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⭐In the oven
Definition:
If a woman has one in the oven, it means that she is pregnant.
Example:
She probably has one in the oven.
⭐Lie like a rug
Definition:
To lie like a rug means to tell lies shamelessly.
Example:
She says she didn’t kill him, but the detective knows she’s lying like a rug.
⭐Lift the curtain
Definition:
To lift the curtain on something means to start OR to make something known or public
Examples:
👉It’s time to raise the curtain, guys. Let’s start working.
👉The company decided to lift the curtain on their new product.
⭐Memory like a sieve
Definition:
To have a memory like a sieve means to have a very poor memory.
Example:
He’s got a memory like a sieve
⭐On the table
Definition:
Being discussed or considered.
Example:
Everybody agreed to leave the plan to build a new school in our town on the table.
⭐Sweep something under the carpet
Definition:
to hide or ignore something.
Example:
You’ve made a terrible mistake. Don’t try to sweep it under the carpet!
⭐All the more
Definition:
Even more.
Example:
Her family didn’t want her to get married to her new boyfriend, but that just made her all the more determined.
⭐Along the lines
Definition:
In a general direction or manner.
Example:
I was thinking along the lines of a vegetable garden, but I could be persuaded to include some fruit.
⭐Get on in years
Definition:
Old; advanced in age.
Example:
Although she’s getting on in years, she still looks young.
⭐In this day and age
Definition:
In the present.
Example:
In In this day and age, horrible crimes are a very common occurrence.
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⭐Bag of tricks
Definition:
A set of techniques and methods.
Example:
Why don’t you use your bag of tricks to help us solve this problem?
⭐Be a barrel of laughs
Definition:
Be enjoyable or entertaining.
Example:
This movie is a real barrel of laughs.
⭐Behind closed doors
Definition:
In private; in one’s private life.
Example:
What you do with your partners behind closed doors is none of my business.
⭐Big deal
Definition:
Something very important, difficult, or of concern.
Example:
It’s no big deal if you don’t finish.
⭐Big wheel
Definition:
A person with a great deal of power or influence, especially a high-ranking person in an organization.
Example:
She’s a big wheel at IBM.
⭐Bite me
Definition:
An expression of discontent, aggravation or anger.
Example:
Why are you shouting like that? Oh, bite me!
⭐Blessing in desguise
Definition:
A blessing in disguise is said when a misfortune has some unexpected benefits
Example:
His failure to pass the exam was a blessing in disguise. This made him realize the importance of hard work.
⭐Blow a kiss
Definition:
To kiss one’s hand, then blow on the hand in a direction towards the recipient.
Example:
We haven’t yet kissed, but she blew me a kiss as the train pulled out of the station. That meant a lot to me
⭐Call a spade a spade
Definition:
To be truthful about something, even if it is rude or unpleasant.
Example:
Lacy never fears to tell the truth. She calls a spade a spade.
⭐Case in point
Definition:
An example that illustrates a point
Example:
Playing with these toys can be dangerous. For a case in point, look at what happened to our neighbor’s child.
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⭐Chalk something up to inexperience
Definition:
To attribute a failure to inexperience and learn from that particular experience.
Example:
Chalk it up to inexperience, I guess, but he made a very poor decision.
⭐Come clean
Definition:
To be honest and tell the truth.
Example:
She came clean about what she had done.
⭐Come to terms with
Definition:
To gradually accept a sad situation.
Example:
I think he will come to terms with the death of his wife.
⭐Come true
Definition:
Said when something happens although it was unlikely that it would.
Example:
Her dream of buying a new car finally came true.
⭐Dance with death
Definition:
Try to do something that involves a lot of risks.
Example:
He danced with death when he tried to negotiate a deal with that dangerous criminal.
⭐Dead loss
Definition:
Something described as a dead loss is absolutely unsuccessful or useless
Example:
When it comes to math, my sisiter is a dead loss.
⭐Do the trick
Definition:
Said about something that works.
Example:
Some lemon juice should do the trick to make this sauce more delicious.
⭐Drop the subject
Definition:
To stop discussing a subject.
Example:
Please drop the subject. I don’t want to discuss it further.
⭐Every trick in the book
Definition:
Said when you try every possible way to achieve something.
Example:
She’s tried every trick in the book to convince him in vain.
⭐Fall through the cracks
Definition:
To be missed; to escape the necessary notice or attention
Example:
Complete every item, and make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
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⭐For all I care
Definition:
Used to suggest that you don’t care.
Example:
You can go to the party alone, for all I care
⭐Gas up
Definition:
To fill a vehicle with gasoline.
Example:
I have to stop at the next station to gas up.
⭐Get off the track
Definition:
To start talking about a different topic, instead of talking about the real one.
Example:
Instead of discussing the real reasons for their conflicts, they are getting off the track.
⭐Have an axe to grind
Definition:
to have a strong opinion about something.
Example:
The members of that association have no political axe to grind; they just want to help the street children.
⭐Have one’s wires crossed
Definition:
to be confused.
Example:
You’ve really got your wires crossed! You don’t know what you are talking about.
⭐How come?
Definition:
Used to ask how or why.
Example:
So how come you missed the train?
⭐In the bag
Definition:
Certain or extremely likely to occur; assured about the success of somoething.
Example:
Don’t worry about the final exam. It’s in the bag.
⭐In the wake of
Definition:
Following, as a result of.
Example:
Ali resigns his position as head of the International Monetary Fund in the wake of sexual assault charges.
⭐Long in the tooth
Definition:
very old.
Example:
I think he is a bit long in the tooth to be a romantic hero in that play.
⭐Of age
Definition:
Old enough to be considered an adult.
Example:
He’s of age now, he can buy his own car.
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⭐In the zone
Definition:
Focused
Example:
He’s doing a good job. He’s in the zone!
⭐Jam on the brakes
Definition:
To press the brakes suddenly and in a hard way.
Example:
I had to jam on the brakes because a kid suddenly appeared from nowhere and crossed the road.
⭐Keep somebody in stitches
Definition:
To keep somebody laughing hard or amused.
Example:
The show kept me in stitches the whole time.
⭐Keep tabs on
Definition:
To monitor
Example:
If you are careful to keep tabs on your finances, you should be able to stay within a budget.
⭐Kick the bucket
Definition:
To die.
Example:
Sad news! He kicked the bucket.
⭐Magic touch
Definition:
A special skill to do something very well.
Example:
Her magic touch is so obvious in the decoration of her house.
⭐Magic wand
Definition:
A quick and an easy way to solve a problem
Example:
The manager warned that he had no magic wand to solve the problem.
⭐Mark my words
Definition:
Listen to me
Example:
Mark my words, this boy is going to become a great poet.
⭐Middle of the road
Definition:
Having a centrist attitude or philosophy; not extreme, especially politically.
Example:
A typical middle of the road compromise is to leave the problem as it is.
⭐Mister Right
Definition:
A perfect, ideal or suitable mate or husband.
Example:
She waited for years and years, hoping someday to find Mister Right.

⭐Never mind
Definition:
It’s not important OR do not be concerned about someone or something)
Examples:
👉I’m sorry I’ve lost your book. Never mind, I don’t need it anymore.
👉Go and I’ll join you later. Never mind about me.
⭐Next to nothing
Definition:
Very less/little
Example:
Although they paid him next to nothing, he liked the job.
⭐No comment
Definition:
An “official” refusal to give any further information, as a response to a newspaper reporter’s question.
Example:
The district attorney said, “No comment,” when the reporter asked if he knew the identity of the criminal.
⭐Not half bad
Definition:
Pretty good
Example:
It was my first attempt at cooking, but I tried it and it was not half bad.
⭐Not miss a trick
Definition:
Said about someone who is extremely alert.
Example:
He was attentive to what the teacher was explaining. He didn’t miss a trick.
⭐Nothing to sneeze at
Definition:
Not bad
Example:
Their music may not be worthy of radio time, but it’s nothing to sneeze at.
⭐Odds and ends
Definition:
Various often worthless small items.
Example:
I have to get rid of a few odds and ends before moving to the new house.
⭐Pack a wallop
Definition:
to provide energy, power, or excitement.
Example:
This drink really packs a wallop.
⭐Pass the buck
Definition:
To blame others for something you should accept reponsibilty for.
Example:
It’s not my fault. Don’t try to pass the buck!
⭐Pay dearly
Definition:
To suffer because of a particlar action.
Example:
If you don’t work hard, you will pay dearly for it.

⭐Pick of the bunch
Definition:
the best.
Example:
The dress she’s wearing is the pick of the bunch.
⭐Picture paints a thousand words
Definition:
a picture will be far more descriptive of something than words can ever be.
Example:
Just show him the photos and he will understand. You know a picture paints a thousand words.
⭐Right down to
Definition:
Considering even minor things or people.
Example:
We are all concerned with obeying the law, from the minister down to the common man.
⭐Right on the button
Definition:
To be exactly right.
Example:
Her remarks were right on the button.
⭐Say your piece
Definition:
Tell what you have to say
Example:
Stop annoying us. Say your piece and go.
⭐Send up a trial balloon
Definition:
To test public opinion and response to something.
Example:
They had an excellent idea for the project. They sent up a trial balloon but the response was very negative.
⭐Set the wheels in motion
Definition:
To initiate a chain of events necessary to help one achieve a goal
Example:
His contribution to the project will surely set the wheels in motion.
⭐Shape up or ship out
Definition:
To either improve one’s behavior or else be required to leave
Example:
After his many serious mistakes, the boss warned him that he had to shape up or ship out.
⭐Shift gears
Definition:
To change what you are doing in a sudden way.
Example:
I’d like to shift gears and start a new job.
⭐Take a dim view of
Definition:
To disapprove of something.
Example:
My grandfather takes a dim view of the new law.

⭐Take it on the lam
Definition:
To run away.
Example:
The criminal had to take it on the lam.
⭐Take it or leave it
Definition:
Said about an offer when you either accept it or reject it completely.
Example:
This is my offer; take it or leave it.
⭐The customer is always right.
Definition:
In order to make profit, it is necessary for a business to satisfy customers’ wishes and make them happy.
Example:
Look at that waiter! He always argues with customers. He doesn’t know that the customer is always right.
⭐The jury is out
Definition:
An outcome or decision is still unknown and awaited.
Example:
The jury is out as to whether there is life anywhere else in the universe.
⭐To pull the trigger
Definition:
To fire a gun OR to act
Examples:
👉He pulled the trigger and shot a pigeon.
👉Some traders are too afraid to pull the trigger and just watch the market without ever getting involved.
⭐Trick of the trade
Definition:
A clever skill related to a profession.
Example:
He is so skillful. He learned the trick of the trade from his father.
⭐Under the influence
Definition:
Drunk
Example:
He was arrested for driving under the influence.
⭐Waste breath
Definition:
In discussion or argument to make points which are not appreciated or heeded.
Example:
Please don’t waste your breath asking me ridiculous questions.
⭐Watch this space
Definition:
An indication that a development will follow.
Example:
He has ambitious plans. Watch this space!
⭐Wax and wane
Definition:
To increase and decrease.
Example:
His love for politics has waxed and waned over the years.

⭐Weep buckets
Definition:
to cry a lot.
Example:
She cried buckets, because that was such a sad event.
⭐X marks the spot.
Definition:
Said to show the exact spot.
Example:
Would you mind moving that armchair here. X marks the spot.
⭐A clean bill of health
Definition:
Said when you examine someone or something and state that they are healthy
Example:
The president was given a clean bill of health by his doctors.
⭐Alive and kicking
Definition:
to continue to be well, healthy or successful.
Example:
Don’t worry about your grandfather; he is alive and kicking.
⭐As blind as a bat
Definition:
If someone is as blind as a bat, they are nearly or completely blind
Example:
Without her glasses, she is as blind as a bat.
⭐Bag of bones
Definition:
An extremely thin person.
Example:
He’s turning into a bag of bones. He lost so much weight.
⭐Be full of beans
Definition:
Said about someone who is active, lively, healthy and has a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Example:
He is always full of beans when he goes to work.
⭐Bitter pill to swallow
Definition:
Said about something unpleasant that must be accepted or endured.
Example:
After the disappointment and defeat, to declare bankruptcy was a bitter pill to swallow for him.
⭐Black out
Definition:
To lose consciousness.
Example:
He blacked out when he fell.
⭐Hale and hearty
Definition:
In a good health.
Example:
In spite of her old age, she looks hale and hearty.

⭐In bad shape
Definition:
In bad physical condition.
Example:
Bill is in bad shape. He needs to exercise regularly and go on a diet.
⭐In the best of health
Definition:
Very healthy.
Example:
He’s in the best of health because he exercises regularly and doesn’t eat junk food.
⭐Just what the doctor ordered
Definition:
Exactly what is required or wanted.
Example:
Ali: Orange juice?
Ahmad: Thanks! Orange juice is just what the doctor ordered.
⭐Nurse someone back to health
Definition:
To look after a sick person until he recovers.
Example:
He is fortunate to have such a caring wife. She was glad to nurse him back to health.
⭐Picture of good health
Definition:
In a very healthy condition.
Example:
The doctor told him that he is a picture of good health.
⭐Poison pill
Definition:
A type of defensive tactic used by companies against a takeover.
Example:
Many companies have used poison pill strategies against hostile takeovers.
⭐White as a sheet
Definition:
Said about someone whose face is very pale because of illness, shock or fear.
Example:
Joe looks as white as sheet. He must be very ill.
⭐A roof over your head
Definition:
A place to live.
Example:
He was so poor that he didn’t have a roof over his head.
⭐Close to home
Definition:
If something is close to home, it affects you personally.
Example:
His criticism was a bit too close to home.
⭐Everything but the kitchen sink
Definition:
Almost everything, whether needed or not.
Example:
She must have brought everything but the kitchen sink along on the trip.
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