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always late and a penny shortSomeone who is late with a birthday or anniversary wishRate it:

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be-all and end-allSomething considered to be of the utmost importance; something essential or ultimate.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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black-and-whiteAlternative form of black and whiteRate it:

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bright-eyed and bushy-tailedEager, alert, enthusiastic, and lively.Rate it:

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cat and dog lifeUnhappy married life.Rate it:

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Cost an Arm and a LegSomething very expensive and not worth the cost in few casesRate it:

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cross my heart and hope to dieadded to a promise or a statement to show how serious one was about being honest in what one saidRate it:

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Eat You Out of House and HomeTo eat and spend everything that other person has in his houseRate it:

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for all intents and purposesFor every functional purpose; in every practical sense; in every important respect; practically speaking.Rate it:

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heave to and splice the main braceMarlinspike Era sailors expression: relative to his upcoming Liberty Ashore and His Activity; . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . He Proclaimed.Rate it:

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hold with the hare and run with the houndsTo oppose an action or behavior and yet engage in the same action or behavior; to be a hypocrite.Rate it:

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I have to love you and leave youUsed as an affectionate way of saying goodbyeRate it:

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it is raining cats and dogsThe cats and dogs are the rainRate it:

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kicking and screamingWith extreme reluctance.Rate it:

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nearest and dearestClosest, most intimate.Rate it:

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quick-and-dirtyDone or constructed in a hasty, approximate, temporarily adequate manner, but not exact, fully formed, or reliable for a long period of time.Rate it:

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speak softly and carry a big stickDo not boast or utter verbal threats, but do make others aware that you are prepared to use physical force if necessary.Rate it:

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spic and spanPerfectly clean.Rate it:

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summer and winterTo spend extended periods of time with; to test.Rate it:

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the three components of art are : 1. mere catharsis and cathexis, 2. (etc. )Cathexis : 2 major definitions, one being psychoanalytic in nature. Very rarely used in speech or in it's written form. Cathexis : what a fascinating word. Even the sound of it is unusual.Rate it:

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time and tide wait for no manaction is necessary without delayRate it:

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tooth and nailViciously; with all one’s strength or power; without holding back..Rate it:

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tried and trueWell-established and tested; known to work or succeed based on extensive experience.Rate it:

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wouldn't give two hoots n a holler / ... two hoots and a hollerdefinition: it isn't worth much, or I wouldn't put much stock in it - it is not believable, or wouldn't pay attention to it.Rate it:

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a hundred and ten percentA level of effort exceeding one's sustained capacity, possibly risking injury.Rate it:

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

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a scholar and a gentlemanAn admirable person.Rate it:

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above and beyondMore than is expected or required.Rate it:

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adamasse aliquem (only in Perf. and Plup.) (Nep. Dion 2. 3)to become devoted to some one.Rate it:

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after all is said and doneAlternative form of when all is said and doneRate it:

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again and againRepeatedly.Rate it:

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alarums and excursionsAll the sounds and activities of preparations for war.Rate it:

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alarums and excursionsAny frantic activity.Rate it:

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alive and kickingHealthy; vital; in good health, particularly in opposition to unfavorable circumstances.Rate it:

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all and sundryEach one.Rate it:

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

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all dressed up and nowhere to goElaborately attired or otherwise fully prepared for an anticipated situation or activity which, nevertheless, fails to occur.Rate it:

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all eyes and earsTo be attentive.Rate it:

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all mouth and no trousersSuperficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance.Rate it:

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all mouth and trousersSuperficial, engaging in empty, boastful talk, but not of real substance.Rate it:

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all sixes and ninesIn a state of confusion in which everything takes on an opposite meaningRate it:

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all sizzle and no steakA thing or person which fails to measure up to its description or advanced promotion.Rate it:

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all talk and no ciderAll talk and no results.Rate it:

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all well and goodBasically good, but with some shortcoming or limitation.Rate it:

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all wool and a yard wideOf high quality.Rate it:

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all work and no play makes jack a dull boyToo much focus on one's career is often viewed unfavorably.Too much hard work and not enough leisure time can be unhealthy.Rate it:

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all's fair in love and warunpleasant behavior is acceptable during love and conflict.Rate it:

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and allIncluding every object, attribute, or process associated with preceding item or series of items.Rate it:

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