American Idioms and Expressions

Close The Books (on Someone Or Something) Idiom

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close the books (on someone or something)
What does close the books (on someone or something) mean?
to put an end to something (like the books in accounting records)The owners of the team closed the books on the idea of building a new stadium.

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What does "Have your tail up" mean?
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What does "down on one's luck" mean?
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learn the ropes
What does "learn the ropes" mean?
learn how to do a jobHe is a new employee and is still learning the ropes.
cold hard cash
What does "cold hard cash" mean?
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get down to the facts
What does "get down to the facts" mean?
to begin to discuss things that matter, to get to the truth When the trial began the lawyers tried to get down to the facts of the case.

bail out (of something)
What does "bail out (of something)" mean?
to abandon a situation, to jump out of an airplaneThe plan to buy a summer home with our friends was becoming too expensive so we decided to bail out.

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