American Idioms and Expressions

Chance (something) Idiom

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chance (something)
What does chance (something) mean?
to risk doing somethingWe did not want to chance driving during the storm so we stayed home.

Some Random Idioms
all the livelong day
What does "all the livelong day" mean?
throughout the whole day I know the words to the song, �I've been working on the railroad, all the livelong day.�

smoke
What does "smoke" mean?
deception; exaggeration; bullshitYou're blowing smoke, aren't you?
pave the way for (someone or something)
What does "pave the way for (someone or something)" mean?
to prepare someone or something for somethingThe new company policy is designed to pave the way for more effective communication in the company.
Box clever
What does "Box clever" mean?
(UK) If you box clever, you use your intelligence to get what you want, even if you have to cheat a bit.
get the cold shoulder
What does "get the cold shoulder" mean?
to be ignored or rejectedMy friend got the cold shoulder when he went to the expensive restaurant.
put all one's eggs in one basket
What does "put all one's eggs in one basket" mean?
to risk everything at once I do not want to put all my eggs in one basket and only invest money in real estate.

do something rash
What does "do something rash" mean?
to take drastic action (usually without thinking)My friend is extremely angry and she may do something rash.
have a finger in the pie
What does "have a finger in the pie" mean?
be involved in somethingThe man has his finger in the pie of many businesses.
continue down to the wire
What does "continue down to the wire" mean?
to near a deadline, to have little time remainingThe negotiations continued down to the wire but they finally ended successfully.
bear (someone or something) in mind
What does "bear (someone or something) in mind" mean?
to remember and think about someone or something We had to bear in mind that the child was only three years old.

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