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Phrase: A big shot / noise / fish / cheese / gun

Meaning: A very important and powerful person.

Example:
I am sure he will be able to help you. He is a big shot in the company.

Date: 2018-05-25 18:02:08

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Phrase: Be no small potatoes

Meaning: Be quite a lot, or very important.

Examples:
A thousand dollars is no small potatoes, but I like it very much, so I will buy it.
This issue is no small patotoes, and we have to deal with it immediately.

Date: 2018-02-20 23:33:55

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Phrase: A drop in the ocean (British English) / bucket (American English)

Meaning: A tiny amount of something; unimportant, insignificant or not enough:
A hundred bucks is a drop in the bucket. I need a million dollars.
Our complaints were a drop in the ocean, that is, a waste of time because they were not even considered.

Date: 2017-11-01 16:04:44

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Phrase: One of a kind

Meaning: Unique, rare:
Please be extra careful with that chinaware. It is one of a kind (that is, unique, irreplaceable)
That football player is one of a kind, and we need him in/on our team.

Date: 2017-09-19 14:51:42

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Phrase: The bottom line

Meaning: The conclusion or important point: The bottom line is that we need help because we cannot cope with everything

Date: 2015-04-17 22:42:06

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Phrase: No big deal

Meaning: No problem:
I can't come tomorrow.
No big deal!

Date: 2015-04-17 22:41:08

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Phrase: A big fish in a little pond

Meaning: Someone who deserves a more important position because of his or her qualifications. Someone very powerful or important within a small community.

Example:
It is an honour to have her working here. She could be earning thrice as much somewhere else. She's a big fish in a little pond, but she says that she likes it here, and we are glad of it.

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Phrase: A matter of life and death

Meaning: Something so important or crucial that it needs immediate attention, that is, to be dealt with immediately.

Examples:
I need to talk to the president right now. It is a matter of life and death.
We would not do that if it were not a matter of life and death.
Tell them to come this minute. It is a matter of life and death.

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Phrase: Be a nobody

Meaning: Be an unimportant person: He pretends to be a very powerful guy, but as a matter of fact he is a nobody

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Phrase: Cast pearls before swine

Meaning: When you give something to somebody who does not understand or appreciate the value it has:
It is no good helping her because it is like casting pearls before swine: she will never appreciate it.
Please do not serve this expensive centenary brandy at the stag party. It is casting / to cast pearls before swine

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Phrase: Dead and buried

Meaning: Forgotten, no longer in use or important: Oh, do not worry about that. It's dead and buried.

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Phrase: Imagination is more important than knowledge

Author: Albert Einstein

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Phrase: Mean the world to somebody

Meaning: Be very important to somebody: She means the world to me

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Phrase: Separate (or winnow) the wheat from the chaff (or tares)

Meaning: Distinguish the good things or the people good at something from the bad ones. See also «separate the sheep from the goats»

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Phrase: Separate the sheep from the goats

Meaning: Distinguish the people good at something from the ones that are not: I think the best way to separate the sheep from the goats is to ask the candidates a few trick questions

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