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No way! American English INFORMAL

You can say "No way!" when you want to strongly reject an offer, a request, or a suggestion.

call it a day INFORMAL

If you call it a day, you stop doing something that's usually related to work.

behind the eight ball American English INFORMAL

If you're behind the eight ball, you're in a difficult or dangerous position.

get away from it all INFORMAL

If you get away from it all, you go somewhere to escape from your usual daily routine.

give it a shot | give it a whirl INFORMAL

If you give something a shot, or give it a whirl, you try doing something for the first time, usually for fun.

Mind your own business! INFORMAL

If you say "Mind your own business!" to someone, you're telling them to stop interfering in things that don't concern them, or to stop asking personal questions.

over the moon INFORMAL

If you're over the moon about something, you're extremely happy and excited about it.

par for the course INFORMAL

If something is par for the course, it's what you'd expect it to be.

pay through the nose INFORMAL

If you pay through the nose for something, you pay more than the usual price for it.

a quick fix INFORMAL

If something is a quick fix, it's a quick and easy, but usually short-term, solution to a problem.

rock the boat INFORMAL

If you rock the boat, you do or say something that will upset people by changing a situation that they don't want changed.

ring a bell INFORMAL

If something rings a bell, it sounds familiar or you think you've heard it before.

rub it in INFORMAL

If you rub it in, you keep talking about something that embarrasses or upsets someone.

up to no good INFORMAL

If someone is up to no good, they are doing something bad, or something wrong.

verbal diarrhoea INFORMAL

If someone has verbal diarrhoea, they can't stop talking.

wet behind the ears INFORMAL

If someone is wet behind the ears, they don't have much experience of life.

Your guess is as good as mine. INFORMAL

You can say "your guess is as good as mine" when you don't know the answer to a question.

You can say that again! INFORMAL

If someone says "You can say that again!", it shows they strongly agree with what was just said.


If someone says "Zip it!", they're telling you to shut up or stop talking about something.

a bad hair day INFORMAL

If you're having a bad hair day, everything seems to be going wrong for you.

bark up the wrong tree INFORMAL

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.

beat the rap American English INFORMAL

If someone beats the rap, they avoid being found guilty of a crime.

can of worms INFORMAL

If you say a situation or an issue is a can of worms, you think that getting involved in it could lead to problems.

cut to the chase INFORMAL

If you tell someone to cut to the chase, you want them to get straight to the main point of what they are saying.

dead to the world INFORMAL

If you're dead to the world, you are sound asleep.
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