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Flashcards in Idioms LT2 Deck (19):
1

water under the bridge

A past occurrence, especially something unfortunate, that cannot be undone or rectified

2

bee's knees

Something that's excellent

3

chip on your shoulder

a tendency to be easily angered or upset

4

beat the dead horse

Try to revive interest in a hopeless issue

5

buy me a lemon

something faulty?

6

cry over spilt milk

To pointlessly lament a misfortune that cannot be undone.

7

tongue in cheek

without really meaning what one is saying or writing.

8

kick the bucket

to die

9

bag of bones

a lean creature

10

steal one's thunder

when someone takes something or an idea that is yours and uses it as their own

11

hit the nail on the head

To be absolutely right.

12

big nose

a person leads with his nose, or sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong

13

drink like a fish

to drink alcohol excessively; to be in the habit of drinking alcohol excessively

14

dark horse

someone or something whose abilities, plans, or feelings are little known to others

15

saved by the bell

saved by the timely intervention of someone or something

16

can of worms

A complex or difficult problem.

17

off the hook

Freed, as from blame or a vexatious obligation

18

barrel of laughs

something or someone who is very funny

19

beat around the bush

To fail to come to the important point about something; from the idea of a hunted animal hiding in a bush while the hunter is too timorous to follow it in there.