Reading about China is like someone reading tea leaves to predict the future.
A zero-hour contract is a deal between an employer and an employee which doesn’t guarantee a minimum amount of work.
To blow off steam means to release and let go, to get rid off some of the pent-up pressure.
Dog whistle politics essentially refers to a form of politician’s rant that’s aimed at a particular audience.
When local democracy is described as biting the dust, it means the democracy is all but dead at the local level.
To say a person can stop and turn on a dime, it means he is really nimble and agile.
Social fabric refers to the basic structures of society, especially people-to-people relationships.
Whenever we say someone finds themselves in the doghouse, we mean to point out that they’re fallen out of favor.
Birther is a word referring to a person who doubts the birthplace of President Barack Obama.
“On a wing and a prayer” originally referred not to a bird but an airplane with a wing injured.