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big gun

Meaning: a very powerful individual

Example: He is a big gun at the law firm; he has never lost a single court case. Read on

lone it

Meaning: to do an activity alone

Example: They asked him to go to the movies, but he decided to lone it. Read on

the buck stops here

Meaning: The responsibility for a situation or a problem with somebody.

Example: the buck stops with Read on

put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on

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

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call bluff

Meaning: to challenge to prove one's claim, when they are likely attempting to deceive

Example: When the employee threatened to quit if he was not given a pay rise, the boss called his bluff. Read on

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