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pass the buck

Meaning: passing blame to another person

Example: That particular supervisor tends to pass the buck of all light duties to newly hired interns. Read more ➺


the ball is in your court

Meaning: the initiative for taking action lies with somebody

Example: We did what we could, and now the ball is in your court. Read more ➺


on the ball

Meaning: alert to new trends, ideas, and methods

Example: The mother is glad to know that her son is always on the ball to learn new things in class. Read more ➺


set the bar

Meaning: fix the standards acceptable for the task

Example: Don't set the bar so high that it's impossible to achieve anything. Read more ➺


lower the bar

Meaning: to lower standards or expectations

Example: The revision bill aims to lower the bar on picking candidates. Read more ➺


raise the bar

Meaning: to be better than what went before

Example: Our family is so competitive. Now that my cousin has gone to university, everyone will expect me and my brother to raise the bar too. Read more ➺


fair and square

Meaning: done according to the rules

Example: The supporters for the other team were angry but we won the game fair and square. Read more ➺


knock out

Meaning: big success

Example: Does your brother really think that he can knock out the biggest guy in school? I would like to see him try. Read more ➺


kick the habit

Meaning: to overcome an addiction especially of an addiction like drugs

Example: Even after trying so hard, I could not kick the habit of drinking. Read more ➺


on your mark

Meaning: absolutely accurate

Example: Runners, please get ready. On your mark, get set, go! Read more ➺


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