If a meeting or conversation produces "a lot of dead air", it is not very productive. In other words, there's no agreement.
A to-do list is just a list of things you say you are going to do some time in future.
By holding all the big cards in hand, it has the situation under control.
Holding court becomes synonymous with anyone whose presence commands everybody's attention in a meeting room or elsewhere.
Why is being led down the garden path equivalent to being cheated and deceived?
After each person comes out of polling station, having cast their votes, pollsters ask him or her who they have voted for.
The rust belt refers to an old industrial base where the conveyor belt and assembly lines have been abandoned and laid to waste.
The echo chamber in politics refers to a group of people who share the same political views.
When you live in the now, you have little sense of time, the past or the future.