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sacred cow

Meaning: something that people believe or accept as true without questioning it.

Example: The journalist esteemed too many sacred cows. Read on

red zone

Meaning: any geographical area that is thought to be dangerous or threatening, usually as a consequence of political or military activity.

Example: The alley behind the schoolyard is effectively a "red zone," since that is where all of the bullies hang out. Read on

rain check

Meaning: declining an offer that might be taken up later.

Example: He said he would take a rain check on visiting us today. Read on

get out of dodge

Meaning: to leave.

Example: When I saw the big dog stalking toward me, growling and slobbering, I knew it was time to get out of dodge. Read on

scrape the bottom of the barrel

Meaning: It is a phrase used to describe something you know is not in good condition, but you have to select it since you don't have an option of choosing the better one.

Example: Our school used to admit more than one thousand candidates, but we feel like we have been scraping the bottom of the barrel with the admitted applicants in late admission. Read on

where the rubber meets the road

Meaning: when you have to face your challenges

Example: John had an excellent idea for a project, but his colleagues weren't sure what would happen where the rubber meets the road. Read on

close call

Meaning: a narrow escape from disaster

Example: It was quite a close call, but my father managed to avoid hitting the animal that ran across the highway. Read on

jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: to start doing something because it is fashionable or profitable

Example: get on the bandwagon Read on

stand your ground

Meaning: not retreat

Example: We stood our ground on the footpath, and then eventually, all the cows moved away. Read on

goose egg

Meaning: zero

Example: We had a good game, but the score was goose egg. Read on

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learning curve

Meaning: the rate of learning new skills

Example: Every employee undergoes a learning curve while getting to know the company. Read on

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