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Political Election Idioms and Phrases-2016 Grades 5-12
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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride
used to talk about someone who is never the most important person in a situation.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Something of some value that on already has; not risking what one has for (im)possibilities.
A term describing people whose hearts "bleed" with sympathy for the downtrodden; used to criticize liberals who favor government spending for social programs.
The buck stops here
said by someone who is responsible for making decisions and who will be blamed if things go wrong.
The Presidency, when used by the President to inspire or moralize. Whenever the President seeks to rouse the American people, he is said to be speaking from the bully pulpit. When the term first came into use, "bully" was slang for "first rate" or "admirable."
Caught between a rock and a hard place
in a very difficult position; facing a hard decision.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
A successful group or team relies on each member doing well.
Cheat/fool me once, shame on you. Cheat/fool me twice, shame on me!
After being tricked once, one should be wary, so that the person cannot trick you again.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades
Coming close but not succeeding is not good enough.
Closing the barn door after the horse escapes
If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred.
Traditionally, after the official convention of the party of a US Presidential candidate during an election year, that party's nominee would see an increase in voter approval in polls.
Do not count your chickens before they hatch
you should not count on something before it happens.
Do not make a mountain out of a molehill
meaning it's not that important.
Do not put all your eggs in one basket
to make everything dependent on only one thing; to place all one's resources in one place, account, etc.
Do not put the horse before the cart
Do not do things in the wrong order. (This can imply that the person you are addressing is impatient.)
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