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Phrase: Carte blanche

Meaning: Complete freedom to do something: You will be given carte blanche to deal with this affair, but you must keep it secret. Do not cock it up.

Date: 2017-11-07 16:05:53

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Subject: Control


Phrase: Make a scene

Meaning: If you make a scene, you behave improperly in a public place or in a social gathering: everybody notices you because you are shouting, or fighting, or quarrelling...:
If you make a scene again, I will no longer go out with you. I have never felt so embarrassed in my whole life.

Date: 2017-11-04 22:53:38

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Subject: Stupidity


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

Meaning: A tiny amount of something, that is, 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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Subject: Importance


Phrase: Call somebody every name under the sun

Meaning: To insult someone, to talk to someone rudely:
She called the president every name under the sun, and left.
When I see him, I will call him all the names under the sun. He's a fucking bastard.

Date: 2017-10-24 22:58:02

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Subject: Irritation


Phrase: As slippery as an eel

Meaning: Someone that cannot be relied on or trusted, or that replies evasively:
Be careful with that guy. He is as slippery as an eel, and when you need him most, he will never be there.
That politician is as slippery as an eel: he always lies, and never gets to the point.

Date: 2017-10-20 23:54:24

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Subject: Escape


Phrase: Keep the wolf from the door

Meaning: Not to be able to have luxuries; to have just the basic things to continue living: He's disabled and does not receive any money, and his wife's salary only keeps the wolf from the door.

Date: 2017-10-12 15:07:25

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Subject: Necessities


Phrase: Be at stake

Meaning: If something such as your rights is at stake, it means that they may come to an end, that is, they are at risk:
If Catalonia is not unified and becomes a free nation, the Catalan language is at stake, that is, it will be wiped out by the French and Castilian languages.
Their lives are at stake, that is, they are in danger. We must go there and help them immediately.

Date: 2017-10-12 15:06:53

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Subject: Danger


Phrase: Rain buckets

Meaning: To rain heavily:
Do not go out now. It is raining buckets.
The rain is falling in buckets / coming down in buckets, so you had better stay at home.

Date: 2017-10-11 21:41:56

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Subject: Weather


Phrase: Spit with rain

Meaning: To rain slightly: It is spitting (with rain) now.

Date: 2017-10-11 21:41:35

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Subject: Weather


Phrase: Something catches your eye

Meaning: If something catches your eye, it attracks your attention: A sparkling light caught my eye.

Date: 2017-10-11 21:41:07

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Subject: Curiosity


Phrase: Be bone idle

Meaning: Be very lazy: I do not think she will do it. She is bone idle.

Date: 2017-10-07 15:37:43

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Subject: Work


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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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: Rule the roost

Meaning: To control everybody else: I cannot take that decision now. I have to speak to my wife first, because she's the one that rules the roost.

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Date: 2017-10-04 20:18:26

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Subject: Control


Phrase: Do its business

Meaning: When an animal craps or pees, it does its business: Look at that dog! It is doing its business on your jacket.

Date: 2017-10-03 22:31:34

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Subject: Necessities


Phrase: More haste, less speed

Meaning: Doing things very fast may take more time to be carried out because they may need to be done again, or fixed...

Date: 2017-10-02 22:31:53

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Subject: Speed


Phrase: Play fair

Meaning: Be honest: Our enemy is not going to play fair, and neither are we.

Date: 2017-10-02 19:08:57

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Subject: Honesty


Phrase: Be a pain in the neck / ass / arse / butt / backside

Meaning: It is used to refer to something or someone annoying: This chore is a pain in the arse.

Date: 2017-09-26 23:38:56

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Subject: Irritation


Phrase: Keep your fingers crossed

Meaning: It is used to imply that you want something to happen: I'm eager to see him, and I hope he'll come tomorrow. I keep my fingers crossed.

Date: 2017-09-26 22:03:44

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Subject: Wishes


Phrase: Hold/Have all the aces

Meaning: To have all the advantages/power, or be in a privileged situation over the rest: You cannot fight that huge company. It holds all the aces, so you are going to waste your time and money. Law is like this.

Date: 2017-09-26 15:09:30

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Subject: Success


Phrase: Put your feet up

Meaning: To relax, rest (by putting your feet on something): I'm going to put my feet up. I'm exhausted.

Date: 2017-09-25 23:08:13

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Subject: Rest


Phrase: Be in arrears

Meaning: It means that somebody has skipped one or more payments or owes money: We are (four months) in arrears with/on those payments.

Date: 2017-09-25 23:06:56

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Subject: Money


Phrase: Might is/makes right

Meaning: The strongest one imposes its will on the weaker one(s). For example, the Castilian and French empires, which want to eradicate the Catalan language, will never allow Catalonia to become a free nation, which is most unfair.

Date: 2017-09-25 21:32:46

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Subject: Justice


Phrase: Have an ace (or a trick or something) up your sleeve

Meaning: To have a good alternative, a secret plan, something of great help:
Don't worry. Everything will be all right. I have an ace up my sleeve.
Please tell me that you have something up your sleeve, because you have something, have you?

Date: 2017-09-25 16:02:47

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Subject: Success


Phrase: Dig your own grave

Meaning: It is used to imply that you are doing something that you will regret: You are digging your own grave by having an affair with the boss's wife. You will be given the sack if he finds out.

Date: 2017-09-23 22:57:13

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Subject: Stupidity


Phrase: Put (or throw) a spanner in the works

Meaning: To prevent something from happening: The totalitarian measures taken by the Castilian empire against the Catalan referendum has thrown a spanner in the works.

Date: 2017-09-23 22:56:39

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Subject: Difficulty







 
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