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break the bank

Meaning: to engage in a purchase or activity that exceeds one's financial limitations or budgetary constraints.

Example: The new smartphone was so expensive it nearly broke the bank, but she couldn't resist buying it. Read more ➺

call the shots

Meaning: to be in charge of what is happening and what should happen.

Example: The security forces will call the shots all around during the political gatherings. Read more ➺

hot potato

Meaning: refers to a controversial or sensitive topic that people avoid discussing.

Example: The topic of religious beliefs can often be a hot potato, with individuals having sensitive feelings. Read more ➺

throw in the towel

Meaning: to give up a struggle

Example: After hours of struggling with the complex math problem, Jane decided to throw in the towel. Read more ➺

back the wrong horse

Meaning: make an inappropriate and wrong decision.

Example: My dad is an expert stock trader and has rarely backed the wrong horse. Read more ➺

bring to the table

Meaning: making a valuable contribution to a group, company, or individual.

Example: I wish to bring to the table the issue of the current tax regime and how it affects our businesses. Read more ➺

one on one

Meaning: describing an instance of direct interaction, conflict, or correspondence between two parties.

Example: We had a one-on-one meeting to discuss the details of the project. Read more ➺

ducks and drakes

Meaning: to carelessly misuse one's wealth

Example: He lost his job for playing ducks and drakes with the funds of a corporation. Read more ➺

when the chips are down

Meaning: when a situation is urgent or desperate.

Example: When the chips are down, you know who your real friends are. Read more ➺

hold all the aces

Meaning: be in a winning position.

Example: Agriculture-wise, the Green Revolution holds all the aces. Read more ➺