• 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 looked disappointed when I started discussing it.

2. He dropped me like a hot potato when he found out I had been married before.

3. My best friend started dating this man but when she learned that he was broke she dropped him like a hot potato.

4. The lawyer dropped his clients like hot potatoes once he learned he was being investigated for wrongdoing.

 

abandon, back down, bail out, bow out, buckle under, capitulate, cave in, cease, cede, chicken out, cry uncle, desist, drop, fold, hand over, pull out, quit, resign, stop, surrender, throw in the towel, walk out on, wash one’s hands of, yield

Turn the other cheek

To turn the other cheek means to ignore abuse or insult. To respond meekly or mildly to insult or injury without retaliating. To refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted. 1. Elizabeth just turned the other cheek when her mother criticized her...

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Lay your cards on the table

To lay your cards on the table means to speak honestly and openly about your feelings and intentions. To be completely open and honest in declaring one's resources, intentions, or attitude. To truthfully explain what you know or think. 1. It was time to lay my cards...

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