Up to no good

If someone is up to no good it means they are behaving in a dishonest or bad way. Doing something bad; doing something wrong; illegal; immoral. Causing problems. 1. Julia suspected her husband was up to no good when he lied about where he was.   2. The strange...

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To pick a fight

To pick a fight means to start a fight or argument with someone on purpose. To talk or behave in such a way as to provoke a fight or argument. To intentionally start a fight with someone. 1. Henry is always well behaved, I could never even imagine that he would pick a...

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To kick the bucket

To kick the bucket is a phrase used to say someone is dead or has deceased. To cease living. To die. 1. It was hard for everyone when Gramps kicked the bucket.   2. Did you hear good 'ole Charlie kicked the bucket last night.   3. If my Jaguar didn't kick...

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Hits the spot

When something hits the spot it means that it gives total satisfaction, as food or drink; to be refreshing. To be exactly what is wanted or needed. A good idea; a good plan. 1. Those nachos really hit the spot!   2. A cold beer on a hot summer day really hits the...

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A pain in the neck

A pain in the neck is something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness. A bothersome, annoying person. A source of annoyance; nuisance. 1. Tara told her brother to quit being a pain in the neck.   2. Sometimes my kids can be a pain in the neck....

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By mistake

By mistake is used to describe something in error; accidentally. Without intending. Erroneously. 1. I grabbed the wrong pant size by mistake, could you find the next size up?   2. I took the exit by mistake and now we're lost.   3. I'm sorry, I think I...

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Shape up or ship out

When someone says shape up or ship out it is used as an ultimatum to improve their performance or behaviour. Used as a command to improve one's performance or leave. A warning to say improve or get out. 1. This is the last time I'll tell you. Shape up or ship out!...

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A closed book

A closed book is an expression used when you accept something that has completely ended. Something you don't understand or know anything about. A secret, mystery, or puzzle. 1. Today's meeting is about terminating our project, it's now a closed book.   2. I can't...

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Come again?

As a question, Come again? is used as a request to repeat what was said. Another way to ask, "What did you say?"/ "I didn't hear what you said."/ "Please repeat it." A phrase asking someone to repeat a statement, because it wasn't heard or the truth is being...

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Sweet nothings

Sweet nothings refers to loving comments; pleasant remarks between lovers. Murmured words of endearment, as between sweethearts. Romantic or intimate words that are only meant to flatter, woo, or seduce. 1. The two lovers had a picnic exchanging sweet nothings.  ...

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Game time

Game time means that it's time to go what has to be done. Time to play/work/accomplish what needs to be done. The time at which an activity is about to begin. 1. Ok team, it's game time! Let's put our energy into having fun and winning this tournament!   2. When...

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A sight for sore eyes

A sight for sore eyes refers to a welcome sight. One whom it is a relief or joy to see. A pleasing sight; something that is beautiful to look at. 1. I'm starving! And this meal is a sight for sore eyes!   2. The models here are beautiful. They are a sight for...

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Work like a dog

To work like a dog means to work very hard. To work extremely hard. To work day and night; overtime. 1. You've got to invest in stocks when the time is ripe and that means now!   2. I'm waiting until the time is ripe to tell my parents about wrecking their car....

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Rat out

To rat out means to reveal incriminating or embarrassing information about someone, especially to a person in authority. To tell someone in authority about the wrong or illegal actions of another. To tell on someone. 1. Johnny ratted out the group of vandals to the...

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Better left unsaid

Better left unsaid means something that should not be discussed. Something that everyone is thinking but would cause difficulty talking about. When it is better to not say anything at all. 1. I don't know how I should tell you, maybe it's better left unsaid.  ...

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A living hell

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Monkey see, monkey do

When someone says monkey see, monkey do it means that people imitate what they see other people doing. Children learning behaviour by copying what they see happening around them. Copying the behaviour of another without reason or understanding. 1. My toddler has been...

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