|[Knows how to] Push your buttons||to [know how to] irritate someone|
|[Modern] Renaissance man/woman||someone who seems to be good at everything|
|[Up the creek] without a paddle||stuck; doomed|
|A bird in a hand is worth 2 in a bush||[Used by itself]||better to stick with what you have than seek out something better|
|A lick of...||That doesn't make a lick of sense to me.||a bit of|
|A little birdie told me that...||A little birdie told me that Susie and Jeff are dating now.||I have heard that...|
|A pipe dream||Stop thinking about going to space. It's just a pipe dream.||something that you wish would happen but probably never will|
|A shot in the dark||taking a risk on something that probably won't work|
|A stitch in time saves nine||a little fix now will prevent the whole thing from breaking in the future|
|A watched pot never boils||[Used by itself]||"be patient, it'll happen eventually"|
|Against the grain|
Why do you always have to be such a rebel and go against the grain?
|doing things that are unusual, and sometimes irritating|
|All in all||All in all, it could've gone a lot worse.||everything considered|
|All our ducks in a row|
As long as we have all our ducks in a row, everything will run smoothly.
|everything in order|
|All your eggs in one basket||only counting on one thing or way; not having a backup plan|
|An arm and a leg||It cost me an arm and a leg just to get you that table.||worth a lot|
|Apple of my eye||My love, my sweet, the apple of my eye!||love of my life|
|Back to the drawing board||Looks like we have to go back to the drawing board.||start anew (usually with a project/plan) after failing|
If you want to practice your driving, don't take Henry. He's a back-seat driver.
someone who comments on driving conditions or complains about the driving when they are not driving
|Bang for your buck||You get more bang for your buck if you buy in bulk.||the worth of your efforts/money|
|Bark is bigger than your bite||Vera might seem scary, but her bark is bigger than her bite.||they seem/sound tougher than they are|
|Basketcase||Don't trust her. She's a basketcase!||crazy|
|Between a rock and a hard place|
It was either get caught by the police or jump off the bridge, so he was really stuck between a rock and a hard place.
|stuck between 2 equally bad choices|
|Bigger fish to fry||Quit worrying about the quiz. We've got bigger fish to fry.||more important things to worry about|
|Birds and the bees||I'm going to talk to my son about the birds and the bees today.||sex, usually when explaining it to a kid|
|Bite the hand that feeds you|
When Robert Pattinson complains about his role in Twilight, I feel like he's biting the hand that feeds him.
|treat someone badly who has helped you in the past|
|Bouncing off the walls||very excited or energetic|
|Break a leg!||[Used by itself]||good luck (usually with live performances)|
|Brownie points||I think I get brownie points for raising my hand though.|
extra, imaginary points for doing something good (there is a Girl Scouts rank called Brownie)
|Burning the midnight oil|
I stayed up, burning the midnight oil, just to finish that project on time.
|working late into the night|
|By the skin of my teeth||barely|
|Call it a day||Let's call it a day and go home.||to stop doing something, usually for the day, possibly indefinitely|
|Call the shots||I call the shots around here!||to be in charge|
|Can't win for losing|
I fell down and broke my tooth, and when I went to the dentist, I forgot my insurance card! I just can't win for losing!
|Everything is going poorly|
|Carry a tune||I may not be an opera singer, but I can at least carry a tune.||being able to sing fairly well|
|Cart before the horse|
Naw, man. Pouring the milk in first is like putting the cart before the horse.
|doing things backwards|
|Chase rainbows||Quit chasing rainbows! You need to live in the real world!||going after something that doesn't exist|
|Chew the Fat||We were just sitting around, chewing the fat.||talking about nothing in particular; chatting|
|Chock full of...||This chocolate is chock full of peanuts!||stuffed with; filled with|
|Chomping at the bit||impatient to get started (a reference to horse racing)|
I was about to start hitting on this girl when Rachel came and cock blocked me by talking to her about getting their nails done!
|when someone prevents a guy from getting with a girl (in a sexual sense)|
|Cold Turkey||This is my last cigarette. After this, I'm quitting cold turkey.||to stop doing something completely, instead of being weened off gradually|
|Cooking with Gas|
We hit a couple of roadblocks recently, but I think we're cooking with gas now.
|things are moving along|
|Cup of tea||I don't hate swimming. It's just that it's not exactly my cup of tea.||something preferred|
|Cut and dry||obvious distinction between things|
|Cut loose||You just need to cut loose and come with us to a bar or something.||relax & have fun|
|Cut of your jib||That's a brilliant idea. I like the cut of your jib!||what you're saying|
|Cut the cheese||fart/flatulate|
|Cut the mustard||fulfill the standard|
|Cut to the Chase||Quit blabbing and cut to the chase.||skip to the end; get to the point of what someone is saying|
|Dead in the water||This project never really had a chance. It was dead in the water.||failed as soon as it started|
|Does the carpet match the drapes?||[Used by itself]|
asking if someone's head hair matches their pubic hair, implying that they don't dye their hair
Don't count your chickens before they hatch
|[Used by itself]||don't act until you know the outcome|
|Don't shit a brick||[Used by itself]||telling someone to calm down|
|Down for the count||no longer available or able|
|Down the rabbit hole||dwelling on the irrelevant details|
|Down the tubes||All my hard work went down the tubes.||wasted|
|Down to the wire||We're getting down to the wire.||to the end|
|Drink the Kool-Aid|
I wouldn't believe a word his students said about him. They've all been drinking the Kool-Aid.
holding a belief without carefully examining it; convinced to believe something to be worth it (a reference to the mass suicide caused Jim Jones's cult)
|Enough to fill a tooth||very little food|
|Every Tom, Dick, and Harry|
Stop shouting! We don't need every Tom, Dick, and Harry involved in this!
|everyone, including people you don't know|
|Excuse My French||Excuse my French, but that's bullshit.||warning/apology for cursing (can be used before or after)|
|Face the Music||She's got to stand up and face the music.||admit what's happening|
|Fancy Pants||Look at fancy pants over there...||over-the-top/gaudy/pretentious, especially with what the person is wearing|
|Fight like cats and dogs||Fighting viciously|
|Fingers in many pies|
I wouldn't underestimate Bob's ability to get things done. He has fingers in many pies.
|involved in many things|
|Fit the bill|
I think the new mayor's ideas really fit the bill to what our city needs right now.
|a good match for what you're looking for|
|Five O'Clock Shadow||He's already got a 5 o'clock shaddow||facial stubble that usually starts appearing at 5PM after a man shaved that morning|
|Flip their wig|
Don't tell your mom that concert ends after midnight. She'd flip her wig.
|Fly off the Handle||My boss flew off the handle today.||had an angry fit; lose it|
|Flying by the seat of my pants||just barely able to do something|
|Foot the bill||George, can you foot the bill tonight? I forgot my wallet.||pay the bill|
|From the get-go||I knew he was a jerk from the get-go.||at the beginning|
|Get Around||Boy, does she get around. She's such a slut!||to have sex with a lot of different people|
|Get wind of||Did you get wind of the new job possitions?||to hear news about|
|Go Haywire||I tried to put it together, but everything went haywire.||to go wrong|
|Go to town||do/take all that you want in a gluttonous way|
|Going through the motions|
I've had the same schedule for so long that I'm just going through the motions now.
|doing things without thinking about them|
|Good head on your shoulders||smart; has good common sense|
|Got a kick [out of]||She got a kick out of those cat videos you sent.||to think something is funny|
Grass is always greener [on the other side]
Other circumstances seem more desirable than one's own but in reality are often not.
|Grain of salt||Take what she says with a grain of salt.||careful not to fully believe|
|Guinea pigs||I've never done this before, so you'll be my guinea pigs.||testing subjects|
|Happy as a clam||Jenny's as happy as a clam ever since she got that promotion.||very happy|
Ever since she got that new job in France, Hannah's been one happy camper.
|happy with the current situation|
|Has a mind of its own||behaves wildly; uncontrolable|
|Have a ball||having a great time|
|Have butterflies [in your stomach]||Every time I put on a piano recital I get butterflies in my stomach.||getting nervous|
Trying to get everyone to send me their movie ticket info is like herding cats.
People are going whichever direction they want to and refusing to be directed. Alternatively trying to control something that can't be controlled.
|Here's to...||Here's to another great year!||[a beginning of a toast]|
|Hissy fit||She's having a hissy fit over nothing!||tantrum|
|Hit a chord/Struck a chord||you can emotionally identify with it|
|Hit a nerve||to hurt emotionally|
|Hit the bull's eye|
Boy, that comedian realy hit the bull's eye with that graduate student joke.
|to do something perfectly; hit the target|
|Hit the road||leave and go somewhere else|
|Hold your horses||Hold your horses! I'm coming!||calm down; take it easy|
|How about them apples?||what do you think of that?|
|I'll bite||"I'll humor you and go along with what your saying."|
|Icing on the cake|
I love working out at the gym. Seeing all the hot people there is just icing on the cake
|an added bonus; making something good even better|