• If something is a tall order, it is difficult to do.
  • A request that is difficult to fulfill.
  • A goal that is hard to fulfill or achieve.

1. Finishing the project on time was a tall order, but we did it!


2. Writing a song for next week’s concert is a tall order, but I’ll do it.


3. Completing the assignment on time was a tall order.


4. I’ve been on this case for 4 months now and it’s a tall order.

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Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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