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believe you meAn emphatic form of "believe me"; you [the subject] had better believe me [the speaker].Rate it:

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by the way[...] I had counted on a life-lease of the profits, whereas I only received those of a few short years. But this is by the way.Rate it:

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cakewalkA contest in which cake was offered for the best dancers.Rate it:

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change one's mindTo decide differently than one had decided before.Rate it:

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cherry pickTo select only the best from a range of options.Rate it:

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cherry pickingSelecting only the best from a group or other range of choices.Rate it:

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cherry-pickTo pick out the best, or most desirable items from a list or group, especially to obtain some advantage or to present something in the best possible light.Rate it:

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chickens coming home to roostConsequences visited upon someone who originally had appeared to escape them.Rate it:

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clear cutHaving had all vegetation removed.Rate it:

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come out of the closetTo tell others about homosexuality, bisexuality or any minority or disapproved-of belief, preference, etc., where previously this had been kept secret.Rate it:

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companyAs he had worked for the CIA for over 30 years, he would soon take retirement from the company.Rate it:

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crab mentalityA way of thinking best described by the phrase "if I can't have it, neither can you." The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs in which one tries to escape over the side, but is relentlessly pulled down by the others in the pot.Rate it:

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crème de la crèmeBest of the best; something superlative. The very best.Rate it:

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crème de la crèmecrème de la crème (the best of something)Rate it:

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cream of the cropThe best or most desirable among some selection.Rate it:

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dead men tell no talesOnce someone is dead, they can no longer communicate, hence killing someone is the best way to keep him/her quiet.Rate it:

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deliver the message to garciaProgrammers are consistently dehumanized because so many do indeed deliver the message to Garcia only to be at best ignored.Rate it:

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drug of choiceThe best-choice medication to treat a particular medical problem.Rate it:

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eat someone's lunchTo defeat or best thoroughly; to make short work of.Rate it:

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every cloud has a silver liningIn every bad situation there is an element of good1881, National Academy of Code Administration (U.S.), Folio, page 417:Every cloud has a silver lining; but in the old-fashioned meeting-houses every cloud of hymnal melody generally had a nasal lining before the congregation...1887, Shakers, Religion, page 36:that "a little reserve and thou'lt fail surely," will prove to be true in our experience. Every cloud has a silver lining and so has every sorrow,1918, George Jean Nathan, Performing Arts, page 222:But the most popular attitude toward what we may call "sad" plays is the peculiar one of believing that, since every cloud has a silver lining,Rate it:

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fall between the cracksTo wind up in an unexpected situation which is, inadvertently, invisible to or not handled by whatever process one had hoped to be subject to; to be overlooked.Rate it:

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first rateSuperb, exceptional; of the best sort; very high quality.Rate it:

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flowerThe best examples or representatives of a group.Rate it:

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flowerThe best state of things; the prime.Rate it:

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garbage in, garbage out(computing, information technology) If input data is not complete, accurate, and timely, then the resulting output is unreliable and of no useful value.1963, Raymond Crowley, "Robot Tax Collector Seeks Indications of 'Fudging'," Times Daily (Alabama, USA), 1 April (retrieved 26 July 2010):Officials explained that the quality of the computer's work depends on the quality of the data fed into it. Neil Hoke, administrative assistant to Stewart, quoted an adage of computer men: "Garbage in, garbage out."2008, Roger K. Lewis, "'In Architectural Design, Brains and Talent Trump the Best Software," Washington Post, 19 July (retrieved 26 July 2010):The old caveat "GIGO"Rate it:

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get right to the pointReference a lack of focus, an offer of myriad solutions without indicating one with most viability. A lack of preciseness, lack of indicating best choice. An evasive response in a tenable situation.Rate it:

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glad ragsbest clothesRate it:

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he who laughs last laughs hardestAlternative form of he who laughs last laughs best.Rate it:

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high cottonThe best of times; a time of well being.Rate it:

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high noteSomething's climax or best achievement.Rate it:

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hold up one's endI'm holding up my end and you had better hold up yours.Rate it:

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horses for coursesThe practice of choosing the best person for a particular job.Rate it:

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hunger is a good sauce(dated) Being hungry makes one less concerned about the taste of one's food.1854, Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman, Punch, Vol. XXVI, Punch Publications Ltd., page 74:His bread and cheese were somewhat dry, to be sure; his ale had become flat, and considerably warmer than was desirable; but hunger is a good sauce, and thirst is not particular.Rate it:

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hydrogen iona proton combined with one or more water molecules; usually written H3O and called the hydronium ion though is best considered as H9O4 but is often written H(aq) for simplicityRate it:

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in for a dime, in for a dollarAmericanised form of in for a penny, in for a pound.1983, Allen Drury, Decision, p. 356:In for a dime, in for a dollar, he thought crazily, and said what he had to say in a voice he forced to stay level and calm.1998, Ellen Miller, Like Being Killed, p. 47:In for a dime, in for a dollar. I whispered to Gerry, Rate it:

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keep one's fingers crossedto hope for the best, to show supportRate it:

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laundry listOriginally, a list of articles of clothing that had been sent to be laundered.Rate it:

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make a virtue of necessityTo make the best of a difficult situation; to recast or portray an action or situation in which one has no alternatives as an action or situation which was deliberately chosen on its merits.Rate it:

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nobody's perfectUsed when someone's mistakes or flaws are acknowledged, to remind that everyone else makes mistakes and has flaws1995, New York Magazine Vol. 28, No. 5, 30 January 1995, The de-moralization of society (Book Review)Hypocrisy, particularly in sexual matters, is excused on the grounds that hey, nobody's perfect, and at least folks back then felt bad enough to lie.2000, Madonna, Nobody's PerfectI feel so sad. What I did wasn't right. I feel so bad and I must say to you: Sorry, but nobody's perfect. Nobody's perfect. What did you expect? I'm doing my bestRate it:

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number oneFirst; foremost; best.Rate it:

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out on the tilesI've had a pint of bitter and now I'm feeling better and I'm out on the tiles." Led Zeppelin in their song "Out on the tiles", 1970.Rate it:

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payback's a bitchUsually a complete sentence as an interjection: I am amused that someone got their revenge on you...but you certainly had it coming.Rate it:

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pièce de résistanceThe best achievement of an author or artist, representing his major life effort.Rate it:

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pick of the litterThe best person or item in a group.Rate it:

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raking in the doughIn the Depression Daze, we had 'Cupee' , 'Whitehouse' and a few 'hot dog'/Coney Island shops to rake in the dough of 'hard-put' citizens of the 1930's:Rate it:

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rediscover fireTo relearn fundamental concepts, principles or practices that had been previously well known and widely practiced at a prior time in human society.Rate it:

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robber baronEspecially in the 19th-century and early 20th-century, a business tycoon who had great wealth and influence but whose methods were morally questionable.Rate it:

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rub salt in someone's woundsTo make a painful situation even worse (even with the best of intentions).Rate it:

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rye seedCaraway seed, used whole as a flavoring in the best-known type of rye bread- often mistakenly assumed to be the rye itself.Rate it:

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short of a lengthOf a ball that pitches short of a good length; a ball that bounces closer to the bowler than the area of the pitch regarded as the best for dismissing or restricting the scoring of the batsman.Rate it:

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