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Dutch uncle

Meaning: criticize, scold or lecture someone

Example: I thought he would approve of my choices, but he ranted on like a Dutch uncle for a whole hour. Read on

get a life

Meaning: to stop wasting a lot of time in useless or boring or trivial works

Example: You are working over 100 hours a week, dude, get a life! 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

pep talk

Meaning: a motivational speech

Example: Last night, I met Sara for a pep talk because I had my interview the very next day. Read on

mark my words

Meaning: used to let someone know to pay attention to what you are saying because it is very important especially when you are certain something would happen in future

Example: Mark my words, she won't regret taking me up on my offer. Read on

toot one’s own horn

Meaning: speak boastfully about oneself

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

so to speak

Meaning: as it where

Example: I will tell you what is going on but only because you are already family, so to speak. Read on

zip it

Meaning: to ask someone to shut up

Example: The teacher had asked the class to zip it but today everybody seemed to want to talk a lot. So she punished the entire class. Read on

famous last words

Meaning: a comment or a prophecy that is expected to be proved incorrect

Example: I was thinking that I will not have dinner today. Famous last words, I am very hungry. Read on

speak soon

Meaning: talk to you soon

Example: Thank you so much for your assistance Sandra, speak soon. Read on

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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

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