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the holy of holiesThe most private room in the house. "This is my husband's holy of holies where he can work without being disturbed." The Holy of Holies was the name given to the innermost apartment of the Jewish Temple, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Only the high priest could enter this room on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).added
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a pyrrhic victoryAn apparent victory, but one which is no victory at all, due to the great cost incurred. The phrase comes from the victory won by King Pyrrhus at Asculum in 279BC which cost him many of his best men. After the battle Pyrrhus remarked: "One more such victory and we are finished."added
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bat on a sticky wicketTo take action in unfavourable conditions.added
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a bird of ill-omenSomeone who is always delivering bad news, or bringing bad luck.added
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put not your trust in princesA warning that men of power and influence can be just as fickle and unreliable as the rest of us.added
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like a sphinxAn expressionless face which conceals a secret.added
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drop the pilotTo dismiss an expert adviser. A classic example was the dismissal of the German Chancellor, Bismarck, by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1891.added
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a stormy petrelA person who is restless or turbulent, and who is likely to stir up trouble.added
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as cross as two sticksTo be in a very bad temper.added
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necessity knows no lawSomeone who is desperate cannot be expected to obey the rules, or keep the law.added
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as hungry as a hunterTo be very hungry. Hunters are presumed to be hungry because of the (often lengthy) time taken in order to catch their quarry.added
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every man to his tradeKeep to your own job and don't meddle in other people's. We should all stick to what we are good at.added
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kick over the tracesTo throw off all restraint.added
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more than flesh can standMore than human nature can endure.added
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a carpet-baggerA 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
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the gutter pressNewspapers that depend on scandal, sex and violence to promote their sales.added
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die in harnessTo continue to work until the day of one's death.added
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as close as an oysterSecretive; reluctant to give information.added
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a bird of passageSomeone who never stays long in one place; a wanderer, like a swallow which migrates according to season.added
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in fine featherIn splendid condition; lively and cheerful.added
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as large as lifeTo appear in person.added
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back in harnessTo be restored to one's employment or office. Often said of someone returning to work after recovering from illness.added
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make an honest pennyTo make an honest living through hard work.added
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sleeping partnerA sleeping partner is a partner who has invested capital in a firm but plays no part in its management.added
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rhetorical questionA 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
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