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at bay

Meaning: to keep something dangerous at a safe distance

Example: The scientists were able to keep the disease at bay with the help of modern medicine. Read on

backroom boy(s)

Meaning: people who work in anonymity

Example: They left the technical problems for the back-rooms boys. They will make short work of it all. Read on

end up

Meaning: reach a particular place or condition

Example: They ate so much that they ended up feeling ill for the rest of the day. Read on

buffer zone

Meaning: neutral zone between two or more areas

Example: The council proposed to plant some parkland as a buffer zone between the industrial estate and the new housing project. Read on

call on

Meaning: use courage, reserve, nerve or strength to achieve something

Example: He had to call on all his strength to get to the finals. Read on

turn aside

Meaning: refuse entry to somewhere

Example: His job application was turned aside when they saw his criminal record. Read on

out of hand

Meaning: out of control

Example: When the police arrived, they realised the party was getting out of hand. Read on

rabbit hole

Meaning: mentally go somewhere surreal or strange

Example: Peter is having another one of his parties on Friday. Time to go down the rabbit hole again. Read on

bang for the buck

Meaning: more value for money

Example: We tried that new Indian restaurant last night. The food was excellent, and the prices weren't too bad either, so we got a lot of bang for our bucks. Read on

get rid of

Meaning: to remove something or someone

Example: He finally got rid of the door to door salesman, by saying he had to go out. Read on

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chop and change

chop and change Meaning: repeatedly change. Example: One day she's going to be a doctor, the next she wants to study architecture - she'll have to stop chopping ... Read on

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