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  •  All at sea - Not able to think clearly                                          
  • A wild goose chase - A hopeless search     
  • Heads will roll - Ways of warning or advising someone: 
  • On the cuff - On credit, Free of charge
  • Look down upon - consider someone lesser
  • In a tight corner -  in a difficult situation
  • Hard and fast - fixed and not able to be changed
  • Rest on laurels - To rest, relax or do nothing 
  • In cold blood - intentionally and without emotion 
  • Give in - to stop competing
  • Draw on fancy - Use imagination
  • Talking through hat - talking rubbish
  • To be always one’s beck (a small river) and call - ready to obey someone. 
  • Laying off - to stop employing someone
  • Out and out - Completely
  • Enough rope - To give someone an opportunity 
  • Green thumb -  A natural skill for gardening
  • Going places - starting to be successful
  • Flogging a dead horse - Wasting time in useless thigs
  • Fell foul of - Got into trouble with
  • Fair and square - honestly,  within the rules
  • Make a clean breast - To confess one's wrongdoings
  • Face the music -  to receive punishment
  • Does not hold water - Cannot be trusted
  • No love lost between - Not on good terms
  • Make no bones about - to say clearly what you think
  • Token strike -  a brief strike held as a warning
  • Run riot -       behave in a violent            
  • Pros and cons -  the favorable and the unfavorable factors
  • Good Samaritan -  a person who gives help or sympathy
  • Take with a grain of salt - to consider something to be not completely true or right 
  • Turn a deaf year - refuse to listen  to a request
  • In the good books -  regarded by someone with favour 
  • The green-eyed monster - jealousy personified.
  • In high spirits - extremely happy and having a good time
  • Bad blood - ill feeling
  • Sharp practices - dishonest or barely honest dealings
  • Cheek by jowl - very close together
  • To keep up -  progress at the same rate as someone else
  • Turn an honest living -  doing honest work with his own
  • In the long run - over or after a long period of time
  • Fed up – Annoyed
  • To go to the whole hog - do something completely
  • Shake in shoes - To be very nervous or afraid,
  • At one’s wit’s end - Puzzled/confused
  • Close shave - a narrow escape from danger
  • An axe to grind -  to have a strong personal opinion about something 
  • Cut no ice - have no effect
  • Reading between the lines -  to find meanings that are not directly expressed in something
  • A sore point –  A matter which irritates
  • To give the devil his due - To give your enemy proper credit (for something)
  • Like a phoenix (an imaginary bird in ancient stories) -  regenerated or reborn
  • Brought up -  to convey for discussion
  • To eat a humble pie - to be sorry
  • A bolt from the blue -  Something unexpected or surprising
  • To take into account -  to consider or remember something 
  • Fall back - move or turn back   
  • The man in the street - the average man.
  • Struck a chill to the heart - to produce feelings of fear in someone
  • To catch up with -   To get and hold in hands
  • Die in harness (leather bands used for fastening around an animal) - To die at one’s work
  • Run into - to experience difficulties
  • An open book - a person or thing that is easy to understand
  • Emerge out of thin air - it's unexpected
  • Leaps and bounds - At rapid pace
  • Pay through nose -  Pay an extremely high price
  • To blow one’s own trumpet - : to talk about oneself or one's achievements
  • Fair- weather friend -  One who is friendly when it is advantageous
  • On the verge (particular state) of - Do something or experience something
  • To keep under wraps – Secret
  • Blue-eyed boys -  man who is liked very much
  • At stone’s throw -  a very short distance
  • Make one’s flesh creep -  to make someone very worried or frightened
  • High and dry -  without help or hope of recovery
  • Putting one’s foot down -  to stop something happening
  • To have too many iron in the fire -  juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail
  • To run across – To meet by chance
  • Fall through – To fail
  • Go to the winds - Disappear
  • Cut one off, without a shilling - Disinheriting
  • Make ducks and drakes of -  to use recklessly; squander or waste 
  • To steer clear of – ignore
  • Let the cat out of the bag - reveal a secret carelessly or by mistake
  • To smell a rat -  sense that something is not right
  • Helter-Skelter -  quickly and in all directions
  • Blood running cold - to be very frightened
  • To have something up one’s sleeve -  to have a secret or surprise plan
  • Bone of contention - Matter of dispute
  • Sitting on the fence -  not take sides in a dispute
  • Lay down arms – To surrender
  • To call it a day - To conclude proceedings
  • Making hay while the sun shines – Taking advantage of a favourable opportunity
  • To put up with – To tolerate
  • To be all at sea - In a state of confusion
  • To strain every nerve - make every possible effort.
  • Yeoman’s service – Social work
  • Cold Comfort - something that is good for a situation but does not make someone happy 
  • Soft option -  the easiest of two or more possible choices
  • Wear and tear - Damage
  • Bear with - To be patient with some body or something
  • To move heaven and earth -  to try everything possible
  • To take to one’s heel – To run away
  • Stand on own feet -  to be able to provide all of the things you need for living without help 
  • Gift of the gab – Ability to speak well
  • To take to hearts -   take seriously
  • To keep the wolf from the door – Escape hunger
  • To call it a day -  to stop what you are doing because you do not want to do any more 
  • To have not a leg to stand on -  [for an argument or a case] to have no support
  • By fits and starts – Irregularly
  • Strom in a tea cup -  a lot of unnecessary anger and worry 
  • Red letter day – Happy and significant day
  • Put up with -  to accept an unpleasant situation 
  • Set one’s face against – Oppose strongly
  • End in a fiasco (planned that goes wrong) -  To end with a failure
  • Fight to the bitter end – To fight a losing battle
  • Sweeping Statement – Thoughtless statement
  • A white elephant – Costly or troublesome possession
  • Off and on – Occasionally
  • Take after – Resembles
  • Give the game away - to spoil a surprise or a joke by telling someone 
  • To fight tooth and nail -  to try very hard to get something you want
  • Lay out – Spend
  • Went to the winds - Spending too much time and money on physical pleasures
  • Sowing wild oats (a type of grass) - to do wild and foolish things in one's youth
  • Dropping names -  talking about famous people that you have met
  • To beat a retreat – To run away in fear
  • To take someone to task - To scold someone
  • Playing to the gallery -  to behave in a way intended to make people admire or support you
  • Give vent to – To express anger
  • Maiden speech – First speech
  • Pore over – Go through
  • To pay off old scores - To pay off a debt, whether of money or revenge
  • Caught red handed - At the time of committing
  • At sixes and seven -  in a confused, badly organized, or difficult situation
  • Man of letters -  a man of great learning; scholar
  • To feather (thin soft hairs on each side that cover a bird’s body) one’s nest - enrich oneself by taking advantage of one's position
  • To lose ground - To become less popular
  • To make a mountain of a molehill – to make a big  problem out of something that's actually really small 
  • Standstill - a condition in which all movement or activity has stopped
  • Scapegoats - a person who is blamed for  something that someone else has done
  • Lose head - to become confused or overly emotional
  • Doctor the accounts - To manipulate the accounts
  • Leave in the lurch - Abandon or desert someone in difficult straits
  • To hit below the belt - To say something that is often too personal, and always unfair
  • To cut teeth - learn early in life
  • Sought after - much in demand; generally desired.
  • To hit the jackpot - have great or unexpected success
  • Build castle in the air - Dreams about future success 
  • To burn candle at both ends - Extreme effort without time to rest
  • Birds of same feather - Persons of same character
  • Rat race - a way of life in modern society
  • Wet behind the ears – novice person
  • To burn one’s fingers - to harm oneself
  • To talk someone over – To convince over
  • Once in a blue moon - very rarely
  • Hold your tongue – To be silent
  • Turn up - to arrive or appear somewhere
  • To get wind - to hear a piece of information that someone else was trying to keep secret
  • In black and white – In writing
  • Part and parcel - a basic or essential part
  • To pass away – Die
  • Live from hand to mouth - to have just enough money to live on and nothing extra
  • Give a hand with – To help with
  • Die hard - disappear or change very slowly
  • Fall flat - To produce no effect
  • On the horns of dilemma - Faced with two equally undesirable alternatives
  • Strike a bargain - to reach an agreement
  • Take exception - Disagree with
  • Turn down – Reject
  • Send packing - To tell somebody firmly or rudely to go away
  • Hard nut to crack – tough task
  • Bury the hatchet – To make peace
  • Eat anyone’s salt – To be anyone’s guest
  • A damp squib(a type of firework) -  an event which people think will be exciting but which is disappointing when it happens
  • Cope with -  to manage to deal with someone 
  • To make one’s blood boil - to make someone very angry
  • Hand in glove -  Closed relationship
  • At the eleventh hour -  At a last stage, At the last movement
  • Grease anybody’s palm - to bribe someone
  • Cool as cucumber -  be very calm, with no worries
  • On the brink of - On the point of
  • Run down - Criticise
  • Go down the drain - disappearing
  • Stole the show - get the applause for something
  • In the red -  spending more money than you earn
  • Cry over spilt milk - to be upset about things that have already been done
  • Dark horse -  unexpectedly successful entrant
  • In lieu of - in place of something
  • Sit in judgement - the right to judge someone
  • Beat about the bush - discuss a matter without coming to the point
  • Pull up - Reprimand
  • Carrot and stick -  rewards and punishments that influence someone's behavior
  • Bird’s eye view -  cursory look at something
  • To explore every avenue - To investigate or pursue every possible means to find a solution
  • Pot luck dinner -  a gathering where each guest contributes a different and unique dish of food
  • Close the book - A person or thing that cannot be easily understood
  • Bring about - Cause
  • To bring to light -  disclose something previously hidden or secret
  • To miss the bus - To miss the bus, to miss an opportunity
  • Status quo -  the current situation
  • To shed crocodile tears - show sadness that is not sincere, fake cry
  • To call spade a spade -  to speak the brutal honest truth 
  • Take exception -  to make objections
  • Take cue from - to use someone else's behavior or reactions as a guide to one's own 
  • Too fond of one’s own voice - To like talking without wanting to listen to other people/Very selfish.
  • Call for - demand something
  • Ins and outs – Full details
  • Out of the question -  beyond consideration; unthinkable or impossible
  • Put across -  to make something clear to someone
  • To feel like a fish out of water -  feel awkward or uncomfortable 
  • Spread like fire - spread with great speed
  • To foam at one’s mouth -  show uncontrollable anger
  • Through thick and thin – Under all circumstances
  • Dropping like flies - Falling down ill or dead in large numbers
  • See eye to eye - to agree fully with someone
  • Send packing -  to dismiss someone
  • Put across -  to make something clear to someone
  • Kick up a row - Create a disturbance
  • Come to grief - to suffer disappointment
  • Had better -  Be obliged to
  • End in smoke -  A place or state of life that is out of touch with people and reality
  • No hard and fast rules – Easy regulation
  • To put an end to - to cause something to stop existing or happening
  • Carry weight – Be important
  • To hail from -  to have been born in a particular place,  to come from
  • Lame excuse -  Unacceptable lies
  • In a nutshell - to reduce a large, complicated amount of information into a much smaller
  • Water under the bridge -  past events that are not important anymore
  • Slip off - to lose one's foothold
  • Stick to guns -  to refuse to change one's beliefs
  • Get on well -  to have a good relationship
  • Cut coat according to one’s cloth -  make sure one's plans are appropriate to one's resources
  • Allow a free hand - unrestricted freedom or authority
  • In a pickle -  to be in a difficult situation
  • Weal and woe - Good and bad days
  • Has a bee in one’s bonnet - be obsessed with something
  • Break up - to separate people who are fighting
  • Rack and ruin - Ransacked
  • For better or worse - Always
  • Bull in a China shop - a careless person, a clumsy person
  • Rides the high horse – Feel superior
  • Sweep under the carpet - to hide something embarrassing
  • Change colours -  To get frightened
  • Take hat off – Encourage
  • Let the grass grow under the feet -  to wait before doing something
  • Not fit to hold candle - Not so good as somebody
  • A cakewalk -  surprisingly easy task
  • Spick and span - spotlessly clean and neat
  • To toe the line - to conform to and follow the rules and regulations
  • Fish in troubled water - to involve oneself in a difficult
  • Jumping down one’s throat -  to react angrily to something that someone says or does
  • Egg someone on -  to encourage, urge, or dare someone to continue doing something 
  • Cut the guardian knot - to find a quick , bold solution for a perplexing problem
  • Out of wits -  to make someone very frightened
  • Take a leap in the dark – To take risk
  • Man of straw - someone who has a weak character 
  • Live-wire – A person who is lively or energetic
  • Born with a silver spoon – Born in a rich family
  • Achilles’s heel – Weak spot
  • Go about - to go from person to person
  • Ice braking - to start a conversation or relationship
  • Rule the roost - to be the person who makes the decisions
  • Pour cats and dogs – Rain heavily
  • Let sleeping dogs lie - Leave something alone if it might cause trouble
  • Feel blue - Be depressed or sad
  • A closed book – A mystery
  • Time and again - Again and again; repeatedly
  • Chicken out - to manage to get out of something, usually because of fear
  • Break down - to surrender
  • Feel one’s pulse - Try to determine the intentions of a person 
  • Give and take - The exchange of mutual compromise or concession
  • Giving a piece of one’s mind -  to scold or criticize someone strongly
  • Wet one’s whistle -  To have a drink
  • Donkey’s year - a very long time
  • Get down to business - to start talking about the subject to be discussed
  • Live-wire -  A person who is very active
  • To make things done - To manage
  • Picking up holes in -  to point out the faults or fallacies in an argument
  • Pick on -  to harass or bother someone 
  • Show the white flag -  to give up, to surrender 
  • Husband one’s resource - With self-seeking and money-grubbing
  • Turn up one’s nose at - to refuse to accept something
  • To cast a die - an event has happened or a decision has been taken
  • Plain sailing -  to be easy and without problems
  • Pin money - A small amount
  • Down in the dumps -  unhappy,  a gloomy
  • Cordon off - people in authority, Isolate
  • To get into hot water - To tangle in some sort of problem
  • Gerrymandering way -  To divide into voting districts in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage in elections
  • The Alpha and Omega -  from the beginning to the end
  • Dot one’s I’s and cross one T’s - Complete the job paying attention to the details 
  • Teething problems - problems that you experience in the early stages of an activity
  • A cut above -  someone who is of a higher social class
  • Bring the house down - make an audience cheer loudly and excitedly 
  • All moonshine - Total lies
  • Nail one’s colours to the mast - to refuse to admit defeat
  • At a stretch - Continuously
  • Black out - blessing in disguise, Lost consciousness
  • Pull no punch – Speaks frankly
  • Swan song - A final gesture or performance, given before dying or retirement
  • Big draw - great  attraction
  • Barking up the wrong tree - Making a mistake or a false assumption in something you are trying to achieve
  • In the air - to be undecided about something or someone
  • By the skin of teeth -  Narrowly; barely
  • Red herrings - something might be wrong, Clues intended to distract or mislead
  • Know beans about something - Well informed and intelligent
  • Rub up the wrong way  -  to annoy or bother someone
  • On the same page -  thinking in a similar way
  • All might and main -  with as much effort as possible
  • Know the ropes - to understand the procedures and processes
  • In the loop - to be informed or connected
  • In the swim - up to date, be involved in an activity
  • Cut and dry method -  already decided and unlikely to be changed
  • Stand/Hold your ground -  to continue in your beliefs in an argument
  • In Dutch – In problem
  • Nine day’s wonder -  Something that generates interest for a limited time and is then abandoned
  • Other fish to fry -  to have something more important to do
  • An about turn - a change of direction
  • To the letter - completely or exactly
  • Around the clock – Day and night
  • Cool about working - Not tense about working
  • A close-fisted person – A miser
  • To carve out a niche - to successfully create or get something
  • Balloon goes up - a situation suddenly becomes very serious or unpleasant
  • Salad days -  the time of youth, innocence and inexperience
  • A black sheep - a person who has done something bad
  • Watching grass grow – Very boring
  • All ears -  to be waiting eagerly to hear about something
  • To gather roses only - To seek all enjoyments of life
  • Make a mockery of - to make something seem stupid or without value
  • Stir (mix food/liquid/substance) up a Hornet’s nest - To cause a situation that makes people very angry 
  • Tall tales - A fanciful or greatly exaggerated story
  • Cock and bull story - a story or explanation which is obviously not true
  • Take the bull by the horns -  to deal with a difficult situation in a very direct way
  • Eat like a horse – Eat a lot
  • Second thoughts - Resulting from a revised opinion or change of mind
  • Go haywire -  to stop working correctly
  • Fight shy of - to try to avoid something
  • Seamy side - unattractive aspect of something
  • Go to the dogs -  to become worse in quality or character 
  • Average out - Balance
  • At random -  without definite aim
  • To latch onto -  to stay close to someone or spend a lot of time with someone
  • To be down to earth – To be realistic
  • Sail in the same boat - be in the same unpleasant situation as other people
  • Floored - to be very surprised
  • Follow one’s nose -  to go straight ahead
  • To shun evil company - To avoid or give up bad company
  • A sacred cow -  Something too highly regarded to be open to criticism
  • Penelope’s web – An endless job
  • Go haywire -  to stop working correctly
  • To be in a quandary - in a perplexed situation
  • Put something by - to save money for a particular event
  • Kith and kin -  Friends and family
  • Snake in the grass -  Hidden enemy
  • Keep a level head - Stay calm and show good judgment
  • As draft as a brush - As draft as a brush, Very silly
  • Take French leave - Take French leave
  • On cloud nine – Extremely happy
  • Carry out -  to do something
  • Make amends for -  to compensate
  • Under the weather - not well, feeling sick
  • Spill the beans - Disclose a secret or reveal something prematurely
  • Telling upon - Support, Having strong effect
  • Go for the jugular (a major vein in your neck) – Attack all out
  • Rise with the lark (a small brown bird) – Get up early
  • The genomes of Zurich - A slang term for Swiss bankers
  • In two minds - to be unable to decide about something
  • Make a beeline - to move quickly and directly toward something
  • Get on nerves – Annoying
  • Gut feeling - an instinctive feeling
  • To set the Thames on fire - To achieve something amazing
  • In the soup -  to be in an unpleasant or difficult situation
  • Arm-chair critic - to criticise what other people do
  • Horse sense -  practical knowledge and good judgment about ordinary life
  • Vexed question -  an issue that is much debated and discussed
  • Lay it on thick - to praise someone too much
  • To cut the Gordian knot - A tough job
  • A chip of the old block -  someone who is very similar in character to their father or mother
  • Clean hands – innocent
  • A bee hive – A busy place
  • Throw up cards - To express misgivings about or disapproval of; discourage
  • Shake off - to express disagreement by a negative gesture
  • Cat-nap – Short sleep
  • For all intents and purposes -  in every practical sense
  • Beggar description -  to be impossible to believe or describe
  • Dog in a manger – A selfish person
  • Pull a long face -  to look sad , glum , disapproving
  • Gate crasher – Uninvited guest
  • To angle - To plan or scheme to get or achieve something
  • Throw up cards – To give in
  • Up to the mark - to be good enough
  • Mend your way’s -  to improve one's behavior
  • Hope against hope -      to hope very strongly that something will happen
  • A rough, violent, troublesome person - someone who is often angry and aggressive 
  • Selling like hot cakes - be sold quickly and in large quantities
  • Drive home - Make clearly understood
  • A cuckoo in the nest - an unwelcome intruder in a place or situation
  • For keeps -  seriously and permanently
  • To give oneself airs -  to pretend to be good or to be superior
  • A left hand compliment - an ambiguous compliment
  • On tenterhooks -  in a state of uneasy suspense or painful anxiety
  • Paled into insignificance - to seem not important when compared with something else
  • Scot free – Unpunished
  • With one voice – Unanimously
  • Old head on young shoulder - Learn an expression which means you are very mature
  • Every inch a gentleman – Entirely
  • Throw cold water - discourage somebody
  • Call in question - to cause doubts about something
  • To be in a fix -  to have problems
  • Hard of hearing - not able to hear well
  • Cap in hand - In a humble and respectful manner
  • Dressing-down -  an act of speaking angrily to someone because they have done something wrong
  • Evening of life - Old age
  • Butt in -  to interrupt a conversation or discussion
  • Bear in mind – Remember
  • Turn-turtle - To cause something to revolve
  • Button one’s lips -  to say nothing or stop talking
  • Pull a fast one - to deceive or trick
  • Capital punishment - Death sentence
  • To nip in the bud -  To stop something at an early stag
  • A big cheese -  A very important figure
  • A litmus test -  A test used to determine someone's true intentions or beliefs
  • A worm's eye view -  A view of an object from below, having very little knowledge about something
  • Air one's dirty laundry - To talk about things that should be kept private
  • Asleep at the switch - failing to do one's duty at the proper time
  • A boon in disguise -  Something good that isn't recognized at first
  • Bend your ears -  to talk to someone, perhaps annoyingly
  • Bow and scrap - Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authorit
  • Be as clear as mud - not at all easy to understand
  • Be in seventh heaven -  in a very good mood, feeling very happy
  • Batten down the hatches - prepare for difficult times
  • Bitter pill to swallow - something that is very unpleasant but must be accepted
  • Bring home the bacon - Earn a living, provide the necessities of life
  • At the crack of the dawn - Very early morning, daybreak
  • An early bird - a person who gets up or arrives early
  • A witch hunt -  the act of unfairly looking for and punishing people who are accused of having opinions
  • Against the clock - to do something as fast as possible and try to finish it before a deadline
  • Appear out of now here -  very suddenly and unexpectedly
  • At the bottom of the ladder- at the lowest level
  • A nine days wonder - something that people talk about a lot but only for a short time
  • Be bouncing off the walls - Be in a nervous and confused condition; be hyper
  • Be on cloud nine- be very happy
  • Be at each other's throat - Arguing or fighting
  • Beat one's brain out - Make a great mental effort to understand
  • Bite the bullet -  to be brave in a difficult situation
  • Blind leading the blind - A situation in which an unqualified person is attempting to guide or train others
  • Burn a hole in one's pocket -  To cause someone to be tempted to spend money
  • Break a leg- to wish good luck
  • As the crow flies -  the shortest path between two points, the geodesic distance.
  • A queer fish- a strange person
  • Afraid of one's own shadow - Very timid and fearful
  • Apple of someone's eye -  The favorite object of a person's love or affection
  • At an arm's length- to keep at a distance
  • A bit under the weather -  to be ill or feel ill
  • Black and blue - To beat mercilessly,  to be bruised, either physically or emotionally
  • Between the devil and deep blue sea -  a choice between two undesirable situations
  • Back the wrong horse -  to support someone or something that cannot win or succeed
  • Begin to see the light - suddenly understand something you didn't understand before
  • Black sheep of the family- worst member
  • Burn the midnight oil - To work studiously, especially late into the night
  • Cloak and dragger - activity is one which involves mystery and secrecy
  • A dead letter - No longer in use
  • At the heels of- to follow someone
  • All systems go -  Everything is ready
  • Ask for the moon -  to ask for something that is very difficult or impossible to get
  • Bite your tongue -  to stay silent, to stop yourself from saying something
  • Be tailor made -  specially made for a particular purpose
  • Be in the doldrums -  Depressed; dull and listless
  • Back to the salt mines - have to return back to the workplace
  • Behind closed doors- done in secret
  • Blessing in disguise - Something good that isn't recognized at first
  • Bushman's holiday -  doing similar thing on your holiday as you do all the week at work
  • Cards are stacked against - Many difficulties face someone, very unlucky
  • At the drop of the hat -  to do something immediately/without delay
  • A dish fit for Gods - something of very high quality
  • An arm and a leg -  A large, possibly exorbitant, amount of money
  • Bow and scrap - To behave in an excessively polite manner
  • Beat the drum -  to promote, publicize, or advertise
  • Ball of fire - an ambitious person and energetic
  • Bet on the wrong horse -  support the wrong person
  • Blow one's own horn -  to talk about oneself or one's achievements especially, to praise one
  • Button's one lip- to keep quite
  • An educated guess - a guess based on knowledge and experience
  • A game of two equal halves - a sudden change
  • A house of cards - an organization or plan that is very weak and can easily be destroyed
  • Brass monkey weather - extremely cold weather
  • Be on the edge -  to be nervous or worried
  • Bite off more than one can chew - To try to do too much
  • Bent on doing- to be determined to do or have something
  • Blow someone's mind - to surprise or excite you, impress someone very strongly
  • Carrot and sticks - a system in which you are rewarded for some actions and threatened with punishment
  • Cap it all - Finish or complete something
  • Dances to the tune -  to do what someone wants
  • Crack a book - to open a book in order to study or read
  • Cried with eyes out - to cry a lot about a problem or situation
  • Dressed up to the nines - wearing fancy clothes
  • Don't wash your dirty laundry in public - To talk to other people or in front of other people about personal things that should be kept private
  • Earth shattering - extremely important or very surprising
  • From cradle to grave - extending throughout one's life, from birth to death, during the whole of your life
  • Cross a bridge before one comes to it - to worry excessively about something before it happens
  • Carry the can - to take the blame or responsibility for something that is wrong
  • Dragging its feet - to do something slowly because you do not want to do it
  • Donkey work - boring work or task
  • Carry coals to new castle - to do something unnecessary
  • Cast a long shadow - It means even after the person is gone, his influence is still felt by people left behind
  • Davey Jones' locker - the bottom of a sea or ocean
  • Change horses in midstream - To change plans or approaches at an inopportune time
  • Drive a wedge between - to cause disagreement or anger
  • Dog in the manger - someone who keeps something that they do not want in order to prevent someone else
  • Cat and dog life - to lead a life of constant quarrelling
  • Dancing on someone's grave - To celebrate a person's death triumphantly
  • Don't throw bricks when you live in a glass house - You should not criticize other people for having the same faults that you yourself have
  • Elephant in the room - an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss
  • Feel the pinch - experience hardship, especially financial
  • Egg on your face - To be extremely embarrassed
  • Fall on your own sword - to accept defeat
  • Eye for an eye - the idea that a person who causes another person to suffer should suffer in an equal
  • Firing on all cylinders - to be operating as powerfully and effectively as possible
  • Eyes are bigger than one's stomach - To take more food on one's plate than one can eat; to be greedy
  • From cradle to grave - From birth to death, throughout life, From creation to disposal
  • Flash in the pan - something that happened only once or for a short time and was not repeated
  • Get off the hook - to allow someone to escape from a difficult situation
  • Fall on our feet - to be lucky or successful, especially after difficulties
  • Fool's paradise - to be happy because you do not know or will not accept how bad a situation really is
  • Got the slap on the wrist -  To show disapproval
  • Foot in mouth - something that embarrasses someone else
  • Give someone a bird - To raise one's middle finger (a rude gesture of anger) at another person
  • Finger in the pie - to be involved in something
  • For a song - Very cheaply, for little money, especially for less than something is worth
  • Fingers and thumbs - to move your hands in an awkward way
  • Follow your nose - to go straight forward
  • Give-up the ghost - To die, or in the case of inanimate objects, to cease working
  • Gives cold shoulder - to intentionally ignore someone or treat someone in an unfriendly way
  • Go tell it to birds - done listening to someone
  • Hold one's horse- be patient
  • Hit the bull's-eye - get something exactly right, or be on target
  • Get your wires crossed - to misunderstand one another; to have a different understanding of a situation
  • Go under the hammer -  to be sold at an auction
  • Have a big mouth - a person who talks a lot, especially about himself or herself
  • Heart missed a beat- very excited
  • Got the wind up - to become afraid or frightened
  • Give me a hand - to help someone do something, especially something that involves physical effort
  • Graveyard shift -  a period of work
  • Himalayan blunder- a serious mistake
  • Heart in the right place - someone only has good intentions
  • Hornets' nest - a situation fraught with difficulties or complications
  • Get a raw deal - bad or unfair treatmen
  • Right-hand man - a person who helps you a lot and you depend on him/her