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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

drastic times call for drastic measures

Meaning: extreme circumstances can only be resolved by equally extreme actions

Example: After the company had posted losses for the third consecutive year, the board decided to replace all of its top management. After all, drastic times call for drastic measures. Read on

play it by ear

Meaning: improvise; act without preparation.

Example: Rather than adopting a new academic strategy, the principal decided to play it by ear. Read on

in dire straits or need

Meaning: experience difficult financial conditions or circumstances

Example: The earthquake and the drought left the region in dire straits for a long time. Read on

come to a head

Meaning: to reach a point in a situation where action needs to be taken

Example: The negative political climate in America seems to have come to a head. Read on

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food for thought

Meaning: an idea or subject to think about.

Example: The manager's meeting today has given me a lot of food for thought about whether I want to continue working for this company. Read on

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