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by leaps and boundsRapidly. Said of making progress.Rate it:

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cakes and aleThe simple material pleasures of life.Rate it:

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carrot and stickSimultaneous rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.Rate it:

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cat and dog lifeUnhappy married life.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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cat-and-mousesuspenseful, involving alternating roles of attack and defence.Rate it:

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cat-and-mouseAlternative form of cat and mouse.Rate it:

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cease and desistTo stop and not resume an action.Rate it:

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cease and desistA demanding that one "cease and desist from" continuing certain behavior, such as copyright infringement, trademark infringement, slander, or libel.Rate it:

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children should be seen and not heardChildren should behave well and be quiet, especially in the presence of adults.Rate it:

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cite chapter and verseTo provide specific references from an authoritative book, as the Bible or a book of statutes or rules, to support a statement.Rate it:

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cite chapter and verseTo speak authoritatively, providing detailed factual information.Rate it:

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close one's eyes and think of EnglandTo accept (rather than fight)-and distract oneself so as to be able to endure-bad or unwanted sex, or by extension any unpleasant but inevitable experience.Rate it:

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cock-and-bull storyA far-fetched and fanciful story or tale of highly dubious validity.Rate it:

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coffee soup and crackersA Depression Daze midnight treat of crumbled salted soda crackers immersed in a mug of hot coffee, well accented with cream and white sugar.Rate it:

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come and goTo alternately enter and exit into something (physically or figuratively)Rate it:

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come and goTo repeatedly appear and disappear (said especially of a feeling or pain)Rate it:

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come thick and fastTo appear repeatedly.Rate it:

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common-and-gardenOrdinary, standard.Rate it:

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crash and burnTo fail utterly.Rate it:

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cross my heart and hope to dieadded to a promise or a statement to show how serious one was about being honest in what one saidRate it:

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cut and driedSimple, straightforward, clear, or certain.Rate it:

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cut and thrustA vehement argumentRate it:

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cut-and-thrustA vehement argument.Rate it:

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day and ageA time period of years or more.Rate it:

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day and nightAll the time; round the clock; unceasingly.Rate it:

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dead and buriedMoot, passed, irrelevant, forgotten.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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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.Rate it:

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do as i say and not as i doDon't imitate my behavior but obey my instructions.Rate it:

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dog and catA team comprised of one male and one female, who are either working as associates or where one is the second in command to the other.Rate it:

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dog and pony showAny presentation or display that is overly contrived or intricate.Rate it:

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dog and pony showOriginally, a small, traveling circus featuring animals as entertainment.Rate it:

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don't be penny wise and pound foolishDon't be careful when it comes to spending small amounts of money, but careless when spending much larger amounts.Don't focus on minutiae and lose sight of the big picture; don't obsess over tiny inconsequential efficiencies while glaring inefficiencies are going on elsewhere.Rate it:

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done and donea binding agreement, mutually accepted.Rate it:

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done and doneDone thoroughly and satisfactorily.Rate it:

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done and dustedCompleted thoroughly and satisfactorily.Rate it:

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doom and gloomFeeling, or acting in a manner consistent with, pessimism and despair.Rate it:

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doom and gloomSomething considered indicative of feelings of pessimism and despair.Rate it:

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dot the i's and cross the t'sTo take care of every detail, even minor ones; To be meticulous or thorough.Rate it:

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down and outIn trouble; in a bad time or situation or having very bad luck.Rate it:

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down-and-outerSomeone who is down and out.Rate it:

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dribs and drabsA series of negligible amounts.Rate it:

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eat someone out of house and homeC. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act II Scene I.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 nook and crannyEverywhere.Rate it:

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every old nook and crannyAlternative form of every nook and cranny.Rate it:

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everybody and his cousinEverybody; a huge crowd; too many people.Rate it:

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everybody and his motherA large assortment of people.Rate it:

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