1.have an ace in your hand (British)
have an ace in the hole(American)
When you have the ace in your hand,you have something which you can
use to gain an advantage when you need it.
have an ace in the hole(American)
2.a class act
I have been tracking Neil for a year,he is a class act and I have
got a lot respect for his ability.
3.break one’s back
When you’re breaking your back to make an enterprise work,it’s going
to cut into your time with family.
4.get someone’s back up (American)
put someone’s back up (British)
What does get my back up is a girlfriend who gets too jealous if
someone else finds me attractive.
5.cap in hand (British)
hat in hand (American)
He ended up going hat in hand to the neighbours.
6.in the cards(American)
on the cards(British)
He believes an invasion was never in the cards.
7.a change of heart
8.get no change out of someone
You won’t get any change out of him,so don’t expect it .
9.chapter and verse
The instruction gives you chapter and verse
10.cut to the chase
He talked about the need to see all points of view,then he cut to
11.cut a dash
Tania cut a daring dash with a dress slashed almost to the waist .
12.in the dark
keep somebody in the dark
13.out of one’s depth
He felt out of his depth on a diploma course.
14.get one’s just deserts
15.die like a dog
16.every dog has its day
17.It’s a dog’s life
18.in the doghouse
Insurance companies are already in the doghouse over poor advice on
pensions which has left hundreds of thousands of people worse off.
19.do the donkey work
20.do something like a dream
The first stages of installation worked like a dream.
21.all dressed up with nowhere to go
If funding dries up ,the opera houses will be all dressed up ,but
with nowhere to go .
22.do something at the drop of a hat
23.a drop in the ocean/bucket
The size of the grants have been attacked by groups as merely a drop
in the ocean.
24.be all ears
Now you can say ,I am all ears.
25.down to earth
He is blunt,outspoken,practical and down to earth.
26.get egg on one’s face
Steve didn’t expect to win .He just didn’t want to get egg on his
27.a white elephant
This project is completely a white elephant
28.a big fish
The four who were arrested here last September were described as
really big fish by the U.S.Drug Enforement Agency.
29.drink like a fish
When I was young I could drink like a fish and eat like a pig.
30.a fool and his money are soon parted
31.free as the air
32.run out of gas
33.the heat is on
To perform well when the heat is on ,all you have to do is let it
34. bring someone to heel
In practice it’s still not clear how the president will use his
power to bring the republics to heel.
35.cross my heart
I promise,cross my heart.
36.in seventh heaven
After I was given my first camera,I was in seventh heaven.
37.break a leg
38.live like a king
39.break the ice
I was about to speak when someone broke the ice.
40.get down to
The task wasn’t so difficult when I got down to it.
We could not hold ourselves back.
42.keep one’s word
43.lay aside / set aside
We must lay something aside for our child’s education.
44.keep an eye on
I don’t know what would happen if I weren’t here to keep an eye on
45.pull one’s leg
The patient is pulling through.
What does your first letter stand for?
She must have been taken in by a salesman.
49.make a point of
Do you make a point of being on time for work.
Jerry hurried to help out zhenzhen