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a bad workman always blames his toolsIt is not the tools we use which make us good, but rather how we employ them.Rate it:

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a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go downAn otherwise unpleasant situation can be pleasant when a pleasant aspect is deliberately introduced.1999, Eli Yassif, The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning, Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253335833, page 372,One is known as the "sweetening parable," that is to say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Thus, when the aim is to preach to the people, to guide them along the "bitter," arduous path of upholding burdensome precepts and prohibitions, a tale can lighten the load, make the "medicine" easier "to swallow."2001, Maureen Reagan, First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir, Little, Brown, ISBN 0316736368, page 319,It put some fun into the tedious business of preparing for a presidential debate. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?2004, John Hoover, How to Work for an Idiot: Survive & Thrive... Without Killing Your Boss, Career Press, ISBN 1564147045, page 11,If a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a barrel of laughs can wash down the big pills you might need to swallow.Rate it:

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absence makes the heart grow fonderWhen someone or something is faraway, you realise how much you love (or miss) them or it.Rate it:

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acharnement thérapeutiqueProviding medical care to keep patients alive when there is no hope that it will benefit or cure themRate it:

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Adam TilerA pickpocket's accomplice; the person who takes the goods a pickpocket steals and leaves with them.Rate it:

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adopt outTo expel a child from a family by placing them for adoption; to put a child up for adoption privately, without going through an adoption agency.Rate it:

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all hell breaks looseVi A place or state of fury, turmoil, destruction, or chaos.Rate it:

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American DreamA widespread determination by Americans to provide their children with a better upbringing than their parents were able to provide for them.Rate it:

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an insult to one is an insult to allWhen individuals are insulted based on their characteristics, that insult also applies to everybody who shares them.Rate it:

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april showers bring may flowersApril, traditionally a rainy period, gives way to May, when flowers will bloom because of the water provided to them by the April rains.By extension, that a period of discomfort can provide the basis for a period of happiness.Rate it:

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are you doing anything tomorrowAsks if someone is busy tomorrow, possibly to invite them to do something if they are available.Rate it:

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ark ruffianRogues who, in conjunction with watermen, robbed, and sometimes murdered, on the water, by picking a quarrel with the passengers in a boat, boarding it, plundering, stripping, and throwing them overboard, etc. A species of badger.Rate it:

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attack is the best form of defenceIn a battle, attacking the opposition first is better than waiting for them to attack.Rate it:

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au bout de l’aune faut (or, manque) le drapThere is an end to everything; The last straw breaks the camel’s back.Rate it:

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barking dogs seldom bitePeople who make big threats never usually carry them out.Rate it:

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barrelA wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.Rate it:

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because reasonsUsed to avoid specifying the reasons for something, perhaps because specifying them would be tangential to the point at hand, or perhaps because they are not sound or are not known to the speaker.Rate it:

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bed them downTo ​lie down ​somewhere, usually ​somewhere different from where you usually ​sleep, in ​order to go to ​sleep.Rate it:

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bed them downAnimal husbandry term. Domesticated animals are treated in the USA with tender loving care. Caretakers of animals provide comfortable resting and sleeping places for the nighttime.Rate it:

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bellum oritur, exardescitwar breaks out.Rate it:

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bem feitoserves me/you/him/her/us/them rightRate it:

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blanket termA word or phrase that is used to describe multiple groups of related things. The degree of relation may vary. Blanket terms often trade specificity for ease-of-use; in other words, a blanket term by itself gives little detail about the things that it describes or the relationships between them, but is easy to say and remember. Blanket terms often originate as slang, and eventually become integrated into the general vocabulary.Rate it:

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bleep outTo censor inappropriate spoken words by obscuring them with the sound of a bleep.Rate it:

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blind with scienceTo overwhelm someone with details in order to influence or mislead them.Rate it:

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boiling frogWhen referring to a situation gradually becoming worse, without those involved realizing the peril affecting them until it's too late.Rate it:

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boss aboutTo act in a bossy manner with another person, ordering them to do things, whether or not one is actually their superior.Rate it:

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boss aroundTo act in a bossy manner with another person, ordering them to do things, whether or not one is actually their superior.Rate it:

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breathe down someone's neckTo follow someone too closely, making it uncomfortable for them.Rate it:

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brebis comptées le loup les mangeCounting one’s chickens will not keep the fox off; If you count your chickens, harm will happen to them.Rate it:

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brush byTo walk past another person, touching them slightly, normally by accident, and ignoring them.Rate it:

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bug offUsed to tell somebody to leave them alone.Rate it:

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cast adriftTo place a person in a ship's boat or raft and leave themRate it:

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cast offTo finish the last row of knitted stitches and remove them securely from the needle.Rate it:

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ceux qui n’ont point d’affaires s’en fontThose who have no troubles invent them; Idle people make business for themselves.Rate it:

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Chew Someone OutTo handle someone roughly and scold them severelyRate it:

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Chickens Come Home to RoostCertain words or actions, which carry evil intentions, always haunt a person - who uses them or carries them outRate it:

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chickens come home to roostA person's past wrongdoings will always return to negatively affect them.Rate it:

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chickens coming home to roostConsequences visited upon someone who originally had appeared to escape them.Rate it:

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cock in the henhouseA man in a situation where he has access to many women, presumably intending to seduce them.Rate it:

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come forto search for something or someone, in order to catch them/it.Rate it:

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count outTo enumerate items while organizing or transferring them.Rate it:

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counting sheepFarmers in the medieval ages would count their sheep before leaving them.Rate it:

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c’est lui qui fait les sottises et c’est moi qui en paye la façonHe commits the mistakes and I have to pay for them.Rate it:

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c’est pain bénitIt serves you (him, her, them) right.Rate it:

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devil take the hindmostAn imprecation that everyone should look after their own interests, leaving those who cannot cope to whatever fate befalls them.Rate it:

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do unto others as you would have them do unto youOne should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself; an expression of the golden rule.Rate it:

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dob inTo betray someone by informing on them.Rate it:

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don't buy green bananasdon't make long-term plans as you may not live/survive long enough to accomplish them.Rate it:

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faire avaler des couleuvres à quelqu’unTo say very humiliating things to a man who, on account of his inferior position, is obliged to put up with them; To make any one swallow a bitter pill.Rate it:

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Fifth WheelA person who is really not needed by others and is ignored by themRate it:

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