MEANING OF "PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT"

"PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT">>>> something that you say which means if you do something many times you will learn to do it very well "

MEANING OF "OPPORTUNITY MAKES A THIEF"



"OPPORTUNITY MAKES A THIEF">>>>Anyone would steal, given a chance to do so without being punished.




MEANING OF FREAK OUT (over someone or something) and "FREAK OUT" (at someone or something)

FREAK OUT (over someone or something) and "FREAK OUT" (at someone or something)>>>> to become very angry or lose control of one's mind because of someone or something that has happened.

MEANING OF "FREAK SOMEONE OUT"

"FREAK SOMEONE OUT">>>>to shock or disorient someone. 

MEANING OF "GIVE AN INCH"

"GIVE AN INCH">>>>to agree to part of what someone wants or says "

MEANING OF "MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD RUN COLD"

"MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD RUN COLD" >>>>to shock or horrify someone.

MEANING OF "MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD BOIL"

"MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD BOIL" >>>to make someone very angry. 

MEANING OF "MAKE A BUNDLE" and "MAKE A PILE"

"MAKE A BUNDLE" and "MAKE A PILE">>>> To make a lot of money.

MEANING OF MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT

"MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT">>>To make no mistake (about it); no need to doubt it, absolutely. 

MEANING OF MAKE WAVES

"MAKE WAVES">>> If some make waves, they cause a lot of trouble. 

MEANING OF DEEP DOWN

"DEEP DOWN">>> If you know or feel something deep down, you are certain that it is true or you feel it strongly although you do not admit it or show it "

MEANING OF CLOTHES HORSE

CLOTHES HORSE: a person very concerned, or excessively concerned, with fashionable clothes. 

MEANING OF DROP THE BALL

DROP THE BALL: fail in performing one's responsibilities.

MEANING OF ON THE FRITZ (U.S.), ON THE BLINK (Britain)

ON THE FRITZ (U.S.), ON THE BLINK (Britain): not working properly.

MEANING OF I'M ALL EARS

I'M ALL EARS: I'm ready to listen.

MEANING OF ONTO SOMETHING (or on to something)

ONTO SOMETHING (or on to something): discovering valuable information or a valuable activity.

MEANING OF LIVING LARGE

LIVING LARGE: living luxuriously. 

MEANING OF OFF-THE-CUFF

OFF-THE-CUFF (adj.): delivered without a prepared text. Used to describe a speech.

MEANING OF BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS

BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS, you do it in an improvised manner, you do it without having thought it through.

MEANING OF THROW COLD WATER ON

THROW COLD WATER ON: dampen enthusiasm for, criticize. 

MEANING OF MARCH TO THE BEAT OF ONE'S OWN DRUMMER:

MARCH TO THE BEAT OF ONE'S OWN DRUMMER: habitually follow one's own conscience or inclinations, rather than conforming to societal norms.

MEANING OF SILVER BULLET AND SHOOT FOR

 a SILVER BULLET is a procedure or measure that offers an immediate solution. To SHOOT FOR a certain time of completing something is to plan to complete it by that time.

MEANING OF CASH COW

CASH COW: consistent source of big profits.

MEANING OF BURY THE HATCHET

BURY THE HATCHET: agree to end a feud or dispute.

MEANING OF LOW BLOW

LOW BLOW: in boxing, a low blow is an illegal punch below the waist. But idiomatically it can mean any unscrupulous attack.

MEANING OF POSTER CHILD

POSTER CHILD: A poster child is a child whose picture is used in advertising (including posters) for a charitable organization. Idiomatically, however, the expression has come to mean any person, or any other entity, that has become a representative of some phenomenon, a good example of something.

MEANING OF NAME NAMES

NAME NAMES: indicate specific individuals involved in a general accusation of wrongdoing.

MEANING OF INSIDE TRACK

 "inside track" means any strong or advantageous position that seems likely to lead to getting a job or winning some other kind of competition. 

MEANING OF OUT OF THE BLUE

OUT OF THE BLUE: completely unexpectedly.

MEANING OF OLIVE BRANCH

OLIVE BRANCH: peace offering, signal meant to calm a dispute with an adversary.

MEANING OF NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT: unimpressive.

MEANING OF IT'S ON ME, IT'S MY TREAT


IT'S ON ME, IT'S MY TREAT: These are informal ways to say "I will pay" 

MEANING OF DRAMA QUEEN

DRAMA QUEEN: a person, often a woman, who tends toward excessive emotional reactions, who reacts strongly and unreasonably to unimportant things.

MEANING OF DOUBLE DOWN

DOUBLE DOWN: to persist in a risky strategy. 

MEANING OF PLAY HARDBALL

PLAY HARDBALL: to act ruthlessly, to take an uncompromising stance.

MEANING OF POINT MAN

POINT MAN: In a military formation, the point man is the soldier at the forward tip or some other exposed position

MEANING OF SHORT LEASH

SHORT LEASH: severe restrictions.

MEANING OF BEATING A DEAD HORSE

BEATING A DEAD HORSE: continuing to discuss or argue about a settled matter.

MEANING OF A PIECE OF CAKE

A PIECE OF CAKE: easy to do. 

MEANING OF TO GET THE BOOT

To GIVE someone THE BOOT is to fire that person. To GET THE BOOT is to be fired.

MEANING OF EAT CROW

EAT CROW: admit that one was wrong, especially, accept the humiliation that comes from having been wrong. 

MEANING OF PANDORA'S BOX

PANDORA'S BOX, often OPEN A PANDORA'S BOX: a simple action that has many difficult, unforeseeable consequences. 

MEANING OF HELP YOURSELF

HELP YOURSELF—please take the food you want.

MEANING OF HAD IT COMING

HAD IT COMING: deserve what has happened.

MEANING OF CANARY IN THE COAL MINE, or CANARY IN THE MINE SHAFT

CANARY IN THE COAL MINE, or CANARY IN THE MINE SHAFT: someone or something whose condition deteriorates, providing a warning of worse problems to come. 

MEANING OF SHOW ONE'S TRUE COLORS

SHOW ONE'S TRUE COLORS: reveal one's actual nature that may have been hidden.

MEANING OF AHEAD OF THE CURVE

AHEAD OF THE CURVE: doing or buying something before it becomes common or fashionable. 

MEANING OF CIRCLE THE WAGONS

CIRCLE THE WAGONS (U.S.): adopt a defensive stance. 

MEANING OF TIP ONE'S HAND

TIP ONE'S HAND: reveal something hidden.

MEANING OF BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: value for your money.

MEANING OF JUMP THE GUN

JUMP THE GUN: in a footrace, to jump the gun is to start running before the starting gun is fired.

MEANING OF OLD WIVES' TALE

OLD WIVES' TALE: superstition.

MEANING OF LAY LOW or LIE LOW

LAY LOW or LIE LOW (intransitive verb): hide, not go out in public frequently, keep a low profile. 

MEANING OF UNDER THE RADAR

UNDER THE RADAR: without being noticed.

MEANING OF CAUGHT RED-HANDED

CAUGHT RED-HANDED: apprehended (caught) in the act of committing a crime.

MEANING OF SPLITTING HAIRS

SPLITTING HAIRS: making insignificant distinctions. 

NEW BLOOD

NEW BLOOD: new, often younger members who revitalize an organization.

MEANING OF THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG

THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG: hidden information has appeared. 

MEANING OF SUCKER PUNCH

SUCKER PUNCH : a punch delivered when the recipient is not looking, to punch someone in that manner.

MEANING OF IRONS IN THE FIRE AND OFF THE TABLE

 IRONS IN THE FIRE: an individual's plans, especially preliminary plans that haven't been publicly announced. OFF THE TABLE: ruled out, removed from negotiation or discussion.

MEANING OF SMOKING GUN

SMOKING GUN: a piece of evidence that convincingly links someone to a crime.

MEANING OF SILVER LINING

SILVER LINING: positive or hopeful aspect of a bad situation. From the English proverb "Every cloud has a silver lining," in every bad situation there is something good.

HATCHET JOB

HATCHET JOB: a thorough malicious attack, especially in print or online. 

THE WASH

THE WASH means everything will work out, everything will BE ALRIGHT.I realize everything will come out in the wash by the end of the season.

HIGH HORSE

HIGH HORSE: an arrogant, superior attitude.  "Get off of your high horse,"

BIGGER FISH TO FRY

 BIGGER FISH TO FRY is to have other, more important problems to deal with. " I have bigger fish to fry right now."
A MARK  is a target of a scam or crime, an easy target. A PANHANDLER (I think this one is North American) is someone on the street who asks you for money. A SOFT TOUCH is someone who is easily persuaded to help. To BLOW SOMEONE OFF is to ignore that person.

UP A STORM

 UP A STORM: to do that thing intensely or repeatedly.Many people visit Cambridge wears to shop up a storm at its factory outlets.

RUNNING ON FUMES

RUNNING ON FUMES: continuing to do something in a state of exhaustion.

SKINNY

SKINNY: THE SKINNY  is inside information, basic information.

THROW ONE'S WEIGHT AROUND

THROW ONE'S WEIGHT AROUND: to arrogantly exert power, to intentionally behave in a way that demonstrates one's importance. 

AT LOGGERHEADS

AT LOGGERHEADS: in a dispute. 

TO HAVE A FROG IN ONE'S THROAT

TO HAVE A FROG IN ONE'S THROAT: to be temporarily hoarse. 

RING A BELL

RING A BELL: seem familiar

CHERRY PICK

CHERRY PICK: to select only the best from among an available group.

KISS AND MAKE UP

KISS AND MAKE UP: reconcile. 

HARD-WIRED

HARD-WIRED (or hardwired): innate, naturally part of an organism.

CRY WOLF

CRY WOLF: to give a false alarm intentionally, to spread fear for one's own benefit.

PUSH THE ENVELOPE

PUSH THE ENVELOPE: create innovations.

A HAIRCUT

 A HAIRCUT is a reduction in the actual value of a financial investment as compared with its official value. 

DOES NOT PASS THE SMELL TEST or FAILS THE SMELL TEST

DOES NOT PASS THE SMELL TEST or FAILS THE SMELL TEST: it seems illegitimate or fraudulent.

CLEAN HOUSE:

CLEAN HOUSE: to fire employees after the discovery of mistakes or corruption.

To PLAY HARDBALL or to GO TOE-TO-TOE

To PLAY HARDBALL or to GO TOE-TO-TOE is to take a tough stance in negotiations.

DROPPING LIKE FLIES

DROPPING LIKE FLIES: becoming sick or injured (or dying) in large numbers. 

RED TAPE

RED TAPE: difficult bureaucratic obstacles.

HEADS WILL ROLL

HEADS WILL ROLL: people will be fired

SMELL A RAT

SMELL A RAT: suspect wrongdoing. 

GREASE SOMEONE'S PALMS

To GREASE SOMEONE'S PALMS is to bribe that person. 

GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS

GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS: to do something without being really interested in the result.

THROW A WRENCH INTO

THROW A WRENCH INTO (or throw a monkey wrench into): to make something fail, to try to disrupt something. 

An ACE IN THE HOLE AND An ACE UP YOUR SLEEVE

An ACE IN THE HOLE is an advantage that insures victory. (An ACE UP YOUR SLEEVE is similar, but it's a hidden advantage.) 

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE: following the wrong path in an enterprise, making an incorrect assumption. 

DEAD RINGER

DEAD RINGER: someone who looks exactly someone else. 

CALLED ON THE CARPET

CALLED ON THE CARPET: held accountable, asked to explain wrongdoing. 

TO KNOW A PLACE LIKE THE BACK OF ONE'S HAND

TO KNOW A PLACE LIKE THE BACK OF ONE'S HAND: to be very familiar with that place.

WHITE ELEPHANT

WHITE ELEPHANT: a possession that is not very useful and is expensive to maintain.

THROW GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD

THROW GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD: continue to spend money on something that isn't working. 

MONEY TALKS

MONEY TALKS: wealth and financial incentives influence people's decision-making.

MEANING OF BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES means to close openings on a ship wall in preparation for a storm. More generally it means to adopt a defensive posture, to prepare for trouble. 
MEANING OF THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER: losing something good or useful in the process of eliminating something bad.

MEANING OF ON THE MONEY, RIGHT ON THE MONEY

ON THE MONEY, RIGHT ON THE MONEY: exactly correct.

MEANING OF THICK SKINNED

If you're THICK-SKINNED or HAVE A THICK SKIN, you are not bothered by criticism or abuse.

Meaning of Big Brother

BIG BROTHER : The surveillance apparatus of government.

Reference

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