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feel the pinch

Meaning: experience financial hardship

Example: Since Farrokh was made redundant, we've really felt the pinch. We can't even afford to buy the kids new shoes. Read on

tip of the iceberg

Meaning: to only know a very small part of the problem

Example: The manager-employee problems in this company are just the tip of the iceberg. Read on

where there’s a will, there’s a way

Meaning: willpower will defeat any difficulty

Example: The man drove through eight countries in his car. It is true, where there is a will, there is a way. Read on

back to the wall

Meaning: to be in a difficult situation

Example: They have him with his back to the wall and now he has no more options but to pay back the debtors or go to jail for fraud. Read on

when it rains, it pours

Meaning: to have a good or bad news enlarged by circumstances

Example: The restaurant owners had the best of everything at one point. But you know what they say, when it rains, it pours. Today they are left with absolutely nothing. Read on

if it’s not one thing, it’s the other

Meaning: everything is going wrong

Example: It's such a bad day today. If it's not one thing, it's the other! Read on

add fuel to the flames

Meaning: an action, whether verbal or physical that makes a bad situation even worse

Example: The presidential candidate’s provocative speech in these violent times is only going to add fuel to the flames. Read on

add insult to injury

Meaning: to make a bad situation worse

Example: The company rejected his application for a job, and to add insult to injury, refused to pay his expenses. Read on

in deep water

Meaning: a very serious situation

Example: The political party is in deep water after it was discovered that their candidate had lied in the report. Read on

come to a head

Meaning: to reach a point in a situation where action needs to be taken

Example: The negative political climate in America seems to have come to a head. Read on

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mumbo jumbo

Meaning: Something that does not make sense.

Example: I do not believe in this mumbo jumbo, human life should be valued far more than some ritual that one is not willing to forego. Read on

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