| Explanation + Example
| Don't give up the day job.
| You are not very good at that. You could definitely not do it professionally. "I really like the way you sing, but don't give up your day job.
| Cash cow.
| An easy way to earn money regularly.
"Income tax is a real cash cow for the government."
| Bite off more than you can chew.
| Trying to do something that is too difficult or time consuming to finish. "I'm glad you want to prepare the report by yourself. Just be sure that you don't bite off more than you can chew."
| Clear the air
| Discuss something that was causing people to feel upset. "There seems to have been a misunderstanding. I'd like to explain what happened, just to clear the air."
| Turn your back on
| Give up on, or abandon.
"I needed your help but you just turned your back on me"
| Not cut out for
| Not suitable for something.
"He tried mountain climbing, but he simply was not cut out for it."
| Scrape the bottom of the barrel
| The very last, or the very worst. "These are the last volunteers we could find. We really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find them."
| A class act
| Sophisticated, above average.
"He offered to help, even though he doesn't know me. He's a real class act."
| Clean up your act
| Improve your behavior.
"If you are ever going to improve your English skills, you must start getting in to class on time and doing your homework. Why don't you clean up your act?"
| Get your act together
| Get more organized.
"You have been late for work every day this week. If you want to keep this job, you must get your act together."
| A piece of the action
| Participation in an activity. "I heard that you are looking for partners in your new investment. If you don't mind, I would like to get in on a piece of the action."
| Actions speak louder than words.
| People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say. "Why don't you give her a hug instead of saying you are sorry, actions speak louder than words."
| In the air
| Being discussed, generally obvious.
"The days are getting longer and the flowers are blooming. Spring is in the air."
| Go ape
| Go crazy.
"Jack was really angry. I thought he was going to go ape."
| A grey area
| Something that is difficult to define.
"I researched your case, but there are not any black and white answers. Your situation seems to fall into a grey area."
| Up in arms
"The crows was agitated. Everyone was up in arms over the government decision."
| Be glad to see the back of
| Be happy when a person leaves. "That guy bothers me, I'll be glad to see the back of him."
| Give him/her credit
| Acknowledge an achievement or contribution of a person. "Although he is not easy to work for, you have to give him credit for managing the company well."
| Go behind someone's back
| Do something without telling someone. "Don't trust Jane. She acts friendly but she's always going behind someone's back."
| Each to his own
| Everyone is entitled to his own individual opinion. "I can't say that I like George's new furniture. It seems very plain and uncomfortable. Oh well, each to his own."
| Eager beaver
| Enthusiastic person.
"John did all of his homework before supper. He sure is an eager beaver."
| Early bird
| A person who is early, or gets up early. "Dave was in class 30 minutes before anyone else. What an early bird."
| Scratch the surface
| Examine only a part of something. Uncover only a few facts about something "Cancer research is a very long-term process. So far, we have just begun to scratch the surface."
| Give him the slip
| Leave him. Hide from him.
"I think that man is following us. Let's give him the slip."
| Cold shoulder
| To treat someone in an unfriendly manner. "I don't think Jim likes me. I tried to speak with him...
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