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|on (someone's) say-so|
What does on (someone's) say-so mean?
| with someone's permission or authority||I was able to ask for a new stove on the apartment manager's say-so.|
Some Random Idioms
|clear out (of somewhere)|
What does "clear out (of somewhere)" mean?
| to leave, to get out (usually quickly or abruptly)||We cleared out of the building as soon as our class was over.|
What does "stupid-ass" mean?
| dumb; stupid; idiotic|
What does "skinhead" mean?
|person with a shaven or bald head|
|come out of left field|
What does "come out of left field" mean?
| to come from an unexpected place||The manager's new idea came out of left field and we have no idea what it means.|
What does "kluge" mean?
|sloppy or inefficient solution to a problem in computer hardware or software|
|take hold of (someone or something)|
What does "take hold of (someone or something)" mean?
| to get in control of someone or something||Something seemed to take hold of the man and he began to act very strange.|
What does "knocked up" mean?
|take the rap for (someone or something)|
What does "take the rap for (someone or something)" mean?
| to receive punishment for something, to be accused and punished for something, to receive punishment in place of someone else||The owner of the restaurant was forced to take the rap over permitting underage workers to work at night.|
|burst onto the scene|
What does "burst onto the scene" mean?
| to appear suddenly in some location||The young singer burst onto the scene when she was a teenager.|
|lord it over (someone)|
What does "lord it over (someone)" mean?
| act as the superior and master of someone, be bossy over someone||She likes to lord it over the other members of the staff since she became a supervisor.|
|Nice as pie|
What does "Nice as pie" mean?
| If a person is nice as pie, they are surprisingly very kind and friendly. "After our argument, she was nice as pie!"|
|from now on|
What does "from now on" mean?
| from this moment forward||From now on I will study Italian every day.|
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.|