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bury head in the sand

Meaning: hide from the truth

Example: Finals begin in a week and if I continue to bury my head in the sand, I'll be taking this class again next semester. 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

buy time

Meaning: to do something in order to postpone an event, a result, etc.

Example: I am currently delivering pizza, buying time to apply for a better job. Read on

between you and me

Meaning: a secret to be kept between two people

Example: Let me tell you something. Just between you and me, I don't think her painting deserves the first prize. Read on

as bold as brass

Meaning: daring, brave, bold or overconfident

Example: I was nervous about approaching the recording artist, but my friend Jane went to him, as bold as brass, and requested a group photo. Read on

behind bars

Meaning: to be in jail or prison

Example: Before the end of this year, Harrison will be behind bars for his crimes. Read on

bosom friend

Meaning: best friend who is very close to you

Example: The two ladies who were arrested for injuring each other for one man were bosom friends for years. Read on

beau monde

Meaning: a fashionable society.

Example: He had no interest in the glittering beau monde that he belonged to before his marriage. Read on

rob Peter to pay Paul

Meaning: to cause harm to one person in order to do good for another.

Example: I moved money from the college savings account to my main account so the debit would clear, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Read on

burn the candle at both ends

Meaning: to exhaust someone's energies or resources by leading a hectic life.

Example: Since starting my new job, I have been burning the candle at both ends. Read on

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high up

Meaning: to have an important standing in society

Example: With the way he barked orders at the workers, everyone got the impression that he is high up in the company. Read on


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