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Phrase: Information is power

Date: 2017-04-12 16:27:14

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Subject: Control


Phrase: Politics is for the moment; an equation is for eternity

Author: Albert Einstein

Date: 2016-10-15 21:22:35

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Subject: Politics


Phrase: Stupidity is contagious

Author: Garfield

Date: 2016-03-25 13:47:08

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Subject: Stupidity


Phrase: Keep/Hold something/someone at bay

Meaning: To have someone or something dangerous or bad or unwanted under control:
They kept the enemy at bay for several hours.
Thankfully, we managed to hold the contagious disease at bay.

Date: 2015-07-24 23:10:49

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Subject: Control


Phrase: Teach somebody a lesson

Meaning: Make sure someone gets what he or she deserves so that he or she will never do it again: Corrupt politicians should be taught a lesson by not voting for them any more.

Date: 2015-07-24 23:10:24

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Subject: Experience


Phrase: Learn your lesson

Meaning: You did something wrong, and now you regret it, so you will not do it again: I had a car accident because I had been driving very fast, but I learnt my lesson.

Date: 2015-07-24 23:09:53

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Subject: Experience


Phrase: Give someone/something the cold shoulder

Meaning: To turn your back on somebody/something, not to support somebody/something, to be unfriendly towards somebody, to ignore somebody/something:
I regret to inform you that they gave our proposal the cold shoulder, which is why we will not be able to help the needy any longer.
I can't understand why she gave me the cold shoulder at the party last evening. She ignored me completely.

Date: 2015-07-24 23:09:14

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Subject: Indifference


Phrase: A necessary evil

Meaning: Something that you dislike, but that it seems necessary: Fines should not be a necessary evil in most cases. There should be other alternatives.

Date: 2015-07-24 23:08:22

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Subject: Usefulness


Phrase: A false alarm

Meaning: An erroneous (emergency) alert: We were told that the building was on fire, but it was a false alarm

Date: 2015-07-24 23:07:44

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Subject: Fear


Phrase: Leave somebody in the lurch

Meaning: To abandon someone when he or she most needs it: You left me in the lurch last year, and now you want me to employ you again.

Date: 2015-07-23 23:41:53

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Subject: Sadness


Phrase: The evil eye

Meaning: It is believed that there are people that can curse you by looking at you, and make your life miserable. This power is called the evil eye. However, it is only a superstition.

Date: 2015-07-23 23:41:04

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Subject: Religion


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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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: Drive someone up the wall

Meaning: Make him or her feel very angry or furious: Will you please stop spitting on the carpet? It drives me up the wall.

Date: 2015-07-23 00:14:16

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Subject: Irritation


Phrase: Go up the wall

Meaning: Get very angry: My parents went up the wall when they found out that I had been playing truant for a month

Date: 2015-07-23 00:13:17

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Subject: Irritation


Phrase: The Union Jack (or the Union flag)

Meaning: The flag of the United Kingdom

Date: 2015-07-20 00:26:17

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Subject: Miscellany


Phrase: Kick a/the habit

Meaning: Give up a habit: Tobacco manufacturers do their utmost to prevent smokers from kicking the habit. They add ammonia and other substances that are highly addictive, which should be illegal.

Date: 2015-07-17 23:50:01

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Subject: Vices


Phrase: Up yours!

Meaning: Fuck you!, go to hell!: If I had been him, I would have told them, «I'am not going to accept your tyranny. Up yours!»

Date: 2015-07-16 23:39:03

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Subject: Irritation


Phrase: Under the weather

Meaning: Not well, ill: I feel/am feeling under the weather. I think I'll lie down (for) a bit.

Date: 2015-07-16 23:38:14

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Subject: Miscellany


Phrase: Be few and far between

Meaning: To be very rare: Politicians that think of the people seem to be few and far between these days.

Date: 2015-07-16 23:37:36

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Subject: Miscellany


Phrase: Be out of your mind

Meaning: To be crazy or stupid:
You must be out of your mind if you think I'm going to vote for the troika. I'm going to vote for freedom, and not for repression.
You must be out of your mind to set up a business with her. She was a corrupt politician.

Date: 2015-07-16 23:36:58

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Subject: Stupidity


Phrase: In the family way

Meaning: That is, pregnant: She is in the family way

Date: 2015-07-14 22:49:55

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Subject: Women


Phrase: Be a picture of health

Meaning: To look very healthy: She is a picture of health

Date: 2015-07-14 22:49:25

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Subject: Miscellany


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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Subject: Expressions


Phrase: Sweat blood

Meaning: To be worried/frightened or to work very hard:
We sweated blood when we were hiding from that angry woman with a machete.
We had to sweat blood to fix your car for today.

Date: 2015-07-12 00:58:14

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Subject: Worries


Phrase: Sweat bullets

Meaning: To sweat a lot or to be anxious or afraid:
I fell asleep in the sun and woke up sweating bullets.
I was sweating bullets because I had to tell my parents that I had failed all my examinations.

Date: 2015-07-12 00:57:20

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Subject: Worries







 
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