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an apple of one's eye
very dear
a stuffed shirt
someone who behaves in a very formal and old-fashioned way
a wet blanket
one who spoils the fun
wet behind the ears
inexperienced and naive
a jack-of-all-trades
someone who can do many different jobs
a new broom
a new person in charge who makes changes
a black sheep
a member of a family or group who is regarded as a disgrace to it
nobody's fool
very clever
a white-collar worker
person that does mental work
a blue-collar worker
a person who does physical or unskilled work in a factory rather than office work
a lame duck
someone or something that is not effective at what they do
a rolling stone
someone who doesn't like to stay in one place
easy on the eye
pleasant to look at
a soft touch
someone who is easy to get things from (often money
footloose and fancy-free
free to go where you like or do what you want because you have no responsibilities
to play it by ear
to improvise
to give the cold shoulder
to ignore completely
to take it on the chin
to accept an unpleasant situation without complaining
to have a stiff upper lip
someone who doesn't show their feelings when they are upset
to keep posted
to receive current information
to be in two minds
to be unable to decide
to turn over a new leaf
to make a new start in your life, to change
to move goalposts
to change rules
to wash dirty linen in public
to openly discuss private affairs
to open a can of worms
a situation, problems which people don't want to deal with
to burn the candle at both ends
to get little sleep or rest because you are busy until late every night and you get up early every morning (usually in continuous tenses)
to be on the same wavelength
to share similar opinions and ideas
to smell a rat
to suspect something is wrong
to get/have cold feet
a loss of confidence and sometimes unwillingness before doing something risky and difficult
to pull someone's socks up
returning to usual level of effert after making less effort for a while