📕By the handful.
☑️Meaning: in large quantities, by the amount that you can measure in one handful
🎯The child will eat candy by the handful if his parents permit him to do this.
🎯We were able to pick strawberries by the handful in the small field.
📕To compare apples and oranges
☑️Meaning: to compare two things that are different and should not be compared
🎯The two singers are completely different so you should not compare them. It is like comparing apples and oranges.
📕Here goes nothing.
☑️Meaning :used when you try something but you think that it will fail
🎯Here goes nothing," the student said as she went to the exam which she had not studied for.
🎯The computer program will probably not work but here goes nothing, let's try it.
📕To put someone or something out of one's head/mind.
☑️Meaning : to try not to think about s/o or s/t
🎯The girl is trying to put the exam out of her mind.
🎯The man is trying to put his problems out of his mind.
🎯My friend needs to put his crazy idea out of his mind.
📕To know something all too well
☑️Meaning: to know something very well
🎯My friend knows all too well how difficult it will be to enter medical school.
🎯The students know all too well what will happen if they are late with their essays.
📕To break open.
☑️Meaning : to open suddenly and violently
🎯The suitcase key is lost so we will have to break open the suitcase.
🎯The box broke open and everything fell onto the floor.
🎯We can use string to tie the box so that it does not break open.
📕Hurl an insult at someone
☑️Meaning: to make an insult to someone
🎯The young boy hurled an insult at the other boy.
🎯The businessman became angry and hurled an insult at the reporter.
🎯The woman hurled an insult at the server in the restaurant.
📕A hive of activity.
☑️Meaning :a place where things are very busy (like the activity around a beehive)
🎯The wedding hall was a hive of activity as people got ready for the wedding.
🎯The shopping mall is always a hive of activity.
📕To be fishy.
☑️Meaning : to be suspicious or unlikely or strange
🎯Something seems fishy with the online store so I will buy from another online store.
🎯The boy's excuse for being late for school is fishy. I don't believe it.
📕To give someone a fair shake.
☑️Meaning :to treat someone fairly, to give someone an equal chance
🎯Our company tries to give everybody a fair shake.
🎯The boy wants a fair shake to play on the team.
🎯Everyone is given a fair shake by the school principal.
📕To beat one's brains out.
☑️Meaning : to make a great mental effort to do something
🎯My grandfather likes to beat his brains out trying to solve puzzles.
🎯We beat our brains out in order to think of a good restaurant to go to.
📕To show one`s true colors.
☑️Meaning : to reveal what you really believe or are really thinking
🎯When people have problems, their friends often show their true colors.
🎯The man seems honest but he showed his true colours when he stole some money.
📕Slow and steady wins the race.
☑️Meaning : if you are patient and determined to do something then you will be successful
🎯Slow and steady wins the race and by working hard and being patient, the woman was able to succeed at school.
📕To swing into action.
☑️Meaning : to quickly begin to do something
🎯The firefighters began to swing into action to fight the fire.
🎯Our team swung into action and won the game.
🎯The girl must swing into action and finish her school project.
📕As scarce as hen's teeth
☑️Meaning : very scarce or nonexistent (because hens/chickens do not have teeth)
🎯Cheap hotels in this city are as scarce as hen's teeth.
🎯When the weather is bad, taxis are as scarce as hen's teeth.
📕Jack up the price of something
☑️Meaning : to increase the price of something
🎯The shop jacked up the price of goods during the storm.
🎯The small business plans to jack up the price of their goods during the festival.
🎯The city will jack up parking fees.
📕To grow to like someone or something
☑️Meaning : to slowly begin to like someone or something
🎯The mother is growing to like the music that her children listen to.
🎯We are growing to like the small restaurant.
🎯I am growing to like our new teacher.
📕To talk someone out of doing something
☑️Meaning : to persuade someone not to do something
🎯I spent an hour trying to talk my friend out of quitting his job.
🎯The woman wants to change her class but her mother is trying to talk her out of changing it.
📕To draw to a close
☑️Meaning : to end
🎯The tournament was drawing to a close and everybody was going home.
🎯Hopefully, the meeting will draw to a close soon.
🎯The wedding celebrations drew to a close so many people could finally have a rest.
📕A case in point
☑️Meaning : a specific example about what you are talking about
🎯The road is very dangerous and the recent accident is another case in point.
🎯Our team needs a better defense. The fact that we lost the game last week is a case in point
📕Chalk something up to experience
☑️Meaning : to learn something from a mistake or a bad experience
🎯The man failed his driving test but he can chalk it up to experience and try again.
🎯Our team lost but we will chalk it up to experience and work harder.
📕To steer clear of someone or something.
☑️Meaning : to avoid s/o or s/t
🎯The girl must steer clear of nuts because of her allergy.
🎯The man complains about everything so we steer clear of him.
🎯We are driving in the city so we will steer clear of the car accident.
📕Out with the old and in with the new
☑️Meaning : leave old things or ideas behind and bring in new things or ideas
🎯The new owners of the company want to change many things. It is out with the old and in with the new.
☑️Meaning : being built or repaired
🎯The new hospital is under construction.
🎯The hotel is still under construction, two years after it began.
🎯The bridge has an "Under Construction" sign on it.
📕To see something through.
☑️Meaning : to do something until it is completed
🎯The manager plans to stay and see the building project through."
🎯Although the student is failing the class, he plans to see it through to the end.
☑️Meaning : little or no possibility, almost no chance
🎯Fat chance that my friend will let me borrow his car. He never lets me borrow anything.
🎯I want to borrow some money from my friend but fat chance that he will give it to me.
📕To be high time
☑️Meaning: it is time to do something (before it is too late)
🎯It is high time that the boy starts studying for his test.
🎯It is high time that our manager starts to listen to our complaints.
☑️Meaning : the final result of something, the final product
🎯The young woman studied hard and the end product is that she will go to a good university.
🎯It took a long time to develop the new phone but the end product is a very good phone.
📕To be rich in something
☑️Meaning : to have much of something good or useful
🎯Apples are rich in vitamin C but oranges have more vitamin C.
🎯Many vegetables are rich in important vitamins.
🎯The small town is rich in local history.
📕To keep something under one`s hat
☑️Meaning : to keep something secret
🎯I will keep my plan to look for a new job under my hat.
🎯My friend told me something but he told me to keep it under my hat.
🎯The woman will keep her wedding plans under her hat.
📕To eke out a living
☑️Meaning : to earn one's living but with difficulty
🎯The young woman is able to eke out a living by building websites.
🎯My uncle was not able to eke out a living on his farm.
🎯The man ekes out a living as a translator.
📕To make a clean sweep of something
☑️Meaning : to do or win something completely
🎯The fans want their team to make a clean sweep of the tournament.
🎯The new movie made a clean sweep of the awards at the ceremony."
📕Down to the last detail
☑️Meaning : considering all of the details of something
🎯We planned the birthday party down to the last detail.
🎯We fixed everything on the boat, down to the last detail.
🎯Our holiday is planned down to the last detail.
♻️To slash prices :
Meaning : to reduce prices significantly
💙"The store is slashing prices on the cell phone."
💙"They decided to slash prices by 50% at the store."
💙"They will slash prices for the game next week.
💛 Get/lay hold of something:
💛Meaning : to get possession of something
💙"I need to get hold of the study material before the exam."
💙"If I can lay hold of some tools, I will help you fix the toilet."
💙"I need to get hold of a dictionary for the school project.