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Flashcards in Vocabulary #17 Deck (10):
1

Eat crow

Be forced into a humiliating or extremely disagreeable situation

2

Have an axe to grind

Have a selfish motive or ulterior purpose to promote

3

Hold a candle to

Compare favorably with

4

Hold water

Remain sound, logical or consistent; stand up

5

Okay the devils advocate

Uphold the wrong side of a cause for the sake of argument

6

Red herring

Something used to distract attention from the real issue (from the practice of drawing a red herring across a trail to confuse hunting dogs)

7

Roll out the red carpet

Show impressive courtesy and ceremonial hospitality( from the practice of rolling out a red carpet for arriving dignitaries to step on)

8

Whistle in the dark

Put on a show of confidence in the face of impending danger or defeat; try to keep up ones courage

9

White elephant

Possession entailing expense and trouble far greater than its usefulness to the owner

10

Come home to roost

Have disagreeable repercussions; boomerang