A sudden stimulus, something vitalising, uplifting or encouraging
A person who has done a bad job will blame his equipment rather than admit their lack of skills
a rough estimate
An issue that makes everyone feel uncomfortable or is very controversial
Someone who uphold petty rules in their work, even at the expense of common sense
It’s very hard to change your character even if you try
A person unsuited to a role or activity
something that acts as a magical weapon especially one that instantly solves a long-standing problem
To cover up vices, crimes or scandals or to clear someone’s name using a superficial investigation or through biased presentation of data. It’s also known as a cover-up.
A disrespectful name for someone (often working for a law firm) who seeks out the scenes of accidents to profit from those involved, usually by encouraging them to seek compensation.
To unfairly target someone’s weakness or vulnerability
Very privileged (inherited wealth or high social status).
an early warning of danger(A canary is a small bird)
By focussing on details you miss what is important
Completed or finished with (usually of a big task or one that has been “hanging over you” / weighing heavily on you
To boast or brag
Don’t make plans that depend on something good happening until it happens
It’s not useful to be upset about something that has already happened
Don’t concentrate all your efforts and resources in one area as you will have no alternative if it fails.
Don’t risk the failure of a large project or spoil the look of something by trying to economise on trivial things.
Dresses to perfection/high class or the highest degree
Feeling (a little) sick
An issue in First World nations that are complained about in response to the perceived absence of more pressing concerns. It’s applied to an individual’s complaint of a trivial nature.
To begin an activity that has been planned
Someone who has a generally optimistic worldview
Short of money
A period of time at the beginning of something, (maybe a relationship, a job, a period in government) when everybody is pleased with you and there appear to be no problems
I am annoyed with myself for doing something
A proverb meaning problems or difficult situations tend to follow each or to arrive all at the same time
Both people/groups involved in something must take responsibility
Something someone has heard was quickly forgotten
People or things that are very similar to each other
very well/efficiently run; smoothly running without any problems. Usually said of an organisation or system of work
Said when the task of finding something is very difficult
A large quantity, perhaps too much
Something that someone enjoys despite it not being held in high regard
The behaviour of someone who doesn’t want something to be built or done near where they live, although they may agree with the idea
Very pleased or delighted
Shifting resources around in order to be able to pay all debts/bills
embarrassing or damaging information about you that you would like to remain secret
Someone is unable to succeed or to meet the required standard
Whatever you do you will be criticised and/or feel bad
they are doing something (or are in a situation that is) risky, dangerous or that may cause trouble
Someone looks as if they would never do anything wrong, even if they may have done.
They are very generous
Someone is very shy, quiet or nervous
Someone seems much more unpleasant or hostile than they really are.
It’s something they are interested in or love
A situation where each option has apparently similar advantages and disadvantages making it difficult to choose.
To be very common
For something to be especially annoying or surprising, or to be the best or worst of its kind
It was too difficult or strange to understand
The one who is first (to an opportunity or a place of work) has the best chance for success
A big or controversial issue or matter that is obvious or that everyone is aware of but no one mentions because it makes at least some of them uncomfortable or embarrassed
The single thing or person that spoils what would otherwise be very enjoyable or positive
People are arguing or competing with each other in a serious manner
It appears that other people’s lives or situations are better than our own
People do not yet know the answer or have not decided on an issue
A minor action that has a huge impact because of the cumulative effect
A situation where one person accuses someone of or comments on something that they too share
A situation where a large or more important group has to do something to satisfy a smaller or less important group.
Perfectly or exactly right.
To make an argument or bad situation worse
To be unable to say what you want, often through shyness, embarrassment or intense emotion
To react angrily to someone
To do something unpleasant or difficult that you have put off doing
To act badly towards someone who helps/has helped you
To spend a lot of money in a short time
To work excessively hard; to work too hard for good health or peace of mind
to commit to an irreversible course of action that makes an alternative impossible subsequently.
To do or say something that shows that what they want to happen will not happen, or that something they believe is not true.Its commonest use is to give news that will disappoint the hearer.
To make peace.(A hatchet is an axe).
to waste your time by offering something that is helpful or valuable to someone who does not appreciate or understand it.
To change the way you talk about or your opinion of something
To try anything in a very difficult situation with little chance of success
To confess/own up to/admit to having done something wrong
To become more confident/interested in other people and more willing to talk and take part in social activities
To be VERY expensive or unreasonably so
An unnecessarily self-destructive response to a problem.
to persuade someone to do something by offering some kind of reward
To do something with very little money
In a new situation to start to feel confident or to deal with things well
to have the same unpleasant experience that you have inflicted on someone else
To do whatever you like and not be punished for it
To say something you have wanted to say for some time (usually because it’s difficult to say or you’re nervous about it).Saying it usually causes you to feel better
To be well prepared or well organized for something that is going to happen
to get worse or become ruined
To want to speak to someone about something annoying that they have done
To be very kind, sincere and genuine
Not to perform at your best
To look foolish or be embarrassed because of something you have done
To have more of something than you could want or need
To be clumsy, uncoordinated
To be very frightened or anxious
to show courage in the face of pain or adversity; to bear difficulties without showing emotion.
To identify something exactly; to arrive at exactly the right solution/analysis.
To keep quiet or remain silent about something (often used when to say something would cause trouble)
To prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone
To achieve two goals with a single action
To allow someone in an awkward or unpleasant situation (often involving wrong-doing) to get away with little or no consequence
to give away a secret, usually by mistake
to argue, clash or fight with someone
To exaggerate or to focus on a minor issue, making it a major one
to put a lot of effort and enthusiasm into doing things, often more than is necessary
to over state or exaggerate
To agree to work with or help someone in the way they have suggested
to be an unwanted third person when two people (usually in a romantic relationship) want to be alone
To trick or deceive someone , to hide the truth from someone