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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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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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head offTo avoid some usually negative consequence.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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I have cancerIndicates that the speaker is afflicted with some form of cancer.Rate it:

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I'm thirstyI need some water, or want something to drink.Rate it:

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IJSInitialism of I'm just saying : indicates that the accompanying statement is merely a helpful comment of some kind, and not intended to be the last word on the topic.Rate it:

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

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in the canAt a late stage of completion, generally when the actual work is done and some finalizing process must be undertaken.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 or acts as if he/she is superior in some way that the speaker disagrees with. For instance, pretending to be of a higher class or having greater authority than he/she has in reality.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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like a bull at a gatecharging into some task without much thought, taking action hastilyRate 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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magic upTo create something or cause something to come forth, by magic or by some other unexplained means.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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megoInitialism of my eyes glaze over : used to indicate the speaker's boredom or impatience with some subject or activity.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-booA 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.Rate it:

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ninguém é de ferroExpresses the belief that sometimes, or to some extent, it's normal or understandable succumbing to temptations.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 do someone any favorsTo reflect badly on or to hurt in some way.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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not wanted on voyageA phrase used on destination tags for some of a ship passengers' baggage, for goods that were to be stored in the ship's hold, rather than kept available in the passenger's cabin, or "Wanted in Stateroom"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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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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