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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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this, that, and the otherParticular items belonging to a large, diverse set, but items of the general kind of item indicated.Rate it:

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this, that, and the otherA wide range of actions, circumstances, characteristics, topics, or other items.Rate it:

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three score and tenA life span. The number 70 (= 60 + 10).Rate it:

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three wise monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.avoid all evil in every formRate it:

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through and throughCompletely; entirely; fundamentally.Rate it:

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throw dirt enough, and some will stickIf enough allegations are made about someone or something, then even if they are all untrue, people's opinion of the person or thing will be diminished.1759, John Wesley, letter to John Downes, Rector of St. Michael's, Wood Street, read at Wesley Center Online at [1] on 14 Oct 06.I hope...that you are ignorant of the whole affair, and are so bold only because you are blind...And blind enough; so that you blunder on through thick and thin, bespattering all that come in your way, according to the old, laudable maxim, 'Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.'1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays, read at fullbooks.com on 14 Oct 06,But whatever harm a spiteful tongue could do them, he took care should be done. Only throw dirt enough, and some will stick.1864, John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Penguin Classics (1994), p. 10,Archbishop Whately used to say Rate it:

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throw enough mud at the wall and some of it will stickTry the same thing often enough, and, even if the general standard is poor, sometimes one will be successful.Rate it:

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thus and soA generic thing; a placeholder name.Rate it:

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thus and suchA placeholder or generic name for something.Rate it:

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time and materialA form of contractual compensation involving payment for materials used and at agreed rates for the those involved in performing the services.Rate it:

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time and tideShortened form of time and tide wait for no manRate it:

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time and tide tarry for no manAlternative form of time and tide wait for no man.Rate it:

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time and tide wait for no manaction is necessary without delayRate it:

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tired and emotionalDrunk.Rate it:

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to all intents and purposesFor every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.Rate it:

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to be mixing apples and oranges.To be considering two completely different things.Rate it:

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to hell and backTo live through an extremely unpleasant, difficult, or painful experience.Rate it:

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tooth and nailViciously; with all one’s strength or power; without holding back..Rate it:

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toss and turnTo be unable to sleep because of worrying.Rate it:

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touch and goPrecarious, delicate, dangerous, risky, sensitive or of uncertain outcome.Rate it:

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touch and goTo touch bottom lightly and without damage, as a vessel in motion.Rate it:

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touch-and-goPrecarious, delicate, dangerous, risky, sensitive or of uncertain outcome.Rate it:

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town and gownOn one hand, the members of the city, borough, or similar community near a university and, on the other hand, the students and faculty of the university itself, especially when understood as rivals in a state of tension or conflict.Rate it:

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tried and trueThe expression conveys the theme that certain agendas, thrusts, actions approaches, formulas, have proven to be creditable, dependable, helpful, workable.Rate 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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