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break the ice

Meaning: to do or say something that makes people feel more comfortable, especially at the start of a meeting or party

Example: Jone suggested playing a party game to break the ice. Read on

shadowban

Meaning: a method of censoring or controlling content on the internet

Example: Twitter has shadow-banned me, and no one will see my tweets now. Read on

buffer zone

Meaning: neutral zone between two or more areas

Example: The council proposed to plant some parkland as a buffer zone between the industrial estate and the new housing project. Read on

fan the flames

Meaning: make a bad situation even worse

Example: The president's racist comments are really going to fan the flames of hatred among the crowd. Read on

drain the swamp

Meaning: rooting out the practice of corruption

Example: No matter how critical it is, Draining the swamps would be just about impossible unless we citizens take action against it in the union. Read on

under siege

Meaning: to be under attack

Example: The president came under siege for his radical decisions. Read on

white lie

Meaning: a harmless lie

Example: Telling your friend that you like their new haircut, when you really don't, is an example of a white lie. Read on

take for a ride

Meaning: to trick somebody

Example: I paid for the package but it was never delivered. After two weeks I realized that I had been taken for a ride. Read on

toot one’s own horn

Meaning: blow one's own horn

Example: My father told me never to toot my own horn. Read on

under fire

Meaning: being shot at

Example: The politician came under fire after it was discovered that he had spend campaign money on lavish parties. Read on

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to the core

Meaning: totally

Example: Stella's plan was rotten to the core, it would not work in today's world. Read on

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