feet of clay

Meaning: have a flaw or weakness most people are unaware of.

Example: Despite his success in business, it was later revealed that the CEO had feet of clay when it came to personal ethics. Read on

cut both ways

Meaning: affect both sides of an argument or something equally.

Example: The promotion I got means that I will earn more money, but I will also have less time with my family. It cuts both ways. Read on

crystal clear

Meaning: easy to understand or transparent.

Example: The pictures on the high-definition TV are crystal clear. Read on

snowball effect

Meaning: a situation in which something grows bigger or more important at an ever-increasing rate.

Example: The mayor hopes that the improvements will have a snowball effect and lead to increased private investment in the city. Read on

go round in circles

Meaning: to waste energy and time engaging in aimless, trivial, or futile activities.

Example: I attempted to draft an outline for my thesis. However, my ideas were so mixed up in a confused way that I kept going around in circles. Read on

hot air

Meaning: empty, exaggerated talk or writing.

Example: Please do not pay any attention to Howard because he's full of hot air. Read on

aid and abet

Meaning: to help someone, typically in an illegal or mischievous activity.

Example: The police officers arrested Gary for aiding and abetting the car thief. Read on

chink in the armour

Meaning: a susceptible or vulnerable area.

Example: Ken is brilliant, but his temper is the chink in his armor. Read on

long shot

Meaning: a bet with very low chances of winning.

Example: I don't think I would be considered a pessimist, not by a long shot. Read on

nowhere near

Meaning: not similar at all.

Example: She's nowhere near recovered from her experiences. Read on

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eat words

Meaning: to take back what was said

Example: I can't believe that he didn't trust that we could win. He will have to eat his words. Read on


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