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sick and tiredbored to the point of wearinessRate it:

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sick and tiredannoyed or frustrated with something or someone, to the point of losing one's temper or patience.Rate it:

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sick and tiredAn expression of the weary, depressed, shocked, disillusioned, disappointed, oppressed, overworked.Rate it:

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six and two threesTwo equivalent choices or situations.Rate it:

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skimp and saveAlternative form of scrimp and save.Rate it:

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skin and bonesSaid of one who is emaciated; very skinny, as from lack of nutrition.Rate it:

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smoke and mirrorsA deceptive, fraudulent, or unconvincing explanation or description.Rate it:

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snakes and laddersA children's luck-based board game played on a numbered grid, the aim of which is to proceed to the end, and in which ladders aid progress and snakes impede it.Rate it:

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snakes and laddersany situation in which people or events go forward and backward, seemingly at randomRate it:

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so on and so forthIndicates that a list continues in a similar manner.Rate it:

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so-and-soA name used to take the place of an epithet.Rate it:

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so-and-soA placeholder name, used when a name is not known; a generic name.Rate it:

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so-and-soAnything generic.Rate it:

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song and danceAn excessively complex set of instructions.Rate it:

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song and danceAn excessively elaborate story or excuse used to justify something.Rate it:

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sow the wind and reap the whirlwindAlternative form of sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.Rate it:

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spare the rod and spoil the childIf one does not discipline a child, he or she will never learn obedience and good manners.Rate it:

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speak of the devil and he appearsAlternative form of speak of the devil.Rate it:

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speak of the devil and he shall appearAlternative form of speak of the devil.Rate it:

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speak softly and carry a big stickDo not boast or utter verbal threats, but do make others aware that you are prepared to use physical force if necessary.Rate it:

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spic and spanPerfectly clean.Rate it:

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spick and spanAlternative form of spick-and-span.Rate it:

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spick-and-spanClean, spotless; original sense "like new".Rate it:

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spit-and-polishPaying much attention to outward appearance.Rate it:

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spit-shined and polishedShaved, showered, shoes shined, fresh clothing, nicely dressed and dashed with cologne.Rate it:

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sticks and stonesEvocative of the saying "sticks and stones may (or will) break my bones, but words (or names) will never hurt (or harm) me".1957, Brendan Gill, The Day the Money StoppedRate it:

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stop and smell the rosesTo relax; to take time out and enjoy or appreciate life.Rate it:

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straight and narrowA path of honesty; procedure according to rules and plans.Rate it:

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stuff and nonsenserubbish, foolishness, poppycockRate it:

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such-and-suchA placeholder or generic thing.Rate it:

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sugar and spiceExcerpt from a common nursery rhyme "What are little girls made of?"Rate it:

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summer and winterEndured.Rate it:

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summer and winterTo spend extended periods of time with; to test.Rate it:

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sweetness and lightThat which is good, pure, pleasant, etc.Rate it:

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swings and roundaboutsOffsetting gains and losses.Rate it:

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sword and sandalOf or pertaining to a genre of books or films relating fantasy-adventure tales involving heroic exploits in ancient or biblical times.Rate it:

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sword and sorceryOf or pertaining to a genre of narratives—including short stories, novels, television shows, films, and computer games—which combines wizardry and other fantastical supernatural elements with violent combat using medieval weaponry..Rate it:

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take a licking and keep on tickingTo be tough; to have endurance; to have the capacity to absorb stress or damage, but still be able to function.Rate it:

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take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselvesAlternative form of take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.Rate it:

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take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselvesIf you take care of little things one at a time, they can add up to big things.1750, Chesterfield, letter 5 Feb. (1932) IV. 1500:Old Mr. Lowndes, the famous Secretary of the Treasury, ?used to say?Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.1912, G. B. Shaw, Pygmalion ii. 132:Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves is as true of personal habits as of money.1979, R. Cassilis, Arrow of God, iv. xvii.:Little things, Master Mally. Look after the pennies, Master Mally, and the pounds will look after themselves.1999, Rate it:

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take one's ball and go homeTo cease participating in an activity that has turned to one's disadvantage, especially out of spite, or in a way that prevents others from participating as well.Rate it:

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take the cash and let the credit goExploit and enjoy the opportunities and pleasures available here and now and do not invest effort pursuing prospective future gratifications.Rate it:

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talk softly and carry a big stickAlternative form of speak softly and carry a big stick.Rate it:

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the long and shortThe gist; the essence or substance; the most important or salient features.Rate it:

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the long and short of itThe most reasonable explanation, closest to the real facts in the matter.Rate it:

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the long and short of itThe gist; the essence or substance; the most important or salient features; said of a summary or digest.Rate it:

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the whole world and his dogEverybody; too many people; a huge crowd.Rate it:

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then and thereRight at that moment in time.Rate it:

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there and backOne or for a round trip journey, literal or figurative.Rate it:

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thick and thinBoth good and bad times.Rate it:

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