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on specI'm writing an article on spec. I hope some magazine will buy it.Rate it:

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on the clockWorking at one's job; occupied in some manner during one's hours of remunerated employment.Rate it:

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on the edge of one's seatIn suspense; waiting eagerly or anxiously for some resolution.Rate it:

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on the makeActively seeking an opportunity for self-advancement; eager to ingratiate oneself to others in order to secure some advantage.Rate it:

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on the wagonBy extension, maintaining a program of self-improvement or abstinence from some other undesirable habit.Rate it:

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on the wholeFor the most part; apart from some insignificant details.Rate it:

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one of these daysOne day, some day (especially in warning of a negative consequence).Rate it:

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one's days are numberedSome period of time, such as a term of employment or a lifetime, is coming to an end.Rate it:

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ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny(biology, social sciences, art, philosophy) The physical, cultural, moral, or intellectual development of each individual passes through stages similar to the developmental stages of that individual's species, society, or civilization.1905, J. A. Harris, "The Importance of Investigations of Seedling Stages," Science, New Series, vol. 22, no. 554, p. 186:With reference to seedling stages the statement that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny must be made with great reserve.1961, M. E. Wolfgang, "Pioneers in Criminology: Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909)," The Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science, vol. 52, no. 4, p. 367:Haeckel maintained that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, and this idea was incorporated by Lombroso into his parallelism between the criminal and the child.2002, B. S. Jackson, "Models in Legal History: The Case of Biblical Law," Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 18, no. 1, p. 11:For even if we accept that "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny," those responsible for the drafting of ancient legal documents were not children, and are hardly to be endowed with some form of infantile mentality.Rate it:

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open seasonA situation in which or period of time during which some activity or circumstance routinely occurs.Rate it:

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out of house and homeIn a manner that deprives one of dwelling or some aspect thereof.Rate it:

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out of itNot participating in some trend or group.Rate it:

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out on one's earFired, dismissed or thrown out, especially for some wrongdoing or otherwise with disgrace.Rate it:

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outer coreThe hot liquid material found near the centre of some planets, distinct from the solid inner core.(geology) The part of the Earth between the mantle and inner core, responsible for generating the planet's magnetic field.Rate it:

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outside worldThe rest of the world outside of some closed, restricted, or remote environment.Rate it:

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pay through the noseTo pay a high price, especially an exorbitant or excessive amount, either in money or in some other manner.Rate it:

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Peter Pan syndromeThe supposed psychological phenomenon of immaturity among some men and women, who, like the fictional character, remain childish and fail to assume appropriate adult social roles and responsibilities.Rate it:

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piece of the actionA portion of the monetary gains or other benefits produced by some venture or activity; a share of participation in a venture or activity.Rate it:

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play dumbTo pretend to be slow-witted or lacking in specific knowledge, usually in order to avoid responsibility or to gain some advantage.Rate it:

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pleased as punchan expression of gratitude, joy, appreciation for some gift, service, reward, special treatment.Rate it:

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polite fictionA social scenario in which all participants are aware of a truth, but pretend to believe in some alternative version of events to avoid conflict or embarrassment.Rate it:

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possession is nine-tenths of the lawOne who has possession of a thing has some right to it; a popular statement of the doctrine of adverse possession.Rate it:

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pray tellExpressing incredulity, please explain (some claim or position the speaker doubts).Rate it:

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purple stateSomewhat whimsical synonym for swing state. (In the modern United States) a state that may support the Democratic or Republican Party (purple states, states that vote for Democratic or Republican Party in general, being red states in some given elections and blue states in other given elections).Rate it:

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push one's luckTo take an excessive risk or to attempt some task unlikely to succeed, especially after having already been unexpectedly lucky.Rate it:

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put one's name in the hatTo run in an election or to nominate oneself for consideration in some other selection process; to nominate someone other than oneself for such consideration.Rate it:

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put the cat among the pigeonsProfessor Stephen Hawking put the cat among the pigeons last week with his cheery remarks about comet Machholz-2, which some astronomers believe could be heading our way. — The Times, 19 September 1994.Rate it:

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put through the wringerTo interrogate or scrutinize closely; to subject to some trial or ordeal.Rate it:

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quiche-eaterA man who is effeminate or who lacks some putative masculine virtueRate it:

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rake togetherTo collect, assemble or gather small amounts (especially of money), from various sources, with some difficultyRate it:

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read outTo read some data and inform the person using the device.Rate it:

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scratch togetherTo collect, assemble or gather small amounts (especially of money), from various sources, with some difficultyRate it:

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see a manTo take one's leave for some urgent purpose, especially to go to the bathroom.Rate it:

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shoot off at the mouthTo disclose some information that was supposed to be secret.Rate it:

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show the flagTo represent one's country or some other group in a manner intended to suggest the authority or importance of that country or group.Rate it:

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sign inTo take some action to access a secured program or web page on a computer; to log in.Rate it:

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slip intoTo put on some clothes rapidly.Rate it:

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slippery slopeA logical argument that follows a chain of events or causes and effects to some conclusion.Rate it:

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snatch the pebbleTo fully grasp the meaning of a concept or developed a skill to a high degree of proficiency, often that rivals some specific expert.Rate it:

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

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somewhere along the lineAt some unspecified time; eventually or once; at some point.Rate it:

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stalking horseA person, thing, or expedient used in a deceptive manner, to achieve some hidden purpose; a pretext or ruse.Rate it:

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stick it to the manTo take some action intended to defy a source of oppression such as globalization, commercialization, big business or government.Rate it:

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sticking pointA disputed issue or state of affairs that causes an interruption or outright impasse in progress towards some goal or resolution, especially in negotiation or argumentation.Rate it:

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tag teamTwo or more people or groups acting alternately to accomplish some task.Rate it:

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take fiveTo take a five-minute break from some activity, take a short break from some activity.Rate it:

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take it awayTo begin, especially used to launch a performance of some sort (usually imperative and/or exclamatory).Rate it:

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take one for the teamTo accept some chore or hardship for the sake of one's friends or colleagues.Rate it:

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take the baitTo accept something offered, especially secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.Rate it:

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teething troublesSmall problems such as are to be expected with some any new and untried system or product.Rate it:

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