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to wake up on the wrong side of the bed
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To be in a particularly and persistently irritable, unhappy, or grouchy mood or state
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the man behind the curtain
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A phrase used to describe someone who is in the background secretly plotting and conspiring or also a hypocrite.
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skeletons in the someone's closet
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Something bad or embarrassing that happened in someone's past and that is kept secret.
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follow in someone's footsteps
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To do the same thing as someone else did previously.
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give someone the cold shoulder
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To intentionally ignore someone or treat someone in an unfriendly way
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treat others as you wish to be treated
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You should treat others the way you want to be treated yourself
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keep an eye on something/someone
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To watch or take care of something or someone
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to be on someone's back
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To annoy someone by criticizing them and putting a lot of pressure on them
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breathe down someone's neck
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To follow or supervise someone too closely, causing discomfort for that person
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give someone a piece of your mind
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To speak to someone in an angry way
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stir excitement
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To cause (something, usually something bad or unpleasant) to happen
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roll up your sleeves
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To prepare for hard work
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get your hands dirty
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To get involved with all aspects of your job, including routine, practical, or more junior work, or dealing with people directly
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take someone's side
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To agree with or support one person or group and not another
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hold me back
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This phrase is said when a person tries to retaliate at another person who did or said something provocative.
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keep an eye open
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To watch with special attention
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(both) a blessing and a curse
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Something that at once provides a great benefit while also or inevitably resulting in negative consequences.
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practice makes perfect
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bread and butter
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A job or activity that provides a person's or organization's main income.
The meaning of BREAD AND BUTTER is being as basic as the earning of one's livelihood.
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hold you tongue
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To not speak.
To stop yourself from speaking.
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swallow your tongue
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To lose the power of speech.
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don't put your feet on the furniture
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Be respectful.
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pull someone’s leg
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When you pull someone’s leg you lie to someone in a friendly way to make them believe something that isn’t true.
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we are not on the same page
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Means we are talking about two different ideas, or we are understanding the same situation in two different ways.
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facepalm
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To cover one's face with the hand as an expression of embarrassment, dismay, or exasperation.
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a rule of thumb
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A rule of thumb is a rule or principle that you follow which is not based on exact calculations, but rather on experience.
As a rule of thumb, a cup of filter coffee contains about 80mg of caffeine.
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sit on the fence
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Avoid making a decision or choice.
To remain neutral, to refuse to take sides in a dispute.
Not favoring or joined to either side in a quarrel, contest, or war.
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mere mortal
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A human, and therefore capable of mistakes. The phrase emphasizes someone's humanity and fallibility.
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Live by the sword, die by the sword
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Those who live by violence will die by violence.
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As the fool thinks, so the bell clinks
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A foolish person believes what he desires.
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He who is born a fool is never cured
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You cannot change a mind of a fool
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A little rough around the edges
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If a person has rough edges, they do not always behave well and politely: Age and experience have softened his rough edges (= have made him a more polite or gentle person).
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You only get what you give
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If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you. If you give kindness, understanding, and support to others, then those same qualities will be returned to you.
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How deep the rabbit hole goes
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Getting deep into something, or ending up somewhere strange.
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Same old
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Used to say that a situation or someone's behaviour remains the same.
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All the same
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A situation or your opinion has not changed, in spite of what has happened or what has just been said.
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All fingers and thumbs
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Extremely awkward or clumsy. Sorry I dropped the vase; I'm all fingers and thumbs today.
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Apple of discord
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The foundation, root or core of a quarrel or a small issue that could lead to a bigger argument.
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All in all
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Used to show that you are considering every part of a situation.
All in all, it had been one of the most miserable days of Henry's life.
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All along
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It has been true or been present throughout a period of time.
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Old wives tale
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A colloquial expression referring to spurious or superstitious claims.
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Lie at the heart/center/root of something
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To be the most important part of something,
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Beat around the bush
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To talk about lots of unimportant things because you want to avoid talking about what is really important.
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bear in mind
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The idea is that you're holding something in your mind. Bear in mind is a phrasal verb meaning “remember” or “consider.
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Refrain not to kill King Edward is right.
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If the point is placed after the first word then you can get the sentence “Refrain. Not to kill King Edward is right”. But if the point is placed after the second word then the sentence sounds different “Refrain not. To kill King Edward is right" (It's right to kill the king).
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One man's junk is another man's treasure.
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What is useless to one person might be valuable to another.
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Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
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Said to emphasize that you should not delay doing something if you can do it today.
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To tighten your belt
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To spend less money than you did before because you have less money.
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as a rule
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If you say that something happens as a rule , you mean that it usually happens.
As a rule, we offer a 5% discount.
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as far as I am concerned
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Indicate that you are giving your own opinion.
As far as I am concerned, both the book and the movie are good.
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at this point
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At the present moment; right now; currently.
At this point, we are the best ranked football team in the country.
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be about to
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If you are about to do something, you are going to do it very soon.
I was about to leave when Mike arrived.
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be after someone
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It has the meaning to try to reach [somebody/thing] or to pursue [somebody/thing].
Looking for someone or something or trying to find or get someone or something.
The police are after him.
They were after the Stanley Cup.
His mother is always after him to study.
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be all in
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Be extremely tired.
I can't walk another step; I'm all in.
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be back on one's feet
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If you say that someone or something is on their feet again after an illness or difficult period, you mean that they have recovered and are back to normal.
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be beside yourself
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If you are beside yourself with a particular feeling or emotion, it is so strong that it makes you almost out of control.
He was beside himself with grief when she died.
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be better off
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To be in a better situation, if or after something happens.
He'd be better off working for a bigger company.
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be broke
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To spend or lose all money.
He went broke after he lost his job.
The company could go broke if the economy doesn't improve soon.
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be hard on someone
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To criticize someone severely, or to treat someone unfairly.
Don't be too hard on him - he's new to the job.
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hard at it
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Putting a lot of effort into what you are doing.
That's what I like to see - everybody hard at it!
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be high on one's list
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In a position to be dealt with or done ahead of others.
Getting the car fixed is high on my list.
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be in charge of
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Having control of something or responsibility for something.
She is in charge of hiring new employees.
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be in the red
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Spending and owing more money than is being earned.
Apparently the company had been in the red for some time.
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be into something
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To be really interested in something.
I like computers, I'm into programming.
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bend over backwards
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Make efforts to achieve something, especially to be fair or helpful.
Use a lot of physical effort to do something.
Thanks for leaning over backwards at the conference. Everyone praised your cheerfulness and hard work.
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be on one's way
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In the process of coming, going, or traveling; about to come.
He has been allowed to leave the country and is on his way to Britain.
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be on the safe side
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Being especially careful in order to avoid something unpleasant.
I'm sure it won't rain, but I'll take an umbrella to be on the safe side.
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be out of
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If you are out of something, you no longer have any of it.
We are out of bread, cheese, and sugar.
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be out of shape
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You are unhealthy and unable to do a lot of physical activity without getting tired.
To be out of shape means to be in poor physical condition, because you do not exercise regularly.
I haven’t been to the gym all month, and I am getting really out of shape.
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be out of sorts
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To be slightly ill or slightly unhappy.
I've been feeling tired and generally out of sorts.
Leave him alone, he's out of sorts today.
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Time heals all wounds
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Used to say that feelings of sadness, disappointment, etc., gradually go away as time passes.
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Who do you think you are?
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The questioner is implying that the person to whom the question is addressed has exceeded their authority, interfered in something which was not their business.
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none of your business
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Used to say that something is private information and should not be asked about.
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on the tip of my tongue
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If something that you want to say is on the tip of your tongue, you think you know it and that you will be able to remember it very soon.
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off the top of my head
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If you say something off the top of your head, you say it without thinking about it much before you speak, especially because you do not have enough time. This idiom suggests one has not used the inside of one's head before making some statement.
Off the top of my head I'd say we'll double our profits in a year.
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by the way
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Used when you say something that does not relate to what is being discussed.
Oh, by the way, my name's Julie.
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Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
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Make the first meal of your day your biggest, and only eat three meals a day.
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Chicken and egg problem.
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If you describe a situation as a chicken and egg situation, you mean that it is impossible to decide which of two things caused the other one.
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educational circles
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You can use it to refer to people or organizations who are involved in education.
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