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out of the blue
uneexpectedly, by surprise
She visited me out of the blue.
как снег на голову, неожиданно.
on a shoestring
with very little money
He started business on a shoestring.
feather in one's cap
proud achievment (достижение)
That was a feather in one's cap for my firm.
предмет гордости, успех
take a beating
He took a beating in Las Vegas.
прогореть, потерпеть крах
strike while the iron is hot
I think you should strike while the iron is hot.
куй железо пока гарячо
What time did the party wind up?
заканчиваться, в конце концов
through the mill
experienced in difficulties of life
She's been through the mill.
проити через огонь и медные трубы