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pick up the slackto do the work which someone else has stopped doing, but which still needs to be doneRate it:

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pipe dreamA plan, desire, or idea that will not likely work; a near impossibility.Rate it:

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play aroundTo work with in a non-serious manner.Rate it:

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play ballTo work together; to cooperate.Rate it:

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play hookyTo miss school, work, or other duties without permission or an excuse.Rate it:

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play well with othersTo habitually demonstrate social skills by engaging agreeably in social or work activities.Rate it:

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proverbs run in pairsEvery proverb seems to be contradicted by another proverb with an opposed message, such as "too many cooks spoil the broth" and "many hands make light work."1863, Sir Richard Burton, Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains, vol. 1, Tinsley (London), p. 309:Moreover, all the world over, proverbs run in pairs, and pull both ways: for the most part one neutralizes, by contradiction, the other.Rate it:

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pull an all-nighterWork diligently throughout the night.Rate it:

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pull one's own weightTo do the work that one is obligated to.Rate it:

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purple proseExtravagant or flowery writing, especially in a literary work.Rate it:

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put one's shoulder to the wheelTo work or exert oneself heavily or with full effort.Rate it:

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real jobA job which requires the employee to, work regular hours for a consistent wage that often exceeds the provisions of applicable minimum wage legislation. A job that produces a living wage.Rate it:

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reinvent the wheelTo redo work unnecessarily when it has already been done satisfactorily; to rethink an already working system, technique, etc. in a pointless attempt to improve it.Rate it:

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ride herd onTo supervise a group of people, such as workers, and/or their actions, i.e. their work.Rate it:

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roadwarriorA person who carries a mobile device such as a laptop or PDA and uses wireless internet connections to work.Rate it:

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roll up one's sleevesTo prepare to work.Rate it:

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run oneself raggedTo work or exert oneself to the point of exhaustion.Rate it:

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run somebody raggedTo exhaust; to demand excessive effort or work from somebody.Rate it:

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rush hourThe times of the day when traffic jams are commonplace, due mainly to people commuting to or from work.Rate it:

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screw offTo fail to do one's work; to goof off.Rate it:

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screw-offSomeone who often fails to do his or her work; someone known to goof off.Rate it:

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set one's shoulder to the wheelTo start hard work; to begin to toil.Rate it:

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set tobegin workRate it:

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sick noteA note from a doctor certifying the patient is ill, and therefore unable to go to work, school etc.Rate it:

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sick noteSomeone who dodges work because of sickness, implying they are faking it.Rate it:

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slug awayTo work very hard (at); to toilRate it:

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snowed underHave too much work.Rate it:

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state of disrepairSomething in need of repair. Typically referring to a mechanical object or system (like a car or home) that has broken down or doesn't work anymore.Rate it:

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suspend one's disbeliefTo willingly accept the premise of a story or work of art for the sake of enjoying it.Rate it:

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swing the leadTo pretend to be unwell so that you do not have to work.Rate it:

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the enemy of my enemy is my friendAlthough I dislike and/or disagree with you, for the time being we should work together against a common threat.Rate it:

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throw a sickieTo take a day off from work, supposedly because of ill health. The illness could be either real or feigned.Rate it:

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time offA period of time where one is not required to work.Rate it:

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toe the markYou Better 'Mind Your Business', Stick To The Essentials, Follow The Rules, Work With The Program, Pay Attention:Rate it:

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tomorrow is another dayTomorrow will bring new opportunities and a fresh start for one's endeavors.1600, author unknown, "Phillidaes Love-call to her Coridon, and his replying" (song), in England's Helicon, printed at London by I.R. for John Flasket:Phil. Yonder comes my Mother, Coridon,whether shall I flie?Cor. Under yonder Beech my lovely one,while she passeth by.Say to her thy true-Love was not heere,remember, remember,to morrow is another day:1896, Amelia E. Barr, A Knight of the Nets, ch. 8:"Well, well, my dear lass, to-night we cannot work, but we may sleep. . . . Keep a still heart tonight, and tomorrow is another day."1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, ch. 63:"Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day."2005, Fran Schumer, "JERSEY: In Princeton, Taking On Harvard's Fuss About Women," New York Times, 19 June (retrieved 18 Aug. 2009):"Half of me is depressedRate it:

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tried and trueWell-established and tested; known to work or succeed based on extensive experience.Rate it:

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turn tricksTo work as a prostitute, providing sexual services for money.Rate it:

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unavailable energyEnergy that is converted by an irreversible process into a form that is unavailable to do workRate it:

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weekend warriorA person who indulges in a sport or pastime on an infrequent basis, usually on weekends when work commitments are not present.Rate it:

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willing horseOne who readily performs hard work or who voluntarily tolerates an adverse situation.Rate it:

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word playA technique in which the nature of the words used become part of the subject of the work, such as puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, and telling character names.Rate it:

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yeoman's serviceArduous work, performed in a vigorous, committed manner.Rate it:

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your mileage may varyIt may work differently in your situation, or be different in your experience.Rate it:

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