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play devil's advocate

pretend to disagree with sb in order to start an argument or discussion.


butt in

interrupt sb.

I never get a chance to finish what I'm saying,because he keeps butting in.


beat about the bush

discuss sth in an indirect way, without saying what you really want to say.


get to the point

stop talking about unimportant details and say what is most important.


miss the point

not understand the main thing that sb is trying to say.


have the last/final word (on sth)

win an argument by making the last statement or final decision on sth.


for the sake of it

if you do sth for the sake of it, you do it because you enjoy it, not because you want to achieve anything else.


back down (on sth)

admit that you are wrong or have lost an argument.

Even if you prove he's wrong, he still won't back down.


life after death

a state of existence that some people believe continues after death.


a necessary evil

an unwelcome thing that we have to accept.

Do you think exams are a necessary evil?


you get what you deserve

used to say you think sb has earned the bad things that happen to them


the end justifies the means

bad or unfair methods of doing sth are acceptable if the result of the action is good or positive.


play a part in sth

be actively involved in sth.


politically correct
(abbreviated to PC)

political correctness N.

used to describe carefully chosen language or behaviour that won't upset or offend anybody.

We're not supposed to say,she's only a housewife.
No,it's not PC/ politically correct.


go too far

say or do sth which is considered too extreme.

Their response was excessive.
Yes,they've gone too far.


go off the rails

start behaving in an unacceptable way that shocks or upsets people.

His son's started missing school and hanging around in a gang.
Yes, he's really gone off the rail.


get to grips with sth

start to deal with a difficult task, problem, or situation.

We still haven't got to grips with traffic congestion and pollution.


you can't teach an old dog new tricks

SAYING you can't make people change their methods and ideas when they have used or held them for a long time.

Can he change his ways after all this time?
No, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.


at all costs

SYN at any cost/price.

used to say that something must be done, however difficult it is.