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Put your foot down

to use your authority to stop something happening


To make ends meet

Have just enough money to buy the things you need


What if?

used to ask about something that could happen in the future, especially something bad:

"What if the bus is late?"


to be in a rut

to not have changed what you do or how you do it for a very long time so that it is not interesting any longer:

"I was in a rut and couldn’t get out of it".


A dead-end job

A job in which there is no chance of progressing to a better, more important job


not be cut out for sth

to not be the right type of person for something
"I'm not cut out for an office job."


From scratch

From the beginning, without using anything that already exists
"Ben built the shed from scratch"


To be taken aback

to be very shocked or surprised
"I was somewhat taken aback by her honesty"


To realise your potential

auto realizarse


To overcome or to face setbacks in life

superar o enfrentarse a imprevistos


slip sb's memory/mind

to be forgotten
"I forgot I'd arranged to meet Richard last night - it completely slipped my mind"


To do the trick

If something does the trick, it has the necessary or wanted effect:

"This sauce needs more flavour - I know, some lemon juice should/ought to do the trick"


rack your brain

to try very hard to think of or remember something:

"I’ve been racking my brain all day trying to remember her name".


make a mental note of sth

to make an effort to remember something:

I made a mental note of her address.


flotsam and jetsam

Restos y desechos


turn your back on sth

to stop being involved in something:
"The country cannot afford to turn its back on tourism"·


call the shots

to be in the position of being able to make the decisions that will influence a situation
"You're the boss here – you get to call the shots"


to be up to sb

to be the responsibility of someone:

"It's up to the manager to make the final decision"


Word of mouth

given or done by people talking about something or telling people about something:

We get most of our work through word-of-mouth recommendations.
word-of-mouth publicity


to carry weight

to be considered serious and important enough to influence other people:

"The Senator's opinion carries a lot of weight in Congress."


To go downhill

to gradually become worse:

"After his wife died, his health started to go downhill."