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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 on

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 on

hold all the aces

Meaning: be in a winning position.

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

step up your game

Meaning: to improve the performance, quality, skill, or talents.

Example: Matthew said to Sarah, "Step up your game," to which she replied, "I already have by memorizing every act in Shakespeare's The Tempest this week." Read on

a whole new ball game

Meaning: a significant change in circumstances.

Example: For most young adults, moving out is a whole new ball game. Read on

roll with the punches

Meaning: to be positive and not let failures or criticism get you down.

Example: His negotiating ability and willingness to roll with punches impressed all sides. Read on

nail biter

Meaning: a situation like a close contest, which induces anxiety or tension.

Example: Friday's nail-biter of a win over the Houston Texans was an excruciating contest. Read on

wild card

Meaning: an opportunity to participate in a sporting event without having to compete in qualifying matches or be ranked at a certain level.

Example: Nobody can guess what Mark is going to do next. He's always been a bit of a wild card. Read on

spare someone’s blushes

Meaning: to stop someone from feeling awkward or embarrassed.

Example: My teacher spoke up to spare the blushes of the new student. Read on

rain check

Meaning: declining an offer that might be taken up later.

Example: He said he would take a rain check on visiting us today. Read on

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leaps and bounds

Meaning: progress very quickly

Example: Regan's reading skills are coming on in leaps and bounds with the new teacher. Read on

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