Idioms (Z)

the time when something has to be decided or done (there can be no more waiting) - examples "Well everyone, after 3 weeks of debate, this is zero hour. It is now, or never no lenience; no breaking of the law will be allowed - examples Recently the government announced…
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Idioms (Y)

to tell a lie (and have somebody believe it) for a joke - examples: "No, no, don't call her. I was just yanking your chain. She isn't really on a date with her ex-boyfriend" (also: '(be) yellow bellied') to be a coward; to be prone to cowardice - examples He…
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Idioms (X)

the special unspecific talent that separates a few from other, normal people (usually used in the performing arts) - examples: I don't know what it is about Anne, she just seems to have the x-factor. I mean, her singing isn't great, and her dancing is often out of time, but…
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Idioms (W)

waiting nearby, ready to take over or act if needed; waiting nearby to take over or act if the opportunity arises - examples They don't need to worry too much: even if the boss leaves, they have Dave waiting in the wings, ready to take over. an event that makes…
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Idioms (V)

to say all the things that make you angry about something; to release all your anger - examples It was usual on Friday afternoon for the boss to vent his spleen at one of the interns. That is why he had them in the office. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean…
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Idioms (U)

to change direction; to change an opinion to the opposite - examples: "I'm pleased you have u-turned on your decision to leave college: getting an education is important." an action that was not necessary (especially to hurt others) - examples "I know Phillip hurt your feelings, but killing his pet…
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Idioms (T)

(past tense: the tables have turned) to reverse the fortunes of two things or people - examples Traditionally United have been the stronger team in the city, but recently City have turned the tables. "For years you made me make your coffee, clean up your office, and do all your…
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Idioms (S)

safe and out of danger - examples: Last Monday the children disappeared. The parents were relieved when, on Tuesday morning, they were found safe and sound, hiding in an old cottage. "Don't worry about the money, it's locked safe and sound at the office." a reliable person who won't allow…
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Idioms (R)

to try and remember something; to think deeply on a subject (can also use 'wrack my brain') - examples "I know I have seen him before, but I have been racking my brain all morning and still don't know where." "I'll rack my brain and see if I can think…
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Idioms (Q)

the most important woman - examples "There is no doubt that Anne is the queen bee in the office; whatever she says is listened to by everyone." it will happen, we just don't know when - examples The people will get tired of these politics soon. It is just a…
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