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seventh heaven

Meaning: being glad

Example: Nicole Kidman was in seventh heaven when she received the award for the best actress. Read on

six of one, half a dozen of the other

Meaning: comparison between the two things which are identical

Example: If I go north or south, I will turn up at the same location. It is six of one, half dozen of the other. Read on

forty winks

Meaning: sleep for a while, mostly during the day

Example: The bank manager caught the security guard while taking forty winks on duty. Read on

double take

Meaning: to be so surprised at something that you have to take another look (American meaning)

Example: I did a double take when I saw how much weight my best friend had lost. Read on

zero-sum game

Meaning: to be in a situation where the outcomes can either be to win or to lose

Example: The budget division is a zero-sum game. Read on

playing second fiddle

Meaning: to play a secondary or minor role with regards to someone else

Example: Sheila was determined to be the star of the show and she was not going to play second fiddle to anyone. Read on

at sixes and sevens

Meaning: used to express a situation of uncertainty or confusion

Example: I don't want to be at sixes and sevens with you. Read on

the eleventh hour

Meaning: at the very last minute before an event

Example: Just minutes before the deadline, he definitely submitted his assignment at the eleventh hour. Read on

whole nine yards

Meaning: everything, all of something

Example: She is the love of my life. For her, I'll go the whole nine yards. Read on

a picture is worth a thousand words

Meaning: a picture conveys information more effectively than words

Example: A good presentation should contain more of graphics and less of text, since a picture is worth a thousand words. Read on

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all Greek to me

Meaning: used to convey that you cannot understand what is being said or written

Example: Don't try to explain the technicalities of how this machine works; it would be all Greek to me. Read on

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