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Bank on something You can be sure of it
Get on the bandwagon Do what everyone else is doing
Bite one’s tongue Stop talking, or take back what you said
Break new ground Start something brand new
Come away empty-handed Losing everything, leaving with nothing
To cramp someone’s style To bother someone, hinder, annoy
At the crack of dawn Very early in the morning, sunrise
A cut above Better than the rest
Cut loose Relax, or act wild (as in dancing)
Dirt cheap Very inexpensive
Don’t hold your breath Don’t wait… it will probably never happen
Down the drain Gone forever, wasted
Down in the dumps Sad, depressed
Drive a hard bargain Tough negotiations, usually about price
To drop the ball Forgot to do something, made a careless mistake
Face the music Accept unpleasant consequences for your actions
Fall flat on one’s face To fail
Fair-weather friend Someone who is not there for you when you really need him/her
Fall into place Everything works out
A far cry Extremely different, not even close
Fifth wheel An extra person, someone not wanted, or not fitting in
To fill someone’s shoes To take someone’s place, as in a job, or on a team
A fine line A very small distinction
First and foremost The most important part
A fork in the road A clear choice, options
To get down to business To get to work
To get one’s foot in the door To be introduced, acknowledged, or become part of a group or company
To get on someone’s nerves To bother, annoy
To get something off one’s chest To say something that a person has been wanting to say for a long time
To get something straight To clarify, explain
To go over something with a fine-toothed comb To look over something very slowly and carefully
To go over someone’s head To talk to someone’s boss or supervisor
To hang on to every word To listen very closely, to pay attention
To have an edge To have a slight advantage, or to be just a little bit aggressive
To hit the spot A meal or drink that is especially tasty and satisfying
In bad taste Rude, or inappropriate
In the long run Over time, or at the end
Just what the doctor ordered Exactly what someone needs
Last, but not least The person or topic was mentioned last, but still has importance
Leave someone high and dry To leave a task undone, or to leave someone “stuck”
Lock horns To disagree, have an argument or confrontation
Make ends meet To be able to pay all the bills, to “break even”
Move up in the world To get a better job, better place to live, drive a better car, etc…
Nest egg A large amount of money saved up
Not in the least Not at all, none
On one’s own accord Someone’s choice, or someone acted individually
On the house Free, no charge
Pass the buck Blame someone else, or give the task or responsibility to someone else
Promise (someone) the moon Make a very big (unrealistic) promise
Quick and dirty A very short explanation; straight to the main point
To rest one’s case To stop arguing (and give the other person time to think)
To rub elbows with someone Meeting people, especially influential or famous people
To see eye to eye To agree with someone
To set one’s sights on something To have a goal in mind
Skeletons in the closet Hidden secrets, problems, etc…
To take it with a grain of salt Don’t believe every word of what the person says, be skeptical
To tie the knot To get married
To turn a blind eye to something To ignore something, “Look the other way”
To turn one’s back on someone To not help someone in need…
To use every trick in the book To try every solution possible Magic
To wait on someone hand and foot To be very helpful, offer lots of support and assistance
A wild goose chase A hopeless quest
Yes-man Someone who never argues or disagrees with his/her boss or co-workers
Your guess is as good as mine You don’t have any idea what the answer or solution is What is the square root of negative one?
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