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blood, sweat, and tears

Meaning: putting a lot of effort to get a task done.

Example: He has put in nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into this company. Read on

know which side one’s bread is buttered

Meaning: to be cognizant of where one's interests lie in a given situation.

Example: He tries to come across as a neutral party, but he is very aware of which side his bread is buttered on. Read on

the brains behind

Meaning: used to refer to the person who originally invented a particular scheme, plan or idea

Example: Gladys was the brains behind the successful birthday party that left all the children smiling on their way back home. Read on

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 on

on the cards

Meaning: Something very likely to happen, occur or take place.

Example: A promotion is in the cards for him. Read on

stand a chance

Meaning: to have a possibility of succeeding, even if a remote one

Example: Do you believe that you stand a chance of getting that job? Read on

by hook or by crook

Meaning: by any possible means

Example: The farmer will not sell us the land. By hook or by crook, he is hanging on to it. Read on

jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: to start doing something because it is fashionable or profitable

Example: get on the bandwagon Read on

king of the hill

Meaning: be the undisputed champion

Example: He made £3 million before he was 30, so he is the king of the hill in this industry. Read on

way forward

Meaning: the only way to succeed

Example: I believe that digital learning is the way forward. Read on

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pitch in

Meaning: join in and help with something

Example: On Jane's birthday her friends decided to pitch in and have a surprise party for her. Read on

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