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AT THE TAIL END
end; very often used for a process or period of time
ex.: She said fortunately we're at the tail end of the season and things should get better in a couple of weeks
HIT ALL THE RIGHT NOTES
to speak or act in a way that has a positive effect on people
"YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT"
It means that if you don't' eat healthy items you wont' be healthy since our body's energy and immunity comes from what we eat.
IN THE HOME STRETCH
nearly at the end of a long process
PASS THE TORCH
to transfer power or leadership, often to a new generation
HEADS ARE GOING TO ROLL
people are going to be fired
CRY FOUL
to protest strongly about something
ex.: Vegetarian recipes for those who cry foul on eating fowl.
BAD APPLE
a corrupt or evil person in an otherwise good group (From a proverb that says that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch)
IN THE HOLE
in debt
DO THE HEAVY LIFTING
to do the difficult part of a task
BURY ONE'S HEAD IN THE SAND
This idiom is used when someone is ignoring a bad situation.
HIT A WALL
to reach a point where you're not improving anymore
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
To remind us that we should relax sometimes, focus on the natural beauty of life, and forget about the daily stresses.
TO HAVE SOMEONE WRAPPED AROUND YOUR (LITTLE) FINGER
to have control over someone who is in love with or admires you
TO HAVE THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER YOU
to experience a sudden withdrawal of important support
TAKE YOUR LIFE IN YOUR HANDS
do something extremely dangerous
ex.: "I cycle around the city. When you cycle in the city you take your life in your hands."
A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
something or someone you're glad to see
DROP THE BALL
mishandle something
TO HAVE YOUR HEART IN YOUR MOUTH
to be very scared or nervous
DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK
not to waste time complaining or worrying about past mistakes or problems