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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 more ➺


lone it

Meaning: to do an activity alone

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


the buck stops here

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

Example: One does not need to blame anybody else for corruption in the republic of India; the buck stops with the leaders of the government of the world's biggest democratic nation. Read more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


under siege

Meaning: to be under attack

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


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