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Cut the/a deal: reach an agreement
- They cut the deal over lunch.
- We hope to cut a deal by Friday.
Water under the bridge: a part issue or problem that is no longer a concern
- Don’t worry about that mistake. It’s water under the bridge.
- Let’s not focus on an old disagreement. We need to move forward. Those problems are just water under the bridge.
A win-win situation: a situation where everyone involved benefits or wins
- The negotiations went well. We both got what we wanted most. It was a win-win situation.
- I enjoy working with her. We both contribute something useful. It’s a win-win situation.
Be burned out: to feel very tired and not want to continue an activity
- She was burned out. She had worked with children for many years and had lost her enthusiasm for the work.
- She decided to take a vacation because she was burned out from working seven days a week.
Be between a rock and a hard place: be a difficult position, unable to escape
- She’s caught between a rock and a hard place. She needs to invest in research and development to be competitive, but she has to spend all the money just to keep the company going.
- He’s between a rock and a hard place. If he does what his mother wants, his wife will be angry. If he does what his wife wants, his mother will be angry.
Put all one’s eggs in one basket: put all one’s money or energy in one place
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s less risky to have more than one investment.
- She put all her eggs in one basket, so when the price of gold dropped, she lost everything.
The market goes south: the value goes down/declines
- We were doing well with our investments for retirement until the market went south. Now, we’re all worried.
- That country was exporting coffee for a good price, but then the market went south, and their economy is really hurting now.
Be up a creek (without a paddle): be in a difficult situation
- If the programmer leaves without giving us any notice, we’ll be up a creek without a paddle.
- Our child-care provider quit yesterday, and we are really up a creek trying to work with our new twins.
Go down swinging: keep trying until the end; never give it up
- He didn’t win the account, but he went down swinging. I like that guy.
- I’d rather go down swinging than not try at all.
Hit a home run: to be very successful
- That company really hit a home run with their new technology. Everyone is using it now.
- She has started three companies, and they’ve all been very successful. She always hits home run.
Ahead of the game: prepared for what’s coming; ahead of schedule
- Next month is the end of the quarter. I have to get my work finished early so I can get ahead of the game.
- Our new product should help our company get ahead of the game.
Add up: make sense; result in something
- It doesn’t add up. He’s losing money, but he’s still hiring new people.
- It all adds up to trouble. Changing the design and rushing the products to marketwill create more problems.
Knock it off: stop doing something
- He has an annoying habit of tapping his fingers on the table, so she asked him to knock it off.
- The children were running around in the library, so the librarian asked them to knock it off.
Take something off-line: talk about something privately/keep confidential
- Let’s take this discussion off-line to deal with the confidential items.
- We need to take this conversation off-line because it’s about the new technology for our company, and that isn’t public knowledge yet.
Walk the talk: do what you say you’re going to do
- If you want to be a good leader, you need to walk the talk so your employees will know you lead by example.
- She always speaks about the importance of listening, but she doesn’t walk the talk because she doesn’t listen very well.
Fall through: fail or not happen
- Our plans for the evening fell through, and we ended up staying home.
- I’m counting on getting that contract; I hope it doesn’t fall through.
Once in a blue moon: something that happens rarely or very infrequently
- We weren’t prepared for such a big snowstorm because it only happens once in a blue moon around here.
- He comes to visit once in a blue moon. I haven’t seen him for years.