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|all right (2)|
What does all right (2) mean?
| (2): fair; not particularly good.||A: "How's your chemistry class?"B: "It's all right, I guess, but it's not the best class I'veever had."|
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What does "post" mean?
|steering column in a car|
What does "Bottoms up!" mean?
| everybody should drink now (this expression is used at the end of a drinking toast)||"Bottoms up," our host said at the beginning of the dinner.|
|(in) care of (someone)|
What does "(in) care of (someone)" mean?
| (send something) to one person at the address of another person||I sent the parcel to my sister in care of her friend at the university.|
What does "in kind" mean?
| in goods rather than money||I paid for the work on my car in kind rather than with actual cash. |
|get (someone`s) goat |
What does "get (someone`s) goat " mean?
| to annoy someone||My friend is always complaining about the way that I do things which gets my goat. |
|Wrench in the works|
What does "Wrench in the works" mean?
| If someone puts or throws a wrench, or monkey wrench, in the works, they ruin a plan.
In British English, 'spanner' is used instead of 'wrench'.|
|shit or get off the pot|
What does "shit or get off the pot" mean?
| take action or leave|
|cut in line|
What does "cut in line" mean?
| enter a line ahead of other people|
|too many cooks spoil the broth|
What does "too many cooks spoil the broth" mean?
| if too many people try to do something then often the job will not be done well||There were four people trying to fix the broken air conditioner but too many cooks spoil the broth and there were too many people to do a good job. |
|put one's head on the block for (someone or something)|
What does "put one's head on the block for (someone or something)" mean?
| to take great risks for someone or something||Our supervisor was always willing to put his head on the block for any member of the staff.|
|lead (someone) down the garden path|
What does "lead (someone) down the garden path" mean?
| deceive someone||The woman was leading her boyfriend down the garden path when she promised to marry him.|
|Black as Newgate's knocker|
What does "Black as Newgate's knocker" mean?
|(UK) If things are as black as Newgate's knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble.|
|the straight and narrow|
What does "the straight and narrow" mean?
| a straight and law-abiding route through life||The boy took the straight and narrow after he was in trouble with the law.|
What does "solid" mean?
| great; excellent; cool|