Raise eyebrows

To raise some eyebrows means to shock or surprise people. To cause surprise or mild disapproval. 1. Katherine's style has raised some eyebrows at work lately, miniskirts and all.   2. It's an issue that ought to raise some eyebrows.   3. My Halloween costume...

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Something happens out of the blue

If something happens out of the blue, it happens suddenly and you are not expecting it. At a completely unexpected time. An event that occurs unexpectedly, without any warning or preparation. 1. I met my childhood friend, Jamie out of the blue.   2. It started to...

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Take a hike

If someone tells you to take a hike, it's a rude way of telling someone to leave; to beat it. To go away; get out of here; be gone forever. To leave because one's presence is unwanted. 1. A: Hey pretty lady, can I have your number? B: Go take a hike!   2. The...

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Give anything to do something

To give anything to do something means to pay, give, or do whatever is necessary to achieve something. Doing your best to acquire or achieve a thing for which one has an intense desire. To want something very much. 1. I'm so hungry, I would give anything for a piece...

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Get over it

Get over it means to move on; accept things the way they are. Don't concern yourself with something that's already in the past. To feel better after something or someone has made you unhappy or upset. 1. Man, I can't believe my lines aren't working on the ladies! Get...

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As good as new

If something is as good as new it means it has either been kept in the same good condition as when it was new. Repaired so that it is as good as it was when it was new. As well or as healthy as normal. 1. Our wood coffee table needed a little mending but now it's as...

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Cold shoulder

To give the cold shoulder is a form of body language when a person is ignoring you. To behave towards someone in a way that is not friendly, sometimes for reasons not understood. To show no interest in someone or something. 1. I have no idea why Julia keeps giving me...

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Head on a platter

If you have someone's head on a plate you are very angry with them and want them to be punished. A desire for revenge on an enemy. Punishment towards someone. 1. I'm so angry with John, I want his head on a platter.   2. I'm sure that my boss wanted my head on a...

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Fall from grace

To fall from grace means to do something wrong and get in trouble with someone. To experience reduced status or prestige, cease to be held in favour. To sin and get on the wrong side of God. 1. My company executives have fallen from grace and may well be dissolved...

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To walk the walk

To walk the walk means to have skill, ability, or experience in a given activity. To show that something is true through your actions. Back up one's talk with action. 1. You can preach all you want but you should know to walk the walk.   2. He likes to talk about...

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A blacklist

A blacklist is a list of persons or organisations under suspicion, or considered untrustworthy or disloyal. A list of people who have been disapproved; to be boycotted or penalised. Those who are not to be hired, served, or otherwise accepted. 1. The restaurant has me...

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In the same boat

To be in the same boat as someone means being in the same situation; having the same problem. If people are in the same boat, they are in the same predicament or trouble. To be in the same unpleasant situation as other people. 1. A: Bobby, I'm short this month, do you...

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First things first

First things first means to do things in the proper order; do not skip things that you should do first. The most important task get priority. To focus on the appropriate order in which to do things. 1. Let's go to a jazz bar afterwards! But first things first, let's...

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Kill two birds with one stone

To kill two birds with one stone means to solve two problems at one time with a single action. To accomplish two tasks with only one effort. To succeed in achieving two things in a single action. 1. While I was on business in NYC, I thought I'd kill two birds with one...

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Pick up the pieces

To pick up the pieces means to redeem a bad situation; restore matters to normal. To try to repair emotional, financial, or other damage done to one's life. To try to get back to an ordinary way of life after a difficult experience. 1. It took Jennifer a long time to...

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Make your day

  If something makes your day it satisfies you or makes you happy An action or behaviour that will result in happiness. Someone doing something to make the day special.     1. Nina, I wanted to let you know that you got the job! Thank you, you just made...

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Living on the breadline

Living on the breadline refers to the poorest conditions in which it is acceptable to live. To be very poor; level of income someone has when they are very poor. People waiting in line for free food given by a charitable organisation or public agency. 1. There are...

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Less is more

Less is more is a cliché that describes something that is fewer/smaller/minimal is better. The notion that simplicity and clarity lead to good design. Keeping something in its simple form; essential; minimal. 1. Why did you trade in your SUV for a hybrid? Because I...

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