseA relationship in which two parties closely monitor and challenge one another in a suspicious or self-protective manner, often because each party is attempting to gain an advantage over the other.Rate it:

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cat and mouse gameTwo individuals and/or groups repeatedly keeping check on each other in a suspicious or self-protective way, often with the goal of one or both parties trying to gain a malicious advantage over the other.Rate it:

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change horses in midstreamTo change plans or approaches at an inopportune time, such as when an effort is already underway, generally considered an inadvisable thing to do.Rate it:

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clean upTo make an area or a thing clean; to pick up a mess; to tidy.Rate it:

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close enough for government workIt is not worth investing additional time on perfecting this thing.Rate it:

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closed bookA person or thing that cannot be easily understood; someone or something incomprehensible or puzzling.Rate it:

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common lawOne of two legal systems in England and in the United States before 1938 (the other being equity).Rate it:

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companyA military unit, typically consisting of two or three platoons.Rate 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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cross pathsTo be, by chance, in the same physical place at the same time, as a result of two completely separate journeys.Rate it:

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cross swordsUsed other than as an idiom: see cross, sword., to place or hold two swords so they cross each other.Rate it:

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curate's eggA thing which has good and bad parts.Rate it:

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curtain-raiserA prelude or introduction to an activity or thing.Rate it:

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deliver the message to garcia...grasp the demands and exactions of business life. He learns that the main thing to do is to "deliver the message to Garcia"....Rate it:

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dicky-birdA insignificant sound or thing.Rate it:

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different as chalk and cheeseTwo things which are superficially alike but very different in substance.Rate it:

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dog in the huntThis is often used erroneously to indicate that one has no stake in the outcome. As such this is a bastardization of two Southern idioms: "no dog in the fight," and "that dog won't hunt." (The latter indicates something is a bad idea or prone to fail.) Use of the phrase "no dog in the hunt" when one wishes to indicate they have no "dog in the fight" will generate funny glances from any Southerners who overhear it.Rate it:

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don't put all your eggs in one basketDon't dedicate all your resources into one thing.Rate it:

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double bookedOf a single resource, reserved for two different users at the same time.Rate it:

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double dutchA game of jump rope with two ropes and frequently two jumpers.Rate it:

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