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|A bridge too far
|An act of over reaching, going too far and getting in trouble.
|A day late and a dollar short.
|too little to late
|A like and a promise
|to give a promise hurriedly, most often incompletely
|A Long row to hoe.
|A difficult task that takes a long time.
|A lost ball in high weeds.
|A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
|A month of sundays
|a very long time
|A penny saved is a penny earned
|This means that we shouldn't spend or waste money, but try to save it.
|A poor mans something
|Something or someone that can be compared to something or someone else, but is not as good is a poor man's version; a writer who uses lots of puns but isn't very funny would be a poor man's Oscar Wilde.
|A problem shared is a problem halved
|If you talk about your problems, it will make you feel better.
|A rising tide lifts all boats
|This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it.
|You never miss a slice from a cut loaf
|Having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin, especially when they are in a relationship. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread; it is not readily apparent, once the end has been removed, exactly how many slices have been taken.
|A watched pot never boils
|Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer.
|A Textbook case
|A textbook case, it is a classic or common example of something.
|About as useful as a chocolate teapot
|Someone or something that is of no practical use is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
|Above average performance
|Add fuel to a fire
|Make a bad situation worse.
|Against the grain
|If doing something goes against the grain, you're unwilling to do it because it contradicts what you believe in, but you have no real choice.
|Ahead of the curve
|Better then everyone else
|All dressed up and ready to go
|Read for something that will never happen
|All your eggs in one basket
|risking everything in one go
|All's fair in love and war
|When there is conflict, people can be expected to be more viscous then usual
|Angry as a bull
|Any port in a storm
|Any solution in an emergency
|Arm and leg
|At the drop of a dime
|when someone is ready to do something very quickly
|At eachothers throat
|They were arguing aggressively
|away with the fairies
|If someone is away with the fairies, they don't face reality and have unrealistic expectations of life.
|Axe to grind
|If you have an axe to grind with someone or about something, you have a grievance, a resentment and you want to get revenge or sort it out. In American English, it is 'ax'.
|Baby in the woods
|A babe in the woods is a naive, defenceless, young person.
|Back to the salt mine
|If someone says they have to go back to the salt mine, they have to return to work.
|If people feel hate because of things that happened in the past, there is bad blood between them.
|A Baker's dozen is 13 rather than 12.
|Bag of nerves
|If someone is a bag of nerves, they are very worried or nervous.
|The ball's in your court
|If the ball is in your court, it is up to you to make the next decision or step.
|A ballpark figure
|A ballpark figure is a rough or approximate number (guesstimate) to give a general idea of something, like a rough estimate for a cost, etc.
|Banana republic is a term used for small countries that are dependent on a single crop or resource and governed badly by a corrupt elite.
|Baptism of fire
|A baptism of fire was a soldier's first experience of shooting. Any unpleasant experience undergone, usually where it is also a learning experience, is a baptism of fire.
|A bar fly is a person who spends a lot of time drinking in different bars and pubs.
|Some whose Bark is worse then his Bite
|Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
|Barking up the wrong tree
|If you are barking up the wrong tree, it means that you have completely misunderstood something or are totally wrong.
|A barrack-room lawyer is a person who gives opinions on things they are not qualified to speak about.
|Bat an eyelid
|If someone doesn't bat an eyelid, they don't react or show any emotion when surprised, shocked, etc.
|batten down the hatches
|If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you.
|Be that as it may
|Be that as it may is an expression which means that, while you are prepared to accept that there is some truth in what the other person has just said, it's not going to change your opinions in any significant manner
|Bare the brunt
|People who bear the brunt of something endure the worst of something bad.
|Beat around the bush
|If someone doesn't say clearly what they mean and try to make it hard to understand, they are beating about (around) the bush.
|Beat your brains out
|If you beat your brains out, you think hard about something but cannot solve, understand or remember it.
|Beat a dead horse
|If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse
|Before the ink is dry
|If people make an agreement or contract and then the situation changes very quickly, it changes before the ink is dry.
|Bells and whistles
|Bells and whistles are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary.
|Between a rock and a hard place
|If you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you are in a position where you have to choose between unpleasant alternatives, and your choice might cause you problems; you will not be able to satisfy everyone
|The big cheese
|The big cheese is the boss.
|If someone has a big nose, it means they are excessively interested in everyone else's business.
|A bird in your hand is better then two in a bush
|'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.
|Bits and bobs
|Bits and bobs are small, remnant articles and things- the same as 'odds and ends'.
|If you do something to the bitter end, you do it to the very end, no matter how unsuccessful you are.
|Black and white
|When it is very clear who or what is right and wrong, then the situation is black and white.
|Blood out of stone
|If something is like getting blood out of a stone, it is very difficult indeed.
|Blow hot and cold
|If you blow hot and cold on an idea, your attitude and opinion keeps changing; one minute you are for it, the next you are against.
|Blow the cobwebs away
|If you blow the cobwebs away, you make sweeping changes to something to bring fresh views and ideas in.
|Someone with blue blood is royalty.
|cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey
|Its very cold
|Used to describe the person that earns the most money. For example - She's the breadwinner in the family
|Bring a knife to a gunfight
|If someone brings a knife to a gunfight, they are very badly prepared for something.
|Bull in a china shop
|If someone behaves like a bull in a China shop, they are clumsy when they should be careful.
|Burn the candle at both ends
|Someone who burns the candle at both ends lives life at a hectic pace, doing things which are likely to affect their health badly.
|Burn your bridges
|If you burn your bridges, you do something that makes it impossible to go back from the position you have taken.
|By the back door
|If something is started or introduced by the back door, then it is not done openly or by following the proper procedures.
|By the same token
|If someone applies the same rule to different situations, they judge them by the same token: If things go well, he's full of praise, but, by the same token, when things go wrong he gets furious.