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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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open the floodgatesTo allow some action to proceed more swiftly or to a greater extentRate 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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pissing matchA pointless competition, dispute or conflict, often over some trivial matter.Rate it:

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pissing warAn immature dispute over some trivial matter.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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plough intoTo engage in some activity with vigorRate 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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rise over runA mnemonic for remembering that the slope of a non-vertical line is the ratio of the amount it rises over some interval, over the length of that interval.Rate it:

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rule onTo make a decision in an official capacity regarding some matter.Rate it:

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same, same, but differentIt's the same thing, but with some differences.Rate it:

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say it allTo express the essential characteristics of a person, thing, or situation in a concise, well-crafted turn of phrase or in some other pithy manner.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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serve outTo serve the whole of some period.Rate it:

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set aboutTo initiate or begin some action.Rate it:

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shitting matchA pointless competition, dispute or conflict, often over some trivial matter.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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show who's bossTo demonstrate that one is dominant over or superior to someone; to establish that one has control of some device or intractable object.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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sign outTo sign one's name as an indication that one is leaving some location; to take some action to indicate one is leaving a secured program or web page on a computer.Rate it:

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sign upTo agree to purchase some good or service.Rate it:

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slice of the pieA portion of some desirable resource or reward.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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