ace a test

The meaning of "ace a test" is:

to get a very high score on a test

What is the definition of "ace a test"?

The definition of "ace a test" is:

to get a very high score on a test


"ace a test" means

to get a very high score on a test

Example Sentence:

Mom! Dad! I aced my math test!

If you keep acing your tests, Steven, you’ll be the best clown to graduate from clown school!

Timmy’s parents promised him a new bicycle if he aces his science exam.

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add insult to injury

The meaning of "add insult to injury" is:

to make a bad experience even more painful

What is the definition of "add insult to injury"?

The definition of "add insult to injury" is:

to make a bad experience even more painful


"add insult to injury" means

to make a bad experience even more painful

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adulting

The meaning of "adulting" is:

acting like an adult and doing adult things

What is the definition of "adulting"?

The definition of "adulting" is:

acting like an adult and doing adult things


"adulting" means

acting like an adult and doing adult things

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all the best

The meaning of "all the best" is:

goodbye

What is the definition of "all the best"?

The definition of "all the best" is:

goodbye


"all the best" means

goodbye

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at the end of one’s rope

The meaning of "at the end of one’s rope" is:

to have no patience or energy to tolerate something anymore

What is the definition of "at the end of one’s rope"?

The definition of "at the end of one’s rope" is:

to have no patience or energy to tolerate something anymore


"at the end of one’s rope" means

to have no patience or energy to tolerate something anymore

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at the end of one’s tether

The meaning of "at the end of one’s tether" is:

to have no patience or energy to tolerate something anymore

What is the definition of "at the end of one’s tether"?

The definition of "at the end of one’s tether" is:

to have no patience or energy to tolerate something anymore


"at the end of one’s tether" means

to have no patience or energy to tolerate something anymore

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back off

The meaning of "back off" is:

to leave someone alone

What is the definition of "back off"?

The definition of "back off" is:

to leave someone alone


"back off" means

to leave someone alone

Example Sentences:

Mom: Son, you need to get a job!
Son: Back off Mom! I’ll get a job when I’m ready!

If you don’t back off, I’m going to call the police!

The friendly man in the bar backed off when my boyfriend came over and put his arm around me.

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bail

The meaning of "bail" is:

to not do something that one was supposed to do

What is the definition of "bail"?

The definition of "bail" is:

to not do something that one was supposed to do


"bail" means

to not do something that one was supposed to do

Example Sentences:

Shawna didn’t invite you because you always bail. You say you will come, and then you never do.

Mike bailed yesterday because he was sick.

A: Are you going to work tomorrow?
B: No, I’m planning on bailing because I want to go to the beach.
A: Will you get in trouble for that?
B: Yeah, but I don’t really care. I hate my job!

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be put off by

The meaning of "be put off by" is:

to be disgusted by something

What is the definition of "be put off by"?

The definition of "be put off by" is:

to be disgusted by something


"be put off by" means

to be disgusted by something

Example Sentences:

The guests at the formal dinner party were put off by the rude behaviour of one of the guests.

My parents were put off by my new boyfriend when I told them he was a drug dealer.

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beat about the bush

The meaning of "beat about the bush" is:

to discuss a topic without being specific about anything

What is the definition of "beat about the bush"?

The definition of "beat about the bush" is:

to discuss a topic without being specific about anything


"beat about the bush" means

to discuss a topic without being specific about anything

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beat around the bush

The meaning of "beat around the bush" is:

to discuss a topic without being specific about anything

What is the definition of "beat around the bush"?

The definition of "beat around the bush" is:

to discuss a topic without being specific about anything


"beat around the bush" means

to discuss a topic without being specific about anything

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bide one’s time

The meaning of "bide one’s time" is:

to wait patiently for a good opportunity (more…)

What is the definition of "bide one’s time"?

The definition of "bide one’s time" is:

to wait patiently for a good opportunity (more…)


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bite off more than one can chew

The meaning of "bite off more than one can chew" is:

to begin a commitment that you cannot finish

What is the definition of "bite off more than one can chew"?

The definition of "bite off more than one can chew" is:

to begin a commitment that you cannot finish


"bite off more than one can chew" means

to begin a commitment that you cannot finish

Example Sentences:

Timmy took too much food at the all-you-can-eat buffet, and now he feels sick. Timmy always bites off more than he can chew.

A: How is Engineering school?
B: I feel like I’m biting off more than I can chew. I don’t think I’m smart enough to study Engineering.
A: Nonsense!

Our boss bit off more than she can chew when she promised the client we’d have the project ready by next week. It requires at least two weeks!

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bite one’s tongue

The meaning of "bite one’s tongue" is:

to try really hard to not say something (more…)

What is the definition of "bite one’s tongue"?

The definition of "bite one’s tongue" is:

to try really hard to not say something (more…)


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bite someone’s head off

The meaning of "bite someone’s head off" is:

to be very angry with someone and reply rudely to them (more…)

What is the definition of "bite someone’s head off"?

The definition of "bite someone’s head off" is:

to be very angry with someone and reply rudely to them (more…)


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bite the bullet

The meaning of "bite the bullet" is:

decide to do something that is unpleasant, decide to do something that you have been meaning to do

What is the definition of "bite the bullet"?

The definition of "bite the bullet" is:

decide to do something that is unpleasant, decide to do something that you have been meaning to do


"bite the bullet" means

decide to do something that is unpleasant, decide to do something that you have been meaning to do

Example Sentences:

The lazy man decided to bite the bullet and start exercising, so he joined a gym.

After fighting with his mother for three months, Thomas bit the bullet and called her to apologize.

I’m thinking about biting the bullet and going back to school. What do you think?

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blow

The meaning of "blow" is:

to spend money carelessly

What is the definition of "blow"?

The definition of "blow" is:

to spend money carelessly


"blow" means

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blow a fuse

The meaning of "blow a fuse" is:

become extremely angry

What is the definition of "blow a fuse"?

The definition of "blow a fuse" is:

become extremely angry


"blow a fuse" means

become extremely angry

Example Sentence:

I am going to blow a fuse if that man doesn’t stop bothering me.

My father blew a fuse when he realized that I borrowed his car without permission.

My girlfriend keeps blowing a fuse because I like to go out with my friends.

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blow it

The meaning of "blow it" is:

to make a very serious mistake

What is the definition of "blow it"?

The definition of "blow it" is:

to make a very serious mistake


"blow it" means

to make a very serious mistake

Example Sentence:

If you blow this chance, I will not let you move to the next level.

I can’t believe I didn’t study for the test! I blew my chances to go to law school now!

Johnny kept blowing his tests, so he was moved to an easier class.

blow off some steam

The meaning of "blow off some steam" is:

to get rid of one’s extra energy or emotions

What is the definition of "blow off some steam"?

The definition of "blow off some steam" is:

to get rid of one’s extra energy or emotions


"blow off some steam" means

to get rid of one’s extra energy or emotions

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blow one’s cool

The meaning of "blow one’s cool" is:

to lose control of your emotions

What is the definition of "blow one’s cool"?

The definition of "blow one’s cool" is:

to lose control of your emotions


"blow one’s cool" means

to lose control of your emotions

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blow one’s lid

The meaning of "blow one’s lid" is:

to lose one’s temper, to become mad quickly

What is the definition of "blow one’s lid"?

The definition of "blow one’s lid" is:

to lose one’s temper, to become mad quickly


"blow one’s lid" means

to lose one’s temper, to become mad quickly

Example Sentence:

If you’re not careful you might blow your lid. You should relax.

I caught my boyfriend with another woman. I was so mad that I blew my lid and kicked him out of the house.

That policeman is always blowing his lid when he sees a criminal. He should be stopped.

blow one’s mind

The meaning of "blow one’s mind" is:

to amaze someone, to surprise someone (more…)

What is the definition of "blow one’s mind"?

The definition of "blow one’s mind" is:

to amaze someone, to surprise someone (more…)


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blow one’s own horn

The meaning of "blow one’s own horn" is:

to display one’s achievements or good characteristics to make others feel bad

What is the definition of "blow one’s own horn"?

The definition of "blow one’s own horn" is:

to display one’s achievements or good characteristics to make others feel bad


"blow one’s own horn" means

to display one’s achievements or good characteristics to make others feel bad

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blow one’s top

The meaning of "blow one’s top" is:

to lose one’s temper, to become mad quickly

What is the definition of "blow one’s top"?

The definition of "blow one’s top" is:

to lose one’s temper, to become mad quickly


"blow one’s top" means

to lose one’s temper, to become mad quickly

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book in advance

The meaning of "book in advance" is:

to make a reservation

What is the definition of "book in advance"?

The definition of "book in advance" is:

to make a reservation


"book in advance" means

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bounce

The meaning of "bounce" is:

to leave

What is the definition of "bounce"?

The definition of "bounce" is:

to leave


"bounce" means

to leave

Example Sentence:

Alright, I’m done. Time to bounce. I’ll see you tomorrow.

We’re going to be late, Kathryn. Let’s bounce!

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break down

The meaning of "break down" is:

to stop working properly, to stop working.

What is the definition of "break down"?

The definition of "break down" is:

to stop working properly, to stop working.


"break down" means

to stop working properly, to stop working.

Example Sentence:

I need to buy a new washing machine. I’m afraid mine is going to break down soon.

A: Why are you late?
B: I’m sorry Boss. My car broke down on the way to work. I had to get it fixed.

My mother couldn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner because our oven broke down. We had to order pizza instead.

Tommy’s family is saving for a new air conditioner because theirs always breaks down.

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break one’s back

The meaning of "break one’s back" is:

to work very hard (more…)

What is the definition of "break one’s back"?

The definition of "break one’s back" is:

to work very hard (more…)


"break one’s back" means

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bring home the bacon

The meaning of "bring home the bacon" is:

to achieve financial success

What is the definition of "bring home the bacon"?

The definition of "bring home the bacon" is:

to achieve financial success


"bring home the bacon" means

to achieve financial success

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bring someone around

The meaning of "bring someone around" is:

to change someone’s mind about something, to convince someone about something

What is the definition of "bring someone around"?

The definition of "bring someone around" is:

to change someone’s mind about something, to convince someone about something


"bring someone around" means

to change someone’s mind about something, to convince someone about something

Example Sentences:

A: I don’t care what you say, the best pop singer in history is Elvis Presley!
B: No, it’s Michael Jackson!
A: I am going to bring you around one day! You will see that Elvis is better than Michael Jackson!
B: Whatever!

The teacher brought her students around when she convinced them that homework was good for their English skills.

Mary was working at bringing around her boyfriend, because she wanted him to propose to her soon!
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bring something out into the open

The meaning of "bring something out into the open" is:

to reveal a secret

What is the definition of "bring something out into the open"?

The definition of "bring something out into the open" is:

to reveal a secret


"bring something out into the open" means

to reveal a secret

Example Sentences:

Boyfriend: I want to bring something out into the open.
Girlfriend: Okay, go ahead.
Boyfriend: I had sex with another woman.
Girlfriend: Oh.

My brother brought something out into the open last night when he told me he was gay.

A: I’m pregnant!
B: Congratulations! How long have you known?
A: For two weeks! I didn’t want to tell anyone!
B: Well, while we’re bringing things out into the open, I’m pregnant too!
A: Congratulations!

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brown-nose

The meaning of "brown-nose" is:

(slang) to behave in a very friendly, flattering, or kind manner to someone higher than you in order to get a benefit (more…)

What is the definition of "brown-nose"?

The definition of "brown-nose" is:

(slang) to behave in a very friendly, flattering, or kind manner to someone higher than you in order to get a benefit (more…)


"brown-nose" means

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browse

The meaning of "browse" is:

to look around but not buy anything

What is the definition of "browse"?

The definition of "browse" is:

to look around but not buy anything


"browse" means

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buckle down

The meaning of "buckle down" is:

to work extremely hard (more…)

What is the definition of "buckle down"?

The definition of "buckle down" is:

to work extremely hard (more…)


"buckle down" means

to work extremely hard Continue reading “buckle down”

bug

The meaning of "bug" is:

to annoy or bother

What is the definition of "bug"?

The definition of "bug" is:

to annoy or bother


"bug" means

to annoy or bother

Example Sentences:

You bug me. Hang up your cellphone while you’re driving.

My younger sister really bugs me. I find her so annoying!

A: How is your new roommate?
B: He keeps bugging me.
A: Why? What is he doing?
B: He’s always having parties, being messy, eating my food….

The movie Be Kind, Rewind really bugged me. I found it so annoying!

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burn through money

The meaning of "burn through money" is:

to spend money very quickly

What is the definition of "burn through money"?

The definition of "burn through money" is:

to spend money very quickly


"burn through money" means

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bury one’s head in the sand

The meaning of "bury one’s head in the sand" is:

to refuse to admit that something is true because it is unpleasant.

What is the definition of "bury one’s head in the sand"?

The definition of "bury one’s head in the sand" is:

to refuse to admit that something is true because it is unpleasant.


"bury one’s head in the sand" means

to refuse to admit that something is true because it is unpleasant.

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bury the hatchet

The meaning of "bury the hatchet" is:

to end a fight and try and become friends again (more…)

What is the definition of "bury the hatchet"?

The definition of "bury the hatchet" is:

to end a fight and try and become friends again (more…)


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bust

The meaning of "bust" is:

to catch someone doing something bad (more…)

What is the definition of "bust"?

The definition of "bust" is:

to catch someone doing something bad (more…)


"bust" means

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bust one’s ass

The meaning of "bust one’s ass" is:

to work extremely hard (more…)

What is the definition of "bust one’s ass"?

The definition of "bust one’s ass" is:

to work extremely hard (more…)


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butt heads

The meaning of "butt heads" is:

to strongly disagree on something

What is the definition of "butt heads"?

The definition of "butt heads" is:

to strongly disagree on something


"butt heads" means

to strongly disagree on something

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call one’s dogs off

The meaning of "call one’s dogs off" is:

to stop your friends from attacking someone

What is the definition of "call one’s dogs off"?

The definition of "call one’s dogs off" is:

to stop your friends from attacking someone


"call one’s dogs off" means

to stop your friends from attacking someone

Example Sentences:

I know that I stole your girlfriend, but you need to call your dogs off. She’s my girlfriend now, and your friends need to leave me alone!

My mother called her dogs off after my uncle apologized for being rude.

A: Are you still fighting with your roommate? I heard you wanted to hurt him.
B: No, I’m calling my dogs off. I don’t want to fight anymore, so I told my friends to stop threatening him.

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call someone out

The meaning of "call someone out" is:

to scold or criticize someone strongly

What is the definition of "call someone out"?

The definition of "call someone out" is:

to scold or criticize someone strongly


"call someone out" means

to scold or criticize someone strongly

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canned

The meaning of "canned" is:

to get fired

What is the definition of "canned"?

The definition of "canned" is:

to get fired


"canned" means

to get fired

Example Sentence:

I got canned at work today for showing up late!

A: What’s happening?
B: The boss just canned Jenkins for coming to work late again!

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canned

The meaning of "canned" is:

to be fired

What is the definition of "canned"?

The definition of "canned" is:

to be fired


"canned" means

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cash in

The meaning of "cash in" is:

to take advantage of something

What is the definition of "cash in"?

The definition of "cash in" is:

to take advantage of something


"cash in" means

to take advantage of something

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catch some rays

The meaning of "catch some rays" is:

to suntan

What is the definition of "catch some rays"?

The definition of "catch some rays" is:

to suntan


"catch some rays" means

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catch someone off guard

The meaning of "catch someone off guard" is:

to surprise someone in a good or bad way (more…)

What is the definition of "catch someone off guard"?

The definition of "catch someone off guard" is:

to surprise someone in a good or bad way (more…)


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catch someone red-handed

The meaning of "catch someone red-handed" is:

to catch someone doing something bad

What is the definition of "catch someone red-handed"?

The definition of "catch someone red-handed" is:

to catch someone doing something bad


"catch someone red-handed" means

to catch someone doing something bad

Example Sentences:

I think my girlfriend is cheating on me, so I plan to follow her and catch her red-handed with another man.

Bob was mad because he kept catching his roommate red-handed. His roommate is stealing his food!

The father was furious when he caught his son red-handed, smoking a cigarette.

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charm someone

The meaning of "charm someone" is:

to make someone attracted to you by your words and/or actions

What is the definition of "charm someone"?

The definition of "charm someone" is:

to make someone attracted to you by your words and/or actions


"charm someone" means

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chat up

The meaning of "chat up" is:

to talk to someone you are romantically interested in so they can get to know you better

What is the definition of "chat up"?

The definition of "chat up" is:

to talk to someone you are romantically interested in so they can get to know you better


"chat up" means

to talk to someone you are romantically interested in so they can get to know you better

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check a bag

The meaning of "check a bag" is:

to give a bag to the airline to put in cargo

What is the definition of "check a bag"?

The definition of "check a bag" is:

to give a bag to the airline to put in cargo


"check a bag" means

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check in with

The meaning of "check in with" is:

to talk to someone to let them know that you are okay (more…)

What is the definition of "check in with"?

The definition of "check in with" is:

to talk to someone to let them know that you are okay (more…)


"check in with" means

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chew one’s ear off

The meaning of "chew one’s ear off" is:

to talk a lot, to talk a lot about nothing

What is the definition of "chew one’s ear off"?

The definition of "chew one’s ear off" is:

to talk a lot, to talk a lot about nothing


"chew one’s ear off" means

to talk a lot, to talk a lot about nothing

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chicken out

The meaning of "chicken out" is:

to be too scared to do something (more…)

What is the definition of "chicken out"?

The definition of "chicken out" is:

to be too scared to do something (more…)


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chill out

The meaning of "chill out" is:

to relax

What is the definition of "chill out"?

The definition of "chill out" is:

to relax


"chill out" means

to relax

Example Sentence:

A: What are you doing tonight?
B: I’m going to just go home and chill out.

Would you just let me chill out while I think of what to do next?

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clamp down on something

The meaning of "clamp down on something" is:

to stop something from happening in a very strict way (more…)

What is the definition of "clamp down on something"?

The definition of "clamp down on something" is:

to stop something from happening in a very strict way (more…)


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clean up one’s act

The meaning of "clean up one’s act" is:

to improve one’s behaviour, to become a better person

What is the definition of "clean up one’s act"?

The definition of "clean up one’s act" is:

to improve one’s behaviour, to become a better person


"clean up one’s act" means

to improve one’s behaviour, to become a better person

Example Sentence:

If you don’t clean up your act and start studying, you’ll never go to College!

The alcoholic decided to clean up his act and stop drinking, because it was affecting his life.

A: How is your health these days?
B: I feel healthy, but I think I need to start cleaning up my act and exercise more.

My brother is a whole new person since he cleaned up his act and stopped doing drugs.

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come clean

The meaning of "come clean" is:

to admit that something you said was untrue or that you did something wrong (more…)

What is the definition of "come clean"?

The definition of "come clean" is:

to admit that something you said was untrue or that you did something wrong (more…)


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come down like cats and dogs

The meaning of "come down like cats and dogs" is:

to rain hard

What is the definition of "come down like cats and dogs"?

The definition of "come down like cats and dogs" is:

to rain hard


"come down like cats and dogs" means

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cover

The meaning of "cover" is:

to pay for someone

What is the definition of "cover"?

The definition of "cover" is:

to pay for someone


"cover" means

Practice this idiom with the idioMeanings eBookto pay for someone

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croak

The meaning of "croak" is:

to die (more…)

What is the definition of "croak"?

The definition of "croak" is:

to die (more…)


"croak" means

to die Continue reading “croak”

cut corners

The meaning of "cut corners" is:

to do something in the easiest or cheapest way by skipping something important

What is the definition of "cut corners"?

The definition of "cut corners" is:

to do something in the easiest or cheapest way by skipping something important


"cut corners" means

to do something in the easiest or cheapest way by skipping something important

Example Sentences:

The government cut corners when they built the school with bad materials, and put everyone in danger.

Shawn had a terrible vacation because he cut corners while planning it, and was forced to stay in bad hotels.

My mother used to yell at me for cutting corners when I was younger. If my room wasn’t perfectly clean, I’d have to do it again.

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cut it out

The meaning of "cut it out" is:

stop it

What is the definition of "cut it out"?

The definition of "cut it out" is:

stop it


"cut it out" means

stop it

Example Sentence:

Would you kids cut it out, I’m trying to sleep!

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