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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

free spirit

Meaning: a person who freely lives a life of his own way

Example: His wife is a free spirit, she does not believe in the work that we do. Read on

fall from grace

Meaning: to lose status, respect or prestige

Example: The Economic and Finance minister's fall from grace gave her detractors great satisfaction. Read on

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head-on

Meaning: front-to-front

Example: Even with the increased hostility at work, Amanda faced all her colleagues head-on as she pitched her new proposal. Read on

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