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A bitter pill - Unpleasant fact but must be accepted.

A dime a dozen -Anything that is common

A hot potato - A controversial issue

Achilles' heel -  A weakness

Actions speak louder than words -People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than by what they say.

All ears -Listening intently

Apple of discord -Anything causing trouble.

At the drop of a hat -Instantly.

Back to the drawing board -Start planning all over again.

Barking up the wrong tree - Looking in the wrong place.

Beat around the bush -To treat a topic, but omit its main points

Beating a dead horse -To uselessly dwell on a subject far beyond its point of resolution.

Bed of roses -Easy and comfortable.

Best of both worlds- A situation wherein someone has the privilege of enjoying two different opportunities.

Bite off more than one can chew –Handle more activity than one can manage.

Bite the bullet –To start.

Bite the dust -Euphemism for dying or death.

Burn the midnight oil -To work hard.

By the skin of one's teeth - Narrowly; barely. Call it a day -To declare the end of a task.

Chink in one's armor -An area of vulnerability

Clam up- To stop talking.

Cold shoulder- To display aloofness

Couch potato - A lazy person.

Crocodile tears -Fake tears

Don't count chickens before they hatch -Don't make plans for something that may not happen;

Elephant in the room - Issue left unresolved

Every cloud has a silver lining - Be optimistic

Fit as a fiddle -In good physical health.

For a song - almost free.

From A to Z - Comprehensively.

From scratch / to make from scratch -Start from the beginning

Get your goat -To irritate someone.

Grass is always greener on the other side -Think others have it better.

Have a blast-      To have a good time.

Hit The Nail On The Head - To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem

Hit the road -To leave.

Hit the sack -To go to bed to sleep.

Hit the spot -To be just right.

It takes two to tango - It takes more than one person to start a fight

Jump ship -Leave .

Kick the bucket    - Euphemism for dying or death.

Kick the habit – Stopping a habitual practice.

Kill two birds with one stone -To accomplish two different tasks at the same time

Let the cat out of the bag –Secret revealed.

Look a gift horse in the mouth To find fault with something that has been received as a gift or favor

Nip It In the Bud -To stop something at an early stage.

Off the hook -To escape a situation of responsibility,

Once in a blue moon -Rarely.

Piece of cake -Easy or simple.

Pull somebody's leg -Teasing

Put the cat among the pigeons -To create a disturbance and cause trouble.

Raining cats and dogs -Raining really strong or hard.

Rock the boat - Do or say something that will upset people or cause problems.

Spill the beans -Reveal someone's secret.

Take with a grain of salt -To treat someone's words with a degree of skepticism.

Through thick and thin - In both good and bad times.

Thumb one's nose -To express scorn or to disregard.

To steal someone's thunder -To take credit for something someone else did.

Two a penny -Cheap

Under my thumb - Under my control

Under the weather -Feel sick or poorly

Wild goose chase -A frustrating or lengthy undertaking that accomplishes little.

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