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bat on a sticky wicket
To take action in unfavourable conditions.
added by Robert_Haigh
1 month ago
a bird of ill-omen
Someone who is always delivering bad news, or bringing bad luck.
added by Robert_Haigh
1 month ago
love is love
any couple is valid regardless of their sexuality or gender
added by ryan_1
1 month ago
beyond any shadow of a doubt
absolute, no alternatives.
added by anonymous
1 month ago
put not your trust in princes
A warning that men of power and influence can be just as fickle and unreliable as the rest of us.
added by Robert_Haigh
1 month ago
like a sphinx
An expressionless face which conceals a secret.
added by Robert_Haigh
1 month ago
smoking like a chimney !
this is used to describe a person who is chain smoker or smoking non stop.
added by KRISHCLASS707
1 month ago
there's no place like home
Home is everything - also from "Wizard of Oz"
added by anonymous
1 month ago
when life gives you lemons
When trials are laid before you
added by anonymous
2 months ago
fit of fury
it means full of anger
added by anonymous
2 months ago
iron-willed
Of strong power
added by Satyag336
2 months ago
drop the pilot
To dismiss an expert adviser. A classic example was the dismissal of the German Chancellor, Bismarck, by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1891.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
open and shut case
Simple situation; quick situation; clear-cut
added by anonymous
2 months ago
a stormy petrel
A person who is restless or turbulent, and who is likely to stir up trouble.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
as cross as two sticks
To be in a very bad temper.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
necessity knows no law
Someone who is desperate cannot be expected to obey the rules, or keep the law.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
as hungry as a hunter
To be very hungry. Hunters are presumed to be hungry because of the (often lengthy) time taken in order to catch their quarry.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
every man to his trade
Keep to your own job and don't meddle in other people's. We should all stick to what we are good at.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
kick over the traces
To throw off all restraint.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
more than flesh can stand
More than human nature can endure.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
a carpet-bagger
A candidate for election who has no roots or interest in the constituency he wishes to represent. The original meaning was a Unionist financier or adventurer who exploited the cheap labour in the American South after the Civil War. The carpet bags carried by these adventurers were made of carpet material.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
the gutter press
Newspapers that depend on scandal, sex and violence to promote their sales.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
die in harness
To continue to work until the day of one's death.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
as close as an oyster
Secretive; reluctant to give information.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
a bird of passage
Someone who never stays long in one place; a wanderer, like a swallow which migrates according to season.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
in fine feather
In splendid condition; lively and cheerful.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
as large as life
To appear in person.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
back in harness
To be restored to one's employment or office. Often said of someone returning to work after recovering from illness.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
make an honest penny
To make an honest living through hard work.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
not the brightest bulb in the chandelier
There are more intelligent (i.e. brighter) people in the room or in existence generally.
added by Greying_Geezer
2 months ago
a few bulbs short of a chandelier
Dim-witted, not too bright. The "of" is included optionally.
added by Greying_Geezer
2 months ago
practise makes a man perfect
Do more practice and hard work to gain something that you want....
added by anonymous
2 months ago
grey sky
To show worry or pain.
added by anonymous
2 months ago
sleeping partner
A sleeping partner is a partner who has invested capital in a firm but plays no part in its management.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
rhetorical question
A QUESTION which is asked merely for effect, and which does not expect an answer. For example: If I say, "Do I look like a fool?" then I don't expect an answer: I am merely choosing a rhetorical way of saying, "I am not a fool."
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
key off
To collide with ; or connect to an object with a degree of force and sound
added by anonymous
2 months ago
hate abounds, eye’s awaken/ still your heart, the grounds only quakin’
The cumulative mindset of our human condition and how we affect matter without even realizing it, yet we fail or refuse to see exactly what’s we/you’re doing no matter the consequences.
added by anonymous
2 months ago
what’s the skinny
What is the bottom line? What is the basic story?
added by anonymous
2 months ago
satellite town
A new town planned and built to serve a particular local industry, or as a dormitory or overspill for people who work in a nearby metropolis. Such satellite towns include Port Sunlight near Birkenhead (Cheshire, England), built to house workers at Lever Brothers soap factories.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
quantity theory of money
Economic theory claiming that an increase in the amount of money in circulation causes a proportionate increase in prices. The theory dates from the 17th century and was elaborated by the US economist Irving Fisher (1867-1947).
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
nemesis theory
Theory of animal extinction, suggesting that a sister star to the sun caused extinction of groups of animals such as dinosaurs. The theory holds that the movement of this as yet undiscovered star disrupts the Oort cloud of comets every 26 million years, resulting in the Earth suffering an increased bombardment from comets at these times.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
negative/positive
In photography, a reverse image, which when printed is again reversed, restoring the original scene. It was invented by Fox Talbot in c.1834.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
neighbourhood watch
In Britain, a local crime-prevention scheme. Under police supervision, groups of residents agree to increase watchfulness in order to prevent crimes such as burglary and vandalism in their area.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
motor effect
Tendency of a wire carrying an electric current in a magnetic field to move.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
grey market
Dealing in shares using methods that are legal but officially frowned upon - for example, before issue and flotation.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
yepper
Yes for sure
added by anonymous
2 months ago
white savior
An embedded reflex by those from unquestioned privilege to outline the solution to Black social struggles and systemic racism.
added by anonymous
2 months ago
institutional racism
Institutional racism is a form of racism that is embedded as normal practice within society or an organisation.
added by anonymous
2 months ago
sprung rhythm
In poetry, a sprung rhythm is a heavily accented verse rhythm with an irregular number of unstressed syllables in each unit of metre.
added by Robert_Haigh
2 months ago
lo siento
It means "I am sorry" in the sense of apology or sympathy.
added by anonymous
2 months ago

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