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If you say something's a tall order, you mean that it'll be hard to do or difficult to achieve.
If you take a break, you have a short rest while doing something like working or playing sport.
We can say somebody takes something for granted if they assume it'll always be there for them, and they don't seem thankful for it.
If you take something or someone into account, you consider them when making a decision or making plans.
If you take part in something, you join in or play a role in it.
If you take something the wrong way, you misunderstand what someone says and think they're being critical when they aren't.
If you take the bull by the horns, you deal with a problem or a challenge in a direct and fearless way.
If you're taking the mickey out of someone, or taking the mick out of them, you're making fun of them or copying their behaviour for a laugh.
If you take the plunge, you decide to do something you really want to do even though it's risky and possibly dangerous.
If you take what someone says with a grain of salt, or with a pinch of salt, you have doubts about the truth or accuracy of what they say.
If you're talking through your hat, you're talking about something without knowing much about it, or you claim something is true when it isn't.
If you talk turkey, you discuss something seriously, usually to do with business or money.
If someone or something is having teething problems, or teething troubles, they're having problems during the early stages of something.
If you can tell things apart, you can see they're not the same by spotting the differences between them.
If you test the waters, you try something first before deciding whether to get involved in it.
You can say something is the tip of the iceberg when it's just a small part of something much bigger.
You can say "things are looking up" if things are improving.
If you think better of something, you decide not to do it even though you'd made plans to do it.
If you think outside the box, you think creatively and without being restricted by common ideas or ways of thinking.
If you think the world of someone, you admire and respect them very much.
If you throw someone in at the deep end, you give them a difficult job to do, or a serious problem to deal with, before they have the knowledge or experience for it.
If you tie the knot, you get married.
If you tighten your belt, you try to spend less money.
If you do something time after time, you do it again and again, or repeatedly.
If you've done something time and time again, you've done it many times, or you've done it repeatedly.