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play cat and mouse

Meaning: to play with or tease someone

Example: The cops do not like playing cat and mouse games with the culprits before catching them. Read on

rip off

Meaning: the act of stealing

Example: I can't believe I paid that much money for that outfit. It was a rip off. Read on

big mouth

Meaning: someone who talks too much

Example: Your big mouth always gets you in trouble at school, Steven! Read on

by hook or by crook

Meaning: by any possible means

Example: The farmer will not sell us the land. By hook or by crook, he is hanging on to it. Read on

call the shots

Meaning: to be in charge of what is happening and what should happen

Example: The policeman is the one who will call the shots during the political gatherings. Read on

green thumb

Meaning: good gardening results

Example: My mother has green fingers. She can grow just about anything in the garden. Read on

hit the roof

Meaning: experience sudden anger

Example: Jake's parents are going to hit the roof when they see the damage he's done to their car. Read on

lone it

Meaning: to do an activity alone

Example: They asked him to go to the movies, but he decided to lone it. Read on

burst the bubble

Meaning: the sudden end of a very happy or successful period

Example: She looked so happy about getting married that her sister just couldn't burst the bubble. Read on

close call

Meaning: a narrow escape from disaster

Example: It was quite a close call, but my father managed to avoid hitting the animal that ran across the highway. Read on

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put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on

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