The homestretch

If you're in the homestretch it means you're in the last part of a long or difficult activity. The final phase of any endeavour. The last part of a process or action; nearing the end of an activity. 1. A: Are we there yet? B: We're in the homestretch now, I estimate...

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No laughing matter

No laughing matter is something that is so serious that people should not make jokes about. A serious issue or problem. Very serious. 1. Snoring and grinding your teeth are no laughing matter. You should get it looked at.   2. Online predators are no laughing...

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A vicious cycle

A vicious cycle is a difficult situation that cannot be improved because one problem causes another problem that causes the first problem again. When solutions create new problems. A sequence of events that makes each other worse. 1. Dieting is a vicious cycle for me....

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Fifth wheel

A fifth wheel is someone who is in a situation where they are not really needed. An unwelcome or extra person; unneeded person. An extra or unnecessary person or thing. 1. My friend Jessica said she felt like a fifth wheel because she was the only one without a date....

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Train of thought

Train of thought is an expression to describe one's thought. The way in which someone reaches a conclusion; a line of reasoning. Someone's pattern of thinking or sequence of ideas; what one was just thinking about. A succession of connected ideas, a path of reasoning....

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Out of the ordinary

If something is out of the ordinary, it is unusual. Uncommon; exceptional. Usually indicating that something is not special or outstanding. 1. It was a good movie, but nothing out of the ordinary.   2. His recent book is about spirituality and although I enjoyed...

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Full of hot air

To be full of hot air means to be full of nonsense; talking nonsense. To talk a lot, especially without saying anything of value or meaning. Someone who talks a lot about topics they don't really understand or don't know. 1. What you're saying is outrageous. You're so...

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Break the bank

To break the bank means to use up all one's money. To be ruined financially, exhaust one's resources. To require more money than is available. 1. Who goes out for wine and cheese without breaking the bank in New York?   2. Is it possible to go on a beach vacation...

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Birthday suit

When someone says they wore a birthday suit, it means they were completely naked. A state of being nude; nakedness. People said to be in their birthday suit are as naked as the day they were born. 1. A: How was your birthday bash? B: I was so humiliated when I saw the...

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Under lock and key

To have something under lock and key means that it is securely locked up. To keep safely in a room or container that is locked. In a safe, protected place. 1. My husband keeps his expensive liquor in the basement under lock and key.   2. Since acquiring a...

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End of story

End of story is something that you say when you think that the opinion you have just expressed is correct with no other possible way of thinking about it. All that can be said or reported about something. That completes the story, and I will say no more. 1. I work so...

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Sell out

To be a sell out means to betray that person by revealing personal information to others in order to receive something. To compromise one's integrity, morality, authenticity, or principles in exchange for personal gain. Someone who does something that does not agree...

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Pure and simple

Pure and simple is a phrase used to describe no more and no less, plainly so. Basically, essentially. Absolutely; without further complication or elaboration. 1. Just tell me plain and simple, do you want to go on this trip or not?   2. You are a liar, pure and...

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The key to success

The key to success is a phrase that is used to tell others about the secret to someone's success. The best or only way to achieve success. A set of rules, experiences, or journeys in achieving success. 1. Working hard in silence is the key to success.   2....

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Catch you later

If someone says catch you later, it means they will talk to you later. Used to express good-bye. A way to say they will talk to you again when they see you next. 1. I gotta go. I'm in a bit of a rush but I'll catch you later!   2. A: I have to get to my next...

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Fight fire with fire

To fight fire with fire means to use against your opponent the same methods they used against you. To deal with someone in the same way that they are dealing with you. Combat an evil or negative circumstances by reacting in kind. 1. My mom showed up at school to fight...

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Do sth with your eyes closed

To do something with your eyes closed means to do something very easily. To do something easily because you have done it many times. 1. I can change a flat tire with my eyes closed.   2. I've baked oatmeal cookies so many times, I could make them with my eyes...

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Crash course

A crash course is a course that teaches you a lot of basic facts in a very short time. A short and intense training course through something. A brief, intensive course of instruction. 1. The bride and groom took a crash course on ballroom dancing for the wedding....

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