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dig one’s own grave

Meaning: to do something that has negative consequences for you, even though these consequences can be easily seen.

Example: She dug her own grave when she started talking behind her boss's back. Read on

in bed with

Meaning: to work with a person or organisation, or being involved with them, in a way that causes other people to distrust you.

Example: The two young men were in bed with the neighborhood gangs. Read on

foot in the door

Meaning: succeed with a first step.

Example: Mary was so excited to get her foot in the door with her new internship. Read on

break one’s back

Meaning: get through the hardest part of something.

Example: I'm tired and need an ice-cold drink. I broke my back at work today on that project. Read on

blank check

Meaning: Complete authority or unrestricted freedom of action or a free hand.

Example: Roger was given a blank check by Mr. Musk. He could spend as much as he wanted to implement the latest driving technology. Read on

not have a clue

Meaning: to not know something.

Example: You think you're smart, but you do not have a clue about how things work. Read on

in one’s blood

Meaning: a natural or inherited characteristic.

Example: Singing is in Nina's blood. Read on

not all it’s cracked up to be

Meaning: Not as good as people say it is.

Example: The highly ranked institutions in Boston aren't all they're cracked up to be. Read on

in the pink

Meaning: in good health and spirits.

Example: As a famous president, he has the perfect reason to be in the pink. Read on

on the line

Meaning: to be at serious risk.

Example: Put your toes on the line and form up! Read on

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what are you up to

Meaning: another way to ask someone, what are you doing?

Example: Seeing me going from room to room with no apparent method, my friend couldn't help but ask what I was up to. Read on

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