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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Swallow a Bitter Pill

When you "swallow a bitter pill," you must accept unpleasant information or an unpleasant situation.
Example: Luke had to swallow a bitter pill when he learned that his girlfriend cheated on him with his best friend.


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spoon Fed


When you are "spoon fed," you are given so much information that you do not need to do any research or investigation yourself.

Example: The culprit spoon fed the detective all of the details of the crime during the interrogation.


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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

When you are "caught between a rock and a hard place," you are in a difficult situation.

Example: Derek was caught between a rock and a hard place when he tried to please both his wife and his best friend.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Once in a Blue Moon

When something happens "once in a blue moon," it happens very rarely.

Example: Once in a blue moon, Hannah takes out the trash.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

By the Skin of Your Teeth

When you do something "by the skin of your teeth," you just succeeded/ nearly failed.

Example: Dan passed his English class by the skin of his teeth.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Cool as a Cucumber


When you are "cool as a cucumber," you remain calm or untroubled by heat, stress, or exertion.

Example: Even though Luke has 4 tests tomorrow, he is as cool as a cucumber.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Like a Bump on a Log


When someone is "like a bump on a log," they are not doing anything.

Example: While the rest of her group was working, Sally just sat there like a bump on a log.

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