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backroom boy(s)

Meaning: people who work in anonymity

Example: They left the technical problems for the back-rooms boys. They will make short work of it all. Read on

Herculean task

Meaning: a task requiring huge amounts of physical strength

Example: It will be a Herculean task to get through to the quarter-finals, but this untested team is up for the challenge. Read on

call of duty

Meaning: something you must do or feel compelled to do

Example: Both of my grandfathers felt it was their call of duty to enlist immediately for active service when the war broke out. Read on

does exactly what it says on the tin

Meaning: someone or something is exactly as they seem

Example: This medicine does exactly what it says on the tin, because I feel so much better. Read on

a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

Meaning: a proverb that means easy situations can never improve you or make you better

Example: You are just cutting days in the comfort of your home and spending your parents' money. You need to really get out and face the actual life. Remember, a smooth sea has never made a skilled sailor. Read on

pat on the back

Meaning: to receive or express praise for a job well done

Example: He received a pat on the back from his boss from the new project that he landed. Read on

easy does it

Meaning: used to tell someone to go ahead with something with slowly, and carefully

Example: Sandra: I asked him for a simple drawing! To be honest, I am so angry right now. Andrew: Easy does it, Sandra. We will make sure he refunds the money. Read on

make ends meet

Meaning: make sufficient money to survive on

Example: We will need to start saving money in order to make ends meet. Read on

snow under

Meaning: to bury or cover something or somebody in snow (Literal meaning)

Example: I feel snowed under with all the work my boss keeps throwing my way. Read on

piece of work

Meaning: a complex, tricky, or odd person

Example: My friend has the weirdest of opinions, he's a real piece of work. Read on

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head-on

Meaning: front-to-front

Example: Even with the increased hostility at work, Amanda faced all her colleagues head-on as she pitched her new proposal. Read on

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