For the tables to turn is, originally, to reverse the positions of adversaries.
“My bad” means “My fault”, literally. It is perhaps short for “My bad mistake”.
Your boss means to say you shouldn’t be looking for easy solutions to problems facing you at work.
Juan Mata refuses to be tethered there; the Spaniard is becoming a spanner in the works.
When people fight each other tooth and nail, in other words, they’re very desperate.
By betting the whole farm they own, they’re willing to risk everything – risking losing everything, that is.
In cooking the book, people manipulate the numbers, dressing them up, to make the company look good.
To push the envelope is to stretch the limits, to try to break through the old mould, to move into unchartered territories.