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a leopard cannot change its spotsOne cannot change one's own nature.1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio):King. Lyons make Leopards tame.Mowbray. Yea but not change his ?pots.1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23:Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32:End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be.1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment:The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.Rate it:

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a pull of the hair for being unfairThe general response to "A kick and a flick for being so quick", which is in turn a response in itself to "A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month".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 whopper-dooperPrize Winning, Top Banana, First Rate, First Class, Winner, Great, Glorious, Grand, Super Duper. Superlative.Rate it:

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Aaron's beardA common name for several plants, which have tufts of stamens.[First attested in the late 19 century.]Cymbalaria muralis (ivy-leaved toadflax, Kenilworth ivy)Hypericum calycinum (great St. John's-wort, Jerusalem star)Saxifraga stolonifera (creeping saxifrage, strawberry geranium)Opuntia leucotricha (arborescent prickly pear, Aaron's beard cactus)Rate it:

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across the boardA racing bet where one bets that the same competitor will place in first, second and third.Rate it:

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act upTo misbehave; to cause trouble.Rate it:

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ash wednesdayfirst day of lentRate it:

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ass-backwardsMoving backwards, that is, rear end first.Rate it:

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at firstInitially; at the start.Rate it:

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at first blushUpon first impression or consideration; seemingly, apparently, ostensibly.Rate it:

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at handBeing at the moment the center of attention or the cause of trouble.Rate it:

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at the end of the dayA colloquial expression of the twentieth/twenty first century referring as to a summary of events, degree of financial or business success, reference as to having a nice day, achieving preset goals, positive results.Rate it:

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attack is the best form of defenceIn a battle, attacking the opposition first is better than waiting for them to attack.Rate it:

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bad taste in one's mouthA feeling of guilt, responsibility, or embarrassment as to cause nausea.Rate it:

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bad taste in one's mouthA feeling something is morally despicable as to cause nausea.Rate it:

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baptism of fireThe first experience of a severe ordeal, especially a first experience of military combatRate it:

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bat a thousandTo reach first base on every at-bat.Rate it:

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beat upTo cause by some other means, injuries comparable to the result of being beaten up.Rate it:

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big breakA breakthrough, especially the first big hit of a previously unknown performer or performers in the entertainment industry.Rate it:

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bite one's lipTo forcibly prevent oneself from speaking, especially in order to avoid saying something inappropriate or likely to cause a dispute.Rate it:

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bite the hand that feeds oneTo cause harm to a benefactor.Rate it:

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bite the hand that feeds youTo cause harm to a benefactor.Rate it:

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blind side someoneTo injure, reveal shared private information or cause financial or personal loss through disloyalty or actions which hurt or disappoint.Rate it:

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blow awayTo cause to go away by blowing.Rate it:

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blow sky highTo totally destroy and cause to explodeRate it:

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break one's duckTo score one's first run in an innings.Rate it:

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break one's duckTo do something for the first time.Rate it:

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break someone's heartTo cause a person to feel grief or sadness.Rate it:

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break the deadlockTo score the first goal or point in a competitionRate it:

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break the sealWhen consuming alcohol, to urinate for the first time, which leads to needing to urinate more and more often.Rate it:

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bring aboutTo cause to take place.Rate it:

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bring backTo cause someone to remember something from the past.Rate it:

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bring onTo cause.Rate it:

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bring outTo cause a visible symptom such as spots or a rash.Rate it:

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bring overTo cause to change allegiance or point of view.Rate it:

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bring roundTo resuscitate; to cause to regain consciousness.Rate it:

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bring to justiceTo cause a person alleged to have committed criminal acts to be brought to trial on the offenses.Rate it:

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bring uponTo cause to befall.Rate it:

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buck offTo cause to fall off.Rate it:

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bug outTo cause to bulge.Rate it:

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burn a hole in one's pocketTo cause someone to be tempted to spend money.Rate it:

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buy timePurposefully cause a delay to something, in order to achieve something else.Rate it:

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call off the dogsDuring a one-sided sports contest, to remove the first-string unit of a team from the game after dominating the opponent.Rate it:

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cast onTo start the first row of knitting by putting stitches on a needle.Rate it:

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cast the first stoneTo act self-righteously in accusing another person, believing that one is blameless.Rate it:

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cause a stirTo cause controversy, or raise a disturbance.Rate it:

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chase downTo investigate the cause of something.Rate it:

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China syndromeA rare disease, first characterized in the early 1990s, which resembles poliomyelitis but which has somewhat different characteristics and occurs in persons vaccinated for poliomyelitis.Rate it:

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chip upTo cause something to have cracks or dents.Rate it:

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