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can't see the forest for the trees.
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Focus only on small details and fail to understand larger plans or principles.
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Holy Grail
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An object or goal that is sought after for its great significance.
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take the bull by the horns
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To deal with a difficult situation in a very direct or confident way.
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a piece of cake
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Something that is very easy to do.
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you turkey
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A person who does something thoughtless or annoying.
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shooting sparrows with cannons
kill a mosquito with a bazooka
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Applying too drastic measures to small problems
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making a mountain out of a molehill
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A person makes too much of a minor issue
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joking apart
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Said to indicate that one is being serious, especially after making a joke.
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take it with a pinch of salt
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Used to say that you should not always completely believe what a particular person says.
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don’t count your chickens before they hatch
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You should not make plans that depend on something good happening before you know that it has actually happened.
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strike when the iron’s hot
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The phrase comes from a profession where a blacksmith strikes iron while it is hot to be able to mould it to his advantage.
to take advantage of a situation
to make the most of a heated situation
to get benefit from an existing condition or situation by strategizing
to get benefit of a chance
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hold your horses
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The idiom is often used to tell someone to wait and think about something before taking action.
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like a fish out of water
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If someone feels like a fish out of water, they are very uncomfortable in the situation they are in.
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like a fish needs a bicycle
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If someone needs something like a Fish Needs a Bicycle, they do not need it at all.
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brb
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BRB (Be Right Back) is one of the more polite online abbreviations; respectfully letting fellow chatters know that you'll be taking a brief vacation from your keyboard.
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bbl
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be back later
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afk
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afk means away from keyboard, a phrase that lets others know that you won't be at your computer for a while.
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lol
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Lol is an acronym of laugh out loud.
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lulz
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Alteration of lol. (Nonstandard spelling of the plural suffix -s.)
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rofl
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ROFL is an internet accronmym for Rolling On Floor Laughing.
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Yah-boo
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Used to express dislike or disrespect for someone, or to make fun of them
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stand on own two feet
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To support oneself without help from other people
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saving face
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To avoid having other people lose respect for oneself
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getting in the last word
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If someone has the last word or the final word in a discussion, argument, or disagreement, they are the one who wins it or who makes the final decision
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shed light on
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To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something.
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people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
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Used to say that people who have faults should not criticize other people for having the same faults.
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better late than never
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It is better to do something after it was supposed to have been done than not to do it at all.
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to drive me nuts
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To make someone go crazy
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to catch someone out
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Means to cause them to make a mistake that reveals that they are lying about something, do not know something, or cannot do something.
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small world
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Used to show surprise when one meets someone one knows at an unexpected place or finds out that one shares a friend, acquaintance, etc., with another person.
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the blind leading the blind
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Used informally to describe a situation in which someone who is not sure about how to do something is helping another person who also is not sure about how to do.
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ta-da
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Used when something appears or happens in a way that is impressive, surprising, or pleasing.
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whoa
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Used to express surprise, interest, or alarm, or to command attention.
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voila
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Used to call attention, to express satisfaction or approval, or to suggest an appearance as if by magic.
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all ears
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Ready to pay attention to someone.
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do unto others as you would have them do unto you
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To treat others as one would wish to be treated.
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don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
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Means don't find fault with something that has been received as a gift or favor. Basically, the longer the teeth, the older the horse. Thus, looking a gift horse in the mouth could be considered rude because the person is essentially examining the horse to see if it measures up to their standards.
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hope life is treating you well
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A respectful sign showing genuine care and regard. In this case it would be best to reciprocate what the other person has said, to show that you accept their sentiments.
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hit me
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It refers to something that had a big emotional impact on you. For example, if you watch a very upsetting story on the news, you might say to a friend “That really hit me hard”. It means that you felt strongly affected by something.
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be on board with
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To be in agreement with or be willing to do something
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low-key
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If you say that something is low-key, you mean that it is on a small scale rather than involving a lot of activity or being made to seem impressive or important.
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all roads lead to Rome
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All paths or activities lead to the center of things.
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too many cooks spoil the broth
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If too many people are involved in a task or activity, it will not be done well.
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put in my two cents
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A phrase used to preface an opinion on an issue. The longer phrase “put my 2 cents in” is taken from the English idiom “to put in my two-penny worth.”
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hand over heart
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A sign of respect.
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two sides of the same coin
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Every coin has two sides–heads and tails. “Two sides of the same coin” means to see two people or things with opposing views. While they are closely related, they still seem very different.
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where the rubber meets road
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Where the important facts or realities lie;
Where theory is put into practice.
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cash cow
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Cash cow, in business jargon, is a venture that generates a steady return of profits that far exceed the outlay of cash required to acquire or start it.
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a wolf in sheep's clothing
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A wolf in sheep's clothing means someone who hides malicious intent under the guise of kindliness.
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the lesser of two evils
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Something that is bad, but not as bad as something else.
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a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
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The proverb 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' means that it's better to hold onto something you have rather than take the risk of getting something better which may come to nothing.
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someone's word is law
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Said to mean that everyone in an organization or group has to obey someone, even if this is unreasonable.
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eat like a horse
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If someone eats like a horse, they eat a lot because they have a large appetite.
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armchair expert
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Someone who claims to know all the answers to a problem, situation or scenario but has little or no experience or real understanding of it.
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ty
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thank you
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gtg
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got to go
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high five
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A greeting or an expression of admiration in which two people each raise a hand above their shoulder and bring the fronts of their hands together with force.
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handshake
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An act of shaking a person's hand with one's own, used as a greeting or to finalize an agreement.
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when pigs have wings
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The idiom is traditionally used to mean that the specified event will never occur.
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don't put all your eggs in one basket
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What you're doing is too risky
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kill two birds with one stone
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Get two things done with a single action
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once in a blue moon
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Do things rarely
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don't cry over spilt milk
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There's no reason to complain about something that can't be fixed
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pull yourself together
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Calm down
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the best of both worlds
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An ideal situation
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wrap your head around something
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Understand something complicated
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grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
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Other people's circumstances or belongings always seem more desirable than one's own.
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down to earth
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Down to earth means being open and honest. He or she accepts other people as equals. A down to earth person is the opposite of someone who acts important or proud.
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head in the clouds
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Spending too much time thinking about love or about ideas that are not practical
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nose in the air
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Used to describe the way someone behaves when they think they are better than other people and do not want to speak to them:
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An oink is the sound a pig makes.
The sound that a horse makes is called a neigh.
Sound of a wolf hollowing is owooooo, Oooooooooooooooowhoo.
A meow is a vocalization of cats.
Woof is a typical playful barks of dogs.
Moo is the sound of a cow.
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If wishes were fishes
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Used to express the impossibility to make a wish come true.
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shooting in the dark
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An opinion or judgment based on little or no evidence
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spill beans
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Disclose a secret or reveal something prematurely, to spill the beans about the surprise.
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You can't teach an old dog new tricks
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People who have long been used to doing things in a particular way will not abandon their habits.
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to shed light on, throw light on, or cast light on something
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Means to make it easier to understand, because more information is known about it. A new approach offers an answer, and may shed light on an even bigger question.
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under one's belt
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Experienced or achieved, as in "Once a medical student has anatomy under her belt, she'll have much less to memorize". This metaphoric expression likens food that has been consumed to an experience that has been digested.
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a nail in the/someone's coffin
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Something that makes it more likely that someone or something will fail, be destroyed, etc.
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a dead person would turn in his/her grave
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You mean that he/she would be very angry or upset about something.
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to breathe down someone's neck
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to watch someone carefully and constantly,
watching someone very closely and checking everything he/she does.
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