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“Wimbledon is the holy grail”

2016-08-05 12:09

The holy grail stands for the truth, the big prize, or anything people covet the most – but something not so easy to obtain.

Hit the floor running?

2016-08-02 14:09

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.

It takes a village?

2016-07-29 14:50

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.

Close to home?

2016-07-26 11:02

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.

Gloves came off?

2016-07-22 10:50

When the gloves are off, it means the debate and the fight for presidential nomination is to begin in serious earnest.

Big payday?

2016-07-19 12:56

So, what’s “big payday”? Well, that literally means a large paycheck.

Breaking rank

2016-07-15 11:26

If someone breaks rank, or ranks, then he is stepping out of line and refusing to support the goal of his group or organization.

Tough cookie

2016-07-12 10:28

When they say so-and-so is a tough cookie, they mean to say he or she is a strong and determined person.

Swept off his feet again

2016-07-08 13:09

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.

England will never live it down?

2016-07-05 13:18

In this case, the humiliation and embarrassment will perhaps live on forever.

Bury the lede?

2016-07-01 12:02

To “bury the lead” is to bury the most important fact deep among other, lesser facts and not to tell it first.

Kick the tires?

2016-06-28 14:05

The expression “kicking the tires” means doing the normal and necessary check-ups before any endeavor.

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