buy time Meaning: do something in order to be allowed more time. Example: Freelance working buys time for her to look around for a new full-time job.
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press, push the panic button ❯❮ let bygones be bygones
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read the riot act
Meaning: warning someone by scolding them to improve their behavior
Example: She'd been bearing bad behavior from her employee and thought it was time to read him the riot act. Read on
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