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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Give Someone the Boot

When you "give someone the boot," you remove them from your life.

Example: Jackson gave Rebecca the boot after Rebecca cheated on him.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

To Jump on the Bandwagon

When you "jump on the bandwagon," you join a trend or activity just because it is popular.

Example: Lucy jumped on the bandwagon when she bought the same bracelets as the popular girls in her school wear.




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Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Hit the Sack"


To "hit the sack," means to go to bed.

Example: Jenny couldn't wait to hit the sack after a long day of work.


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

To be Two Faced

When someone is "two faced," they act differently in front of different people.

Example: Jane is so two faced; she says rude things about her friends behind their backs.




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Saturday, April 9, 2016

To Be in Hot Water


When you "get into hot water," you get into trouble.

Example: Lucy got herself into hot water when she mouthed off to the teacher.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Hear it on the grapevine

When you "hear something through the grapevine," you heard a rumor from someone else.

example: Sally heard through the grapevine that Dan broke up with Jessica.


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Saturday, March 26, 2016

A Dime a Dozen

When something costs "a dime a dozen," it is common or inexpensive.

Example: Those pens are so cheap! You can get them for a dime a dozen.

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