The idea of the whipping boy is a scapegoat who is sacrificed instead of the real wrongdoer.
The holy grail stands for the truth, the big prize, or anything people covet the most – but something not so easy to obtain.
For a job seeker to hit the floor running, i.e. to be able to do what's required of them immediately, means that they're experienced.
Whenever you hear a politician say that it takes a village to do something, they're merely saying it takes the whole society to do it.
The closer you feel you are connected to the event, the greater impact the news of the accident will have on you. In other words, it will hit closer to home.
When the gloves are off, it means the debate and the fight for presidential nomination is to begin in serious earnest.
If someone breaks rank, or ranks, then he is stepping out of line and refusing to support the goal of his group or organization.
When they say so-and-so is a tough cookie, they mean to say he or she is a strong and determined person.
When one is swept off one's feet, one loses balance and is likely to fall, hence the analogy to one FALLING for their partner.
In this case, the humiliation and embarrassment will perhaps live on forever.
To “bury the lead” is to bury the most important fact deep among other, lesser facts and not to tell it first.