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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions Lists of idioms used in everyday conversational English,...

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                    💠golden goose

✍🏾A person, thing, or organization that is or has the potential to earn a lot of money for a long period of time. Taken from a folk tale of a goose that would lay a golden egg once a day, but was killed by its owner because he wanted all of its gold at once.
New carbon taxes have proved to be a golden goose for the government, providing a steady and much-needed source of revenue.
College athletics, especially football, have always been a golden goose for universities, which earn significant sums from attendance at games and tournaments.

                    💠have (one's) hand out

✍🏾To be in request, demand, or expectation of benefits, such as welfare, especially when undeserved or unneeded.
You have to get a job and contribute to society. You can't just have your hand out and expect the government to provide for you all the time!

                    Sports - Games Athletics

                    💠have a good name (somewhere or in something)

✍🏾To have a respected reputation (in something or some place).
Our family has always had a good name in this town due to the philanthropy of my great-great-grandfather.
She has a very good name in politics.

                    💠have (a) skeleton(s) in (one's)/the closet

✍🏾To have (an) embarrassing, unpleasant, damaging, or incriminating secret(s) from one's past. Primarily heard in US.
Even the most seemingly perfect people have some pretty shocking skeletons in their closets.
She has a skeleton in her closet that could ruin her chance at the presidency if the press were to find out about it.
My agoraphobia has always been something of a skeleton in the closet for me.

                    Spring Idioms

                    💠have a look-see
✍🏾To have a very quick look or brief examination.
A: "Is there any more of that cake left in the fridge?" B: "I'll go have a look-see!"

                    UP TO A POINT

                    💠have a fling (with someone)

✍🏾To have a brief, noncommittal sexual relationship (with someone).
I had a few flings in college, but it was only after I graduated that I started having any serious relationships.
The professor lost her job for having a fling with one of her students.

                    have enough on (one's) plate
To be sufficiently busy or preoccupied with work, problems, or difficulties as to be unable or unwilling to cope with anything more.
I really wish I could help you move this weekend, but I have enough on my plate as it is!

have enough on your plate or have a lot on your plate
COMMON If you have enough on your plate or have a lot on your plate, you have a lot of work to do or a lot of things to deal with. I'm sorry to bother you with it, Mark, but John's got enough on his plate. I have a lot on my plate over the next year with the Olympics coming up. Note: You can also say that someone has their plate full or has a full plate. I'm making no promises. My staff have their plate full at the present time.

have enough, a lot, etc. on your ˈplate (informal) have enough, a lot of things, etc. to do or be responsible for: I can’t help you next week, I’ve got too much on my plate. ♢ She has a lot on her plate at the moment; that’s why she looks so worried all the time.
                    Through Fire & Water

                    💠harp away at (someone or something)

✍🏾To complain about or dwell upon someone or something repeatedly and to the point of tediousness.
Mark is always harping away at how little money he makes. I wish he would come up with something new to talk about!
You need to stop harping away at your boss and just quit already!

                    Beauty Idioms

                    💠be hard hit (by something)

✍🏾To be adversely affected (by something) to a great degree; to suffer financial losses (as the result of something).
The seaside town was hard hit by storms this year.
After the recession, all of our investments were hard hit.

                    A tall order


✍🏾Actions, words, or ideas that are meant to impress or appear convincing but which are in reality insubstantial or inconsequential.
The governor has been doing a lot of political handwaving over the issue of immigration lately, but few suspect that anything will actually be accomplished in the coming year.

                    💠go at it hammer and tongs

✍🏾To do something or perform some task with tremendous fervor, determination, energy, or forcefulness. An allusion to the force with which a blacksmith strikes metal using a hammer and tongs.
What started as a minor disagreement has escalated into a heated argument, and the two have been going at it hammer and tongs ever since.
I need to go at this paper hammer and tongs if I want to keep my A in the class.

                    💠gun it

✍🏾To accelerate or increase speed suddenly or rapidly; to travel or move very quickly. Usually said while traveling in an automobile.
We'll have to gun it if we want to make it to the movie on time!
Okay, I've got the cash. Now gun it and get us out of here!

                    💠a ground ball with eyes

✍🏾In baseball, a ball that is hit onto the ground and narrowly eludes two or more infielders, allowing the batter to take a base. It is said to have "eyes" because it seems to "see" its way between the two defensive players.
The home team finally secured a run after their star batter hit a ground ball with eyes right between the other team's first and second basemen

                    Keep your hair on