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Information written by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke in the book "Socially Curious and Curiously Social"
Terms in this set (65)
to do very well at something
at face value
to accept something (a choice or what someone says) because of the way it first looks or seems, without thinking about what else it could mean or why a person might be offering this choice (motive).
Spoke very badly about someone or something.
behind the eight ball
Lagging behind, especially when in a hard place or during hard times. In an uncomfortable situation which you feel you have to deal with but you have no way to get out of it.
blend into the woodwork
Behave in a way that does not attract any attention; hope that no one notices you.
blow it off
Dismiss; disregard; let it go
The most important fact or thing to consider of all the information that can be considered.
You need to relax, calm down not allowing things to upset you so easily (no real pill is involved!)
chip on their shoulder
To blame other people for something which has happened to you and to continue to be angry about it so that it affects the way you behave; this is also similiar to people who have an "edge" or are "edgy."
Trash can or waste basket.
Fits together. Connects.
connect the dots
Understanding the relationship between different ideas or experiences.
People have learned not to trust what you say. Saying something that is not true, but at first people believe you and then because of your continued lies they no longer trust anything you say so even if you say something that is true they still think you are lying.
developed an "edge"
A person who seems reasonable byt then has more negative reactions than would have been expected to things. They are not predicably calm, they are "edgy". This is different from having tantrums or always being angry.
egg you on
Someone strongly encourages you to do something or think about something but in a more negative way ( which is why it is an "egg on you"), provoking you to action; stir up; incite.
Open to discussion; legitimate.
The unpleasant results or effects of an action or event.
get on board
Join in with what others are doing or planning.
getting off base
Heading in the wrong direction.
getting the best of us
Something that causes one to become unpleasant emotionally; removing our more emotionally positive approach to the situation.
giving someone their own medicine
To do the same bad thing to someone that they have often done to you, to show them how unpleasant it is.
go hand in hand
They are associated together; they go together
put my foot in my mouth
Saying something that makes someone feel embarassed; caught in a moment where you didn't think about someone else's perspective and you unintentionally say something that makes them feel bad.
putting ourselves in another person's shoes
Consider what that person is thinking or feeling; try to imagine their experiences and why they are thinking and feeling the wya they are.
A warning sign that something is not right. The "warning sign" can be something someone said or did or a situation arises that should have signaled you that there is an emerginig problem.
rub people the wrong way
to annoy someone without intending to.
shooting himself in the foot
You do or say something that causes you problems.
slam on the brakes
Immediately stop what you are doing.
slipped you mind
Forgot something you were supposed to do.
stay on the same page
Thinking in a similiar way, talking to people to share ideas so everyone knows what everyone else is thinking.
stuck on yourself
A person appears to think highly about them self because they tend to talk about them self a lot or frequently look in the mirror. This same term can be used to describe a person who seems to take an excessive amount of time fixing his or her hair, putting on make up (if it is a girl) and choosing the clothing they wear.
sure fire way
A choice, if chosen, is guaranteed to work well for you.
takes a back seat
Spend less time doing that than other things.
takes two to tango
If two people were involved in a bad situation, both must be responsible.
taking one day at a time
Living each day as it comes instead of thinking about tomorrow and the day after, etc. It may also mean you just are appreciating each day as it comes. This term is often used when people have a serious illness or a bad situation arises. To help keep them calm they focus on the present day and are grateful to still be alive or have friends or family and not get caught up in the more negative future that may be ahead of them.
talk a mile a minute
Speaking very quickly
tip of the iceberg
A tiny or small part of the problem or a difficult situation which in reality is a much larger problem
turn on you
A perosn who was once nice or friendly to you is now unfriendly or does something that is not nice. Their behavior has "turned."
Things move in two directions, two people must make an equal effort in order to achieve good results; people have two different perspectives and both have to be considered and negotiated for them to work well together.
under your belt
having already acquired the skill or knowledge.
very fine (thin) line
There isnot a clear defining place between a good choice and a bad choice, instead there is a "fine line" that defines the two choices. Deciding whether something was appropraite or inappropriate depends more on the situation and the people involved then on a solid, clear rule.
walk on the dark side
Looking at or doing something that is bad or evil.
without breaking stride
go with the flow
Accepting things as they happen; doing what everyone else wants to do because it is not that big a deal to stick with your own plan; acknowledging what other people want to do; cooperating.
got your back
A friend makes sure you are treated okay by others and/or watches out for you and helps you so you don't get into trouble.
Being with another person(s); spending time with one or more people casually just to spend time with nothing important to talk about or do together, just because it feels better to be with others than to be alone.
Immediately stop what you are doing.
honesty is not always the best policy
Total honesty can hurt peoples' feelings. It isi common practice to not say exactly what you are thinking if it hurts someone else's feelings for no good reason.Staying silent is another method of not being completely honest. Sometimes it's better to remain silent than to say something that may offend of hurt another person.
In trouble; someone is really mad at you; you made a mistake and now have to suffer the consequences.
in a nutshell
A quick way to describe something that you could describe in much more detail.
in the loop
Someone has told you something, providing you with knowledge that others share. The "loop" is a group of people.
Just being human
Acknowledging that humans make mistakes on a routine basis; it is expected to make mistakes because we are human (imperfect).
know it all
People who act like they have all the answers and they are always right; everyone knows this is literally impossible!
made friends with their bodies
Became comfortable with their body and the way it moves; not so self-consious or so physically stiff in how one walks or uses gestures.
making a mountain out of a mole hill
To make a slight difficulty seem like a serious problem.
messing with their mind
Someone is playing games iwth your mind, trying to manipulate you through mind tactics. Sarcasm is one way in which people " mess with your mind" - what they are really telling you is not the same as what their words/language literally mean.
One person or group of people tell you one way you should do something or think about something and a different person or a group of people tell you a totally different way to approach the same topic.
nature of the beast
Certain aspects or traits of a person or thing that reveal themselves which are usually somewhat negative but are part of a larger better package, so you just have to put up with the negative aspect(s) of it.
off your back
Keep someone from getting emotionally frustrated or upset with you.
on the flip side
A person providing one point of view and then acknowledging a completely different point of view on the same topic.
on the fly
Doing things without preparation; responding to events as they happen without a larger plan.
opened up a can of worms
A choice was made that created a situation that causes you a lot of trouble and that you now have to handle.
our dark side
showing our negative, more angry emotions.
you can run but you can't hide
You can try to avoid a situation, but you will eventually have to deal with it or face it. The truth will come out even if you try to avoid letting people know the truth.
your cup of tea
Someone or something you like.
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