1. Clean up the air-
To get rid of doubts or hard feelings.
All right, let's discuss this frankly. It'll be better if we clear the air.
2. Keep at arm’s length-
To keep at a distance; not to allow to come into close contact.
3. Have ones back on the wall-
to have very serious problems which limit the ways in which you can act. With rising labor costs, industry has its back to the wall.
4. Bend over backwards-
To betray someone.
I wish you would not gossip about me. There is no need to stab me in the back.
5. Kill two birds with one stone-
To solve two problems at one time with a single action.
John was killing two birds with one stone while he learned the words to his part in the play while peeling potatoes.
6. Bite the hands that feed you-
to treat someone badly who has helped you in some way.
Leaving the company after they've spent three years training you up - it's a bit like biting the hand that feeds you.
7. Once in a blue mood-
My sister lives in Alaska, so I only get to see her once in a blue moon
8. Break the ice-
To attempt to become friends with someone.
He tried to break the ice, but she was a little cold.
9. Out on a limb-
If you go out on a limb, you state an opinion or you do something which is very different to most other people. I don't think we're going out on a limb in claiming that global warming is a problem that must be addressed.
10. My lips are sealed- I will tell no one this secret or this gossip. I promise I won’t tell anyone, my lips are sealed.
11. Read between the lines-
to infer something; to try to understand what is meant by something that is not written explicitly or openly. After listening to what she said, if you read between the lines, you can begin to see what she really means.
12. Have two left feet-
to be very awkward with one's feet. (Often...
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