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Inspiration quotes
"Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose."---Tom Krause quotes "Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, an a pinch of creativity." ---Bo Bennett quotes "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." --Mary Anne Radmacher quotes "There are no failures- just experiences and your reactions to them."---Tom Krause quotes "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.Don't be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people's thinking.Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.They somehow aleady know what you truly want to become.Everything else is secondary." ---Steve Jobs quotes "Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength." "Try and fail, but don't fail to try." Stephen Kaqqwa quotes "You won't realize the distance you've walked until you take a look around and realize how far you've been." "Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope." "Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity." W.Clement Stone quotes “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as much as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Ravn quotes Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide quotes

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage o face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. W. Clement Stone quotes We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. Frank Tibolt quotes

Education quotes
"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." Albert Einstein quote "The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." Tom Bodett quotes Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi quotes

Government Quote
"Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes "The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." --Partick Henry quotes

Friendship quotes
"A true friend sees the good in everything, and brings out the best in the worst of things." Sasha Azevedo quote. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Walter Winchell quotes Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.

Motivation quotes
"If your action inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams

"Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be." ---Karen Ravn quotes "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." ---Andre Gide quotes "Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." --Marsha Sinetar quotes Remember today, for it is the beginning of always. Today marks the start of a brave new future filled with all your dreams can hold. Think truly to the future and make those dreams come true. Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. Pamela Vaull Starr quotes When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius quotes

Nature quote
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature- trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." Mother Tersea quotes "In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful." Alice Walker quotes "Konwing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Konwing grass, I can appreciate persistence." Hal Borland quote

Study and science quote
"Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can- there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did." --Sarah Caldwell quotes It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of

wave pressure. Albert Einstein quotes To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. Albert Einstein quotes Science progresses best when observations force us to alter our preconceptions. Vera Rubin quotes Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King. Jr. quotes If we are going to teach creation science as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction. Judith Hayes quotes The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. William Braqq. Sr. quotes Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton quotes When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions; that is the heart of science. Dr. Carl Sagan quotes There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That’s perfectly all right; they’re the aperture to finding out what’s right. Science is a self-correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny. Dr. Carl Sagan quotes I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. Marie Curie quotes

Opportunity quote
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." --Seneca quote "Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them." --Orison Swett Marden quotes "Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open." -Alexander Graham Bell quotes "It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared." --Whitney M.Young Jr quotes "If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd." --Edward de Bono quotes I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. --John D. Rockefeller Most people don't recognize opportunity when it comes, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work." -Thomas Alva Edison

Life quotes
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. -Albert Einstein quote I certainly don’t regret my experiences because without them, I couldn’t imagine who or where I would be today. Life is an amazing gift to those who have overcome great obstacles, and attitude is everything! Sasha Azevedo quotes The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination. Don Williams, Jr. quotes Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. James Dean quotes

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannont change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it si with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes. Charles R. Swindoll quotes Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Maris Robinson quotes Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling face. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dream. Ashley Smith quotes To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything. Win Borden quotes Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." Kevin Arnold quote Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced. Swami Vivekananda quote Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again. Alex Tan quotes Our attitude towards life determines life's attitude towards us. John N.Mitchell quotes

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when your doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life. For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching. Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. Keri Russell quotes Never waste a minute of your precious life by squandering it thinking about people you don’t like. To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children... to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank quotes When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall quotes The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Walter Bagehot quote People come into your life and people leave it… you just have to trust that life has a road mapped out for you. Orlando Bloom quotes(English actor, 1977) Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade that things are too difficult or impossible. Douglas Bader quotes

I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, It’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them. Sasha Azevedo quotes Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. Benjamin Spock quotes (American pediatrician and author) Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us. John N.Mitchell quotes Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, - but it returneth. Percy Bysshe Shelley quotes (English romantic poet ) I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life”. Maya Angelou quotes When we long of life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall quotes (American TV game show host 1927) The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Walter Bagehot quotes Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses quotes When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask , “ compared to what?“ Sydney J. Harris quotes (American journalist and author) Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching other’s life. Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show. Life is short, don’t waste time worrying about what people think of you. Hold on to the ones that care, in the end they will be the only ones there. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein quotes

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need. The Rolling Stones quotes God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them. Stanley Lindquist quotes Don’t go through life, grow through life. Eric Butterworth quotes One day at a time--- this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be trouble about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, you’re supposed to help you discover who you are. Bernice Johnson Reagon quotes (American historian and musician)

Friend Quotes
A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are. Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. A friend is someone who, upon seeing another friend in immense pain, would rather be the one experiencing the pain than to have to watch their friend suffer. Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. Tennessee Williams quotes Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus quotes A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgetten the words. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another," what!You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis quote True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson Gentry quotes

If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou quotes This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy. Susan Polis Schutz quotes I really don’t think is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try. Nikki Giovanni quotes Live life so completely that when the death comes to you like a thief in the night, there will be nothing for him to steal. I you live your life in the past, you waste the life you have to live. Jessica Cress quotes Life is all about timing… the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable… attainable. Have the patience, wait it out it’s all about timing. Stacey Charter quotes What makes life worth living is knowing that one day you’ll wake up and find the person that makes you happier than anything in the whole world. So don’t ever lose hope and give up, everything turns out okay and the good guy always wins. If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead quotes The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha quotes

Action quotes
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe quotes Action conquers fear. Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg. The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have. Brian Koslow quotes Many fine things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. Jules Renard quotes The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. George Bernard Shaw quotes The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action. Oscar Wilde quotes I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action. Mae West quotes To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage. Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes Act as if were impossible to fail, Dorthea Brande quotes I shall make the most of all that comes: And the least of all that goes. Sara Teasdale quotes You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. Anthony Robbins quotes Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Rohn quotes Risk! Risk anything!Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.

Katherine Mansfield quotes When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are woking to make things better. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Words should be used as tools of communication and not as a substitute for action. You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. Mhatma Gandhi quotes The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. Andre Malraux quotes

American Idioms
About time: Nearly time, high time. "It's about time you bought a new car!" Absence makes the heart grow fonder: Proverb that means that our feeling for those we love increases when we are apart from them. (To) act high and mighty: To act proudly and arrogantly. Actions speak louder than words: Proverb meaning that's it's better to do something about a problem than to talk about it. (To) act one's age: To behave in a more mature way. Frequently said to a child or teen. ex. "Bill, stop throwing rocks! Act your age!" (To) add fuel to the fire: To make a bad problem even worse. (To) add insult to injury: To make a bad situation even worse. Against the clock: To attempt to do something "against the clock" is to attempt to do something as fast as possible usually before a deadline. All-out: Complete. Very strong. "They did an all-out search for the missing boy and they found him." All set: Ready (to go). "All set?" All thumbs: Awkward. Clumsy. A little bird told me: When someone says "a little bird told me" it means they don't want you to know who told them. All in a day's work:

Typical. Normal. Expected. ex. "Talking to famous celebrities is all in a day's work for some Hollywood reporters." (From) all walks of life: (From) all social, economic, and ethnic groups. ex. "People from all walks of life voted for him, but he still lost the presidential election." Apple of someone's eye: Someone's favorite person (and sometimes thing). ex. "Sarah was the apple of Tom's eye for quite a long time. He was very much in love with her." Armed to the teeth: Heavily armed. ex. "The rebels were armed to the teeth." At all hours (of the night): Very late at night, throughout the night. ex. "Her boyfriend would call her at all hours of the night." At each other's throats: Fighting or arguing heavily. ex. "They were at each other's throats. The arguments never stopped." At this stage: At this point. ex. "At this stage, it's difficult to say who will win the election."

(a) ball-park figure: A rough estimate. "Can you give me a ball-park figure of what this project will cost?" (To get on the) bandwagon: To begin to like something/start doing something because it's popular, "hip", or everyone else is doing it. (To) bank on something: To count or rely on something. (To) bark up the wrong tree: To ask the wrong person. To make the wrong choice. ex. "The gangster told the cops they were barking up the wrong tree in thinking he was responsible for the robbery." (A) basket-case: A very nervous person, someone at the verge of being neurotic. ex. "All the stress from the divorce turned John into a basket case."

(To) be a fan of someone/ something: To like, idolize, admire someone/ or something. ex. "I'm not a big fan of heavy metal music." (To) be in one's element: To be completely comfortable doing something; To do something that comes very naturally to someone. ex. "When it comes to speaking in public, the Senator is in his element." (To) be up to no good: To be planning something bad, mischievous, etc. ex. "I could tell from the look in his eyes that he was up to no good." (To) beat around the bush: To avoid getting to the point. ex. "Stop beating around the bush and tell me what you really think." (To) beg to differ: A polite way of saying "to disagree", most often heard in the phrase "I beg to differ!" Behind (someone) In the past. "I used to smoke, drink, and take drugs, but all that is behind me now." Believe it or not: Used at the beginning sentence to state that something is true whether one chooses to believe it or not. ex. "Believe it or not, I still care for her." Big fish in a little sea: A person who's famous/ well-known but only in an unimportant place (city or area). (To have a) big mouth: To not be able to keep a secret. ex. "Don't tell her anything. She's got a really big mouth." Big-shot (noun/adjective): An important person. ex. "All the big-shots at headquarters never listen to what we have to say."; "A big-shot reporter." (A) Bimbo: A foolish/empty girl. The term "male bimbo" is also used. ex. "John only talks about his car and his clothes - he's a real male bimbo." (The) birds and the bees: Sex. Human reproduction. ex. "It's about time I talked to my son about the birds and the bees."

(A) bite to eat: A snack, some food. ex. "Let's go grab a bite to eat before we go to the game." (To) bite the hand that feeds you: To do harm to someone who helps you. (To) bite one's tongue: To struggle not to say something that you want to say. ex. "I wanted to tell her everything, but I had to bite my tongue because I had promised Bill I would not (tell her)." Black sheep (of the family): The worst, least accepted member of a family. (A) Blast: A great time. A fun time. "We had a blast at the party last night." (To) blow someone's cover: To reveal someone's secret, or true identity. ex. "The spy was very careful not to blow her cover." (To) break even: To neither win nor lose. ex. "Michael thought he would lose $200, but he ended up breaking even." (To) break new ground: To do something that hasn't been done before. To innovate. ex. "Dr. Davis was breaking new ground in cancer research." (To) break someone's heart: To cause someone (strong) emotional pain. ex. "Fiona broke James' heart when she refused to marry him." (To) break the news to someone/ to break "it" to someone: To tell someone some important news, usually bad news. ex. "I hate to be the one to break it to you, but your wife has been cheating on you." (To) burst into tears: To start crying suddenly. (To) call it a day: To end work and go home. ex. "Let's call it a day. It's getting late." (To) carry a tune:

To be able to sing on key (accurately). "She has an awful voice! She can't carry a tune." (To) cash in on something: To profit from something. "The actor wanted to cash in on his popularity by opening a restaurant." (A) catch: When talking about wives, husbands, girlfriends, etc., people sometimes say "He's quite a catch" or "She's quite a catch" - which means "He/she is a great partner - it's good to be in a relationship with him/her (usually because of his/her personality, money, or looks)" (To) catch someone's eye: To get someone's attention through eye contact. (A) cheap drunk: Also knows as "a cheap date". A person who becomes drunk after only one or two drinks. "Victor had one gin and tonic and was already slurring - what a cheap drunk!" (A) clean bill of health: A report from the doctor that one's health is good. Good results from a doctor's medical examination. ex. "I went in for my yearly physical and got a clean bill of health from Dr. Jones". (To) clear the table: To remove all dishes, cutlery, etc. from a table after a meal. (A) close call: Something that is close to danger or an accident. "That was a close call! The train almost hit the motorbike." Coast-to-coast: From the Atlantic to the Pacific coast in the United States. ex. "Our car made the coast-to-coast trip in 70 hours". (To) come away empty handed: To return without anything. To expect to receive something but to end up receiving nothing. ex. "The union workers came away empty handed from the negotiations." (To) come to an end: To finish. To stop. ex. "When the road came to an end, we turned left." (To) come out of the closet: To reveal that one is gay.

Come to think of it: I just remembered. ex. "Hey, come to think of it, I do have a sleeping bag you can borrow." (To) come up short: To not quite achieve one's goal. ex. "The students tried to raise $1,000 for the school play, but they came up short." Come what may Whatever happens. No matter what happens. Copycat (noun or adjective) Someone who imitates/mimics another person *not really used in a positive sense* (To) cover a lot of ground: To go through a lot of information. "We've covered a lot of ground in my English class in the past two months." (To) cover for someone: To make excuses for someone or to conceal someone's errors. (At the) crack of dawn: Right at dawn (when the sun comes up). "We left at the crack of dawn." (To) crash: To sleep. To go to bed. (To) cramp someone's style: To limit someone in some way. To limit someone from expressing themselves fully. (To) cry one's eyes out: To cry hard. ex. "When her grandfather died, she cried her eyes out for three days straight." (To) cut class: To not go to class. To skip going to class. "Jacob was a very bad student. He was always cutting class to go smoke with his buddies." (To) cut loose: To act or speak freely, without holding back ( = without restraint). "When the three of us are together we really cut loose." (A) cut above (something): Superior/ better (than something). "The commercial said that this car company is 'a cut above the rest'."

(To) die of boredom: To be very bored. (A) dead ringer: A look-alike. "He's a dead ringer for Jude Law" (He looks exactly like Jude Law). Dirt cheap: Very cheap (inexpensive). "The hotel we stayed in was dirt cheap, but our room was very nice." (A) dog's age: A very long time. "I haven't seen him in a dog's age." Don't hold your breath: Don't wait for it to happen because it probably won't. "You think David will break up with Tina? Don't hold your breath!" Don't let it get you down: Don't let it upset you. Don't allow it to make you feel bad. (To) do the dishes: To wash the dishes. (A) downer: An event that causes one to be sad. "Your girlfriend broke up with you? What a downer!" Down the drain: Wasted. Lost forever. "I tried for five years to run this business and now I'm bankrupt. Five years down the drain." (A) drag: Boring; a disappointment. "The party was a real drag" or "My car broke down... What a drag!" (To) drive a hard bargain: To be firm when bargaining about something. You drive a hard bargain = It's hard to win when bargaining with you. "You drive a hard bargain, but alright, I'll pay you $10 for the lamp." (To) drive someone crazy: To make someone very agitated, upset, or emotional (either in a good or bad way). "That teacher is so awful! He drives me crazy with his attitude."

(To) drop it: To stop talking about something. "I told you to drop it! I don't want to talk about it." (To) drown one's sorrows: To get/ become drunk. (To) drop the ball: To make a mistake. (WARNING: This idiom is overused in the business world). ex. "So it was John's fault? Yes, John really dropped the ball on this one." (A) dream come true: A great thing. A dream or wish that has become reality. ex. "Living in California is like a dream come true." Down in the dumps: Sad. Depressed. (To) dump someone: (very informal) To end a relationship with someone; to break up with someone. To stop seeing someone (romantically). "She dumped me." Earful: a strong verbal scolding. ex. "Katie's father really gave her an earful when she came home at 4 AM." Easy: Not so fast. Calm down! ex. "Easy! Don't eat so fast!" (As) easy as pie: Very easy. Easy come, easy go: PROVERB. Said to explain the loss of something that was very easily obtained in the first place. Easy-going: Tolerant. Laid-back. Relaxed. (To) eat one's heart out: To be envious or jealous. ex. "Eat your heart out Frank, I'm going to Paris!" (To) eat out of someone's hands: To do whatever someone else wants. ex. "James would do anything for Vicky. She had him eating out of her hands."

(To) eat one's words: To admit that what one said was wrong. ex. "You think I won't be able to find work in one week? I'm going to make you eat your words." Elbow room: Enough space (room) to feel comfortable. Enough is enough: That is enough and there should be no more. (To) enter one's mind: To cross one's mind. To start thinking about something. "You want me to become a doctor? The thought never even entered my mind." Everything but the kitchen sink: Almost everything one can think of. Every so often: Once in while. Occasionally. Every other: Every second. Alternate. ex. "In Los Angeles, every other person is an actor." Expecting: Pregnant. (To) get a move on: To go or do something quickly, to get going, etc. ex. "Hey if we want to make the 8:00 PM show we should get a move on." (To) get carried away: To exaggerate/ go too far/ to become emotional. ex. "I got carried away. I bought 10 shirts!" "She got carried away when she started talking about the war." (To) get caught up: To become involved, especially emotionally. ex. "I just got caught up in his plan and couldn't think straight." (To) get cold feet: To become timid or frightened. ex. "I usually get cold feet when I have to speak in public." (To) get down to business: To start working seriously. ex. "Enough playing around - let's get down to business."

(To) get that all the time: To hear something constantly. ex. "Hey, you really look like Brad Pitt! Yeah, I get that all the time." (To) get one's foot in the door To get started in a process. To attain a favorable position which will help one work toward a goal. ex. "I'm trying to find a better job, but I can't get my foot in the door. (To) get one's fill of something: To have enough of something. To have a lot of something. ex. "She's had her fill of trouble lately." (To) get on someone's nerves: To annoy someone. To bother or irritate someone. (To) get rid of (something/someone): To eliminate. To throw away. To hide. ex. "This detergent gets rid of dirt better than any other one that I've used.", "Get rid of the cigarette - your mother's coming!" (To) get something off one's chest: To say something that has been on your mind. To say something that has been bothering you. "Did you tell her about Hawaii? Yes, and I felt much better once I got that off my chest." (To) get the blues: To become sad or depressed. (To) get something straight: To clarify something. To understand something clearly. (To) give someone a call: To call someone (on the telephone). (To) give someone the benefit of the doubt: To believe in someone despite information that makes them seem guilty of something. ex. "Hey, don't believe the rumors - give him the benefit of the doubt." (To) give someone a piece of one's mind: To bawl someone out. To let someone know how one really feels. "After that driver took my parking spot, I really gave him a piece of my mind." (A) go-getter: an aggressive employee, a hard worker. "Jim is a real go-getter. He's always taking the initiative."

(To) go Dutch: When a group of people go out and everyone pays for him/herself. (To) go overboard: To do too much. To exaggerate. "They really went overboard with the party preparations." (To) go up in flames: To burn. To be consumed in flames. (To) go over something with a fine toothed comb: To go over something very carefully, esp. checking for errors. "Here's the report - Make sure to go over it with a fine toothed comb." (To) go to someone's head: To make someone overly conceited or proud. ex. "That award that he won really went to his head." (To) a golden opportunity: A good chance to succeed, a good investment. ex. "I didn't have money to buy that restaurant. I missed a golden opportunity." Half-baked: Foolish. Hand-me-down: Usually said of clothing that has been passed on from one person to another. ex. "A hand-me-down dress." Hands down: Easily. By far. ex. "She is hands down the most beautiful girl in class." Hang on: Be prepared for fast and/or rough movement. (To) hang on someone's every word: To listen very carefully to someone. ex. "Grandpa was telling a story and the kids were hanging on his every word." (To) hate someone's guts: To hate someone very much. (To) have a big mouth: To be a gossiper. To be a person who can't keep a secret. ex. "Don't tell her anything! She has a big mouth."

(To) have a lot going for (someone): To have a lot of good things in one's life. To have many things working to one's benefit. ex. "She has a lot going for her - she's smart, she's attractive, she has a good job, etc." (To) have a sweet tooth: To love to eat candy or other sweets. (To) have an edge: To have an advantage. (To) have mixed feelings (about something): To be unsure or uncertain about something. (To) have one's hands full: To be busy, occupied with some kind of activity, work, etc. ex. "I have my hands full with my three children." (To) have one's heart set on something: To really want something to happen. To expect something to happen. ex. "Julie has her heart set on going to London this summer." (A) hit: A popular song or film. ex. "Titanic was a hit (movie)." (To) hit the spot: To satisfy a need exactly. To be exactly right (often said about food or drinks). ex. "That was a delicious meal - It hit the spot." (To) hit bottom: To reach the lowest point. (To) hit the road: To leave, start on a trip, etc. ex. "It's already 9:00 AM - We have to hit the road!" (To) hit a snag: To run into a problem. ex. "The project hit a snag when testing failed to produce favorable results" Hold on! Wait. "Hold on, I'll be with you in just a moment." (To be) homesick To miss one's home, country, city, etc. "Francesca is really homesick. She really wants to go back to Italy."

How on earth...? How in the world...? When asking a question, "How on earth..." and "How in the world..." emphasize the fact that something incredible or very hard to believe happened. "How on earth did you get that job? (it was very hard to get)" "How on earth did you fix that car!? (it was impossible to fix)" etc. If worst comes to worst: If things get really bad. ex. "If worst comes to worst, we can always fire him." Ill-at-ease: Uncomfortable. ex. "She seemed to be ill-at-ease talking to the doctor about her problems". In bad taste: Rude. Vulgar. Obscene. ex. "John's jokes are always in bad taste." In broad daylight: Publicly visible in the daytime. ex. "This city is very dangerous. You can get robbed in broad daylight." In good shape/ condition: Physically and functionally sound and sturdy. "Shape" is generally used more for people. ex. "The car is in good condition. Bill is in good shape." In mint condition: In perfect condition (not used for people). In no mood to do something: To not feel like doing something. To not want to do something. ex. "I'm in no mood to cook dinner tonight." In season: Currently available for selling (often said of fresh fruit and vegetables). ex. "Tomatoes are very cheap now because they're in season." In stock: Available for purchase, as in goods in a store. ex. "Do you have any more of these books in stock? No, I'm sorry we don't." In the air: Everywhere. All around. In the long run:

Over a long period of time. Ultimately. ex. "He smokes a lot now, and I'm afraid that in the long run it will cost him his health." In the same boat: In the same situation (usually negative). In and out: Coming in and going out often. ex. "She's been in and out all day." In with: Friendly with. Friends with. ex. "At high school he was in with the wrong crowd. That's why he always got in trouble." In advance: Ahead of time. Jam-packed: Very crowded. ex. "The stadium was jam packed on Saturday." (To) jam on the brakes: To hit/ step on the brakes suddenly to stop the car. Jack-of-all-trades: A person who knows how to do a lot of different things. (To) jump all over someone/ jump down someone's throat: To criticize or blame someone. ex. "As soon as I brought up going out with my friends, she jumped all over me." (To) jump the gun: To get something started too soon. To start too soon. ex. "We have to do a lot more work before we launch this product. We don't want to jump the gun." (To) jump at: To quickly accept. ex. "The journalist jumped at the chance to interview Madonna." Just about: Almost. ex. "I'm just about finished." Just now: Just a minute ago. Just what the doctor ordered: Exactly what is needed. ex. "This vacation is great! It's just what the doctor ordered."

(To) keep a low profile: To lay low. To not attract attention to oneself by talking loudly, dressing in flashy clothes, causing trouble, etc. ex. "The bank robbers knew that they had to keep a low profile until they crossed the border." (To) keep an eye on: To watch. To pay attention to. ex. "I have to go to the store. Can you please keep an eye on the baby for 10 minutes?" (To) keep a straight face: To force oneself not to laugh, even though one wants to. ex. "He was saying the stupidest things, and I was finding it hard to keep a straight face." (To) keep one's cool: To remain calm. (To) keep one's word: To uphold one's promise. ex. "He's a very honorable person who always keeps his word." (To) keep someone posted: To keep someone informed. (To) keep someone up: To not allow someone to sleep. ex. "The neighbors' party kept me up all night." (To) keep something to oneself: To not let others know about something. To not reveal something. ex. "Hey, don't tell anyone about your time in prison. Keep it to yourself." (To) keep track of: To maintain a record of. ex. "I don't know where all my money goes. It's hard to keep track of my expenses." (A) kept man/woman: Someone who is in a relationship where the other person pays for everything. ex. "Stephen's girlfriend always pays for everything. He's such a kept man." (To) kick back: To relax. (To) kick oneself: To regret.

(To) kill time: To waste time. Knock it off!: Stop it! Knock on wood: A phrase said to cancel out (imaginary) bad luck. (To) know something inside-out: To know something completely and thoroughly. ex. "Let me show you around - I know this neighborhood inside-out." (To) know the score: To know the facts. To know how things go. Know-it-all: A person who acts like they know everything. ex. "Robert is so conceited! Yeah, he's a real know-it-all." (To) keep a low profile: To lay low. To not attract attention to oneself by talking loudly, dressing in flashy clothes, causing trouble, etc. ex. "The bank robbers knew that they had to keep a low profile until they crossed the border." (To) keep an eye on: To watch. To pay attention to. ex. "I have to go to the store. Can you please keep an eye on the baby for 10 minutes?" (To) keep a straight face: To force oneself not to laugh, even though one wants to. ex. "He was saying the stupidest things, and I was finding it hard to keep a straight face." (To) keep one's cool: To remain calm. (To) keep one's word: To uphold one's promise. ex. "He's a very honorable person who always keeps his word." (To) keep someone posted: To keep someone informed. (To) keep someone up: To not allow someone to sleep. ex. "The neighbors' party kept me up all night."

(To) keep something to oneself: To not let others know about something. To not reveal something. ex. "Hey, don't tell anyone about your time in prison. Keep it to yourself." (To) keep track of: To maintain a record of. ex. "I don't know where all my money goes. It's hard to keep track of my expenses." (A) kept man/woman: Someone who is in a relationship where the other person pays for everything. ex. "Stephen's girlfriend always pays for everything. He's such a kept man." (To) kick back: To relax. (To) kick oneself: To regret. (To) kill time: To waste time. Knock it off!: Stop it! Knock on wood: A phrase said to cancel out (imaginary) bad luck. (To) know something inside-out: To know something completely and thoroughly. ex. "Let me show you around - I know this neighborhood inside-out." (To) know the score: To know the facts. To know how things go. Know-it-all: A person who acts like they know everything. ex. "Robert is so conceited! Yeah, he's a real know-it-all." (A) lady-killer: A handsome man; a man who charms women. This does NOT mean "killer of ladies!" :) Last but not least: Last in order but not last in importance. ex. "Last but not least I'd like to thank my parents."

Last ditch (adj.): Final (*has a slight connotation of "desperate"*). ex. "They made a last-ditch effort to win the game, but came up short." (To) lay a finger on someone: To touch someone even very slightly. ex. "If you so much as lay a finger on him, you will be in trouble." (To) lay low: SEE "Keep a low profile" (To) leave a bad taste in someone's mouth: To leave a negative impression on someone. (To) leave someone high and dry: To leave someone helpless. ex. "Don't leave me high. Don't leave me dry." - Radiohead (To) leave someone in peace/ alone: To stop bothering someone. ex. "Leave me alone! I don't want to talk to anyone." (To) let off steam: To release energy or anger. ex. "Victor went drinking, and got into a fight. That's OK, he's just letting off a little steam." (To) let someone off the hook: To release someone from responsibility. ex. "Natalie said she didn't want to wash the dishes, but her mom didn't let her off the hook." (To) let something slide: To neglect something. To ignore something. ex. "I'm going to let it slide this time, but next time be more careful!" (A) lift: A ride. ex. "She gave me a lift to the airport." Little by little: Slowly, gradually. ex. "Little by little she started to like living in New York City." (A) little off: Not quite even, normal. ex. "There was something a little off about the way she was behaving." (To) lock horns:

To argue. To have a dispute. To disagree. (To) look the other way: To ignore something on purpose. ex. "In some countries, customs officials can be paid to look the other way." (A) long shot: Something that has a slim (small) chance of happening. "They might win, but it's a long-shot." (To) lose (someone): This is often used when someone is chasing someone OR being chased by someone. If you're being chased by someone and you manage to get away you can say - "I lost him!" The person chasing you can say the same thing - "I lost him" :) (To) lose one's temper: To become angry. (To) lose one's train of thought: To forget what one was thinking/ talking about. ex. "What was I saying? I lost my train of thought." Lost in thought: Busy thinking. (To) lower one's voice: To talk more softly. ex. "Lower your voice, my parents are asleep." (A) lucky break: Good luck, good fortune. ex. "I was supposed to speak at the meeting today, but I found out it was cancelled. What a lucky break!" (To) make a beeline for: To head directly to. ex. "Whenever he comes into the cafeteria, he makes a beeline for the fried shrimp." (To) make a bundle: To make a lot of money (one time). "I made a bundle when I sold my Microsoft stock last month." (To) make a long story short: To bring a story to an end; To sum things up. (To) make a pass at someone:

To make romantic advances. To "hit on". ex. "Karl was fired because he made a pass at his co-worker Fiona." (To) make believe: To pretend. ex. "When your friends come, let's make believe ( = pretend) we don't know each other." (To) make ends meet: To have enough money to pay one's basic expenses; to just to get by. "This town is so expensive that it's hard to make ends meet sometimes." (To) make good money: To make a lot of money (regularly). ex. "Shawm doesn't like his job, but he makes good money." (To) make light of something: To treat something as if it were trivial or unimportant. ex. "Don't make light of the situation it's more serious than you think." (To) make life miserable for someone: To cause someone lots of problems. ex. "Patricia's boss is making life miserable for her." (To) make up one's mind: To make a decision. ex. "I've made up my mind - I'm moving to Costa Rica." (To) make oneself at home: To feel as comfortable as one would being at home. "During your visit just make yourself at home." (To) make someone's head spin: To make someone dizzy or disoriented. ex. "All that alcohol made my head spin." (To) make something from scratch: To make something by starting with the basic ingredients. ex. "Did you bake that cake? No, I made it from scratch." (To) meet someone halfway: To compromise with someone. ex. "They settled the argument by deciding to meet each other halfway." (To) mention something in passing: To mention something casually. (The) middle of nowhere:

A very isolated place. "Our car broke down in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town was 100 miles away!" (To) mind one's own business: Not to interfere/ get involved in the business of others. "Sometimes it's best to mind your own business." Money talks: Having money helps one get things done. (There's) more than meets the eye: More complicated/more interesting. "There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Maria = Maria is more interesting (or complicated, depending on the context) than she appears." (To) move up in the world: To increase one's standing socially, etc. To become successful. (A) must: Necessary. "In Los Angeles, having a car is a must." neck and neck: Very close (almost even), as in a race. "The two candidates were running neck and neck a month before the election." neck of the woods: Area. Part of a country. ex. "What's happening in your neck of the woods?" (To) need a hand: To need help. Neither here nor there: Not relevant. ex. All of a sudden he started talking about his car - a topic which was neither here nor there. Nest egg: Saved money. Never mind: Don't worry about it. ex. "Did you pick up my photos? Never mind, I'll do it myself tomorrow." (To) nip something in the bud: To end something at an early stage.

No laughing matter: A very serious matter. ex. "Hey, why are you smiling? This is no laughing matter!" No picnic: Not easy. Very difficult and problematic. ex. "Let me tell you, driving in that snowstorm was no picnic." No rush: You don't have to hurry. ex. "Do you want this done by this evening? No, there's no rush you can finish it tomorrow." No skin off my nose: I don't care because it doesn't affect me. No sweat: No problem. No wonder: It's not surprising. ex. "He only slept for two hours last night? No wonder he's so tired." (To) not be born yesterday: To be experienced, knowledgeable. ex. "Of course I know that trick! I wasn't born yesterday." Not in the least?: Not at all. ex. "Were you surprised that he failed the FCE? Not in the least." Not likely: Probably will not happen. ex. "You think George will learn a lesson from this? Not likely." Not much of: Pretty bad. ex. "He's not much of a cook, but at least he tries." Now and then: Occasionally. Odd man out: An unusual or atypical person (or thing). ex. "In a high school where everyone was tough, I was the odd man out." Off-color: Rude. Vulgar.

Off-duty: Not working at one's job. ex. "the policeman couldn't help me because he was off-duty." Off the air: No longer on TV (or the radio). ex. "They took that show off the air in November because nobody watched it." Off the hook: No longer having to do something, no longer blamed or under suspicion. ex. "Ok, you're off the hook. Your brother says he'll clean the bathroom." Off the record: Unofficially. Off the top of one's head: Spontaneously. Without thinking too much. "How many cafes are there in this town? Off the top of my head I can think of about 6." On one's mind: Occupying someone's thoughts. Being thought about. ex. "You were always on my mind." (To do something) on one's own accord: Willingly, without anyone forcing one to do something. "Did you make him apologize? No, he did it on his own accord." On second thought: Having given something more thought. ex. "On second thought, maybe you should sell your house and move into an apartment." On the go: Busy. Moving around busily. ex. "Jim is always on the go. He can never find time to talk to me." On the house: Something that is given away free by a merchant. "How much for the apple? Don't worry It's one the house!" On the loose: (Most often used speaking about criminals) - free; not captured; "The bank robbers are still on the loose." On the tip of one's tongue: About to be said. Almost remembered.

On the wagon: Not drinking alcohol. ex. "Hey let's go out for a couple of beers tonight. I can't - I'm on the wagon." Once in a while: Occasionally. Other side of the tracks The poorer part of a town. Out cold: Unconscious. ex. "The boxer was out cold." Out of sorts: Not quite oneself; In a bad/strange mood. ex. "Tom has been out of sorts recently." (A) pain in the butt: A problematic person/thing. Chronic complainer. "I hate doing my taxes. It's such a pain in the butt." "Stop being such a pain in the butt - all you do is complain!" (To) pass the buck: To blame someone else. (To) pass the time: To do something to keep busy. "What do you do to pass the time around here?" (A) pat on the back: A sign of approval - "To give someone a pat on the back" means to show them that you approve of something that they did. (To) pay an arm and a leg/ pay a fortune: To pay a lot of money. ex. "I hate to have to pay an arm and a leg for a tank of gas." (A) peeping Tom Someone who looks through people's windows. (A) piece of cake: Very easy. ex. "Hey how did you do on the test? Good - it was a piece of cake for me." (To give someone) a piece of one's mind: To scold, reprimand someone (for something they did). ex. "After I found out how badly Peter had treated his girlfriend, I gave him a piece of my mind." (To) pitch in:

To help with something (especially financially). ex. "Let's all pitch in and buy him a nice present." (To) pick up the tab: To pay a bill. ex. "John, you picked up the tab last time - Let me pay this time." (To) play second fiddle to someone: To be second in importance to someone. ex. "Sam didn't join the team because they already had a star and Sam didn't wanted to play second fiddle to anyone." (To) play something by ear: To improvise. To see how things go and make a decision later. ex. "What do you want to do tonight? I don't know, let's just play it by ear." (To) play it safe: To act or be safe. To do something safely. (To) play the field: To date many different people instead of going steady. "After Mary broke up with Jim, she started playing the field." (A) poker face: A face with no expression. Also common is "to be poker-faced." preachy: An adjective that describes someone (or something) that tries to preach how one should live, etc. eg. "A preachy movie" Pressed for time: In a hurry. (To) promise someone the moon: To promise someone lots of extravagant things (unrealistically). ex. "He promised her the moon, but couldn't deliver on any of his promises." (To) puke: To vomit. To throw up. (To) pull someone's leg: To kid, play a joke on someone. (To) pull a fast one: To cheat or to deceive.

Pure gold: If something is "pure gold" it is "the best", "fantastic", "amazing". (To) push one's luck: To expect continued good fortune. (To) put up a good fight: To try very hard. ex. "Well, although my team lost, they put up a good fight, so I'm not upset." Quick study: Someone who is able to memorize or learn something quickly and easily."I was worried she wouldn't be able to get up to speed quickly enough, but she proved to be a quick study." Quite a few: Many. ex. "There were quite a few people at the concert yesterday." Quite a bit: A lot. (As) quiet as a mouse: Very quiet. Quick on the uptake: Quick to understand. Quick and dirty: Fast and simple, not very sophisticated. (To) rack one's brain: To try very hard to think of something. ex. "I racked my brain but I couldn't remember his name." (To) rain cats and dogs: To rain very hard. ex. "It was raining cats and dogs last night." NB: *Although this is a fun idiom, in our opinion it is ARCHAIC = it's best to say "It was raining very heavily" instead* Rain or shine: No matter what the weather is like. (To) raise (some) eyebrows: To shock. ex."The art show raised some eyebrows due to its explicit content."

(A) redneck: Generally refers to someone who has either bigoted or narrow-minded opinions. Often used in the context of people who live in small towns or in the country. (To) read between the lines: To try to understand what is meant by something that is not written/said clearly. "Linda tried to be cheerful and said she was okay, but reading between the lines, I could see she was really upset." (A) regular guy: A normal, average man (said in a fairly positive way). "John? I don't know, I guess he's just a regular guy." (To) rest one's case: When someone says "I rest my case", it means that you both have just witnessed proof that their point of view/argument is correct. Right off the bat: Right away. Immediately. First thing. (To) ring in the new year: To celebrate the beginning of the New Year at midnight on December 31st. (To) ring a bell: To remind, vaguely recognize something. "Have you every listened to Alex Chilton? I'm not sure - the name rings a bell, though. ( = I think I've heard the name before)" or "I'm sorry, that doesn't ring a bell = I'm sorry I don't recognize/know that" (A) rip-off or (To) rip-off: "A" rip-off is something that costs more than it should. "The popcorn prices at the movie theater are a rip-off". "To" rip someone off means to steal from someone, or to cheat someone. "The mechanic ripped me off. He was supposed to give me back a 20 and he only gave me back 10." (To) risk one's neck (to do something): To risk (sometimes physical) harm to accomplish something. ex. "He's always been very mean to me. I don't plan to risk my neck to save his job." (To) rob the cradle: To go out with (or marry) someone who is much younger than you are. ex. "Victor's new wife is 25 years younger than him. Talk about robbing the cradle!" (To) rock the boat: To disturb an otherwise stable situation.

Rotten: Bad, nasty. "I've done a lot of rotten things in the past." (To) rub someone the wrong way: To irritate someone. ex. "I'm not going out if your cousin is going. She really rubs me the wrong way." (To) rub elbows with someone: To associate with someone. ex. "When her singing career took off, Kathleen was able to rub elbows with the rich and famous." (To) run a fever: To have a fever. (To) run in the family: To happen/ occur often in the family (through generations). ex. "Frank is always so angry. Yeah, his bad temper runs in the family." (To) take it: To endure trouble, criticism, or abuse. ex. "Say whatever you want about me, I can take it." Take it easy! Relax! (Also used in "to take it easy" = to relax, to spend a day relaxing, etc.) Take it or leave it: To accept it the way it is or to forget it. ex. "That's my final offer. Take it or leave it." (To) take it's toll: To cause damage (or loss). "The long hours he puts in at work have begun to take their toll on his health." (To) take something/ someone for granted: To accept something/ someone (without gratitude) as a matter of course. ex. "We tend to take a lot of things for granted." (To) take something lying down: To endure something unpleasant without fighting back. ex. "I'm not going to take this type of treatment lying down!" (To) take something with a grain of salt: Not to take something that someone says too seriously. (To) take someone under one's wing:

To protect (and teach) someone. ex. "Arthur took the new employee under his wing and taught him everything he knew." (To) take the rap (for something): To accept responsibility, admit that one is guilty of something. "I thought that Bill was responsible, but his friend Tom took the rap for the mixup." (To) think straight: To think clearly. ex. "I was so tired that I couldn't think straight." (To) throw someone for a loop: To confuse or shock someone. ex. "His last comment really threw me for a loop... I had no idea what he meant!" (To) tie the knot: To get married. (To) tighten one's belt To spend less money. ex. "After Becky lost her job, we really had to tighten our belts for a while." To save his/her life: At all/ completely. ex. "She can't sing to save her life." Told you so!: Basically when someone says "told you so!", it's like saying "See - I was right!". Tongue in cheek: Joking. ex. "Quentin made a tongue-in-cheek remark to his dad." (To) touch on (something): To mention/talk about. ex. "During the meeting, we touched on the plans to rebuild the school." True to one's word: Keeping one's promise. ex. "I wasn't sure he would pay me, but he turned out to be true to his word." (To) try your luck To attempt something. To try to see if you can do/win something. "I'm going to try my luck at the slot machines." (To) try someone's patience To do something annoying that may cause someone to lose patience.

(To) turn a blind eye to something: To ignore something and pretend you did not see it. ex. "The usher turned a blind eye to the boy who snuck into the theater." (To) turn one's back on (something/someone): To forget or ignore (something/someone) ex. "You should never turn your back on your friends." (To) two-time someone: To be in a relationship and to have another boyfriend/girlfriend without telling your first boyfriend/girlfriend. "I dumped him when I found out he was two-timing me with Mary." Safe and sound: Safe. Unharmed. ex. "It was a rough trip but we got there safe and sound." (To) save money for a rainy day: To reserve something for some future need. ex. "I've saved a little money for a rainy day." (To) save the day: To produce good results when bad results are expected. ex. "Colin saved the day by remembering to bring the map." (A) score to settle: To get even. To pay someone back for something negative that they did. ex. "Don't stop me. I have a score to settle with him." (To) scratch the surface: To begin finding out about something. Second nature (to someone): Easy and natural. "Scoring goals is second nature to him." (To) see eye to eye on something: To have a similar opinion on something. ex. "Despite their differences, the two candidates in fact see eye to eye on most issues." (To) see fit: To deem, believe to be appropriate. ex. "You can do that any way you see fit." (To) see the writing on the wall: To see that something is going to happen. (To) serve someone right:

To serve as appropriate punishment for someone. ex. "They put him in jail for 5 years? Serves him right!" (To) set foot somewhere: To go or enter somewhere. ex. "If I were you I wouldn't set foot in that town." (To) set one's sights on something: To select something as one's goal. (A) shot in the arm: A boost. "The good financial news was a real shot in the arm for Steve's company." (To) sit on one's hands To do nothing. (To) sit tight: To wait (patiently). ex. "Sit tight, your mother will be here soon." Skeleton(s) in the closet: A shocking/ disturbing secret. (To) sleep on something: To think about something overnight. ex. "I'm not sure if I want to buy this car. I think I should sleep on it." (To) stand up for something: To fight for, support. ex. "The elected official promised to stand up for the poor." (To) stir up trouble: To cause trouble ex. "Sometimes I think she gets great pleasure from stirring up trouble." Sucker: A gullible person or someone who is easily impressed by something ( eg. "a sucker for gadgets" = someone who is easily impressed by gadgets) Suit yourself: Have it your way; As you wish; "I wouldn't walk around that neighborhood at night, but if you really want to, suit yourself." (To) swallow something hook, line, and sinker: To believe something (usually a lie) completely. "Margaret told him a flat-out ( = complete and utter) lie and he swallowed it hook line and sinker."

Under construction: Being built or repaired. ex. "This road has been under construction for six months." Under fire: Being attacked. ex. "The soldiers came under fire when they approached the city." Under the table: Illegally. ex. "Many illegal immigrants try to find work under the table." Under the weather: Sick. Ill. ex. "I'm feeling a bit under the weather today." Up and about: Recovered from an illness. ex. "Hey it's nice to see you up and about. You must feel a lot better." Up for grabs Available for anyone to try to get. ex. "The Swedish telecom market is still up for grabs." Up in the air: Uncertain. ex. "His future at this company is up in the air." Uptight: Conservative, nervous, nit-picky. "Stop being so uptight, relax a bit!" Up to it: Capable of, fit for. ex. "Do you feel up to playing a game of tennis?" Up to one's neck in something: Very much involved in something. To have a lot of something. ex. "I can't go out tonight. I'm up to my neck in work." Up to par: Meeting normal standards. (To) use every trick in the book: To use every method possible. (To) vanish into thin air: To disappear without leaving a trace. Variety is the spice of life: Proverb meaning life is made more interesting by doing new or different things.

Very last: The last. ex. "We were able to buy the very last tickets to the concert." Very well: OK. Agreed. Vicious circle: Sequence of cause and effect with bad results. ex. "He had fallen into a vicious circle of drinking too much and then losing his job and then drinking even more."

(c) 2006-2011 LearnEnglishFeelGood.com unless otherwise stated. Please see our content policy before sharing our content. Wait-and-see attitude: A skeptical attitude. An attitude where someone will just wait and see what happens. (To) wait tables: To work as a waiter/ waitress in a restaurant. (To) wait on someone hand and foot: To serve someone very well. To do anything someone asks you. ex. "I don't mind making you coffee, but don't expect me to wait on you hand and foot!" (To) wash one's hands of someone/something: To end one's association with someone or something. ex. "I washed my hands of Tom. I wanted nothing more to do with him." Washed-up: No longer important/ in good form. "Why do you hang out with that washed-up actor?" (To) waste one's breath: To talk in vain. To waste one's time talking. Way to go!: Good job! Congratulations! (*sometimes used sarcastically*) Wear and tear: Damage as a result of normal use. ex. "They put a lot of wear and tear on their truck during their long road trip." (To) wear out one's welcome: To stay too long (at an event, at someone's house, etc.) ex. "Let's only stay with them for 2

days - I don't want us to wear out our welcome." Well-off: Wealthy. ex. "Her parents are well-off." Wet blanket: A person who discourages others from having fun. What makes someone tick: What motivates someone. ex. "He's such a mysterious guy. I don't quite know what makes him tick." What's with (someone)?: What's wrong with (someone)?. ex. "What's with you? You've been acting strange all day!" (A) whole lot: A lot, too many. ex. "There aren't a whole lot of good restaurants in this neighborhood = There aren't too many good restaurants in this neighborhood" (To be) wide awake: To be completely awake. "Were you sleeping? No, I was wide awake." (A) wild goose chase: A futile/hopeless pursuit. "We thought he gave us a good lead, but it ended up being a wild goose chase." (At one's) wits' end: If you're "at your wits' end" it means that you've tried everything to fix, solve a problem or to come up with a solution, and you're almost going crazy from being unable to do this. With no strings attached: Unconditionally. (To) work out for the best. To work out in the best possible way. ex. "It seems bad now, but things will work out for the best." X marks the spot: This is the exact spot. Year-round Operating all year. ex. "This facility is open year-round." Yes-man:

A person who tries to be liked by agreeing with everything said, especially by a boss. You bet! Yes! Sure! I agree! No problem! You can say that again: That is true (stress on "that"). ex. "It sure is hot today! You can say that again!" You can't teach an old dog new tricks: A proverb meaning that old people can't learn anything new. You don't say: Used to show surprise at something that is being said. ex. "You don't say! He was really struck by lightning?" Your guess is as good as mine: I don't know any better/ more than you know. (To) zero in on something: To aim or focus directly on something. ex. "I would like to zero in on another important issue." (To) zonk out: To fall asleep.

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