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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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