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lone it

Meaning: to do an activity alone

Example: They asked him to go to the movies, but he decided to lone it. Read on

no picnic

Meaning: used to express that an activity or action is not fun

Example: I love having little kids around but cleaning up after them is no picnic. Read on

get the sack (boot, axe)

Meaning: be dismissed from the job

Example: If you can't do your job properly, you're going to get the sack. Read on

no pain, no gain

Meaning: it is necessary to work hard or strive to reap rewards

Example: If you want to win the title next month, you have to train for an extra hour every day next week. No pain, no gain. Read on

crack the whip

Meaning: make someone work harder by asserting power or authority

Example: We'd better get some work done, or he'll crack the whip when he gets back from his tea break. Read on

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

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ups and downs

Meaning: good times and bad times

Example: Every relationship has its ups and downs. It is important to stick it out. Read on

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