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1

Put your foot down

to use your authority to stop something happening

2

To make ends meet

Have just enough money to buy the things you need

3

What if?

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

"What if the bus is late?"

4

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".

5

A dead-end job

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

6

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."

7

From scratch

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

8

To be taken aback

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

9

To realise your potential

auto realizarse

10

To overcome or to face setbacks in life

superar o enfrentarse a imprevistos

11

slip sb's memory/mind

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

12

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"

13

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".

14

make a mental note of sth

to make an effort to remember something:

I made a mental note of her address.

15

flotsam and jetsam

Restos y desechos

16

turn your back on sth

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

17

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"

18

to be up to sb

to be the responsibility of someone:

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

19

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

20

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."

21

To go downhill

to gradually become worse:

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