Idiomatic expressions

1. To stay neutral and not take sides – sit on the fence

2. To walk the streets looking for a job – pound the pavement

3. Period of time just before a project has to be completed and everyone has to work hard – crunch time

4. To speak directly – shoot from the hip

5. To exaggerate or say things that aren’t true to make you seem better/ more knowledgeable than in reality – blow smoke

6. Being too ill to do regular activities – feeling under the weather

7. To do something you’ve wanted to do for a long time and don’t want to postpone any longer – get it out of your system

8. Either start performing better or leave – shape up or ship out

9. To calm down and behave normally – pull yourself together

10. To let others see your uniqueness – let your freak flag fly

11. To understand something – get your head around it

12. To end or fail suddenly and spectacularly – go down in flames

13. To call for help when you don’t require it – cry wolf

14. To let something happen, no matter what happens next – let the chips fall where they may

15. To continue to stay awake when feeling tired/exhausted – running on fumes


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