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1.clock in
Don't forget to clock in,otherwise you won't get paid.

2.come on to ...
Tanya slapped Bill after he came on to her.
3.come easily
Languages come easily to some people.

4.don't have a cow
Don't have a cow! I'll pay for the damages.

5.push around
Don't try to push me around!

1.keep one's shirt on
Keep your shirt on. He didn't mean to offend you. That's just the
way he talks. it
Cool it. You are making me mad. ride
Let's go for a joy ride.

Do you like rap music? I have trouble understanding the words. day
This is a red-letter day for Susan. She made her first sale to a very
important client.
1.go up in smoke
Peters vacation plans went up in smoke when a crisis arose in the office.
2.hit the road
We should probably hit the road. Its going to take us two hours to get home.

3.shape up
Youd better shape up if you want to stay on.

4.scare the shit out of someone
Dont sneak up behind me like that. You scared the shit out of me.

5.pull strings
He pulled some strings and managed to get us front row seats for the concert.

1.come again
Come again? I didn't quite understand what you said.

2.come clean
The criminal decided to come clean.

3.spring for
Let me spring for dinner.

4.spill the beans
Don't spill the beans. It's supposed to be a secret.

5.stick in the mud
Cathy is such a stick in the mud. She never wants to try anything

I have to go to the john. Wait for me in the car.

2.keep in line
He needs to be kept in line. He's too wild.

3.jump the gun
Don't jump the gun. We have to be patient for a while.

4.jump to conclusion
Don't jump to conclusion. We have to figure it out first.

This car is a real lemon. It has broken down four times.

His story sounds fishy. We should see if it's really true.

2.flip out
Chris flipped out when I told him that we won the game.

3.fix someone up
I think Xixi and Macaulay would make a perfect couple. Let's fix them
up. (Haha,just kidding:)
4.take a shine to
He really likes you. There are very few people he takes a shine to
right away.

5.third wheel
You two go on ahead. I don't want to be a third wheel.

What a ripoff! The new car I bought doesn't work!

2.rock the boat
Don't rock the boat! Things are fine just the way they are.

3.blow it
I blew it on that last exam. hot water
He is in hot water with his girlfriend recently.

5.put one's foot in one's mouth
Wally is always saying such stupid thing. He has a real talent for
putting his foot in his mouth.

The movie was a flop. Nobody went to see it.

2.drop in/by/over
Feel free to drop in anytime. I'm usually home and I'd love the

3.drop a line
Drop me a line!
Remind little Bobby to duck his head when he crawls under the table
so he won't hit his head.

5.go with the flow
Sharon is an easy-going person. She just goes with the flow.

1.act up
The children started to act up as soon as the teacher left the room. lib
The comedian ad libbed most of his routine.

All she does is go "blah-blah-blah" all night.

4.hit it off
They hit it off instantly and have been good friends ever since.

Why is it that every time I have a hot date, I break out with a big zit
on my face?

1.put someone on the spot
Don't put me on the spot like this. You know I can't give you
confidential information.

The police are determined to break up the racket.

3.have it good
She really has it good. Everybody caters to her every need.

4.don't knock it
Don;t knock it! You won't be able to find another job that pays so

5.pig out
We pigged out on potato chips and cookies until our bellies ached.

1.down in the dumps
The players were down in the dumps after their team lost the
championship game. around
We've horsed around long enough. It's time to get to work.

3.pass something up
You can't pass up this job. This kind of opportunity comes only once
in a lifetime.

4.go whole hog
She went whole hog in planning he New Year's Eve party.

There's no way he can lose. He's a shoo-in.

1.get the ball rolling
Let's get the ball rolling.
2.get on the ball
If you hope to keep your job, you'd better get on the ball and meet
the deadline.

He's a real lady-killer.
4.lay off
Lay off! I don't need you to tell me what to do!
5.knock it off=cut it off
Knock it off! I'm trying to get some sleep.

1.have a passion for
I have a passion for blue dresses.

2.pep talk
The coach gave his team a pep talk at half time, hoping to lead them to victory.

3.pick someones brains
I dont understand any of this medical terminology. Do you mind if I pick your brains since youre so knowledgeable in this area?

4.pass out
He passed out after three beers.

5.way back
Weve been friends since way back.

1.hit someone with a problem
Im sorry to hit you with this problem. I dont know who else to turn to.

2.have it bad for
He really has it bad for her, but she has no ideas.

3.hung over
Dont disturb him. Hes still hung over from last night.

4 has-been
Lisa is a has-been. No one will hire her any more.

4.have a bone to pick with
I have a bone to pick with you. You still owe me the fifteen dollars you borrowed.

1. let the cat out of the bag
I won't let the cat out of the bag. the market for
People are always in the market for something new and different.

3.meddle in
Harold asked his boss stop meddling in his personal life.

4.screw loose
Bill must have a screw loose somewhere; he's acting really strangely.
5.sell someone on ...
She sold me on her idea. I think it will work.

1.hang in there
Hang in there. Things will look up soon.

He takes a hands-off approach when it comes to raising his children.

3.gag me with a spoon
Gag me with a spoon! Please dont tell me such disgusting stories any more.

4.get a move on
Get a move on. You cant park your car here.

5.cook up
He cooked up a wonderful way to surprise his wife on her birthday.

1.roll with the punches
You have to roll with the punches if you want to survive in this business.

2.right off the bat
I was all prepared to put up a fight, but he gave in right off the bat.

3.get ones feet wet
Its not good to concentrate all your efforts on just writing. You should get your feet wet and trying painting or dancing.

4.get after
Anns mother gets after her to hang up her clothes.

5.pan out
Unfortunately, the deal did not pan out. I lost a thousand dollars.
1.screw someone over
After working in the office for ten years, Alice was fired for no apparent reason. How can they screw her over like that?

2.down to the wire
Peter always waits until the last minute to do his work. I could never leave it down to the wire like that.

You cant buck the system.

Arnold is a blockhead if I ever saw one.

5.blow the lid off
That newspaper story blew the lid off the Senators illegal business deals.

1.round up
Round everybody up. Its time for our business meeting.

2.put someone up
I can put you up for a couple of days. My apartment is big enough for two people.

3.take care of business
Whos going to take care of business while I am away?

4.take out on
Dont take your frustrations out on me. stuff
He thinks hes hot stuff. But everybody else thinks hes a jerk.

Lets get down to the nitty-gritty. I want to hear what happens next.

2no good
This typewriter is no good. Every time I use it, the ribbon falls out.

3. have someones number
She dare not do anything to me, I have her number.

4. hot number
Tom thinks Sherry is a hot number.
5. off the hook
Ill let you off the hook this time, but dont do that again.

Everything here is hunky-dory. Dont worry.

2.I kid you not
I kid you not. I saw this woman talking to her hand.

3.pop ones cork
Ive never seen Teresa pop her cork before. I always thought she was a very laid-back person.
4.poke ones nose into something
Gladys is always poking her nose into other peoples business. I dont see how she has time to take care of her own affairs.

5.pull a fast one
He tried to pull a fast one on us, but we caught on before he got away with it.

22 me
Beats me. We havent learned that.

2.beat it
Beat it! Im busy right now.

3.beat a dead horse
Ive already made up my mind. Theres no sense beating a dead horse.

4.John Hancock
Put your John Hancock right here.

5.keep it under raps
Dont tell anyone about the party. Lets just keep it under eraps.

1.kick around
Lets kick around a few more proposals before we come to a final decision.

The junkie stole money in order to buy more drugs.

3.put away
Ive never seen anybody put away so much food and still look so thin.

4.put a move on
He tried to put the moves on her, but she turned him down.

5.put ones ass on the line
I put my ass on the line for you. I know youll do the same for me someday.

What a drag! Theres nothing to do here!

2.a drop in the bucket
The amount of money Mr. Howell spent on a new Rolls-Royce was just a drop in the bucket compared to his annual salary.

3.drop dead
Suzy told Mike, Drop dead! when he kept teasing her about her weight.

4.down and out
Sarah was down and out after losing her job and her apartment.

5.all that jazz
He only cares about basketball, TV, girls, and all that jazz.

Grace is always correcting other people. She thinks shes a know-it-all.

That man is really kooky. He has fifty-three cats!
3.let someone have it
Next time I see Rick, Im going to let him have it.

4.a leg up
All Jeffs hard work is paying off. Hes a leg up on the rest of his competitors.

Chris is such a low-life. He sleeps on the park bench and drink booze all day.

26 it quits
After being in the used car business for 40 years, Harry finally called it quits.
2.chip in
We all chipped in to buy Jennifer a going-away present.
3.a chip off the old block
Scott certainly is a chip off the old block. He reminds me so much of his father when he was that age.

4.clean up ones act
Youd better clean up your act if you want to go to a good school.

TV series like Dallas usually end the season with a cliffhanger.

Terry is so bullheaded; he wont listen to anybody elses opinion.

2. bum rap
Louise got a bum rap for taking sides with Richard.

That show was a real bummer.

4.burn someone up
It burns me up when people dont do their job right.

5.catch on to
It took Cindy a long time to catch on to what Bill was saying.



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