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Go full circle
- The family sold the house generations ago, but things have come full circle and one of their descendants lives there now.
- to return to the original position or state of affairs.
Slow STH to a trickle
- to keep STH from going, growing, advancing quickly or in large amount
- trickle: a liquid flows slowly in a drop
turn STH on its head
- 1.The basic problem is that your report turns history on its head.
- to use something in a completely wrong way
- 2. I really hope that doctors and nurses can pull together and turn the system on its head.
- to change something completely
pay through the nose
- I paid through the nose for my new work suit.
- to pay a high price for something.
Break The Bank
- If I bought a new car now, it would literally break the bank.
- to be left without money.
Penny For Your Thoughts
- I’ll give you a penny for your thoughts.
- When you use this expression it means you are curious about what a person is
Have More Money Than Sense
- Michael has more money than sense.
- This means that someone is foolish with their money and doesn’t have the
- intelligence (sense) to manage it properly.
draw a line in the sand
- President Obama has to draw a line in the sand against further extortion.
- Todd drew a line in the sand by giving his roommate an ultimatum about his sloppiness—he had to start cleaning up after himself or move out.
- Fig. to create or declare an artificial boundary and imply that crossing it will cause trouble.
kick in the pants/ass/butt
- A kick in the butt will get her moving.
- Besides the range, the Leaf delivers a one-two punch of pleasure. First is its kick-in-the-pants acceleration from a standstill
- Fig. Inf. a strong message of encouragement or demand.
shoot the breeze
- We spent the entire afternoon just shooting the breeze.
- It was good to shoot the breeze with you, Mary.
- Fig. to chat casually and without purpose.
it takes two to tango.
- Alan: You're always arguing! Stop arguing all the time. Jane: I can't argue all by myself. It takes two to tango.
- Prov. Some things cannot happen by one person acting alone.
- (Kenka Ryo Seibai)
Lo and behold!
- Lo and behold! There is Fred! He beat us here by taking
- a shortcut.
- Cliché Look here!; Thus! (An expression of surprise.)