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           1.Clear the air `


          To settle a dispute and restore good relations


          Example: We had a meeting with the workers, and I think we’ve cleared the air now


          2.Be in the air Ҫl


          The feeling or idea that something new is about to happen or is going to change


          Example: From the arguments going on at the meeting, it seems that a change in policy is in the air


          3.A bad egg ȱµ


          Somebody who has no moral principles and should be avoided


          Example: You mustn’t lend Tim money, he’s a bad egg. You’ll never see him or your money again!


          4.Cost an arm and a leg O䰺F


          To be very expensive


          Example: I love that fur coat. However, I don’t think I’m going to buy it because it costs an arm and a leg


          5.In the balance δ֪Ay


          Said when the outcome of a situation is unknown or unpredictable


          Example: His career as a pilot is in the balance, as his eyesight does not seem good enough


          6.In the Bag لȯ


          Said of an achievement which is secure


          Example: We have the deal in the bag. The client came in this morning to sign the agreement


          7.Drive a hard bargain Oӑr߀r


          To have the negotiating strength and skills to get the most advantageous price and conditions


          Example: Amanda is negotiating the best price from the suppliers. She drives a hard bargain


          8.Ring a bell ȥ dzϤ


          To look, sound or seem familiar


          Example: That face rings a bell, where have I seen him before?


          9.Tighten one’s belt ¿sʳ


          To cut down on spending because there is less income than before


          Example: Now you are out of work, you’ll have to tighten your belt and give up buying new clothes and going out so often


          10.Kill two birds with one stone һʯB


          To complete two tasks together, with less effort than doing them separately


          Example: Since I’d gone to the store to buy some bread, I thought ofkilling two birds with one stone and invited Mr. Biggs to the party


          11.Be in a black mood wO


          To be so negative about everything that it is impossible for anyone to reason with him/her


          Example: My father has been in a black mood for days, we dare not say anything to him


          12.Feeling blue еo


          Feeling sad or depressed


          Example: She’s feeling blue, because the man she loves is far away


          13.New blood ³ɆT


          New people brought into an organization to introduce different and original ideas


          Example: It was decided to bring new blood into the school by employing teachers with the latest training


          14.Get to the bottom of something Ū


          To find out the truth about something


          Example: I’m trying to get to the bottom of why David left without saying goodbye


          15.A piece of cake pɵ


          Something which is very easy to do


          Example: Here…let me put the batteries in for you. It’s a piece of cake


          16.Pay a call L


          To visit somebody


          Example: As we’re in this neighborhood, we might as well pay the Jacksons a call, we haven’t seen them for ages


          17.Round the clock ҹ^յ


          To do something continuously, without a break or pause


          Example: The ambulance services worked round the clock hauling people trapped in the building to safety


          18.By chance żȻ


          Unexpectedly; with no prior planning


          Example: By chance, I bumped into my wife in the shopping mall


          19.Keep one’s cool o


          To stay calm in a difficult situation


          Example: If the traffic is jamed, the only thing to do is keep your cool, or get out of the car and walk!


          20.In a tight corner ̎


          In an extremely difficult situation


          Example: Whenever I get into a tight corner, I try to rely on quick thinking to get out of it


          21.Fall on deaf ears ǵ ȡ


          Not to take any notice of what is said


          Example: The city council’s order that garbage should be put in thebins fell on deaf ears; the sidewalks are still littered with trash!


          22.Keep in the dark [m


          To keep something secret


          Example: We know my brother has a new girlfriend, but he's keeping her name in the dark


          23.Take things easy p


          To relax


          Example: It's better for our health to take things easy than to worry about problems all the time


          24.Catch one’s eye ijע


          To attract somebody’s attention


          Example: A movement behind the curtain caught my eye I thought it was a burglar and rushed out of the room!


          25.Eat like a horse Եúܶ


          To eat a lot; to have a very big appetite


          Example: Fred eats like a horse. When I was a growing lad like him, I used to eat a lot, too


          26.Turn a blind eye ҕo


          To ignore an action, even though one should do something about it


          Example: Parents will spoil their children if they constantly turn a blind eye to their bad behavior


          27.Have an eye for something ij(ijw)˽÷dz


          To be very good at doing something, or have a great understanding of something


          Example: As a botanist, he has to describe and draw plants accurately, so he must have an eye for detail


          28.Keep an eye on տ עҕ


          To watch carefully; to look after


          Example: Keep an eye on my purse I'm just going to the bathroom


          29.Lose face GĘ


          To have one's reputation spoiled; to be embarrassed


          Example: The large drug houses have lost face, because smaller companies are selling similar products at a cheaper price!


          30.Lead the field ̎I^λ


          To be the most successful person or group in an activity


          Example: For decades, the House of Dior led the field in elegant fashion design


          31.Get out of hand ʧȥ


          To be out of control


          Example: The problem of suicide bombings is getting out of hand; there seems to be no way to stop them


          32.Give a hand ṩ


          To help somebody with something


          Example: Please give me a hand and hold this board while I paint it


          33.Learn by heart ӛ


          To memorize something; to have learned something word for word or very precisely


          Example: At school we often learned Shakespeare’s sonnets by heart and recited them in front of the class


          34.On hold δk


          Something set aside and waiting to be dealt with


          Example: Our vacation plans are on hold right now; because my Dad’s just been admitted to hospital with a stomach ulcer


          35.A dark horse ϵ


          An unexpected winner


          Example: A dark horse in this year’s basketball cup was Japan!


          36.The bottom line |


          The most essential part of something


          Example: We’ve talked a lot about taxation and immigration, but the bottom line is that we have to create more jobs


          37.Live it up gһ


          To enjoy a high standard of living and lead a carefree life


          Example: The neighbors having been living it up ever since they won the sweepstakes


          38.Bear in mind ӛס


          To remember something which can be of help in the future


          Example: Before you start your perspective drawing, bear in mind you should first establish a vanishing point


          39.Look forward to ڴ


          To relish some future prospect; to eagerly await meeting somebody


          Example: You can tell Jake is looking forward to his vacation hekeeps telling us how many days there are left until he finishescollege


          40.Have a mind to ij Ӌij


          To be decided on ; to intend to


          Example: The service in our hotel was terrible. I have a mind to write a letter of complaint


          41.Be in the mood Ҫij


          To feel like doing something


          Example: She is not in the mood for playing cards and says she should really be preparing her lecture notes


          42.Over the moon ϲ


          Extremely happy


          Example: She’s over the moon about her promotion she really wasn’t expecting it


          43.Over and above …@ ~


          In addition to


          Example: Over and above our salary, we are getting a large bonus, because business has been very profitable this year


          44.Get a move on s


          To hurry up


          Example: Get a move on! The train is about to leave


          45.Get the picture ˽ij


          To understand something, to grasp some meaning


          Example: When they started cutting back and laying people off at work, I got the picture and starting looking for another job


          46.Keep somebody posted _Ϣ


          To regularly give somebody up-to-date information or details of the progress being made


          Example: I phoned in at the end of each working day to keep my boss posted about developments at the trade conference


          47.Be out of pocket X


          To be without money


          Example: He’s complaining because he spent all of his money on slot machines and now he’s out of pocket


          48.Lose track of ʧȥϢ,ʧȥ


          To lose contact with somebody to not know where something is


          Example: I lost track of Fran when she moved to Boston. I’ve even tried to locate her on the Internet


          49.On a shoestring ד


          In a thrifty manner; with costs or spending down to a bare minimum


          Example: She lives on a shoestring she gets a tiny pension and has to budget very tightly


          50.In the long run K


          Over a long period of time, once a process has matured


          Example: The grocery store is making a loss right now. In the long run,however, we hope to achieve a situation of stable profit

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