Circumstances

the other side of the coin

Meaning: the opposite aspect, contrasting arguments.

Example: You should consider the other side of the coin when a wife leaves her husband and not just blame her for walking out on him. Read on

hit the panic button

Meaning: prepare for disaster

Example: Dad's fishing pole dove into the lake without warning, and he hit the panic button before jumping up with the reel-spinning like crazy in his hand. Read on

wide berth

Meaning: avoid (a person, place, or circumstance)

Example: When walking through the yard, make sure you leave a wide berth for the dog, or he may bite you. Read on

bury head in the sand

Meaning: hide from the truth

Example: Finals begin in a week and if I continue to bury my head in the sand, I'll be taking this class again next semester. Read on

hit or miss

Meaning: something is arranged in a haphazard fashion

Example: "Have you tried the new bar on the corner? We've been three times and it's a bit hit and miss." Read on

through thick and thin

Meaning: under all conditions, no matter how challenging or difficult

Example: My best friend has supported me through thick and thin. Read on

troubled waters

Meaning: a difficult phase of life

Example: The situation was getting worse, but like all the other members of the company, he was fascinated by troubled waters. Read on

out of the frying pan into the fire

Meaning: to go from a bad to worse situation

Example: In a bid to gain independence, she agreed to get married early, not knowing she was jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Read on

go with the flow

Meaning: to do what other people are doing in any particular situation

Example: Kevin didn't want to be part of the protest, but all his friends wanted to stand for something, so he chose to go with the flow. Read on

wag the dog

Meaning: to divert attention from something that is bad

Example: The prime minister keeps wagging the dog to keep people from actually finding out about the scam and its details. Read on

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lose head

Meaning: not have control over your emotions

Example: He is usually very calm and does not lose his head in stressful situations. Read on

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