|apple of one's eye
||a person that is adored by someone
||Baby Jessica is the apple of her father's eye.
|(have a) bun in the oven
||I don't think Jan will come to the bar because she has a bun in the oven.
||a person who is often in trouble
||I don't want my little brother hanging around with the bad eggs on the street.
||very important person (VIP)
||I thought I was just going to interview the secretary, but they let me talk to the big cheese himself.
|bread and butter
||necessities, the main thing
||Just explain the bread and butter of your report. You don't have to go into details.
|bring home the bacon
||earn the income
||My husband has had to bring home the bacon ever since I broke my leg.
|butter someone up
||be extra nice to someone (usually for selfish reasons)
||We'll have to butter Angie up before we tell her the news about the broken vase.
|(have one's) cake and eat it too
||want more than your fair share or need
||Rick wants to have his cake and eat it too. He wants to be single but he doesn't want me to date anyone else.
||person with red or orange hair
||Simon is the first carrot top I've ever gone out with.
||I love reading cheesy romance novels because I don't have to think.
|cool as a cucumber
||I thought I was afraid of flying, but I was cool as a cucumber all the way to England.
|cream of the crop
||We hired the cream of the crop to entertain us at the Christmas party.
|(don't) cry over spilled milk
||get upset over something that has happened and cannot be changed
||The mirror is broken and we can't fix it. There's no need to cry over spilled milk.
|cup of joe
||cup of coffee
||Let's stop for a cup of joe before we head to work.
|(not my) cup of tea
||something you enjoy (usually used negatively)
||Opera isn't exactly my cup of tea.
|egg someone on
||urge someone to do something
||The gang tried to egg us on but we didn't want to fight.
|freeze one's buns off
||be very cold
||I froze my buns off at the ice rink.
|full of beans
||have a lot of (silly) energy
||The kids were full of beans after the circus.
||extremely good pay for minimal work
||The unionized grocers have been enjoying the gravy train for twenty years.
|(have something) handed to someone on a silver platter
||receive without working for something
||The professor's daughter had her college diploma handed to her on a silver platter.
|hard nut to crack
||difficult to understand (often a person)
||Angelo is a hard nut to crack when something is bothering him like this.
||a controversial or difficult subject
||Choosing a location for our new store is a hot potato right now.
|in a nutshell
||In a nutshell, I'm having a bad day.
|nuts about something, someone
||like a lot
||I'm nuts about classical music these days.
|out to lunch
||crazy or mad
||Harry has been out to lunch ever since he lost his job.
|one smart cookie
||a very intelligent person
||Your daughter is one smart cookie. She reads much higher than her grade level.
||small amount of hair growth
||Except for a bit of peach fuzz, the baby came out bald.
|piece of cake
||The exam was a piece of cake.
|put all of ones eggs in one basket
||rely on one single thing
||Even though I'm majoring in Art, I'm taking a maths course because my Dad says I shouldn't put all of my eggs in one basket.
||made more powerful or stylish
||The car was souped up with shiny rims and a loud stereo.
|sell like hot cakes
||bought by many people
||The new Harry Potter books sold like hot cakes.
|spice things up
||make something more exciting
||I wanted to spice things up in the office, so I bought some red and gold paint.
|spill the beans
||reveal the truth
||On Monday, I'm going to spill the beans about my travel plans.
|take something with a pinch (grain) of salt
||don't consider something 100% accurate
||Take Mandy's advice with a pinch of salt. She doesn't always do her research.
|use your noodle
||use your brain
||You're going to have to really use your noodle on this crossword puzzle. It's an extra difficult one.