1.flying colors--success,victory

  2.little by little--gradually

  3.call off--cancel

  4.come into--receive,especially after another's death

  5.put off--postpone

  6.stop by--make a brief visit on one's way elsewhere

  7.tie up--hinder

  8.be out for--trying to get

  9.fill in for--take another's place

  10.turn down--(1)refuse or reject

  (2)reduce the loudness of

  11.go off--begin to ring

  12.cut down--lessen;reduce;limit

  13.come up with--produce;supply

  14.make it--(1)achieve a specific goal

  (2)succeed in general

  15.catch one's eye--attract one's attention

  16.care for--(1)like;value

  (2)look after;take care of

  17.head and shoulders above--much better

  18.catch on--become popular

  19.on the whole--in general

  20.fill sb in--tell what sb should know

  21.in a nutshell--in a few words

  22.from top to bottom--completely;entirely

  23.take the plunge--enter with sudden decision upon an unfamiliar course ofaction

  24.on the tip of one's tongue--unable to be recalled

  25.cheer up--feel happy;stop being sad or discouraged;become hopeful

  26.hold off--postpone;delay

  27.on cloud nine--a state of perfect happiness

  28.back out--withdraw from an undertaking

  29.grin and bear it--be as cheerful as possible in pain or trouble;do something without complaining

  30.turn out to be--come to be;prove

  31.bite off more than one can chew--attempt something that exceeds one's ability

  32.in the air--uncertain

  33.get hold off--find a person so you can speak with him

  34.learn the ropes--acquire thorough or special knowledge of a job

  35.tear oneself away from--depart with great reluctance;force oneself to leave

  36.tie up--engage or occupy completely

  37.touch on--mention a subject briefly or casually

  39.see to it--take care;take the responsibility;make sure

  40.get along with--live or work in harmony with

  41.give away--give as present

  42.account for--explain

  43.out of print--no longer available for purchase from the publisher

  44.send out--distribute

  45.in no time--in a very brief time;almost at once

  46.before long--soon;without much delay

  47.play by ear--(1)play an instrument without using written music

  (2)handle a matter without adequate preparation or guidance

  48.wear and tear--loss or damage caused by use

  49.come what may--no matter what happens

  50.drop by--make a short or unplanned visit

  51.be short of--not having enough

  52.cut it out--stop doing sth

  53.be sick of--be tired of;having a strong dislike of

  54.look for a needle in a haystack(a bottle)--search for something in a place where it is hopelessly lost.

  55.knock oneself out--work very hard;make a great effort

  56.run up against--encounter

  57.far from--anything but;not at all

  58.far from it--by no means;not at all

  59.hang on to--hold tightly;keep firmly

  60.get nowhere--be unsuccessful;obtain no result

  61.day in and day out--every day;all the time

  62.break down--cease to function

  63.get going--get started;begin to move

  64.take one's time--not hurry

  65.boil down to--indicate,especially as a final judgement or analysis

  66.make up--take a test for the second time

  67.put up with--bear with patience;tolerate

  68.by and by--before long

  69.give someone a hand--help;assist

  70.ring a bell--sound familiar

  71.snap out of it--(1)change one's habits,attitude,etc,suddenly

  (2)regain one's composure,energy,or good spirits;recover

  72.raise the roof--make trouble;start a fight or an argument

  73.get away with--escape without punishment

  74.on business--with definite work to do

  75.look up--search for;as an item of information,in a referance book

  76.let up--(1)cease;stop


  77.in any case(or event)--no matter what happens

  78.come out--be published

  79.look into--investigate;inspect

  80.fall back on--rely on

  81.spell out--explain very clearly or in detail

  82.wrap up--bring to end,especially a successful conclusion

  83.save one's breath--keep silent because talking will not help

  84.hold up--(1)delay;hinder


  85.have one's hands full--be very busy;be able to do no more

  86.How come?--How is it?Why?

  87.stick around--stay or wait nearby

  88.make out--get along;manage

  89.turn up--appear,turn out,show up

  90.hold off--postpone;delay

  91.over one's head--beyond one's power to understand

  92.stock up--buy up;lay in a good supply of

  93.stay put--stay in place;not leave

  94.keep up--continue

  95.tie up--occupy completely

  96.in and out--coming in and going out often

  97.make ends meet--make one's income suffice without incurring debt

  98.on and on--without stopping

  99.out of this world--wonderful;great

  100.in a row--(1)in line;in alignment

  (2)in succession;successively

  101.wait around--waiting in vain

  102.cool off(down)--make or become calm

  103.hold the grudge--having hard feelings

  104.come a long way--show much improvement;make great progress

  105.straighten out--correct a mistake;make you realize you are wrong

  106.once and for all--finally or decisively

  107.put...away--put in the right place or out of sight

  108.out of it--not concerned with;not involved in

  109.bump into--meet by chance;run into

  110.out of stock--lacking a supply of,especially temporarily

  111.per se--in itself

  112.keep to oneself--avoid the society of others

  113.go out of one's way--make special effort to help somebody or do something

  114.put up--accomodate;lodge

  115.under the weather--some what ill;in low spirit

  116.come in handy--prove useful

  117.talk one out of--make one leave off or forego something by talking

  118.wait on--serve;attend as a servant

  119.go all out--make one's utmost effort

  120.on sale--at a reduced price

  121.try out--enter as a competitor

  122.pass up--give up;renounce;reject

  123.on behalf of--as a representative of

  124.stay up--not to go to bed

  125.the odds are--the chances are;the probability is

  126.hold over--postpone

  127.out of order--in the wrong arrangement or condition;not working right

  128.booked up--have no seats or rooms left;have no free time left

  129.fit in--find time to see someone

  130.go in one ear and out the the other--make no impression

  131.measure up--have the necessary qualifications

  132.change of pace--a temporary shift or variation in the normal routine or

  regular pattern of activity

  133.run out of--exhaust the quantity or supply of

  134.go by--follow;obey

  135.take it out on--cause someone else to suffer for one's own misfortune or


  136.get around to--find the necessary time for

  137.put out--disturb;annoy


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