work like a beaver Meaning: work very energetically and hard. Example: Ahead of the Diwali festival, she worked like a beaver to clean out all the closets.
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read the riot act
Meaning: warning someone by scolding them to improve their behavior
Example: She'd been bearing bad behavior from her employee and thought it was time to read him the riot act. Read on
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