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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

cat among the pigeons

Meaning: do or say something that causes trouble and make a lot of people angry or worried

Example: The foreigner put the cat among the pigeons when he made some sensitive comments about the people's religion. Read on

go out on a limb

Meaning: do or say something that is different from most other people

Example: During an analysis of the news, he went out on a limb and expressed an opinion opposite to that held by the general public. Read on

bury the hatchet

Meaning: to stop fighting or arguing or to end old resentments

Example: After many quarrelling years, the two political parties finally decided to bury the hatchet. Read on

all hell will let loose

Meaning: a situation suddenly becomes noisy and violent, usually with a lot of people arguing or fighting

Example: All hell will let loose when the caged animals break out of their cages. Read on

in cold blood

Meaning: in a cruel way and without pity or other emotion

Example: One young lady was shot dead in cold blood inside the premises of the shopping complex. Read on

know on which side bread is buttered

Meaning: know what is to one's advantage

Example: She's far too clever to irritate her employer as she knows which side her bread is buttered on. Read on

recharge one’s batteries

Meaning: take a break or holiday to relax and regain one's vim and vigour

Example: After all of this hard work, set some time aside to recharge your batteries. Read on

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banana republic

Meaning: a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government

Example: If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic. Read on

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