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  • A HOT POTATO - Speak of an issue which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed
  • ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS - People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
  • A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS - A way of asking what someone is thinking
  • AN ARM AND A LEG - Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money.
  •  ADD INSULT TO INJURY - To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
  • A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER - Being angry about something that happened in the past; a grudge.
  • AT THE DROP OF A HAT - Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
  • A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTEDIt’s easy for someone acting foolish to lose  - his/her money through carelessness or by being tricked.
  • A DIME A DOZEN : - When something is extremely common and simple to acquire
  •  AN ARM AND A LEG - Something that is extremely expensive; an idiom meaning the price paid was costly, excessively so.
  • A PIECE OF CAKE :- A task that is simple to complete; similar to the common phrase “as easy as pie.”
  • A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH - Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might losing everything.
  • ALL GREEK TO ME - When something is incomprehensible due to complexity.
  • A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER - Being upset for something that happened in the past
  • A BLESSING IN DISGUISE - Something good that isn’t recognized by first
  • A BULL IN CHINA SHOP - One who causes damage
  • A DOUBTING THOMAS - A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something
  • A DAMP SQUIB - Complete failure
  • A DIME A DOZEN - Anything that is common and easy to get
  • A GENTLEMAN AT LARGE - An unreliable person
  • A GREEN HORN - Inexperienced
  • A DROP IN THE BUCKET - A very small part of something big or whole
  • A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE EASILY PARTED - It’s easy for a foolish person to lose his/ her money
  • A LOST CAUSE - A hopeless case, a person or situation having no hope of positive change
  • A MAN OF STRAW - A weak person
  • A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND - Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.
  • A LEOPARD CAN’T CHANGE HIS SPOTS - You cannot change who you are
  • A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS - A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words
  • A MARE’S NEST - A false invention
  • A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED - By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little)
  • A STEAL - Very inexpensive, a bargain
  • A TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE - When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others
  • A PIECE OF CAKE - A task that can be accomplished very easily
  • A SLAP ON THE WRIST - A very mild punishment
  • A STALKING HORSE - Pretence
  • ABOVE ALL - Mainly, especially
  • ABOVE BOARD - Fair and honest
  • A TOSS-UP - A result hat is still unclear and can go either way
  • A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING - A dangerous person pretending harmless
  • ABC - Very common knowledge about to Ready to, just going to
  • ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE - Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is
  • ACCORDING TO - In the order of; on the authority of
  • ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS IT'S - better to actually do something than hust talk about it
  • ALL ALONG - All the time, from the beginning (without change)
  • AGAINST THE CLOCK - Rushed and short on time
  • ALL (DAY, WEEK, MONTH, YEAR) LONG - The entire day, week, month, year
  • ALL GREEK TO ME - Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak
  • ALL AND SUNDRY - Without making any distinction
  • ALL BARK AND NO BITE - When someone is threatening and/ or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight
  • ALL OF A SUDDEN - Suddenly, without warning (All at once)
  • ALL RIGHT - Acceptable, fine; yes, okay
  • ALL IN ALL - Considering everything
  • ALL IN THE SAME BOAT - When everyone is facing the same challenges
  • AN AXE TO GRIND - To have a dispute with someone
  • AN EYE WASH - A pretence
  • ALPHA AND OMEGA - First and last letter of Greek alphabet, means beginning and end
  • AN ARM AND A LEG - Very expensive, A large amount of money
  • AS A MATTER OF FACT - Really, actually (also: as to)
  • AS FOR - Regarding, concerning (also: as to)
  • AN IRON HAND - By force
  • APPLE TO MY EYE - Someone who is cherished above all others
  • AS USUAL - as is the general case, as is typical
  • AT ALL - To any degree (also: in the least)
  • AS HIGH AS A KITE - Anything that is high up in the sky
  • AS SOON AS - Just after, when
  • AT LEAST - A minimum of, no fewer (or less) than
  • AT ODDS - In dispute
  • AT HEART - Basically, fundamentally
  • AT LAST - Finally, after a long time
  • AT SIXES AND SEVEN - Persons who are having different opinions
  • AT THE DROP OF A HAT - Willing to do something immediately
  • BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE - Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
  • BE GLAD TO SEE THE BACK OF - Be happy when a person leaves.
  • BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD - When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.
  • BALL IS IN YOUR COURT - It is up to you to make the next decision or step
  •  BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD - A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
  • BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW - To take on a task that is way to big.
  • BEAT AROUND THE BUSH - Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
  • BEST OF BOTH WORLDS - All the advantages.
  • BACK TO SQUARE ONE - To go back to the beginning; a popular saying that suggests a person has to start over.
  • BLESSING IN DISGUISE - Something good that isn't recognized at first.
  • BURN THE MIDNIGHT OIL - To work late into the night alluding to the time before electric lighting.
  •  BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE - Being faced with two difficult choices; a dilemma.
  • BEATING A DEAD HORSE - Something that is seen as futile; a popular saying used to describe how bringing up older issues that have already been resolved is pointless.
  • BACK AND CALL - At the service
  • BACK AND FORTH - In a backward and forward motion
  • BREAK THE ICE - Breaking down a social stiffness or awkwardness.
  • BURST YOUR BUBBLE - To ruin someone’s happy moment or mood, usually by telling them disappointing news or information act To the Drawing Board Similar to the phrase above, it means starting over again from a previously failed attempt.
  • BACK SEAT DRIVER - People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice
  • COSTS AN ARM AND A LEG - This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
  • CROSS THAT BRIDGE WHEN YOU COME TO IT - Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
  • CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER - Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
  • CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO STOOLS - When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
  • CUT CORNERS - When something is done badly to save money.
  • CUT THE MUSTARD - To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate
  • CRY OVER SPILT MILK - When you complain about a loss from the past.
  • CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT - Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
  • CUP OF JOE - A cup of joe is an American nickname for a cup of coffee.
  • CUT TO THE CHASE - To get to the point, leaving out all of the unnecessary details. Similar to popular sayings such as “beating around the bush.”
  • CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR - Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.
  •  CRY WOLF - Lying; a common phrase meaning someone is calling for help when it’s not really needed.
  • DON'T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB - You are not very good at something You could definitely not do it professionally.
  • DON'T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET - Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
  • DEVIL'S ADVOCATE - To present a counter-argument
  • DON'T COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THE EGGS HAVE HATCHED - This idiom is used to express "Don't make plans for something that might not happen".
  • DRASTIC TIMES CALL FOR DRASTIC MEASURES - When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions. Elvis has left the building The show has come to an end. It's all over.
  • EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING - Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days. Far cry from ,Very different from.
  • FACE-TO-FACE - Direct, personal; directly, personally (written without hyphens)
  • FAIR AND WIDE - Equal opportunity to all
  • FEEL A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER - Feeling slightly ill. Give the benefit of the doubt ; Believe someone's statement, without proof.
  • FABIAN POLICY - Policy of delaying decisions
  • FIELD DAY - An enjoyable day or circumstance
  • FIFTY- FIFTY - Divided into two equal parts
  • FAR AND WIDE - Every where
  • FEW AND FAR BETWEEN - Not frequent, unusual, rare
  • Fire and BRIMSTONE - A very tasty food or meal
  • FIRE AND FURY - Fearful penalties
  • FIRST AND FOREMOST - Extreme enthusiasm
  • FINDING YOUR FEET - To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing
  • FINGER LICKING GOOD - To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing
  • FLASH IN THE PAN - Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to Deliver
  • FISHY: DOUBTFUL - Highest priority
  • FIXED IN YOUR WAYS - Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something
  • FLIP THE BIRD - To raise your middle finger at someone
  • FOAM AT THE MOUTH - To be enraged and show it
  • FLEA MARKET - A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods
  • FLESH AND BLOOD - This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to human nature
  • FOOT THE BILL - Bear expenses
  • FOR GOOD - Permanently, forever
  • FOOLS’ GOLD - Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold
  • FOR THE TIME BEING - Temporarily (also: for now)
  • FREE AND EASY - Natural and simple
  • FROM NOW ON - From this time into the fu
  • FOR ONCE - This one time, for only one time
  • FOR SURE - Without doubt (also: for certain) ture
  • FULL MONTY - This idiom can mean either, “The whole thing” or “Completely nude”
  • FUNNY FARM - A mental institutional facility
  • FROM RAGS TO RICHES - To go from very poor to being very wealthy
  • FUDDY- DUDDY - An old-fashioned and foolish type of person
  • GET OVER IT - To move beyond something that is bothering you
  • GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED - Someone who is having a horrible day
  • GALL AND WORMWOOD - Source of irritation
  • GET DOWN TO BRASS TACKS - To become serious about something
  • GIVE AND TAKE - Compromise, cooperation between people
  • GIVE HIM THE SLIP - To get away from, to escape
  • GET YOUR WALKING PAPERS - Get fired from the job
  • GIRD UP THE LOIN - To be ready
  • GO FOR BROKE - To gamble everything you have
  • GO OUT ON A LIMB - Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/ something
  • GIVE IN - Surrender
  • GO DOWN LIKE A LEAD BALLOON - To be received badly by an audience
  • GRAVEYARD SHIFT - Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8.00
  • GO THE EXTRA MILE - Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand
  • GOOD SAMARITAN - Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for
  • GREEN ROOM - The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a TV or radio show
  • GUT FEELING - A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right
  • GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE - Intelligent people think like each other
  • HARD AND FAST - Certain
  • HARD OF HEARING - Partially deaf, not able to hear well
  • HAD BETTER - Should, ought to, be advisable to
  • HAND A GLOVES - Very intimate friends
  • HAUGHTY AND NAUGHTY - Arrogant and naughty
  • HAVE AN AXE TO GRIND - To have a dispute with someone
  • HASTE MAKES WASTE - Quickly doing things results in a poor ending
  • HAT TRICK - When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game.
  • HE LOST HIS HEAD - Angry and overcome by emotions
  • HEAD AND SHOULDER - Superior
  • HAVE GOT - To have, to possess
  • HAVE GOT TO - Must (also: have to)
  • HELL IN A HAND BASKET - Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster
  • HELTER SHELTER - Here and there
  • HEAD OVER HEELS - Very excited and/ or joyful, especially when in love
  • HEART AND SOUL - With full devotion
  • HIGH ON THE HOG - Living in luxury
  • HIT BELOW THE BELT - Contrary the principles of fairness
  • HERCULEAN TASK - A tedious job
  • HIGH FIVE - Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture
  • HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD - Do something exactly right or say something exactly right
  • HIT THE SACK - Go to bed or go to sleep
  • HIT THE BOOKS - To study, especially for a test or exam
  • HIT THE HAY - Go to bed or go to sleep
  • HOLD YOUR HORSES - Be patient
  • HOLE AND CORNER POLICY - A secret policy for an evil purpose
  • HITHER AND THITHER - Here and there
  • HOCUS POCUS - In general, a term used in magic or trickery
  • HUE AND CRY - Great noise
  • HUSH MONEY - A bribe
  • HORNET’S NEST - Raise controversy
  • ONE IF IT’S NOT THING, IT’S ANOTHER - When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another.
  • ICING ON THE CAKE - When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already Have.
  • IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVIL’S TOOLS- You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do
  • IN CASE - In order to be prepared if the meaning is in order to be prepared if something happens
  • ILL AT EASE - Uncomfortable or worried in a situation
  • IN A HURRY - Hurried, rushed (also: in a rush)
  • IN NO TIME - Very quickly, rapidly
  • IN THE BAG - To have something secured
  • IN HAND - Under firm control, well managed
  • IN LIKE FLYNN - To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic
  • IN THE WORST WAY - Very much, greatly
  • IN TIME TO - Before the time necessary to do something
  • IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT - Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment
  • IN THE LONG RUN - Eventually, after a long period of time
  • IN YOUR FACE - An aggressive and bold confrontation
  • INS AND OUTS - Full detail
  • IN TOUCH - Having contact
  • IN VAIN - Useless, without the desired result
  • IT FIGURES - It seems likely, reasonable, or typical
  • IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO - A two person conflict where both people are at fault
  • INSIDE OUT - With the inside facing the outside
  • INTENTS AND PURPOSES - Practically
  • IVORY TOWER - Imaginary world
  • IVY LEAGUE - Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following universities: Columbia,
  • IT’S A SMALL WORLD - You frequently see the same people in different places
  • IT ANYONE’S CALL - A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict
  • JOSHING ME - Tricking me
  •  JAYWALK - Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk
  • KEEP BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER - To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep
  • KEEP YOUR CHIN UP - To remain joyful in a tough situation
  • KEEP AN EYE ON HIM - You should carefully watch him.
  • KITH AND KIN - Blood relatives
  • KITTY-CORNER - Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty- Corner as well
  • KICK THE BUCKET - Die
  • KNOW THE ROPES - To understand the details
  • KNOCK ON WOOD - Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck
  • LAST STRAW - The final event in a series of unacceptable actions
  • LATIN AND GREEK - Unable to understand
  • LAST BUT NOT LEAST - An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person Mentioned is also very important
  • LENGTH AND BREADTH - All over
  • LET ALONG - certainly not (also: not to mention, to say nothing of)
  • LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED - Make all possible efforts
  • LEND ME YOUR EAR - To politely ask for someone’s full attention
  • LEVEL PLAYING FIELD - A fair competition where no side has an advantage
  • LIFE AND SOUL - Main support
  • LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG - To share a secret that wasn’t supposed to be shared
  • LITTLE BY LITTLE - Gradually, slowly (also: step by step)
  • LIVE-WIRE - Energetic
  • LIKE A CHICKEN AND ITS HEAD CUT OFF - To act in a frenzied manner
  • LIQUOR SOMEONE UP - To get someone drunk
  • LONG IN THE TOOTH - Old people (or horses)
  • LOOSE CANNON - Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in
  • LOAVES AND FISH - Material interests
  • LOCK AND KEY - In safe place
  • MIGHT AND MAIN - With all enthusiasm
  • MILK AND WATER - Weak
  • MAKE NO BONES ABOUT - To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections
  • METHOD TO MY MADNESS - Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the done for a good reason
  • MUMBO JUMBO - Nonsense or meaningless speech
  • MUM’S THE WORD - To keep quiet, To say nothing
  • MORE OR LESS - Approximately, almost, somewhat, to a certain degree
  • NARROW-MINDED - Not willing to accept the ideas of others

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