||Give me a minute to finish my work and then I'll be all ears to hear about your project.
|break a leg
||Today's the big game, eh? Break a leg!
||nervous just before a big event
||My sister didn't get cold feet until she put her wedding gown on.
|cost an arm and a leg
||be very expensive
||These cakes are delicious, but they cost an arm and a leg.
|cry your heart out
||cry very hard
||I cried my heart out when my best friend moved away.
|face the music
||meet, stand up to unpleasant conseqences, for example criticism or punishment
||I stayed out all night. When I eventually got home I had to face the music from my wife.
|(my) flesh and blood
||I have to hire Mia. She's my own flesh and blood.
|get something off one's chest
||tell someone your problems
||Thanks for listening to me complain about my boss. I just needed to get this off my chest.
|give a hand, lend a hand
||help (someone) do something
||I can give you a hand when you move if you like.
|have one's head in the clouds
||be unaware or unrealistic about something
||Amy has her head in the clouds if she thinks she's going to pass her exams without studying.
|head over heels
||deeply in love
||My brother is head over heels for his new girlfriend.
||an earlier start
||The kids gave Anthony a head start in the bicycle race because he was the youngest.
|in over one's head
||taking on a task that you can't handle
||I was in over my head when I agreed to babysit the triplets and the dogs.
|keep an eye on
||take care of, watch in order to protect
||I'll keep an eye on the dinner while you're on the phone.
|keep one's chin up
||try to be cheerful
||Keep your chin up. I'm sure you'll make some friends soon.
|learn by heart, know by heart
||I learned my multiplication tables by heart in the fourth grade.
|let one's hair down
||relax, have fun
||Go to the cottage and let your hair down this weekend.
|(my) lips are sealed
||promise to keep a secret
||Don't worry, I won't tell your mother how much you spent. My lips are sealed.
|makes my blood boil
||makes me very angry
||It makes my blood boil when people don't tie up their dogs.
|neck of the woods
||nearby location or region
||I heard that they might be opening a post office in our neck of the woods soon.
|(an) old hand
||an experienced person
||My uncle's an old hand at car repair. He'll know what the problem is.
|over my dead body
||not unless I'm dead and can't stop you
||My daughter wants a tatoo. I told her she'd get one over my dead body.
|pat on the back
||recognition or a thank-you
||The party organizers deserve a pat on the back for a job well done.
|play something by ear
||do something without a plan
||We don't know if the weather will be good enough for camping. We'll have to play it by ear.
|pull one's leg
||joke or tease someone
||I was just pulling your leg. I'm not really a police officer.
|rule of thumb
||basic rule (not always followed)
||The rule of thumb is that the students wear black pants and white shirts.
|see eye to eye
||The couple don't see eye to eye on how to train their pets.
|(by the) skin of one's teeth
||I passed my exam by the skin of my teeth.
|stick your neck out
||help someone a lot, with possible bad consequences for oneself
||I stuck my neck out for Bessie when she was thrown out of her house.
||a love of sugar or sweet things
||I need three spoonfuls of sugar in my tea. I have a sweet tooth.
|thick in the head
||not very intelligent
||I'm a bit thick in the head when it comes to reading a map.
|wash one's hands of something
||stop dealing with an issue or problem
||I'm washing my hands of Mary's addiction. She is going to have to get some professional help.