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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Care to do something

When you care to do something, you want to do something; be willing to do something. To be interested in something; inclined to do something. (Opposite) To NOT care to do something means that you do not want to do something; have no need of something; have no wish to...

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Common ground

To have common ground with someone or something it means opinions or interests are shared by each of two or more parties. Something that people agree about even if they disagree about other things. A basis of mutual interest or agreement. 1. Well, it seems that the...

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Catch up

To catch up means to learn the news of someone or something. To bring one's efforts with something up-to-date; to do the work that one should have done. To bring someone up to date; brief someone. 1. Heather, do you have time to catch up over coffee today? 2. After...

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Play something by ear

To play something by ear means to improvise. To decide how to deal with a situation as it develops rather than acting according to plans made earlier. To let things go as they may. 1. A: What are you gonna do this Friday? B: I think I'll play it by ear. 2. A: Where...

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All thumbs

All thumbs refers to someone who is physically awkward; clumsy. Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace. Awkward in handling things; uncoordinated. 1. I wish I could play the piano but I'm all thumbs. 2. Gary tried knitting me a scarf but he's all thumbs, it...

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A dry run

A dry run describes an occasion when you practice doing something to make sure there will be no problems when you really do it. A rehearsal or practice exercise. A trial exercise of something to see how it will work before it is launched. 1. There will be a dry run of...

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You can say that again

You can say that again is said when something is true; correct. Something that you say to show you completely agree with something that someone has just said. To express emphatic agreement. 1. A: What a beautiful day with all the flowers in bloom B: You can say that...

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Every minute counts

Every minute counts is an expression that emphasizes the importance of time. Referring to time, not to delay or waste time. 1. This is my one and only shot in New York, I'm going to make every minute count.   2. Emergency workers find themselves in situations...

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Old money

Old money refers to someone who has inherited the wealth of established upper-class families. Rich families who have been rich for several generations, especially those with high social status. Possessing wealth that has been inherited through several generations....

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In another’s shoes

To be in another's shoes means to put yourself in their position; status. To think, feel, imagine yourself in another person's situation. 1. If you were in my shoes, you'd know how I feel about racism.   2. I would never want you to be in my shoes.   3. I...

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Go downhill

For something or someone to go downhill, it means to decline and grow worse and worse. To deteriorate; worsen. Gradually become worse. 1. The construction industry is showing that it's going downhill.   2. My health has gone downhill since the accident.  ...

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Go for it

When someone says go for it, it means to put forth necessary effort or energy to do or pursue something. Used as words of encouragement especially in the face of doubt. To do what you need without additional thought. 1. If you want the girl, stop worrying and just go...

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Come as no surprise

When someone says that something comes as no surprise, it means that it was expected. Will not be surprising to learn. Completely expected. 1. It came as no surprise that the government officials had received black money.   2. It came as no surprise that the U.S....

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Hit or miss

Hit or miss means that something was not carefully planned; aimlessly; without plan or direction. An unpredictable event that produces results that may/may not fail. At random; unpredictable. 1. We decided to buy a cheaper tv and the picture is a hit or miss.  ...

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Don’t give a damn

To not give a damn means to not be interested in or worried about someone or something. Not care about; be indifferent to. 1. Most companies don't give a damn about the environment.   2. I don't give a damn if she talks about me behind my back.   3. The...

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