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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 on

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 on

knock out

Meaning: knockout

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

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 on

on your mark

Meaning: absolutely accurate

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

neck and neck

Meaning: extremely near one another

Example: The two athletes have been neck and neck for this entire race. Read on

take it on the chin

Meaning: this is a boxing metaphor meaning don't shy away from difficulty

Example: You're going to have to take it on the chin when your father gets home and sees what you've done. Read on

skating on thin ice

Meaning: to do something considered quite dangerous or risky

Example: Sebastian using all his savings to buy blue chip stocks is definitely skating on thin ice. Read on

close, but no cigar

Meaning: be very close to accomplishing a goal but fall short

Example: You did quite well for someone who was playing for the first time. You attempt for close, but no cigar. Read on

throw in the towel

Meaning: to quit

Example: His trainer told Rocky that he would throw in the towel if he did not start throwing punches. Read on

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take it on the chin

Meaning: this is a boxing metaphor meaning don't shy away from difficulty

Example: You're going to have to take it on the chin when your father gets home and sees what you've done. Read on

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