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Phrase: Hit the wall

Meaning: To become extremely exhausted because you have been running, cycling or working very hard, and your stamina is low: I hit the wall after running for an hour, and had to stop.

Date: 2017-10-07 15:37:16

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Phrase: Stick to your guns

Meaning: Be firm in your ideas, beliefs, and so on: Everybody tried to persuade him to continue teaching, but he stuck to his guns, and retired.

Date: 2017-09-22 23:31:48

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Phrase: In the neighbourhood/vicinity of something

Meaning: About, around, more or less, approximately. The price of that house will be in the neighbourhood of two million dollars.

Date: 2017-09-19 23:15:29

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Phrase: The pros and cons of something

Meaning: The advantages and disadvantages of something

Date: 2017-09-18 22:07:57

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Phrase: On pins and needles / On tenterhooks

Meaning: Very anxious about something: Tomorrow I will be given the results of my examinations, and I am on tenterhooks now

Date: 2017-09-17 15:04:34

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Phrase: Be a safe bet / a sure bet / a fair bet

Meaning: Example: I think your promotion is a safe bet (= very likely).

Date: 2017-09-17 15:03:51

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Phrase: By the sweat of your brow

Meaning: That is, you have to work hard to obtain something: I bought this house by the sweat of my brow.

Date: 2017-09-16 15:20:23

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Phrase: So long

Meaning: Example: So long, Peter! (= Goodbye, Peter!)

Date: 2017-09-16 15:19:54

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Phrase: Give me (a) five / Gimme five

Meaning: When you slap somebody else's hand to denote satisfaction:
Dad, I got a distinction in my maths exam
Give me five, son!

Date: 2015-07-23 00:16:24

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Phrase: Vox populi / Vox pop

Meaning: A Latin expression that means «the voice of the people». It refers to what most people think or feel about a matter:
That Catalonia should become a free nation is vox populi amongst its citizens (that is, it is a feeling shared by a vast majority of Catalans.)

«Vox pop» (short for «vox populi») is often used to refer to the opinion of the (wo)man in/on (US) the street interviewed individually, that is, it is like an opinion poll, but only one question is asked, and you listen to or read the interviewees' replies:
An interesting vox pop was carried out by a popular TV channel last night, and it will be broadcast tonight.

Date: 2015-07-12 23:24:45

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Phrase: Good grief!

Meaning: It expresses surprise, annoyance or irritation:
Good grief! What are we going to do with so much food?
Good grief! What a motorbike! I thought you were as poor as a church mouse!
Good grief! There is a man with a gun walking down the street!
Good grief! Your dog has broken that vase! My father will get very furious when he finds out. It belonged to his grandmother.

Date: 2015-07-11 01:07:22

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Phrase: Bring something / Draw (something) / Come to a close (or end)

Meaning: If something comes/draws to a close/end or if we bring/draw something to a close/end, it finishes.

Date: 2015-06-30 23:58:15

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Phrase: On the whole

Meaning: Generally, in general: On the whole, I prefer brunettes to blondes

Date: 2015-05-21 15:52:14

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Phrase: Once and for all

Meaning: To be the last time something happens, is said..., or to conclude something definitively:
Stop telling lies once and for all. I know the whole truth.
Will you do your homework once and for all?
Let's finish the project once and for all.

Date: 2015-05-14 23:01:13

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Phrase: In tandem (with somebody/something)

Meaning: Together, at the same time:
If we work in tandem, we will get better results
We will need to operate in tandem with our allies

Date: 2015-03-15 22:39:09

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Phrase: As a (general) rule

Meaning: Normally, usually, generally: As a rule, she stays at home on Sundays, so you should phone her then

Date: 2015-03-11 22:43:23

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Phrase: To and from

Meaning: From one direction to another, and then in the opposite direction over and over again: I looked out of the window and saw a young woman walking to and fro. She seemed to be waiting for somebody

Date: 2015-03-11 22:42:23

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Phrase: So what?

Meaning: I do not mind:
She wants to sue you for divorce
So what? I no longer love her, and we have no children

Date: 2015-03-09 21:35:32

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Phrase: In the nick of time

Meaning: Before it is too late:
You have arrived in the nick of time. We were about to leave
The survivors were rescued in the nick of time. They were exhausted, and could not swim much longer

Date: 2015-03-09 00:26:22

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Phrase: Believe (you) me

Meaning: What I am saying is true or will happen: And believe me, very few citizens would survive such a catastrophe

Date: 2015-03-09 00:24:17

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Phrase: To the letter

Meaning: Do something exactly as it was expected or ordered: He said that he was not responsible for what had happened, as he had only followed his superior's orders to the letter

Date: 2015-02-20 23:34:42

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Phrase: Holy cow (crap...)!

Meaning: Used to express surprise:
Holy cow! This house is amazing!
Holy shit! What have you done?

Date: 2015-02-17 23:41:07

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Phrase: From start to finish

Meaning: That is, the whole process/thing: I saw the film from start to finish

Date: 2015-02-17 23:34:50

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Phrase: A (heavy) cross to bear

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Phrase: A blessing in disguise

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