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You can say your hands are tied if you're prevented from doing something that you'd normally have the power or the authority to do.
If your heart goes out to someone, you feel great sympathy for them.
If your heart is in the right place, you try to do the right thing, even if things don't always work out for the best.
If your heart isn't in something you're doing, you don't really want to do it.
If you have a head start, you start something ahead of others or with an advantage over others.
If someone has a hidden agenda, they have a secret plan or motive for doing something.
If something is half-baked, it hasn't been properly thought out or planned.
You can tell someone to hang in there, or hang on in there, if they're in a difficult situation and you want to encourage them, or tell them not to give up.
If something is hard to come by, it is difficult to find.
Something that someone has said is hard to swallow if it's difficult to believe.
If you have a heart-to-heart with someone, you have an honest talk and share your feelings with each other.
If you have a soft spot for someone or something, you feel a warm affection for them.
If you're having second thoughts about something, you're having doubts about a decision you've made.
If you have your hands full, you're busy.
If someone has their head in the clouds, they are out of touch with the everyday world and can be unrealistic or naive as a result.
If you have your work cut out for you, you have a difficult task to do or a challenging situation to face.
You can say "heads will roll" if people are going to lose their jobs after making a mistake.
If you meet someone for the first time and the two of you hit it off, you get along really well and have a great time together.
If you hit the hay, or hit the sack, you go to bed.
If you hit the nail on the head, you describe the exact nature of something such as a problem, a solution, or a situation.
You can say someone hits the roof if they lose their temper and show their anger.
If you hold the fort, you look after a place or a business while the person who is normally in charge is away.
You can hold your head high, or hold your head up high, if you feel proud of something.
If you hold your own, you are as successful as other people in a situation, or as good as others at an activity.
If you are hot under the collar, you feel angry or annoyed about something.