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Here's an informal phrase: conk out (informal) 1 (of a machine) break down. ‘my car conked out’ - ODO Here are a few examples in print: As we got halfway through the exit, the car c …
answered Feb 15 '18 by Lawrence
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Consider (from Wiktionary): have eyes bigger than one's stomach 2. (idiomatic) To want more than one can handle. 2010, Veechi Curtis, Lynley Averis, Bookkeeping For Dummies, page 75: W …
answered Oct 29 '18 by Lawrence
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Consider expectant. expectant adjective 1 Having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good. ‘expectant crowds arrived early’ - ODO
answered Sep 2 '17 by Lawrence
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They are taking it down to the wire. down to the wire until the last possible moment The election was so close, it went down to the wire and was decided by a court. We had very little time to …
answered Feb 24 '17 by Lawrence
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Consider the sustainability of X as a phrase to identify 'differentiators' along the lines of organic, but related to products that organic isn't appropriate for. Sustainable adjective 1.1 Conse …
answered Nov 10 '16 by Lawrence
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You might be thinking of holding it over someone's head. hold over someone's head (transitive, idiomatic) To harp on; to remind continuously (especially of a misstep or defeat) I get one parki …
answered Mar 17 '17 by Lawrence
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You are asking for the collective term for your "pants and brush". Try travel essentials. Essentials noun 1 A thing that is absolutely necessary: we only had the bare essentials in the way of e …
answered May 5 '16 by Lawrence
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This idiom carries the same idea, but it is expressed as a description of what happens when the magnitude of the 'solution' far exceeds the needs of the problem: Using a sledgehammer to crack a nu …
answered Feb 2 '16 by Lawrence
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Once in a blue moon expresses a similar sentiment. To do something “once in a blue moon” is to do it very rarely: “That company puts on a good performance only once in a blue moon.” The phrase ref …
answered Apr 7 '16 by Lawrence
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They're a jack of all trades. Some might add and master of none. "Jack of all trades, master of none" is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather tha …
answered Jul 4 '17 by Lawrence
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Try cream of the crop. Fig. the best of all. This particular car is the cream of the crop. These three students are very bright. They are the cream of the crop in their class. - The Free Diction …
answered Mar 11 '16 by Lawrence
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You're asking for a term to describe the situation where someone does exactly what you asked, but still managed to avoid doing what you wanted. It sounds like he's obeying the letter of the law but n …
answered Jul 31 '17 by Lawrence
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You can say that your picture is upside down or inverted. Upside down adverb & adjective With the upper part where the lower part should be; in an inverted position. (as adverb) ‘the car rolle …
answered May 6 '17 by Lawrence
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You might refer to it as using false weights. false weight noun a weight as measured on a shop scales which is wrong and so cheats customers - investorwords.com This concept can be traced ba …
answered Jul 5 '17 by Lawrence
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The existing answers contain good idioms for the case where the person was hiding their true colours. That is, that they were pretending to be who they were not. There is a related phenomenon, where …
answered Aug 29 '16 by Lawrence

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