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take one's lumpsTo endure through criticism or other adversity.Rate it:

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take one's lumpsTo receive physical abuse and to survive.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 leave of one's sensesTo go crazy; to stop behaving rationally.Rate it:

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take matters into one's own handsTo deal with a problem alone, because others responsible have failed to deal with it.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 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 one's chanceTo act in a manner dependent on luck.Rate it:

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take one's eye off the ballTo lose one's concentration on what is most important.Rate it:

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take one's hat off toTo publicly praise or thank.Rate it:

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take one's leaveSay goodbye.Rate it:

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take one's pickTo choose; to selectRate it:

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take one's timeTo go about something slowly and carefully.Rate it:

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take one's timeTo take more time to do something than is considered acceptable.Rate it:

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take one's tongue out of someone's assTo stop flattering someone (especially a superior) in an obsequious manner, and to support their every opinion.Rate it:

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take something in one's strideNot to allow oneself to be set back, daunted, upset or embarrassed by unpleasant or undesirable circumstances.Rate it:

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take the law into one's own handsTo punish someone according to one's own idea of justice and without consideration for the role of law enforcement authorities.Rate it:

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take to one's heelsTo leave; especially, to flee or run away.Rate it:

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cut off one's nose to spite one's faceTo harm oneself as a result of attempting to harm an adversary.Rate it:

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damned if one does and damned if one doesn'tA dilemma where either choice results in a negative outcome.Rate it:

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one small step for man, one giant leap for mankindWords spoken by Neil Armstrong when taking the first steps on the moon.Rate it:

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put one's money where one's mouth isMore generally, to take an obvious stake in the truth of a claim that one is making.Rate it:

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all of one's taste is in one's mouthAlternative form of all one's taste is in one's mouthRate it:

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all one's eggs in one basketDevoting all of one’s resources to one thing.Rate it:

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all one's eggs in one basketInvesting heavily in just one area.Rate it:

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all one's taste is in one's mouthOne lacks good taste in aesthetic or cultural matters.Rate it:

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cut one's coat according to one's clothLive according to your means.Rate it:

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have one's head up one's assTo be oblivious to the real state of things, from either stupidity or stubbornness.Rate it:

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have one's mind about oneTo be composed or lucid.Rate it:

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have one's wits about oneTo remain calm, composed, or aware.Rate it:

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have one's work cut out for oneTo face a large task or project.Rate it:

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it takes one to know oneThe person criticizing is as bad as the person being criticized.Rate it:

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keep one on one's toesTo keep one attentive, active, busy or alert.Rate it:

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keep one's cards close to one's chestTo avoid revealing one's thoughts, circumstances, or plans.Rate it:

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one by oneIndividually in succession; one at a time.Rate it:

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one can run but one can't hideThere is nothing someone can do to evade something.You can run but you can't hide.Rate it:

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one can't hold two watermelons in one handdo not attempt to take on more than you can handleRate it:

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one could do it in one's sleepSaid of something that can be done very easily.Rate it:

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one for all, all for oneEach individual should act for the benefit of the group, and the group should act for the benefit of each individual.Rate it:

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one small step for man, one giant leap for mankindA cliché used to exaggerate an accomplishment or milestone..Rate it:

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one's bark is worse than one's biteThe individual acts threatening but is relatively harmless.Rate it:

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one's got to do what one's got to doA person must do what he or she feels obliged to do.Rate it:

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one's heart in one's mouthvery scaredRate it:

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put all one's eggs in one basketRather than diversifying.Rate it:

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put one through one's pacesTo direct a horse to walk, canter, trot, etc.Rate it:

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put one through one's pacesTo test several or all functions or training of a person, animal, machine, etc.Rate it:

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put one's foot in one's mouthTo misspeak; to say something embarrassing or wrong.Rate it:

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put one's money where one's mouth isTo make or take a bet.Rate it:

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put one's pants on one leg at a timeTo be a normal person.Rate it:

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