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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

a voice crying in the wilderness

Meaning: to say something that is not popular

Example: The tales are interesting if you are into that kind of thing but for me it is like listening to a voice crying in the wilderness. Read on

mend fences

Meaning: to try and improve a bad relationship with another party

Example: After the nasty fight with her sister, Alice decided to mend fences by buying her sister some presents. Read on

high up

Meaning: to have an important standing in society

Example: With the way he barked orders at the workers, everyone got the impression that he is high up in the company. Read on

no man is an island

Meaning: no one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others somehow

Example: Having children has taught me that no man is an island. Read on

the pen is mightier than the sword

Meaning: the power of mass appeal is stronger than the force used against it

Example: I totally believe that the pen is mightier than the sword and will continue to write about my honest opinions even if it irks a few. Read on

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banana republic

Meaning: a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government

Example: If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic. Read on

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