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IdiomDefinitionExample
it's just the ticket Exactly what you want or need. This book is just the ticket for children who love animals.
face the music To accept punishment or criticism for something you have done wrong If she lied to me, then she'll just have to face the music.
at the drop of a hat If you do something at the drop of a hat, you do it immediately without stopping to think about it. People will file lawsuits at the drop of a hat these days.
pick someone's brain To ask someone's advice about a subject the person knows a lot about Can I pick your brain about how you got rid of those weeds?
pipe dream An idea or plan that is impossible or very unlikely to happen. Her plans are not realistic - they'll never be more than a pipe dream.
your heart isn't in it If your heart isn't in it, you do not feel interested or enthusiastic about something I tried to look interested, but my heart wasn't in it.
rack your brain To think very hard. I've been racking my brains all day but I can't remember her name.
red tape Official rules and processes that seem unnecessary and delay results. Rescue work is often hampered by red tape at national borders.
chickens come home to roast This expression is similar to "what goes around, comes around" and basically means that the consequences of one's evil actions catch up in a negative way. Curses are like young chicken: they always come home to roost. Dude, you keep dealing drugs and you're going to get caught. When the chickens come home to roost, they will take your car, your house, and all your money!
get a look-in To get an opportunity to take part in something or show how well you can do something. He never lets anyone else get a look-in.
forty winks A short sleep during the day He usually has forty winks going home on the train.
never say die Said to encourage people to keep trying. Duggie was famed for his never say die attitude, and was named player of the year for the 3rd time in 1991.
go back to the drawing board To start planning something again because the first plan failed. The experiment was a complete failure and they had to go back to the drawing board.
across the board Affecting everyone or everything within an organization, system, or society The improvement has been across the board, with all divisions either increasing profits or reducing losses.
get the hang of it To learn how to do something, esp. when it is not simple or obvious. I’ll teach you how to use the design program – you’ll get the hang of it after a while.
hang in there Said as a way of telling someone to not give up, despite difficulties Work can get tough in the middle of a term but hang in there and it'll be OK
put your best foot forward To show oneself in the best or most positive way possible; to make a favorable impression. When I visited my girlfriend's parents I tried to be very polite and put my best foot forward.
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