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factor spaceA space obtained from another by identification of points that are equivalent to one another in some equivalence relation.Rate it:

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facts on the groundSome aspects of the situation in a particular location.Rate it:

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feed a cold, starve a feverEating more will cure the common cold, and eating less will cure a fever.1887, J. H. Whelan, "The Treatment of Colds.", The Practitioner, vol. 38, pg. 180:"Feed a cold, starve a fever." There is a deal of wisdom in the first part of this advice. A person with a catarrh should take an abundance of light nutritious food, and some light wine, but avoid spirits, and above all tobacco.1968, Katinka Loeser, The Archers at Home, publ. Atheneum, New York, pg. 60:I have a cold. 'Feed a cold, starve a fever.' You certainly know that.2009, Shelly Reuben, Tabula Rasa, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ISBN 015101079X, pg. 60:They say feed a cold, starve a fever, but they don't tell you what to do when you got both, so I figured scrambled eggs, tea, and toast.Rate it:

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first among equalsA person or position that if formally equivalent to others in a group, but is superior in some attribute.Rate it:

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flag downUse a flag or some kind of signal to get the attention of someone.Rate it:

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full-fledgedHaving all its feathers; able to fly.Rate it:

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get a leg upTo gain some advantage; to get a head start.Rate it:

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get inTo be elected to some office.Rate it:

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get off the dimetake some action; make progressRate it:

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get the driftTo understand, at least at some basic or general level.Rate it:

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give or takeApproximately; plus or minus some unknown amount.Rate it:

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go to workTo begin performing some task or work.Rate it:

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good to goReady for some specific task or ready for normal activity, especially after preparation or recovery.Rate it:

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grain of saltA bit of common sense and skepticism. Generally used in some form of to take with a grain of salt.Rate it:

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grow a pairTo be brave; to show some courage, especially in a situation in which one has so far failed to do so.Rate it:

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gum upTo cause to be gooey or gummy, especially with the effect of obstructing the operation of some mechanism or process.Rate it:

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heads will rollSome people will be fired for incompetence.Rate it:

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hide one's light under a bushelFor a person to keep some talent or skill hidden from other people. The tone is that a person having a talent which they can be proud of ought not hide it.Rate it:

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historical figureA person who lived long ago, usually of some historical note or importance.Rate it:

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hold offTo delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).Rate it:

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in bedLying on a bed, especially under some bedsheets.Rate it:

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inner coreThe solid material found in the centre of some planets at extremely high temperature and pressure, distinct from the liquid outer core.(geology) The innermost part of the Earth, believed to be made of a nickel-iron alloy.Rate it:

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it takes two to tangoSome things need the active cooperation of two parties; blame is to be laid on both parties in a conflict.Rate it:

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it's all grist to the millEverything referred to in the present context has some sort of use.1999, Simon Blackburn, Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy (Oxford University Press paperback, ISBN 0199690871), ch. 7 section 6: "KantRate it:

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John Q. PublicA generic individual; some hypothetical average or ordinary citizen.Rate it:

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jumped-upDescribes a person who thinks he is superior in some way that the speaker disagrees with. For instance, of a higher class, or has more authority than they have in reality.Rate it:

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kettle of fishA situation which is recognized as different from or as an alternative to some other situation, and which is not necessarily unfavorable.Rate it:

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knock on woodTo take a customary action to ward off some misfortune that is believed to be attracted my a presumptuous statement.Rate it:

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last wordThe finest, highest, or ultimate representative of some class of objects.Rate it:

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lay oddsTo offer a bet in which one stands more to lose than the opponent; or a bet in some other way favourable to the opponent.Rate it:

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lead timeThe amount of time between the initiation of some process and its completion, e.g. the time required to manufacture or procure a product; the time required before something can be provided or delivered.Rate it:

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look what the cat's dragged inUsed as an ironic acknowledgement of someone's arrival, especially to imply that they are unwelcome or disagreeable in some way.Rate it:

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Main StreetThe generic street name (and often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in the United States, Canada, Ireland, some parts of Scotland and also in some countries in central Europe.Rate it:

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make a meal ofTo spend more time and energy on some task than it warrants; to make something overly complicated.Rate it:

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market dayThe day of the week in which a market is held in some particular location.Rate it:

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mince wordsTo restrain oneself in a conversation by withholding some comments or using euphemisms.Rate it:

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monkey businessWasting time, or effort, on some foolish project.Rate it:

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mover and shakerSomeone who has power and influence in some field or activity.Rate it:

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music to one's earSome unexpected good news; a favorable outcome after some initial confusion or delay.Rate it:

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music to someone's earsSome good news; a spoken expression or a sound which is pleasing; a welcome remark or information.Rate it:

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na-na na-na boo-boo[c. mid 20th century?] A taunt or putdown, typically used to indicate that the speaker believes he or she has beaten the listener in a competition or is better in some other way or in a general sense; or an expression of satisfaction that the listener has received some supposedly deserved minor punishment or misfortune (a schadenfreude).Rate it:

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no pain, no gainOne must be willing to endure some inconvenience or discomfort in order to achieve worthwhile goals.Rate it:

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nose out of jointAn emotional state where someone is in a bad mood because he/she has been offended by or taken exception (objected) to some action.Rate it:

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not the sharpest knife in the drawerNot always understood, ignorant along some lines, don't always get the drift of it.Rate it:

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off the gridIsolated; in a remote location; in seclusion; not participating in some official process or system.Rate it:

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off to the racesIn or into a process of energetic engagement in some activity; in or into a phase of conspicuously increasing satisfaction or success.Rate it:

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oh dark hundredSome unspecified hour in the early morning.Rate it:

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oh dark thirtySome unspecified hour in the early morning.Rate it:

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old schoolCharacteristic of a style, outlook, or method employed in a former era, remembered either as inferior to the current style, or alternately, remembered nostalgically as superior or preferable to the new style, the older denoting something that would be considered out of date or out of fashion to some, but as such, is considered by others as cool and hip.Rate it:

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on a kickHaving a period of enthusiasm towards some activity.Rate it:

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