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Krugman Trivia Semester 2
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albatross around one's neck
a burden; monkey on your back
from Samuel T. Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
bite the bullet
decide to do something unpleasant;
to suck it up and just do it
born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
spoiled rotten (not food)
loss of nerve or confidence about making a major commitment
stop or quit in a sudden, abrupt manner
diamond in the rough
a person or something with potential, but it needs a little something extra to really shine
an outing (date) where everyone pays their own way
last possible moment
a short nap
go against the grain
going against the norm; doing something atypical
go to pot
everything goes awry/wrong
natural talent with plants or gardening
the green-eyed monster
in the doghouse
keep up with the Jones
keeping up with trends and materially with your peers
kick the bucket
like lemmings to the sea
to follow blindly
let the cat out of the bag
divulge a secret
live the life of Riley
live the good life; privileged
the real McCoy
the authentic version or real deal
the American flag
on pins and needles
once in a blue moon
on a rare occasion
pop the question
to propose marriage
to say stop; to say it's too much; cry mercy
pull somebody's leg
put your foot in your mouth
regret something you said
something distracting or that which will throw you off
a sudden burst of energy
sitting on the fence
remain neutral about a decision
soup to nuts
everything from A to Z; kitchen sink; whole enchilada
sweeten the kitty
to make the deal better
big, unwanted (sometime costly) possession [different from elephant in the room]
refers to where someone graduated from
their school song
unlimited access or authority
creme de la creme
the best of the best
guts, nerve, boldness; audacity
good health; said when someone sneezes
method of operation;
analysis after a disaster to figure out what happened
quid pro quo
this for that
there it is
for the day;
to cover the cost of travel expenses
social or fashion mistake; gaffe; OOPS!
to the point of disgust
persona non grata
work done for free
as an equal;
young person who goes to a foreign country to learn the native language faster and experience different cultures; stays in a home as the babysitter.
Let the buyer beware.
a la carte
according to the card;
You select something on the menu & you get that one thing; nothing more, nothing less. This is the opposite of a combo meal or all you can eat.
used to notify readers about an intentional mistake in writing
variety; lots of options;
a buffet offering a large heterogeneous mixture
in the style of the chapel;
singing without instrumental accompaniment
weak spot; vulnerable point
unknown; in a disguised state; under an assumed name or identity
knick-knack; trinket: a small souvenir; junk
13 instead of 12
on the contrary
magna cum laude
summa cum laude
with great honors
with greatest/highest honors
additional people that you won't go to the trouble to list by name
The whole nine yards
everything; the whole thing; soup to nuts
No joy in Mudville
a sense of shared disappointment
Gilding the lily
to adorn something that is already perfect or beautiful; over do
Wet behind the ears
inexperienced and naive
That's the pot calling the kettle black
Don't criticize someone else when you too have those same issues.
Playing second fiddle
A less powerful or less important role
For Pete's sake
Shows frustration or amazement
Used instead of "For God's sake" or "For Christ's sake"
Used in reference to careful and delicate treatment of a person or a situation
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
people become more dear to us when they're gone
Actions speak louder than words
people are more impressed with what you do, not what you say
All that glitters is not gold
just because it looks good doesn't mean it is
All's fair in love and war
there are no rules
April showers bring May flowers
after the bad there is the good
His bark is worse than his bite.
lots of threats, but they never follow through
Beauty is only skin deep.
beauty only goes so far
Beggars can't be choosers.
when you're relying on others, you can't be picky
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
even with the best intentions, things can still go wrong;
Robert Burns poem called "To a Mouse"
Better safe than sorry
better to be safe than to get hurt later
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
the one you have in hand is always worth more than the two you merely hope to one day have
Birds of a feather flock together
people are attracted to others like them
Don't judge a book by its cover
don't judge someone based on appearance alone
Brevity is the soul of wit
being brief is sometimes the best;
short & sweet = :)
from William Shakespeare's HAMLET
Ironic b/c said by the long-winded, Polonius
YOLO; seize the day
When the cat's away the mice will play.
When the boss is gone, the workers or subordinates goof off
Close but no cigar.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Even if something is bad, there's often a bright side
Don't count your chickens before they hatch.
When you're anticipating something, don't expect pay-off or results beforehand.
Let's cross that bridge when we come to it.
Don't worry uselessly beforehand
Don't cry over spilled milk
Don't worry about something you can't control or help.
In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.
Life is uncertain; you can't count on much
The early bird catches the worm.
When you're early, there's often a reward.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Don't concentrate all your resources into one thing.
To err is human, to forgive divine.
To make a mistake is easy, to forgive is hard
Fish or cut bait
Make a decision!
Opposite of sitting on the fence
There are plenty of fish in the sea
There are many potential mates
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Be nice (sweet) and people will like you more than if you're (sour) nasty.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
If you're stupid with money, don't expect it to last.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Don't question the value of the gift; just appreciate & enjoy it. Be grateful.
Good fences make good neighbors.
Boundaries are good. They create limits and make everybody happy.
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
You always think it's better somewhere else.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts
Be wary of what your enemy gives you.
--Trojan Horse story
Haste makes waste
If you hurry, you will make mistakes and end up slowing yourself down.
Long in the tooth
old in age
Straight from the horse's mouth
To hear something directly from the original source
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen
If you can't handle it, don't take on the task.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
If someone copies you, it's a compliment.
The leopard can't change its spots.
You are who you are; people can't change their basic nature.
Let them eat cake
Marie Antoinette told the villagers to eat cake when they wanted bread and water in order to survive, showing extreme insensitivity to those in need.
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
When something bad happens, it probably won't happen again in the same way.
Look before you leap.
Know what you're getting into before you commit to a task.
You made your bed, now lie in it.
If you make a decision, you'll have to accept the consequences.
A man is known by the company he keeps
You may be judged based on those with whom you surround yourself.
Many hands make light work.
Large tasks become small when shared by several people.
Mind your P's & Q's.
Be careful about your behavior.
Misery loves company
People who are unhappy may get some consolation from knowing that others are unhappy too.
Necessity is the mother of invention
When the need for something becomes important, we are quite creative in finding ways of getting it.
No man is an island.
Nobody is entirely self sufficient.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
You can't get anywhere unless you're willing to take a risk.
Once bitten, twice shy
One who has had an unpleasant experience is especially cautious the next time around.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Words can be powerful weapons.
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Those who are vulnerable should not attack others.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Valuable projects take time.
You can't fit a square peg in a round hole.
People can't be forced into roles for which they just aren't suited.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Avoid interfering in a situation which is currently stable.
Leave well enough alone.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Stone walls do not a prison make.
It takes more than physical limits to imprison a person's mind or soul. Stone walls and iron bars may prevent a person from moving freely in their body, but if they can still love freely and have free emotion, then in heart, mind and soul - they are free.
It takes two to tango.
Certain activities cannot be performed alone.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
When too many people work on a project, the results are sometimes inferior.
The walls have ears.
Warning to people with secrets that they may be overheard without their knowledge.
A watched pot never boils.
When we wait with impatience for something, it seems to take even longer.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
When in a new or foreign situation, follow the customs of the natives.
Win one for the Gipper.
Do this in honor of someone you respect and admire.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
You can show someone the way to act, but you cannot force them to do it.
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