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As dead as a doornail
completely dead, not working
dead to the world
sleeping deeply
drop-dead gorgeous
very very attractive
I wouldn't be seen dead
I would never do it, usually because it would be too embarrassing
a dead ringer for
looks very similar to
over my dead body
I will never let that happen
I'll send him packing
I'll send him away
All that glisters is not gold
not everything that looks precious turns out to be so
Strange bedfellows
two people or groups that are connected in a particular activity, even though they are very different
Though this be madness, yet there is method in't
there's a sensible reason for something that seems crazy
What's done is done
there's no benefit in feeling bad for a long time about past mistakes.
The world's mine oyster
situation that contains wonderful opportunities
to be in a world of your own
to not be aware of what's happening around you
what a small world
surprise when you meet someone you know at an unexpected place
to have the best of both worlds
have the advantages of two different things at the same time
to do someone the world of good
to make someone feel much healthier or happier
to not be the end of the world
to not be the worst thing that could happen
Spotless reputation
a person that has a good, clean character and behaves decently and honestly.
In a pickle
in a very difficult situation
Forever and a day
sth will last for a very long time
Give no words but mum
don't tell anyone
your secret's safe with me
I won't tell anyone your secret
keep it under wraps
keep it secret
don't tell a soul
don't tell anyone
I won't breathe a word
I won't tell anyone your secret
my lips are sealed
I won't tell anyone your secret
keep your mouth shut
keep a secret
blab
reveal a secret
let the cat out of the bag
reveal a secret (by accident)
let it slip
reveal a secret (by accident)
spill the beans
reveal a secret
give the game away
reveal a secret
a blabbermouth
someone who reveals secrets
A pound of flesh
punishment which is so severe that it seems more like revenge
A fool's paradise
situation that somebody thinks is good but it's actually bad.
Not budge an inch
objects that won't move, people who won't change their minds.
I must be cruel, only to be kind
do something unkind that will actually benefit someone
Wear my heart on my sleeve
make your feelings obvious
Wild-goose chase
situation where you foolishly chase after something that is impossible to get
a rat race
a way of modern life in which people compete for wealth and power
to have a whale of a time
to enjoy yourself very much
to be in the doghouse
to be in trouble - normally with your partner
pigs might fly
that will never happen
hold your horses
Be patient
to be on your high horse
to behave in a superior or conceited manner
get off your high horse
stop behaving in a superior manner
don't count your chickens
don't make plans that depend on something good happening before you know that it will really happen
A tower of strength
someone who is strong, reliable, trustworthy
to stick with someone through thick and thin
to support a friend through difficult experiences as well as good ones
to have got someone's back
to be prepared to support or defend someone
to stand by someone
to support someone
my rock
a person who is supportive when times are difficult
to count on someone
to depend on someone
to be there for someone
to be available to provide support for someone
The green-eyed monster
dangers of uncontrolled jealousy in relationships
green with envy
angry and jealous because someone has something you want for yourself
with flying colours
very successfully
off-colour
unwell
to feel blue
to feel sad
to see red
to become angry
the black sheep
someone who doesn't fit in with a group and causes embarrassment.
to catch someone red-handed
to catch someone doing something wrong or illegal
out of the blue
unexpectedly or surprisingly
a white lie
a lie about something unimportant that is told to avoid hurting someone
the grass is always greener on the other side
other people always seem to be in a better situation than you
Greek to me
difficult to understand
crystal clear
very easy to understand
get the gist
understand the general meaning
as clear as mud
very difficult to understand
gobbledygook
very difficult to understand (because of too many technical words)
go over somebody's head
be too difficult for someone to understand
can't make head nor tail of something
can't understand something
get the picture
understand
gibberish
spoken or written words that have no meaning or are difficult to understand
go Dutch
agree to share the cost of something, especially a meal
talk for England!
talk a lot
when in Rome
when you are visiting another country, you should behave like the people in that country
an Indian summer
a period of warm, dry weather that sometimes happens in the early autumn
excuse my French
sorry for using a word that may be considered offensive
Dutch courage
the confidence that some people get from drinking alcohol before they do something scary
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