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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 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 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 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 overTo cause to change allegiance or point of view.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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bug outTo cause to bulge.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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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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choke offTo get rid of, cause to come to an end.Rate it:

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Christmas graduateA freshman who drops out of college at the end of the first semester.Rate it:

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chrome hornThe front bumper of a car when used to bump another vehicle, usually to inform the driver of the other vehicle, that the first car would like to pass.Rate it:

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come to JesusTo become committed or display commitment to a cause.Rate it:

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crack upTo cause to laugh heartily.Rate it:

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cry all the way to the bankTo be happy due to the receipt of money, although expressing sorrow about the cause of such receipt.Rate it:

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cut like a knifeTo sting severely, to cause a sensation of stinging, especially said of cold weather.Rate it:

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dieFollowed by with. Now rare as indicating direct cause.Rate it:

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diminishing returnsA condition in which additional inputs into an organization, project or process produce progressively fewer or lower-quality additional outputs, and may, in extreme cases, cause the total quantity or quality of outputs to decrease.Rate it:

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dip a toe intoTo enter or get involved in tentatively and for the first time.Rate it:

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disagree withTo cause (a person or animal) to feel sick.Rate it:

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do forcause the ruin ofRate it:

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do someone proudTo cause someone to feel pride, admiration, or satisfaction.Rate it:

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double whammya twofold blow or setback; a series of two events that cause adverse effectsRate it:

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draw a line in the sandTo lay down a challenge; to provide a test of commitment (often one which carries a high risk) to a cause.Rate it:

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drive someone crazyto cause insanity onto someoneRate it:

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drive someone crazyto cause to be infatuatedRate it:

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drive-by mediaMedia professionals who "spray" a bunch of repetitive misstatements, mistaken and misinterpreted news reports to cause excitement and confusion. They then figuratively "drive off" leaving the cleanup of their mess and hysteria to others, to correct and properly explain and interpret.Rate it:

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faceplantThe act of landing face first, often associated with bailing during extreme sports.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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fix someone's wagonTo punish someone; to cause injury, distress, or inconvenience for someone.Rate it:

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flavor explosionOne can experience a 'flavor explosion' upon imbibing a beverage you have hither-to not sampled. You anticipated myriad taste treats. Upon the first sip you wantonly begin your 'slake' in a cascade of foaming, bubbling, refreshing, exhilarating deluge of dashing delicacy, dancing from cheek to cheek, then explosively and divinely diving into the depths of your desert-dry throat channel!.Rate it:

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foul-upfoul-up, has myriad meanings: goof-up, mess-up, turn out high percentage rejects, commit or cause damage, fail to follow safety regulations, fail to supervise, or orient workers properly etc.Rate it:

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from soup to nutsFrom the first course of a meal to the last.Rate it:

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get to the root of the problemSeek to discover the cause of a problem, test, analyze, examine, consult manuals, refer to circuitry diagrams, Seek tech-support.Rate it:

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give hostage to fortuneTo take an action or make a statement that is risky because it could cause you trouble later.Rate it:

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give outTo send forth, emit; to cause to be sent forth.To put forth, utter (prayers).Rate it:

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