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bed blockerAn elderly hospitalized person who is too infirm to return home but not sufficiently ill to necessitate continued hospitalization, creating a situation in which his or her hospital stay is prolonged while authorities or relatives search for a suitable placement amid the scarce resources of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.Rate it:

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below parNot up to the average or normal standard.Rate it:

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below the beltUnfair; dirty; not according to the generally accepted rules.Rate it:

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bene lightmansGood day; a greeting said in the morning or daytime.Rate it:

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best-kept secretSomething interesting or important but not well-known.Rate it:

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better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stickBetter than nothing; not unsatisfactory but also not a reason for enthusiastic excitement.Rate it:

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bitch outTo not do something out of fear; chicken out.Rate it:

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bite the big oneo break down; to be impossible to repair or not worth repairing.Rate it:

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black beetleA common name for many species of beetle that are black in color, including:The African black beetle, Hetronychus arator, a serious pest of grasses in New Zealand.The Asiatic rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, a pest of palm trees in tropical Asia.The European species Feronia nigrita.Rate it:

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black rideranother name for "Famine", one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.Rate it:

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blank outTo become blank.To temporarily lose memoryHe blanked out five minutes into the meeting.I'm blanking out on your name, I'm afraid.Rate it:

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blast from the pastSomething or someone that a person has not seen for a long time and that which evokes nostalgic feelings.Rate it:

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blood is thicker than waterFamily relations and loyalties are stronger than relationships with people who are not family members.1866, Anthony Trollope, The Belton Estate, ch. 30,Blood is thicker than water, is it not? If cousins are not friends, who can be?circa 1915, Lucy Fitch Perkins, The Scotch Twins, ch. 5,The old clans are scattered now, but blood is thicker than water still, and you're welcome to the fireside of your kinsman!Rate it:

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bloom is off the roseBusiness is not going well for a particular identified firm or industry, or the overall economy has taken a downturn.Rate it:

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blue-sky thinkingThinking that is not grounded or in touch in the realities of the present.Rate it:

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BNIInitialism of batteries not included.Rate it:

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boots on the groundThe ground forces actually fighting in a war or conflict, rather than troops not engaged or other military action such as air strikes.Rate it:

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borrowed timeA period of time whose precise duration is not known but which can be expected to be quite limited, and at the end of which one's situation, benefits, or opportunities will be entirely terminated.Rate it:

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break the SabbathTo violate the holiness or sanctity of the Sabbath by not keeping it holy.Rate it:

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bridgeAn edge which, if removed, changes a connected graph to one that is not connected.Rate it:

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bring owls to athensPerhaps we have not been sufficiently aware that talking about access and its implications in Scandinavia is like bringing owls to Athens. — Herbert Burkert.Rate it:

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BroadwayA street name, typically for a wide road; a broad way.Rate it:

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BroadwayA place name for a settlement which grew up around such a road. For example, Broadway, Worcestershire, Broadway, Somerset.Rate it:

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bucket of boltsA piece of machinery that is not worth more than its scrap value, often of old cars.Rate it:

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bulk billTo invoice the government or insurer, and not the patient, for medical expenses incurred at a general practitioner or other medical service provider.Rate it:

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bun fightAn altercation, especially one which is chaotic, not terribly serious, or outright ridiculous.Rate it:

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burn offTo fill with programming not suitable for its original purpose.Rate it:

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burn the candle at both endsTo work hard night and day.Rate it:

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bury one's head in the sandTo deliberately ignore the reality of a situation; to pretend a problem does not exist.Rate it:

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busted flushA potential flush which ultimately was not filled.Rate it:

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busy workWork or activity performed with the intention or result of occupying time, and not necessarily to accomplish something productive; routine work of low priority undertaken for the sake of avoiding idleness.Rate it:

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but for the grace of GodWere it not for God's help, someone could have suffered that outcome.Rate it:

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by no meansCertainly not; definitely not.Rate it:

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by no stretch of the imaginationNot by any means; in no sense.Rate it:

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by the wayIncidentally; a parenthetical statement not timely, central, or crucial to the topic at hand; foregone, passed by, something that has already happened.Rate it:

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cakewalkSomething that is easy or simple, or that does not present a great challenge.Rate it:

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call outYell, Scream, Bellow, or utilize P.A. system or any viable means to summon HELP or summon individuals by name, number I.D. rating, rank, or any viable identifier.Rate it:

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calm as a millpondVery calm, not choppyRate it:

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can of wormsA troublesome situation; an issue whose resolution is difficult or contentious, but not necessarily complex.Rate it:

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carpe diemSeize the DAYRate it:

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carpe diem crasseize the day tomorrow, make the most of tomorrowRate it:

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case closedThe above is meant as final, not subject to amendation or variation.Rate it:

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cash upto count the money taken by a business at the end of the day.Rate it:

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cast pearls before swineTo give things of value to those who will not understand or appreciate it.Rate it:

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castle in the airA visionary project or scheme; a day-dream; an idle fancy; a pipe dream; any plan, desire, or idea that is unlikely to be ever realized; a near impossibility.Rate it:

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cat got someone's tongueWhy are you not saying anything?.Rate it:

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catch a buzzTo become slightly inebriated, but not yet be drunk.Rate it:

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catch someone with one's hand in the cookie jarTo catch someone taking something that he or she is not entitled to.Rate it:

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caution - slippery when wetWarning, often in the form of a sign, that people should pay attention when walking on a wet and slippery ground not to fall down and get injured.Rate it:

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cease and desistTo stop and not resume an action.Rate it:

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