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straight shooter

Meaning: someone who speaks the truth

Example: I really like Ken. He's a straight shooter, that's for sure. Read on

set the bar

Meaning: fix the standards acceptable for the task

Example: Don't set the bar so high that it's impossible to achieve anything. Read on

lower the bar

Meaning: to lower standards or expectations

Example: The revision bill aims to lower the bar on picking candidates. Read on

raise the bar

Meaning: to be better than what went before

Example: Our family is so competitive. Now that my cousin has gone to university, everyone will expect me and my brother to raise the bar too. Read on

stand in a good stead

Meaning: to be of advantage to someone

Example: His years of experience in the spoken English field has stood him in good stead. Read on

live wire

Meaning: an energetic and volatile person

Example: John is such a live wire; he is a good source of entertainment. Read on

all that glitters is not gold

Meaning: the shining outer look of something is not a consistent sign of its real character

Example: My grandmother advised me to be careful about making new friends because all that glitters is not gold. Read on

up to the mark

Meaning: to be good enough

Example: Your exam results this term were not up to the mark. Read on

a cut above

Meaning: noticeably greater to

Example: This diamond is a cut above the rest. You will like it because you have an expensive taste. Read on

quality time

Meaning: well spent time

Example: It had been so long since we went on a vacation but this last month we decided to spend quality time with the family regardless. Read on

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drastic times call for drastic measures

Meaning: extreme circumstances can only be resolved by equally extreme actions

Example: After the company had posted losses for the third consecutive year, the board decided to replace all of its top management. After all, drastic times call for drastic measures. Read on

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