"PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT">>>> something that you say which means if you do something many times you will learn to do it very well "
"OPPORTUNITY MAKES A THIEF">>>>Anyone would steal, given a chance to do so without being punished.
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.
"FREAK SOMEONE OUT">>>>to shock or disorient someone.
"GIVE AN INCH">>>>to agree to part of what someone wants or says "
"MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD RUN COLD" >>>>to shock or horrify someone.
"MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD BOIL" >>>to make someone very angry.
"MAKE A BUNDLE" and "MAKE A PILE">>>> To make a lot of money.
"MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT">>>To make no mistake (about it); no need to doubt it, absolutely.
"MAKE WAVES">>> If some make waves, they cause a lot of trouble.
"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 "
CLOTHES HORSE: a person very concerned, or excessively concerned, with fashionable clothes.
DROP THE BALL: fail in performing one's responsibilities.
ON THE FRITZ (U.S.), ON THE BLINK (Britain): not working properly.
I'M ALL EARS: I'm ready to listen.
ONTO SOMETHING (or on to something): discovering valuable information or a valuable activity.
LIVING LARGE: living luxuriously.
OFF-THE-CUFF (adj.): delivered without a prepared text. Used to describe a speech.
BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS, you do it in an improvised manner, you do it without having thought it through.
THROW COLD WATER ON: dampen enthusiasm for, criticize.
MARCH TO THE BEAT OF ONE'S OWN DRUMMER: habitually follow one's own conscience or inclinations, rather than conforming to societal norms.
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.
CASH COW: consistent source of big profits.
BURY THE HATCHET: agree to end a feud or dispute.
LOW BLOW: in boxing, a low blow is an illegal punch below the waist. But idiomatically it can mean any unscrupulous attack.
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.
NAME NAMES: indicate specific individuals involved in a general accusation of wrongdoing.
"inside track" means any strong or advantageous position that seems likely to lead to getting a job or winning some other kind of competition.
OUT OF THE BLUE: completely unexpectedly.
OLIVE BRANCH: peace offering, signal meant to calm a dispute with an adversary.
NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT: unimpressive.
DRAMA QUEEN: a person, often a woman, who tends toward excessive emotional reactions, who reacts strongly and unreasonably to unimportant things.
DOUBLE DOWN: to persist in a risky strategy.
PLAY HARDBALL: to act ruthlessly, to take an uncompromising stance.
SITTING PRETTY: in an advantageous situation.
PAGE-TURNER: a very exciting book, a book that is difficult to put down.
PAN OUT: succeed as hoped.
SOFT OPENING: experimental open hours of a business before it officially opens.
ELBOW GREASE: hard physical effort in cleaning or polishing something.
JOE (or JAVA): coffee.
GIG: a job.
GO VIRAL: to become widespread on the Internet.
POINT MAN: In a military formation, the point man is the soldier at the forward tip or some other exposed position
SHORT LEASH: severe restrictions.
BEATING A DEAD HORSE: continuing to discuss or argue about a settled matter.
A PIECE OF CAKE: easy to do.
To GIVE someone THE BOOT is to fire that person. To GET THE BOOT is to be fired.
EAT CROW: admit that one was wrong, especially, accept the humiliation that comes from having been wrong.
PANDORA'S BOX, often OPEN A PANDORA'S BOX: a simple action that has many difficult, unforeseeable consequences.
HELP YOURSELF—please take the food you want.
HAD IT COMING: deserve what has happened.
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.
SHOW ONE'S TRUE COLORS: reveal one's actual nature that may have been hidden.
AHEAD OF THE CURVE: doing or buying something before it becomes common or fashionable.
CIRCLE THE WAGONS (U.S.): adopt a defensive stance.
TIP ONE'S HAND: reveal something hidden.
BANG FOR YOUR BUCK: value for your money.
JUMP THE GUN: in a footrace, to jump the gun is to start running before the starting gun is fired.
OLD WIVES' TALE: superstition.
LAY LOW or LIE LOW (intransitive verb): hide, not go out in public frequently, keep a low profile.
UNDER THE RADAR: without being noticed.
CAUGHT RED-HANDED: apprehended (caught) in the act of committing a crime.
SPLITTING HAIRS: making insignificant distinctions.
NEW BLOOD: new, often younger members who revitalize an organization.
THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG: hidden information has appeared.
SUCKER PUNCH : a punch delivered when the recipient is not looking, to punch someone in that manner.
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.
SMOKING GUN: a piece of evidence that convincingly links someone to a crime.
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: a thorough malicious attack, especially in print or online.
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: an arrogant, superior attitude. "Get off of your high horse,"
BIGGER FISH TO FRY is to have other, more important problems to deal with. " I have bigger fish to fry right now."
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: continuing to do something in a state of exhaustion.
SKINNY: THE SKINNY is inside information, basic information.
THROW ONE'S WEIGHT AROUND: to arrogantly exert power, to intentionally behave in a way that demonstrates one's importance.
AT LOGGERHEADS: in a dispute.
TO HAVE A FROG IN ONE'S THROAT: to be temporarily hoarse.
RING A BELL: seem familiar
CHERRY PICK: to select only the best from among an available group.
KISS AND MAKE UP: reconcile.
HARD-WIRED (or hardwired): innate, naturally part of an organism.
CRY WOLF: to give a false alarm intentionally, to spread fear for one's own benefit.
PUSH THE ENVELOPE: create innovations.
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: it seems illegitimate or fraudulent.
CLEAN HOUSE: to fire employees after the discovery of mistakes or corruption.
To PLAY HARDBALL or to GO TOE-TO-TOE is to take a tough stance in negotiations.
DROPPING LIKE FLIES: becoming sick or injured (or dying) in large numbers.
RED TAPE: difficult bureaucratic obstacles.
HEADS WILL ROLL: people will be fired
SMELL A RAT: suspect wrongdoing.
To GREASE SOMEONE'S PALMS is to bribe that person.
GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS: to do something without being really interested in the result.
THROW A WRENCH INTO (or throw a monkey wrench into): to make something fail, to try to disrupt something.
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: following the wrong path in an enterprise, making an incorrect assumption.
DEAD RINGER: someone who looks exactly someone else.
CALLED ON THE CARPET: held accountable, asked to explain wrongdoing.
TO KNOW A PLACE LIKE THE BACK OF ONE'S HAND: to be very familiar with that place.
WHITE ELEPHANT: a possession that is not very useful and is expensive to maintain.
THROW GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD: continue to spend money on something that isn't working.
MONEY TALKS: wealth and financial incentives influence people's decision-making.
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.
ON THE MONEY, RIGHT ON THE MONEY: exactly correct.
If you're THICK-SKINNED or HAVE A THICK SKIN, you are not bothered by criticism or abuse.
BIG BROTHER : The surveillance apparatus of government.
GRIM REAPER : death
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE: when the situation becomes more intense or active.
EAT ONE'S WORDS: admit that one was wrong.
WHERE'S THE BEEF?: What are the substantive ideas
EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK means many different things, almost everything.
SMALL POTATOES: something or someone unimportant.
"Keep in touch. He want to know how you're doing."
"He told me that he would stay in touch with me."
"Keep in touch. He want to know how you're doing."
"He told me that he would stay in touch with me."
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- MEANING OF "PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT"
- MEANING OF "OPPORTUNITY MAKES A THIEF"
- MEANING OF FREAK OUT (over someone or something) a...
- MEANING OF "FREAK SOMEONE OUT"
- MEANING OF "GIVE AN INCH"
- MEANING OF "MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD RUN COLD"
- MEANING OF "MAKE SOMEONE'S BLOOD BOIL"
- MEANING OF "MAKE A BUNDLE" and "MAKE A PILE"
- MEANING OF MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT
- MEANING OF MAKE WAVES
- MEANING OF DEEP DOWN
- MEANING OF CLOTHES HORSE
- MEANING OF DROP THE BALL
- MEANING OF ON THE FRITZ (U.S.), ON THE BLINK (Brit...
- MEANING OF I'M ALL EARS
- MEANING OF ONTO SOMETHING (or on to something)
- MEANING OF LIVING LARGE
- MEANING OF OFF-THE-CUFF
- MEANING OF BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS
- MEANING OF THROW COLD WATER ON
- MEANING OF MARCH TO THE BEAT OF ONE'S OWN DRUMMER:
- MEANING OF SILVER BULLET AND SHOOT FOR
- MEANING OF CASH COW
- MEANING OF BURY THE HATCHET
- MEANING OF LOW BLOW
- MEANING OF POSTER CHILD
- MEANING OF NAME NAMES
- MEANING OF INSIDE TRACK
- MEANING OF OUT OF THE BLUE
- MEANING OF OLIVE BRANCH
- MEANING OF NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT
- MEANING OF IT'S ON ME, IT'S MY TREAT
- MEANING OF DRAMA QUEEN
- MEANING OF DOUBLE DOWN
- MEANING OF PLAY HARDBALL
- MEANING OF SITTING PRETTY
- MEANING OF PAGE-TURNER
- MEANING OF PAN OUT
- MEANING OF SOFT OPENING
- MEANING OF ELBOW GREASE
- MEANING OF JOE (or JAVA)
- MEANING OF GIG.
- MEANING OF GO VIRAL.
- MEANING OF POINT MAN
- MEANING OF SHORT LEASH
- MEANING OF BEATING A DEAD HORSE
- MEANING OF A PIECE OF CAKE
- MEANING OF TO GET THE BOOT
- MEANING OF EAT CROW
- MEANING OF PANDORA'S BOX
- MEANING OF HELP YOURSELF
- MEANING OF HAD IT COMING
- MEANING OF CANARY IN THE COAL MINE, or CANARY IN T...
- MEANING OF SHOW ONE'S TRUE COLORS
- MEANING OF AHEAD OF THE CURVE
- MEANING OF CIRCLE THE WAGONS
- MEANING OF TIP ONE'S HAND
- MEANING OF BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
- MEANING OF JUMP THE GUN
- MEANING OF OLD WIVES' TALE
- MEANING OF LAY LOW or LIE LOW
- MEANING OF UNDER THE RADAR
- MEANING OF CAUGHT RED-HANDED
- MEANING OF SPLITTING HAIRS
- NEW BLOOD
- MEANING OF THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG
- MEANING OF SUCKER PUNCH
- MEANING OF IRONS IN THE FIRE AND OFF THE TABLE
- MEANING OF SMOKING GUN
- MEANING OF SILVER LINING
- HATCHET JOB
- THE WASH
- HIGH HORSE
- BIGGER FISH TO FRY
- A MARK is a target of a scam or crime, an easy t...
- UP A STORM
- RUNNING ON FUMES
- THROW ONE'S WEIGHT AROUND
- AT LOGGERHEADS
- TO HAVE A FROG IN ONE'S THROAT
- RING A BELL
- CHERRY PICK
- KISS AND MAKE UP
- CRY WOLF
- PUSH THE ENVELOPE
- A HAIRCUT
- DOES NOT PASS THE SMELL TEST or FAILS THE SMELL TEST
- CLEAN HOUSE:
- To PLAY HARDBALL or to GO TOE-TO-TOE
- DROPPING LIKE FLIES
- RED TAPE
- HEADS WILL ROLL
- SMELL A RAT
- GREASE SOMEONE'S PALMS
- GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS
- THROW A WRENCH INTO
- An ACE IN THE HOLE AND An ACE UP YOUR SLEEVE
- BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE
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