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measure twice and cut once(literally, carpentry) One should double-check one's measurements for accuracy before cutting a piece of wood; otherwise it may be necessary to cut again, wasting time and material.1872, "Dressmaking," Hall's Journal of Health, vol. 19, no. 12, p. 280:Look at Carpenters! . . . In old times it was a proverb "Measure twice, and cut once."(figuratively, by extension) Plan and prepare in a careful, thorough manner before taking action.2008, Hilary Johnson, "Mergers rattle bank relations," Financial Week, 9 Nov. (retrieved 9 Nov. 2008):Mr. Paz noted that since the onset of the credit crisis, eBay, like other companies, hasnRate it:

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said and doneAgreed to and accomplished or finished.Rate it:

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shave and a haircutUsed other than as an idiom: see shave, haircut.Rate it:

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stop an eight-day clock and throw it into reverseBefore batteries and household electricity were used to power clocks, most clocks had to be wound by hand to keep operating. Eight-day clocks were designed so they only had to be wound every eighth day and the movement only turned in a clockwise direction. Therefore, someone with an appearance objectionable enough to stop the clock and send the movement spinning in the wrong and opposite direction would be ugly indeed.Rate it:

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there's many a slip twixt cup and lipIn any situation, however well planned, something can always go wrong.Rate it:

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you get more with a kind word and a gun than you do with a kind word aloneIt is advantageous not to rely solely on being nice.Rate it:

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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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arm and a legA relatively high price for an item or service; an exorbitant price.Rate it:

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kit and kaboodleEverything; the lot.Rate it:

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over and overRepeatedly; again and again; many times.Rate it:

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sticks and stonesEvocative of the saying "sticks and stones may (or will) break my bones, but words (or names) will never hurt (or harm) me".1957, Brendan Gill, The Day the Money StoppedRate it:

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at sixes and sevensIn a state of dispute or disagreement.Rate it:

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a little bit of bread and no cheesethe song of the yellowhammer.Rate it:

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at one's beck and callIn servitude to; at one’s command.Rate it:

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birds and beesInformal sex education, especially describing the sexual activity of animals rather than that of people.Rate it:

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for all intents and purposesFor every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.Rate it:

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it is raining cats and dogsThe cats and dogs are the rainRate it:

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kicking and screamingWith extreme reluctance.Rate it:

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out of house and homeHelping Your Dog Adjust to a New Home, The Progressive Animal Welfare Society.Rate it:

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quick-and-dirtyDone or constructed in a hasty, approximate, temporarily adequate manner, but not exact, fully formed, or reliable for a long period of time.Rate it:

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share and share alikeFor members of a group, equal portions of or equal access to tangible or intangible goods, entitlements, or obligations-i.e., each person's share like each of the other shares.Rate it:

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spic and spanPerfectly clean.Rate it:

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the three components of art are : 1. mere catharsis and cathexis, 2. (etc. )Cathexis : 2 major definitions, one being psychoanalytic in nature. Very rarely used in speech or in it's written form. Cathexis : what a fascinating word. Even the sound of it is unusual.Rate it:

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time and tide wait for no manaction is necessary without delayRate it:

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tooth and nailViciously; with all one’s strength or power; without holding back..Rate it:

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tried and trueWell-established and tested; known to work or succeed based on extensive experience.Rate it:

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X's and O'stic-tac-toeRate it:

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a blessing and a curseSomething that is both a benefit and a burden, or that may seem initially beneficial but also brings unforeseen negative consequencesRate it:

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a boon and a baneSomething that is both a benefit and an affliction.Rate it:

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a fool and his money are soon partedIt is easy to get money from foolish people, especially rich ones.Rate it:

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a hundred and ten percentA level of effort exceeding one's sustained capacity, possibly risking injury.Rate it:

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a quick drop and a sudden stopA fall to one's death, especially by hanging.Rate it:

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a scholar and a gentlemanAn admirable person.Rate it:

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above and beyondMore than is expected or required.Rate it:

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above and beyond the call of dutyExtremely heroic, more heroic that what is expected.Rate it:

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after all is said and doneAlternative form of when all is said and doneRate it:

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again and againRepeatedly.Rate it:

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alarums and excursionsAll the sounds and activities of preparations for war.Rate it:

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alarums and excursionsAny frantic activity.Rate it:

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alive and kickingHealthy; vital; in good health, particularly in opposition to unfavorable circumstances.Rate it:

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all and someone and allRate it:

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all and sundryAll, everyone.Rate it:

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all and sundryEach one.Rate it:

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all bark and no biteFull of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious.Rate it:

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all dressed up and nowhere to goElaborately attired or otherwise fully prepared for an anticipated situation or activity which, nevertheless, fails to occur.Rate it:

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all eyes and earsTo be attentive.Rate it:

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all mouth and no trousersSuperficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance.Rate it:

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all mouth and trousersSuperficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance.Rate it:

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all sixes and ninesIn a state of confusion in which everything takes on an opposite meaningRate it:

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all sizzle and no steakA thing or person which fails to measure up to its description or advanced promotion.Rate it:

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