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|on one`s toes|
What does on one`s toes mean?
| to be alert||The teacher asks the students many questions to keep them on their toes.|
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|put a hold on (something)|
What does "put a hold on (something)" mean?
| to place a restriction on something to show that it is reserved/delayed||I put a hold on several books at the library.|
|spread one's wings|
What does "spread one's wings" mean?
| to begin to be independent and try new things||My uncle's friend is beginning to spread his wings and try many new things.|
|far and wide|
What does "far and wide" mean?
| everywhere, in all directions||We looked far and wide for the book but could not find it.|
|straight from the shoulder|
What does "straight from the shoulder" mean?
| an open and honest way of speaking||He was speaking straight from the shoulder when he told the workers about the possible factory closing.|
|knock (something) off|
What does "knock (something) off" mean?
| finish/do something (often in haste or carelessly)||The small furniture company is able to knock off many tables very fast.|
What does "chicken" mean?
|coward.|| Don't be chicken, just give it a try.|
|play second fiddle to (someone)|
What does "play second fiddle to (someone)" mean?
| to be second in importance to someone||He has been playing second fiddle to his boss for many years and has finally decided to change jobs.|
What does "kick-ass" mean?
| appealing; fun; exciting|
|leak out (something)|
What does "leak out (something)" mean?
| disclose special/secret information to the press||The information about the illegal donations were leaked out to the press.|
|pick (someone`s) brains|
What does "pick (someone`s) brains" mean?
| to extract ideas or information from someone for one`s own use||They are always picking my brains to get new ideas for their business. |
|par for the course|
What does "par for the course" mean?
| what is normal or expected in a given situation (in golf par
is the usual number of strokes needed to go around a golf course)|| what is normal or expected in a given situation (in golf par is the usual number of strokes needed to go around a golf course)A bad attitude at work is par for the course for that supervisor and it is something that management must deal with. |
|get a clean bill of health|
What does "get a clean bill of health" mean?
| to be pronounced healthy by a doctor||I got a clean bill of health when I went to see the doctor.|
What does "honkie" mean?
| of or pertaining to white (Caucasian) behavior, ideas, etc.|