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leave somebody high and dryTo abandon somebody; to stop providing assistance at a crucial moment.Rate it:

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nobody loves me, everybody hates me, i think i'm going to go and eat wormsFeeling sorry for one's self.Rate it:

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odd and curiousOn the Isle of Man, the common or general man.Rate it:

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peanut butter and a punch in the bellyChild's aggressive behavior.Rate it:

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that's for me to know and you to find outA phrase used to reply to a question whose answer the speaker doesn't want to reveal.Rate it:

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whips and jinglesa state of torturous delirium, particularly delirium tremensRate it:

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you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don'tAlternative form of damned if you do, damned if you don'tRate it:

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shave and a haircutA 7-note riff played at the end of a song for comic effect.Rate it:

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bow and scrapeTo behave in a servile, obsequious, or excessively polite manner.Rate it:

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bread-and-butterRelating to basic sustenance or the requirements for everyday living for the masses.Rate it:

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nuts and boltsThe basic, inner workings of something; the fundamentals or basics; that which makes something operate, on a basic level.Rate it:

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sweetness and lightThat which is good, pure, pleasant, etc.Rate it:

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take a licking and keep on tickingTo be tough; to have endurance; to have the capacity to absorb stress or damage, but still be able to function.Rate it:

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to and froTo go back and forth; to alternate.Rate it:

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up hill and down daleHere and there; everywhere.Rate it:

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a gentleman and a scholarAn admirable person.Rate it:

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wake up and smell the coffeeTo face reality and stop deluding oneself.Rate it:

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you get more with a kind word and a gun than you do with a kind word aloneIt is advantageous not to rely solely on being nice.Rate it:

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all hat and no cattleFull of big talk but lacking action, power, or substance; pretentious.Rate it:

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between scylla and charybdisSimilar in meaning to between a rock and a hard place.Rate it:

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dog and pony showAny presentation or display that is overly contrived or intricate.Rate it:

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have someone by the short and curliesto exercise total control over someone.Rate it:

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hem and hawTo discuss, deliberate, or contemplate rather than taking action.Rate it:

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let go and let godTo consciously surrender one's free will to the will of God.Rate it:

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out of house and homeGlobal Checkup: How Healthy is Earth?, Science NOW.Rate it:

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said and doneAgreed to and accomplished or finished.Rate it:

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shave and a haircutUsed other than as an idiom: see shave, haircut.Rate it:

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stop an eight-day clock and throw it into reverseBefore batteries and household electricity were used to power clocks, most clocks had to be wound by hand to keep operating. Eight-day clocks were designed so they only had to be wound every eighth day and the movement only turned in a clockwise direction. Therefore, someone with an appearance objectionable enough to stop the clock and send the movement spinning in the wrong and opposite direction would be ugly indeed.Rate it:

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there's many a slip twixt cup and lipIn any situation, however well planned, something can always go wrong.Rate it:

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hustle and bustleA large amount of activity and work, usually in a noisy surrounding.Rate it:

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X's and O'stic-tac-toeRate it:

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a hundred and ten percentThe exertion of more than seems possible, hence 110%, not 100%, the usual maximum amount possible.Rate it:

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take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselvesAlternative form of take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.Rate it:

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measure twice and cut once(literally, carpentry) One should double-check one's measurements for accuracy before cutting a piece of wood; otherwise it may be necessary to cut again, wasting time and material.1872, "Dressmaking," Hall's Journal of Health, vol. 19, no. 12, p. 280:Look at Carpenters! . . . In old times it was a proverb "Measure twice, and cut once."(figuratively, by extension) Plan and prepare in a careful, thorough manner before taking action.2008, Hilary Johnson, "Mergers rattle bank relations," Financial Week, 9 Nov. (retrieved 9 Nov. 2008):Mr. Paz noted that since the onset of the credit crisis, eBay, like other companies, hasnRate it:

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a day late and a dollar shortCome into the picture minus some necessary fundamental factors or entities.Rate it:

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a short drop and a sudden stopA fall to one's death by hanging.Rate it:

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arm and a legA relatively high price for an item or service; an exorbitant price.Rate it:

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heart and soulThe core of a thing; the most essential or important part.Rate it:

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heart and soulWith the utmost earnestness.Rate it:

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kit and kaboodleEverything; the lot.Rate it:

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over and overRepeatedly; again and again; many times.Rate it:

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peaches-and-creamOf facial complexion, smooth, with attractive yellow-pink coloring.Rate it:

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sticks and stonesEvocative of the saying "sticks and stones may (or will) break my bones, but words (or names) will never hurt (or harm) me".1957, Brendan Gill, The Day the Money StoppedRate it:

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vim and vigorenergetic spirit, zeal, vitalityRate it:

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yes and noUsed other than as an idiom: see yes, and, no.Rate it:

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at sixes and sevensIn a state of dispute or disagreement.Rate it:

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share and share alikeFor members of a group, equal portions of or equal access to tangible or intangible goods, entitlements, or obligations-i.e., each person's share like each of the other shares.Rate it:

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a little bit of bread and no cheesethe song of the yellowhammer.Rate it:

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birds and beesInformal sex education, especially describing the sexual activity of animals rather than that of people.Rate it:

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black and whiteThe police, a police officer.Rate it:

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