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ad nauseam

To continue to a sickening or excessive degree; from Latin "to [the point of] nausea"

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all thumbs

Clumsy

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alma mater

The school or university that one graduated from

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baker's dozen

Thirteen; in the past, bakers provided an extra roll for each dozen sold

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beat around the bush

To avoid an issue or topic

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bite the bullet

To endure an unpleasant situation or circumstance

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break the ice

To remove tension when meeting people for the first time

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bury the hatchet

To make peace; to agree to end a quarrel.

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butter someone up

To excessively praise or flatter someone

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chip off the old block

People who closely resemble their parents in some aspect

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climb on the bandwagon

To join a particular cause or political party

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cold feet

To be too afraid to complete an action

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cold shoulder

To ignore someone on purpose

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crème de la crème

The best of the best

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déjà vu

The sense that one's present experience has already occurred in the past when it hasn't

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draw the line

To establish a limit

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elbow grease

Intense physical effort

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eleventh hour

The last minute

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ergo

Word of Latin origin meaning "therefore"

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face the music

To accept unpleasant consequences for wrongdoing

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To continue to a sickening or excessive degree; from Latin "to [the point of] nausea"

ad nauseam

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Clumsy

all thumbs

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The school or university that one graduated from

alma mater

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Thirteen; in the past, bakers provided an extra roll for each dozen sold

baker's dozen

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To avoid an issue or topic

beat around the bush

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To endure an unpleasant situation or circumstance

bite the bullet

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To remove tension when meeting people for the first time

break the ice

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To make peace; to agree to end a quarrel.

bury the hatchet

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To excessively praise or flatter someone

butter someone up

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People who closely resemble their parents in some aspect

chip off the old block

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To join a particular cause or political party

climb on the bandwagon

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To be too afraid to complete an action

cold feet

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To ignore someone on purpose

cold shoulder

34

The best of the best

crème de la crème

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The sense that one's present experience has already occurred in the past when it hasn't

déjà vu

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To establish a limit

draw the line

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Intense physical effort

elbow grease

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The last minute

eleventh hour

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Word of Latin origin meaning "therefore"

ergo

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To accept unpleasant consequences for wrongdoing

face the music

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fly off the handle

To suddenly become enraged

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get something off one's chest

to confess something; to unburden oneself

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get up on the wrong side of the bed

To be unpleasant because the day started badly

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grain of salt

To treat a piece of information with skepticism

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gung-ho

Extremely enthusiastic

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in hot water

In deep trouble

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Indian summer

A period of unusually warm weather during the fall season

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John Hancock

A signature; refers to John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence

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kick the bucket

To die

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know the ropes

To understand the intricacies of an operation very well

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lowbrow

Vulgar, uncultured

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make ends meet

To earn just enough income to provide for basic needs

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make my day

To make someone really happy

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no-brainer

An extremely easy task that requires little thought

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nouveau riche

An offensive term for someone who recently becomes rich and spends money conspicuously

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pay through the nose

To pay an unreasonably high price for something

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p.c.

Abbreviation for "politically correct". Refers to social, political, and educational changes made to correct historical injustices towards race, gender, ethnic background, and sexual orientation.

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play it by ear

To improvise

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pop the question

To propose marriage

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pull somebody's leg

To tease someone

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To suddenly become enraged

fly off the handle

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to confess something; to unburden oneself

get something off one's chest

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To be unpleasant because the day started badly

get up on the wrong side of the bed

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To treat a piece of information with skepticism

grain of salt

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Extremely enthusiastic

gung-ho

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In deep trouble

in hot water

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A period of unusually warm weather during the fall season

Indian summer

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A signature; refers to John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence

John Hancock

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To die

kick the bucket

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To understand the intricacies of an operation very well

know the ropes

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Vulgar, uncultured

lowbrow

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To earn just enough income to provide for basic needs

make ends meet

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To make someone really happy

make my day

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An extremely easy task that requires little thought

no-brainer

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An offensive term for someone who recently becomes rich and spends money conspicuously

nouveau riche

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To pay an unreasonably high price for something

pay through the nose

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Abbreviation for "politically correct". Refers to social, political, and educational changes made to correct historical injustices towards race, gender, ethnic background, and sexual orientation.

p.c.

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To improvise

play it by ear

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To propose marriage

pop the question

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To tease someone

pull somebody's leg

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quid pro quo

A fair exchange

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raining cats and dogs

Raining very heavily

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rule of thumb

A practical principle that comes from experience and not meant to be reliable for every situation

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run of the mill

Common, ordinary

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second wind

A second surge of energy after a period of exhaustion

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see eye to eye

To be in agreement

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shalom

A Hebrew word that means both "hello" and "goodbye"

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sit on the fence

To remain neutral, to not take a side in an argument

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sitting duck

An easy target

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smell a rat

To sense something is suspicious

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steal someone's thunder

To undermine someone's accomplishments

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take the cake

To be extremely good or outstanding; sometimes used in a derogatory manner

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throw down the gauntlet

To issue a challenge

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throw in the towel

To quit or give up

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thumbs up (down)

To approve or disapprove, respectively

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time is of the essence

When something must be done immediately

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touch and go

Precarious or uncertain

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turn over a new leaf

To begin again; to have a fresh start

99

upper crust

Upper class

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wet blanket

A negative person who spoils other people's joy

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A fair exchange

quid pro quo

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Raining very heavily

raining cats and dogs

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A practical principle that comes from experience and not meant to be reliable for every situation

rule of thumb

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Common, ordinary

run of the mill

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A second surge of energy after a period of exhaustion

second wind

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To be in agreement

see eye to eye

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A Hebrew word that means both "hello" and "goodbye"

shalom

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To remain neutral, to not take a side in an argument

sit on the fence

109

An easy target

sitting duck

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To sense something is suspicious

smell a rat

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To undermine someone's accomplishments

steal someone's thunder

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To be extremely good or outstanding; sometimes used in a derogatory manner

take the cake

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To issue a challenge

throw down the gauntlet

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To quit or give up

throw in the towel

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To approve or disapprove, respectively

thumbs up (down)

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When something must be done immediately

time is of the essence

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Precarious or uncertain

touch and go

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To begin again; to have a fresh start

turn over a new leaf

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Upper class

upper crust

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A negative person who spoils other people's joy

wet blanket