off the record

Meaning: an informal or unofficial statement

Example: I will give you the information regarding what really happened, but strictly off the record. Read on

off the hook

Meaning: free of a difficult situation

Example: Since it was his first offence, and a minor one at that, he was let off the hook with just a warning. Read on

off on the wrong foot

Meaning: off to a bad start

Example: Their relationship started off on the wrong foot when they had a huge misunderstanding. Read on

like a chicken with its head cut off

Meaning: act in a frenzied manner

Example: Does he know how to handle the situation? He has been running around all morning like a chicken with its head cut off. Read on

wear off, out

Meaning: Something that deteriorates or changes by wearing

Example: That garment is completely worn out. Why don’t you just throw it away? Read on

warn off

Meaning: inform someone forcefully to stay at a distance

Example: The board was placed near the manhole to warn off the kids from playing there. Read on

take the edge off

Meaning: blunt the effect of

Example: Have a painkiller - it'll take the edge off the pain your in hand. Read on

off the cuff

Meaning: in an unguarded way

Example: She has a habit of making off-the-cuff remarks which she later denies. Read on

better off

Meaning: to shun someone or something away so that it becomes better than before

Example: The family is better off without this guy who respects nobody and thinks that he is the centre of the universe at all times. Read on

bite off more than can chew

Meaning: try to do more than one is able to do

Example: By accepting two part-time jobs, he is clearly biting off more than he can chew. Read on

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dog tired

Meaning: very tired

Example: Now, I am dog-tired after three days of the journey. Read on


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