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Your bread and butter is your livelihood or the source of your income.
If you're having a bad hair day, everything seems to be going wrong for you.
Someone's bag of tricks is their collection of techniques or methods for getting a job done or for achieving a goal.
If you give a ballpark figure or a ballpark estimate, you give a number which you think is fairly close to the actual one.
You can say something is a blessing in disguise if it appears to be bad at first, but it results in something very good in the end.
If you have to go back to square one, you have to stop and start again, usually because something isn't working as well as expected.
You can say "back to the drawing board" when a plan or a design has failed, and you decide to begin all over again.
If you're backed into a corner, you're in a difficult situation that will be hard to get out of.
If you're barking up the wrong tree, you're looking for something in the wrong place or going about something in the wrong way.
If you bear the brunt of something, you suffer the worst of its impact or its effects.
If you beat around the bush, or beat about the bush, you don't say something directly, usually because you don't want to upset the person you're talking to.
If someone beats the rap, they avoid being found guilty of a crime.
If you do something behind someone's back, you do it without letting them know about it.
If you're behind the eight ball, you're in a difficult or dangerous position.
If someone is behind the times, they are old-fashioned and their ideas are out of date.
You can say something is beside the point if it has nothing to do with what's being talked about or with the reason something is being done.
Something is true "beyond a shadow of a doubt" if there is no possibility at all that it isn't true.
If you bite your tongue, or hold your tongue, you force yourself not to say something you really want to to say.
If you blow your own horn, or blow your own trumpet, you proudly boast about your own talents and successes.
If you break the ice you say or do something to create a more relaxed atmosphere when meeting people for the first time.
If someone breaks your heart, they cause you a lot of emotional pain by ending a romantic relationship, or by deeply hurting you in some other way.
You have burned your bridges, or burned your boats, if you were in a situation and you then left it after doing something that made it impossible to go back there.
If you do something by the book, you do it strictly according to the rules or the official procedures.
If something becomes well-known by word of mouth, it becomes well-known because people are telling each other about it, and not because of advertising or other marketing tools.
You can say a place is in the back of beyond, or the back of the beyond, if it's very far from towns or cities.
If someone you're negotiating with says "the ball's in your court", they think it's your turn to make a move or make an offer.