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A ( 385)

after all- despite, nevertheless-I knew it! After all, I was right!
all along- all the time , I knew about his little secret all along.
all ears- eager to listen I am all ears.
all of a sudden- suddenlyAll of a sudden, he refused to pay.
all the same- no difference , If it's all the same to you, let's start at two.
all thumbs- clumsy, He can't fix anything, he's all thumbs.
apple of discord- subject of envy or quarrel This question is an apple of discord in our family.
as a rule- usually As a rule, we offer a 5% discount.
as far as I am concerned- in my opinion , As far as I am concerned, both the book and the movie are good.
as for me/as to me- in my opinion As for me, you can rely on his support.
as well- also, too, He knows math, and physics as well.
at all- (not) in the smallest degree ()He doesn't know French at all. I dont like it at all.
at random- without order, He chose those places at random.
at this point- at this time At this point, we can't turn back.
be about to- ready (to do) I was about to leave when you called.
be after someone- insist, press, His mother is always after him to study.
be all in- be extremely tired I'm all in, I'd better go to bed now.
be back on one's feet- healthy again or better financially He's back on his feet after a long period of debt and unemployment.
beat around the bush- avoid giving a clear/definite answer Stop beating around the bush! Get to the point!
be beside oneself- be very upset, nervous, worried, etc. , .She was beside herself with worry / with grief.
be better off- be in a better situation (financially) ()He'll be better off with a new job.
be broke- have no money at all" "" "" ( )"I spent all my money, I'm broke.
be hard on something /someone- treat roughly -My son is hard on shoes, they don't last long with him. Life was pretty hard on Tom.
be high on one's list- be one of the most important things A new car is high on my list of priorities. A new TV is not high on my list.
be in charge of- be responsible for He is in charge of marketing.
be in the red- be in debt Our sales were in the red last year.
be into smth.- be interested in -He is into computers. She is into sports.
bend over backwards- try hard I bent over backwards to help her.
be on one's way .I'm on my way.
be on the safe side- not to take any chances Take an extra key, just to be on the safe side.
be out of- be without We are out of bread, cheese, and sugar.
be out of shape- be physically unfit He needs to exercise, he is out of shape.
be out of sorts- in bad humor Leave him alone, he's out of sorts today
"be pressed for time / money- be short of not have enough" I'm pressed for time now. We are pressed for money at the moment.
beside the point- off the point , What I said to him privately is beside the point.
be to blame- be responsible for a mistake / something wrong , Who is to blame for this awful mistake? Tom is to blame for this mix-up.
be touch and go- be uncertain of the result" ; , "He was very sick, and for some time it was touch and go, but he is better now.
be up against- be opposed by, have problems, be in danger -, -Our company is up against serious attempts of hostile takeover.
be up and around/about- able to be out of bed after an illness , He was sick for a month, but now he is up and around.
be up to one's ears- very busy I'm up to my ears in work.
be up to something- do mischief, I have to check what the kids are up to.
be up to someone- be one's own decision or responsibility , It's up to you to decide. It's up to you to close the office every day at 8 o'clock.
be used to- be accustomed to I'm used to hard work. He's used to heat.
big shot- important person He is a big shot around here.
bite off more than one can chew- try to do more than one can I couldn't handle two jobs and family. I really bit off more than I could chew.
bite one's tongue- stop talking I almost told her, but bit my tongue.
bite the dust- die, be defeated, Many of them bit the dust in that war.
black sheep- a good-for-nothing member of the family Their second son is the black sheep of the family, he is good for nothing.
blind date- a meeting of a man and woman arranged by friends She refuses to go on a blind date again because she had bad experience.
blow it- lose the chance He understood that he blew it.
blow over- pass, end, Wait here till his anger blows over.
bottom line- main result/factor, The bottom line is, I don't have enough money.
break into- enter by force ( ) The police broke into the robber's house.
break one's heart- hurt deeply The news of her death broke his heart.
break the ice- overcome shyness in making the first step The party was dull until someone broke the ice with a joke and we all laughed.
break the news- tell new facts CNN is breaking the news right now.
bring home the bacon- earn the living for the family He works very hard at several places to bring home the bacon.
brush off- give no attention to The boss brushed off my project again.
brush up on- review You need to brush up on the tenses.
by all means -definitely, certainly, Do you need my help? - By all means.
by heart- by memorizingLearn this poem by heart for tomorrow.
by hook or by crook- by any means possible , She will get what she wants by hook or by crook.
by the way- incidentallyBy the way, Ann is coming back today.
call a spade a spade- use plain, direct words He always tells the truth and calls a spade a spade.
call it a day- consider work finished for the day We've been working for 10 straight hours. Let's call it a day.
call off- cancel, The police called off the search.
carry out- fulfill She never carries out her plans.
carry weight- be important His advice always carries weight here.
cast down- depressed, sad He was cast down by the bad news.
castles in the air- daydreaming about success() Instead of working hard, he spends time building castles in the air.
catch one's eye- attract attention This picture caught my eye.
catch one's breath- stop and rest I can't run, I need to catch my breath.
catch someone off guard- catch someone unprepared He caught me off guard with his question.
catch someone red-handed- find smb. in the act of doing wrong , The manager caught the boy red-handed when he was stealing cigarettes.
catch up- become not behindHe needs to catch up with the others.
close call- a narrow escape, a bad thing that almost happened- , The speeding car almost hit the man. That was really a close call.
come across- meet by chance I came across that article yesterday.
come down with- become ill -I'm coming down with a cold.
come to one's senses- start acting reasonably, intelligently , He finally came to his senses, started to work hard, and passed his exams.
come true- become realityMy dream came true when I met Pat.
come up with- suggestMike came up with a brilliant idea.
count on- depend on You can always count on me for help.
"cut corners"- to take a short-cut; to limit one's spending" " - He ran fast, cutting corners where he could. I have to cut corners this week.
cut down on- reduce You have to cut down on chocolate.
cut out to be /cut out for it- have the ability to do something - She isn't cut out to be a surgeon. He's cut out to be a leader.
do one's best- try very hard , I did my best to help him in his work.
do one's bit- do what's needed I'll do my bit, you can count on me.
do over- do again This work is not good, do it over.
do someone good- be good for Fresh air and exercise will do you good.
do something behind one's back- do (harmful) things secretively () I hate people who do things behind my back. He did it behind my back again.
do without- live without I'll have to do without a car for a while.
down to earth- practicalHe's quiet, sensible and down to earth.
draw the line- fix a limit ()He drew the line for her at $100 a day.
dress up- put on the best clothesWhat are you dressed up for?
drop off- deliver somewhere , Can you drop me off at the bank?
drop out- quit (school) He dropped out of school last year.
duty calls- must fulfill obligations "He said, ""Duty calls"" and left for work."
easier said than done , It's easier said than done, but I'll try to do it.
eat one's words- take back words He had to eat his words after her report.
even so- nevertheless, but I work hard. Even so, I like my job.
every now and then -occasionally Every now and then I visit my old aunt.
every other- every second one She washes her hair every other day.
fall behind- lag behind The little boy fell behind the older boys.
fall in love- begin to loveTom fell in love with Sue at first sight.
fall out of love- stop lovingThey fell out of love and divorced soon.
false alarm- untrue rumor I heard he quit but it was a false alarm.
a far cry from something- very different, almost opposite (neg.) , His second book wasn't bad, but it was a far cry from his first book.
feel it in one's bones- expect something bad to happen, Something bad is going to happen, I feel it in my bones.
feel like doing something- want to do, be inclined to do smth. -I feel like going for a walk. I dont feel like working now, Im tired.
feel up to- be able to do I don't feel up to cleaning the house.
few and far between- rare, scarce Her visits are few and far between.
find fault with- criticizeHe always finds faults with everybody.
find out- learn or discover, I found out that Maria left town.
firsthand- directly from the source , You can trust it, it's firsthand information.
first things first- important things come before others First things first: how much money do we have to pay right away?
fly off the handle- get angry ()He flew off the handle and yelled at me.
follow in someone's footsteps- do the same thing - , Igor followed in his father's footsteps, he became a doctor, too.
foot in the door- a special opportunity for a job Nina got a foot in the door because her friend works in that company.
foot the bill- pay the bill Her father footed the bill for the party.
for good- foreverAfter her death, he left town for good.
for the time being- at this time For the time being, this house is all right for us.
frame of mind- mental stateI can't do it in this frame of mind.
from A to Z- completely He knows this town from A to Z.
from now on- now and in the futureFrom now on, I forbid you to go there.
get a grip on oneself- take control of one's feelings Stop crying! Get a grip on yourself!
get along with- have good relations , Ann gets along with most coworkers, but doesn't get along with Laura.
get away with- not be caught after doing wrong The police didn't find the thief. He got away with his crime.
get carried away- get too excited and enthusiastic about something -He got carried away with opening a store and lost most of his money.
get cold feet- be afraid to do I wanted to try it but got cold feet.
get even with- have one's revenge -I'll get even with him for everything!
get in touch with- contact -Get in touch with Mr. Smith for help.
get lost- lose one's way She got lost in the old part of town.
Get lost!- Lay off!!I don't want to see you again. Get lost!
get mixed up- get confusedI got mixed up, went the wrong way and got lost.
get off one's back- leave alone -Stop bothering me! Get off my back!
get on one's high horse- behave haughtily towards someone Every time I ask her to help me with typing, she gets on her high horse.
get on (the bus, train, plane) ()I got on the bus on Oak Street.
get off (the bus, train, plane) ()I got off the bus at the bank.
get out of hand- get out of control - If he gets out of hand again, call me right away.
get over- recover after an illness or bad experience, -I can't get over how rude he was to me. She got over her illness quite quickly.
get rid of- dispose of, discardHe got rid of his old useless car.
get together- meet with My friends and I get together often.
get to the bottom- know deeply He usually gets to the bottom of things.
get to the point- get to the matter Get to the point!
Give me a break!- spare me Come on, stop it! Give me a break!
give someone a hand- help -Can you give me a hand with cooking?
give someone a lift /a ride- take to some place by car -Can you give me a lift to the bank? He gave her a ride in his new Porsche.
give someone a piece of one's mind- criticize frankly, , She lost my umbrella again, so I gave her a piece of my mind about her carelessness.
give up- stop doing something, stop trying to do something -, I gave up smoking. I gave up trying to fix my old car.
go back on ones word- break a promise , First he said he would help me, but then he went back on his word.
go for it- try to do a new thing If I were you, I would go for it.
go from bad to worse- be worse His business went from bad to worse.
go out- go to parties, movies Do he and his wife go out often?
go out of one's way -try very hard He goes out of his way to please her.
go to one's head- make too proud His acting success went to his head.
go to pieces- get very upset, fall apart She went to pieces when she heard it.
go with the flow- lead quiet life She always goes with the flow.
grow on someone- become liked When she knew him more, he grew on her.
had better- should , You look ill, you'd better see a doctor.
have a ball- have a good time Yesterday we had a ball at the party.
have a bone to pick- complain or discuss something unpleasant -, -Mr. Brown, I have a bone to pick with you. My mail was lost because of you.
have a word with someone- talk to -Can I have a word with you?
have words with someone- argue with someone about something I had words with my coworker today because he used my computer again.
have it in him- have the ability Laura has it in her to be a good doctor.
have no business doing something- have no right to do , .You have no business staying here without my permission.
have one's back to the wall- be hard-pressed, on the defensive I had no choice, I had my back to the wall.
have one's hands full- very busy He has his hands full with hard work.
have one's heart set on something- want something very much -, -She has her heart set on going to New York. He has his heart set on Betty.
have pull- have influence on Does he have pull with the director?
(not) have the heart- (not) have the courage to do smth. unpleasant() I don't have the heart to tell him that he wasn't accepted, he'll be so unhappy.
high and low- everywhere ( ..)I searched high and low for my lost cat.
hit the nail on the head- say exactly the right thing You hit the nail on the head when you said our company needs a new director.
hit upon something- to discover They hit upon gold. I hit upon a plan.
hold it against someone- blame somebody for doing something() -I lost his book, but he doesn't hold it against me.
Hold it!- Stop! Wait!/!Hold it! I forgot my key.
Hold on!- Wait!!Hold on! I'll be back in a minute.
hold one's own- maintain oneself in a situation, behave as needed , -He can hold his own in any situation. We need men who can hold their own.
hold up- rob using a weapon This bank was held up twice last year.
ill at ease- uncomfortable She felt ill at ease because of her cheap dress.
in advance- well beforeHe told her about his plan in advance.
in a nutshell- in a few words, In a nutshell, my plan is to buy land.
in care of someone- write to one person at the address of another ( )I'm staying at Tom's house. Write to me in care of Tom Gray, Chicago, Illinois.
in cold blood- mercilesslyHe killed her in cold blood.
in fact- actually, in realityIn fact, he works as a manager here.
in general- generally, generally speaking , In general, he likes to be alone. He described the place only in general.
in one's element- what one likes He's in his element when he's arguing.
in other words- using other words In other words, you refused to do it for her.
in plain English- in simple, frank terms I didn't really like the concert. In plain English, the concert was terrible.
the ins and outs- all info about He knows the ins and outs of this business.
in someone's shoes- in another person's position , I'd hate to be in his shoes now. He lost his job, and his wife is in the hospital.
in the long run- in the end In the long run, it'll be better to buy it.
in the same boat- in the same situation Stop arguing with me, we're in the same boat and should help each other.
in the clear- free from blame Pay the bill and you'll be in the clear.
in time (to do something)- before something begins , - ( -)I came in time to have a cup of coffee before class.
it goes without saying- should be clear without words , It goes without saying that he must pay what he owes right away.
It's on the tip of my tongue. His name is on the tip of my tongue.
it's time- should do it right awayHurry up, it's time to go.
It's worth it. / It's not worth it.Its (not) worth buying, visiting, watching, etc. " / ": () , , .. Watch this film, it's worth it. Don't buy this coat, it is not worth it. This museum is worth visiting. This film is not worth watching.
it will do- it's enoughStop reading, it will do for now.
jump at the opportunity/chance- accept the opportunity eagerly His boss mentioned a job in Europe, and Peter jumped at the opportunity.
just as soon- prefer this one ()I'd just as soon stay home, I'm tired.
just in case- to be on the safe side Take an extra shirt, just in case.
Just my luck!- Bad / Hard luck! !They lost my job application. Just my luck!
keep an eye on- take care of, watch, look after , Betty keeps an eye on my sons for me. Ill keep an eye on you!
keep a straight face- not to laugh I tried to keep a straight face, but failed.
keep company- accompany She keeps me company quite often.
keep one's word- fulfill a promise You promised, now keep your word.
keep someone posted- inform Keep me posted about your plans.
keep your fingers crossed- hope that nothing will go wrong, I have a job interview today. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?
kill time- fill/spend empty time I went to the show to kill time.
(not) know the first thing about- not to have any knowledge about - I don't know the first thing about nuclear physics.
know the ropes- be very familiar with some business He knows all the ropes in this company.
last-minute notice- little or no time to prepare for something His arrival was a last-minute notice, we didn't have time to prepare for it.
lay one's cards on the table- be frank and open , Finally, we asked him to lay his cards on the table and tell us about his plans.
lay one's life on the line- put oneself in a dangerous situation He laid his life on the line to fulfill this task, but nobody appreciated his efforts.
lead a dog's life- live in misery He leads a dog's life.
lead someone on- make someone believe something that isn't true - They suspect that you are leading them on. You led me on!
leave it at that- accept reluctantly Leave it at that, what else can you do?
leave word- leave a message He left word for you to meet him at the airport at 6.
let bygones be bygones- forget and forgive bad things in the past Why don't you let bygones be bygones and forget about what he said?
let go of- release the hold, Let go of my hand or I'll call the guard.
let (it) go- forget bad experience, return to normal life He's still in despair and can't let (it) go. You cant change anything, so let it go.
let one's hair down- be relaxed and informal with other people She is always so formal. She never lets her hair down.
let someone down- disappoint, fail someone -Don't let me down this time!
let someone know- informLet me know when you find a job.
like father, like son- be like one's parent in something , Paul won a prize in a chess tournament. Great! Like father, like son!
little by little- step by stepLittle by little, he got used to Tokyo.
look for- search forWhat are you looking for?
look forward to- expect with pleasure I'm looking forward to your letter. Mary is looking forward to the party.
look out- be careful, watch outLook out! The bus is coming!
look up- check with /in a dictionary or a reference book If you dont know this word, look it up in the dictionary.
lose one's temper- become angryHe loses his temper very often.
lose one's way- get lost I lost my way. Can you help me?
lose track of- not to know where someone or something is I lost track of him years ago.
lucky break- a lucky chance He got his lucky break when he got this job.
make a living- earn money to provide for life He works hard. His family is big, and he has to make a living somehow.
make allowance for- take into consideration when judging, Don't criticize him so hard, make (an) allowance for his inexperience.
make a point of- be sure to do something intentionally -Make a point of asking about his wife. Make it a point to be here by 10.
make ends meet- to have and spend only what one earns His doesnt get much money. I wonder how he manages to make ends meet.
make friends- become friendsAnton makes new friends easily.
make fun of- laugh at, joke aboutHe made fun of her German accent.
make no bones about it- say/do openly, without hesitation , I'll make no bones about it: I don't like your attitude to work.
make room for- allow space for We can make room for one more dog.
make sense- be logical What you say makes sense.
make the most of smth- do the best in the given situation Let's make the most of our vacation.
make up- become friends againI'm tired of fighting. Let's make up.
make up for smth- compensateI'll make up for the time you spent on it.
make up one's mind- decide When will you go? Make up your mind.
make yourself at home- be comfortable, feel at home Come in please. Make yourself at home.
man of his word- one who keeps promises, is dependable , You can depend on his promise to help. He's a man of his word.
mean well- have good intentions , He meant well, but it turned out that he spoiled a couple of things for me.
might as well- a good idea I might as well telephone him now.
missing person- someone who is lost and can't be located ( )The little boy disappeared. The police registered him as a missing person.
meet someone halfway- compromise with others -He's reasonable and tries to meet his coworkers halfway, when possible.
never mind- it doesn't matter, Thank you. - Never mind.
not to mention- in addition to We have three dogs, not to mention two cats.
no wonder- not surprising, He ate three big fish. No wonder he's sick.
now and again- occasionally I meet them now and again at the bank.
odds and ends- a variety of small unimportant things or leftovers, , I needed to buy some odds and ends for the kitchen.
off the cuff- without preparation Off the cuff, I can give you only a rough estimate.
off the point- beside the point What I think about him is off the point.
off the record- not for the public, unofficially , Strictly off the record, I think the director is going to get married soon.
once and for all- decidedly You must quit smoking once and for all.
on credit- not pay cash right away He bought a car on credit.
on edge- nervous, irritable, He's been on edge ever since she left.
on guard- on the alert, He's cautious and always on guard.
on hand- available Do you have a calculator on hand?
on one's own- alone, by oneself, , She likes to live and work on her own.
on one's toes- alert, attentive, prepared for difficulties, He was on his toes and produced a very good impression on them.
on purpose- intentionally, I didn't do it on purpose, it just happened so.
on second thought- after thinking again I'd like to sit on the aisle. On second thought, I'd like a window seat.
on the alert- on guard, He's cautious and always on the alert.
on the carpet- called in by the boss for criticism Yesterday the boss called her on the carpet for being rude to the coworkers.
on the go- busy, on the move , He is always on the go.
on the off chance- unlikely to happen, but still, On the off chance that you don't find him at work, here's his home address.
on the other hand- considering the other side of the question I'd like to have a dog. On the other hand, my wife likes cats better.
on the spot- right there , I decided to do it on the spot.
on the spur of the moment- without previous thought / plan He bought this car on the spur of the moment, now he regrets it.
on time- punctual Jim is always on time.
out of one's mind- crazyIf you think so, you're out of your mind.
out of one's way- away from someone's usual route I can't give you a lift to the bank, it's out of my way today.
out of the question- impossible Paying him is out of the question!
pack rat- a person who saves lots of unnecessary things, Why does she keep all those things she never uses? - She is a pack rat.
pay attention- be attentive Pay attention to his words.
pick a fight- start a quarrel He often tries to pick a fight with me.
pick up- take, get, I'll pick you up at 7.
play one's cards right- choose the right steps in doing something If you play your cards right, he'll agree to your plan.
potluck supper- a surprise meal, where nobody knows what dishes other guests will bring , , You know what happened at our last potluck supper? Everybody brought macaroni and cheese, apples, and beer!
pull oneself together- brace oneself, summon your strengthc Stop crying and complaining! You have to pull yourself together now.
pull the wool over someone's eyes- deceive, mislead someone, Are you trying to pull the wool over my eyes? It won't do you any good.
put a damper on- discourage She always puts a damper on my plans.
put in a word for someone- say positive things about someone I'd be very grateful if you could put in a word for me when you speak to him.
put off- postponeDon't put it off till tomorrow.
put one's foot down- object strongly Her father put his foot down when she said she wanted to marry Alan.
put one's foot in it- do the wrong thing, make a fool of oneself/ He put his foot in it when he told the boss his daughter wasn't pretty.
put up with- accept, tolerate , I can't put up with your bad work!
quite a bit of- much, a lot ofI had quite a bit of trouble with that car.
quite a few- many, a lot ofHe wrote quite a few good stories.
rack one's brain- try hard to think He racked his brain to solve the puzzle.
read between the lines- find or understand the implied meaning "His books are not easy to understand you have to read between the lines."
remember me to- say hello to Please remember me to your family.
right away- immediately , It' very important to do it right away.
ring a bell- remind someone of something familiar /half-forgotten - Annabel Lee? Yeah, it rings a bell, but I can't place it right now.
rock the boat- make the situation unstable , Peter always rocks the boat when we discuss company's spending policy.
rub shoulders with- meet with He doesn't rub shoulders with the rich.
rub someone the wrong way- irritate, annoy, make angry, -His remarks rub many coworkers the wrong way.
run into- meet by chance I ran into an old friend yesterday.
save face- try to change the negative impression produced He said a stupid thing and tried to save face by saying he misunderstood me.
save one's breath- stop useless talk There's no use talking to him about his spending habits, so save your breath.
scratch the surface- study something superficially He examines all the facts closely, he doesn't just scratch the surface.
see about- make arrangements for -I have to see about our plane tickets.
see eye to eye- agree We don't see eye to eye any longer.
serve someone right- get what someone deservesIt serves him right that he didn't get this job, he despised all other candidates.
serve one's purpose- be useful to someone for his purpose I doubt that hiring this man will serve your purpose.
show promise- be promising This young actor shows promise.
show up- appearI waited for hours but he didn't show up.
size up- evaluate someone, It took me 5 minutes to size up that man.
sleep on it- postpone a decision till next morning Don't decide now, sleep on it.
a slip of the tongue- a mistake ()It was just a slip of the tongue!
slip (from) one's mind- forgetIt slipped my mind what she asked me.
smell a rat- suspect something I'm not sure what it is, but I smell a rat.
so far- up to now , So far, I have read 3 books by King.
so much the better- it's even better If he can pay cash, so much the better.
spill the beans- tell a secretWho spilled the beans about our plan?
stand a chance- have a chance He doesn't stand a chance of getting it.
stand out- be noticeableHe stands out in any group of people.
stand to reason- be logical, It stands to reason that he apologized.
straight from the shoulder- speak frankly, Don't try to spare my feelings, give it to me straight from the shoulder.
take a dim view of something- disapprove of something My sister takes a dim view of the way I raise my children.
take a break- stop for rest Lets take a break, Im tired.
take advantage of- use for one's own benefit, to profit from We took advantage of the low prices and bought a computer and a monitor.
take after- be like one of the parents ()Tom takes after his father in character, and after his mother in appearance.
take a stand on something- make a firm opinion/decision on smth. , People need to take a stand on the issue of nuclear weapons.
take care of- look after, protect, see that smth. is done properly -, -, Can you take care of my dog while Im away? Tom takes good care of his car.
take hold of something- take, hold, Take hold of this rope and pull.
take into account- consider smth. You must take into account her old age.
take it easy- relax, be calm Take it easy, everything will be OK.
take (it) for granted- accept as given Mother's love is always taken for granted by children.
take one's breath away That great view took my breath away.
take one's time- do slowly Don't hurry. Take your time.
take ones word for it- believe Take my word for it, he wont go there.
take pains- try hard to do it well He took pains to make his report perfect.
take part in smth.- participate in Mary is going to take part in the show.
take place- happen , The accident took place on Oak Street.
take someone's mind off things- distract from fixed ideas/thoughts Go to a concert or a movie to take your mind off things.
take steps- take action /measures We need to take steps against it.
take the words right out of one's mouth- say the same before somebody else says it , I was about to say the same! You took the words right out of my mouth.
take time- take a long time It takes time to get used to a new place.
take time off- be absent from work He took time off to attend the wedding.
take turns- alternate doing something one after another , We went to Minsk by car. We didn't get tired because we took turns driving
talk back- answer rudelyDon't talk back to the teacher!
talk it over- discuss -I'll talk it over with my family.
tell apart- see the difference, Can you tell the twins apart?
That's just the point.- That's it. - .That's just the point! I hate this job!
the writing on the wall- a sign of future events (usually, trouble) (, )The plane crashed. Tim said he saw the writing on the wall about this flight.
not think much of- think low I don't think much of her cooking.
think over- consider carefullyThink over your answer. Think it over carefully.
till one is blue in the face- try hard I repeated it till I was blue in the face!
to make a long story short- in short To make a long story short, we won.
to say the least- to make the minimum comment about smth. , The film was boring and long, to say the least.
try on- put on new clothes to test them for size or look ( )Try on this leather coat, it's very good. She tried it on, but it didnt fit her at all.
try one's hand at something- try I want to try my hand at painting.
turn on / off- switch on / off/Turn on the radio. Turn off the water.
turn out to be- result/end this wayHe turned out to be a very good actor.
turn over a new leaf- make a fresh start in life, work, etc. (, ) He promises to turn over a new leaf and quit alcohol for good.
turn the tide- reverse the course of events The new evidence turned the tide, and the defendant was acquitted of charges.
twist one's arm- make to agree They twisted his arm to sell the house.
under the weather- feel illI'm a little under the weather today.
up-and-coming- showing promise of future success, He is an up-and-coming young lawyer who might help you with your case.
up in arms- hostile to, in strong protest against something , The employees are up in arms about the new retirement rules.
up in the air- undecided My vacation plans are still up in the air.
(not) up to par- equal in standard() His behavior isn't up to par.
used to- did often in the past, but not now , I used to play the piano when I was in school (but I don't play it now).
walk on air- be very happy He got the job and is walking on air now.
waste one's breath- speak uselessly, to no purpose Don't waste your breath trying to make him do it, he won't change his mind.
watch one's step- be careful Watch your step!
watch out- look out, be carefulWatch out for that car! Watch out!
wet blanket- a kill-joy, who spoils everybody's fun, Remember what a wet blanket he was last time? Please don't invite him again.
What's the matter?- What is it? ?What's the matter? What happened?
which way the wind blows- what the real situation is He knows which way the wind blows and always acts accordingly.
white lie- unimportant lie A white lie is told to spare your feelings.
word for word- in the same words, Tell me word for word what he said.
would rather- preferI'd rather stay at home today.

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