as different as chalk and cheese

Meaning: for two things to be completely different from each other

Example: Despite James and John being identical twins, their characters were as different as chalk and cheese. Read on

full of beans

Meaning: to be optimistic or enthusiastic

Example: Upon hearing the good news, Mary was definitely full of beans. Read on

butter up

Meaning: to flatter someone so as to get something in return from them

Example: Mary's nice compliments about her not so nice boss made it clear that she was just trying to butter him up. Read on

in a nutshell

Meaning: to be brief and straight to the point.

Example: In a nutshell, all the new mayor was saying is that the fight against crime will be taken much more seriously. Read on

in a pickle

Meaning: to be in a difficult situation

Example: Seeing as the deadline was looming and Grace was yet to round up the project, she realised she was in a pickle. Read on

apple polisher

Meaning: a flatterer; toady

Example: Even with her boss looking very untidy, Mel still complimented her and this showed her to be an apple polisher. Read on

a lot on my plate

Meaning: too much on my plate

Example: This week will be so hectic as I have a lot on my plate. Read on

bring home the bacon

Meaning: to go out and earn a living or earn money for the family

Example: As the head of the family, he ensures that he brings home the bacon. Read on

bon appetit

Meaning: enjoy your meal/food

Example: I want to thank you all for coming to my dinner party, and I'd like to wish you all bon appetit! Read on

that’s the way the cookie crumbles

Meaning: no matter how unfair the situation is, it must be accepted

Example: The manager was fired from his job after making such a huge mistake, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Read on

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love me, love my dog

Meaning: to accept someone unconditionally

Example: My parents share a very straightforward relationship, it is like love me, love my dog. They accept each other exactly the way they are in person. Read on


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