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a day late and a dollar shortCome into the picture minus some necessary fundamental factors or entities.Rate it:

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a lie comes back sooner or laterYou can't run from a lie, it will return to you at some point.Rate it:

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a life of its ownAn independent existence with some characteristics of life.Rate it:

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a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go downAn otherwise unpleasant situation can be pleasant when a pleasant aspect is deliberately introduced.1999, Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253335833, page 372,One is known as the "sweetening parable," that is to say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Thus, when the aim is to preach to the people, to guide them along the "bitter," arduous path of upholding burdensome precepts and prohibitions, a tale can lighten the load, make the "medicine" easier "to swallow."2001, Maureen Reagan, First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir, Little, Brown, ISBN 0316736368, page 319,It put some fun into the tedious business of preparing for a presidential debate. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?2004, John Hoover, How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive... Without Killing Your Boss, Career Press, ISBN 1564147045, page 11,If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a barrel of laughs can wash down the big pills you might need to swallow.Rate it:

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a week from next TuesdaySome unspecified time in the future.Rate it:

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account forTo explain by relating circumstances; to show that some one, thing or members of a group are present or have been processed.Rate it:

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acquired tasteSomething that is appreciated only after having initially been regarded as unappealing or unpleasant; a person who is regarded as difficult or dislikable but of whom at least some have grown to approve.Rate it:

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act inActing in or as something. committing into some work.Rate it:

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AFFORDABLE UTILITY VEHICLEHatch back (two box) vehicle with 'utility vehicle' appearance/some features; 'donut tires', e.g. Ford Ecosport. Who Sez?Rate it:

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all and someone and allRate it:

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all well and goodBasically good, but with some shortcoming or limitation.Rate it:

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along aboutApproximately; at around some time.Rate it:

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and changeAnd some quantity, but less than the increment to the next round number.Rate it:

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and then someUsed to confirm preceding utterance, while implying that what was said or asked is an understatement.Rate it:

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as long asDepending upon some condition or requirement; provided that; if, assuming; so long as.Rate it:

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as long asWhile; for some period of time.Rate it:

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ask forTo increase the likelihood of something by persisting in some action; to invite.Rate it:

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back burnerA section of a stove used to keep some pots warm while one focuses on others.Rate it:

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balls-upSomething which becomes muddled or botched in some way.Rate it:

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bank nightAn event where patrons are enticed to buy entry tickets into some venue, for example a movie theater, with the anticipation that they will be entered into a drawing to win an amount of money if their ticket is drawn and they are on-site at the time of the winning.Rate it:

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be on the edge of one's seatTo be in suspense; to wait eagerly or anxiously for some resolution.Rate it:

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bear fruitTo succeed in some task; literally, of a tree or plant bearing fruit; figuratively in relation to any attempted task.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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beg offTo avoid, or cancel some event that one has previously arranged with someone.Rate it:

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believe inTo ascribe some powers or other attributes to.Rate it:

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better to light a single candle than to curse the darknessIn the face of bad times or hopelessness, it is more worthwhile to do some good, however small, in response than to complain about the situation.Rate it:

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biblicalIn accordance with the teachings of the Bible (according to some interpretation of the later)Rate it:

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big enchiladaSome item of high value, especially a top prize or reward.Rate it:

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blow one's chancesTo forfeit opportunities to achieve some goal.Rate it:

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borganismSome forms of government.Rate it:

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brain crampA temporary mental lapse, such as an inability to remember something, to focus one's attention, to understand something, or to perform some other mental task of which one would ordinarily be capable.Rate it:

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break the back ofTo achieve the greater part of some project.Rate it:

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bring downTo make something flying fall to the ground. Usually by firing a weapon of some kind.Rate it:

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buff outTo remove paint or light scratches from the surface by friction, wearing it out by polishing or blasting with sand or by employing some similar method.Rate it:

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burn some rubberAn expression of intent to drive ruthlessly, speedily, wildly, illegally: Express the intention to perform tasks, agendas in wild abandon, in order to impress, gain an advantage, recover lost time or missed opportunity:Rate it:

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call outTo arrange for a professional to call at your home for some purpose.Rate it:

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camel's noseA metaphor for a situation where the permitting of some small act will lead consequently to a larger undesirable act or circumstance.Rate it:

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catch some z'sTo sleep.Rate it:

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center fieldA central role in some activity that requires speed.Rate it:

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cheap-arse TuesdayThe day of the week (Tuesday) when establishments such as the cinemas, restaurants, etc, offer some of their goods and services at discounted prices.Rate it:

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checks and balancesA system for multiple parties wherein each has some control over the actions of each of the others.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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cock a snookTo spread one hand, place the thumb on the nose and wriggle some of the fingers as a gesture of disrespect.Rate it:

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come a cropperTo suffer some misfortune; to fail.Rate it:

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come down to usTo survive to the present day; to be extant in some form.Rate it:

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come in handyTo be useful or helpful, especially at some time in the future.Rate it:

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come to mention itWhat you just said reminds me of something; Used to justify a change of subject or a kind of statement that needs some kind of license.Rate it:

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conscience moneyMoney which is voluntarily paid by a party who feels guilt, and seeks to provide compensation, for some past misdeed or negligence.Rate it:

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

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crocodile tearA tear shed insincerely, in a false display of sorrow or some other emotion.Rate it:

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