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the ball is in your court

Meaning: the initiative for taking action lies with somebody

Example: We did what we could, and now the ball is in your court. Read on

on the ball

Meaning: alert to new trends, ideas, and methods

Example: The mother is glad to know that her son is always on the ball to learn new things in class. Read on

on/to hand

Meaning: present, nearby, close, or easily accessible

Example: My parents are always on hand if we need a babysitter. Read on

time puts everything in its place

Meaning: time is persistent; as it passes eventually, everything goes back to its original state or place

Example: After my breakup with Judy, I couldn't understand why things had to end so tragically, but I now understand time puts everything in its place in my new relationship. Read on

white paper

Meaning: official report or guide

Example: The government will be issuing a white paper later this week. Read on

no pain, no gain

Meaning: it is necessary to work hard or strive to reap rewards

Example: If you want to win the title next month, you have to train for an extra hour every day next week. No pain, no gain. Read on

red tape

Meaning: over excessive or time-consuming rules and bureaucracy that hinder progress

Example: She could have finished the project last week, but it was impossible to cut through all the red tape. Read on

take it up/down a notch

Meaning: apply more effort to achieve a goal

Example: The team got through to the quarter-finals. Now they need to take it up a notch to get to the semis. Read on

pour oil on troubled waters

Meaning: try to calm, soothe or placate a problematic situation

Example: She's such a calm person; last week, the whole office was in uproar until she stepped in and poured oil on troubled waters. Read on

elephant in the room

Meaning: a difficult, controversial, or obvious problem that no one wants to talk about or mention because the subject is problematic, uncomfortable, or awkward

Example: When Geoff arrived at the meeting yesterday, he had a huge black eye. He gave us no explanation, and nobody dared ask him about it. So we sat there for the whole morning with this elephant in the room. Read on

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clean slate

Meaning: to wipe the past out and begin afresh

Example: The criminal has completed his sentence and has come out as a clean slate. Read on

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