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  • Common used expressions and sayings

 

Die-hard

Fierce or resilient

 

Wet behind the ears

Immature, naive

 

Fair and square

Legal and honest

 

Fair game

Something or someone who may be attacked or ridiculed with good reason

 

Feather in one's cap

Achievement one can take pride in

 

Feather one's nest

Enrich oneself

 

Donkey's years

A very long time

 

Dog-days

Hot period of summer weather

 

Weasel words

Evasive or intentionally misleading words, especially spoken ones

 

Don't look a horse in the mouth

Do not find fault with a gift or chance benefit

 

Give one a break

Give one an opportunity; let someone off

 

Go bald-headed

Act impetuously, without restraint

 

Wheels within wheels

Unseen or little-known workings within the controlling forces of an organisation, system, etc.; complication of influences; intricately connected events

 

Field-day

Period of excitement, success and freedom from restraint

 

With a straight bat

Very correctly, not loosely or wildly
A cricketing term: keeping the bat in a vertical position when playing certain strokes is held to be correct style.

 

Win hands down

Win with little or no effort
In horse-racing a jockey who is winning comfortably rides with hands held loosely down, there being no need to use them to bring pressure on the horse.
 

Whole new ball-game

Completely different situation
A term used by radio commentators on American football and baseball matches, known as ball-games in that country, when a score or succession of scores transformed the fortunes of one of the teams.
 

Dead in the water
A sailing ship that is dead in the water is stationary, with no wind in its sails to make it come alive. Transferring this to everyday life, to mean 'not going anywhere, brought to a halt' was only a small step, although it can be rather confusing if not used carefully.

 

Dead duck

Person or thing that is useless or unsuccessful
From the American proverb 'Never waste your powder on a dead duck'.

 

Devils' advocate

Person who presents, usually for the sake of argument, an opposing view which he does not himself hold
 

 

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