1. CRUNCH TIME: the period of time just before a project has to be completed and everyone has to work hard
I’m not getting enough sleep these days. It’s crunch time at work.
2.LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY:to let others see your uniqueness
My colleagues were surprised at the Christmas party- I let my freak flag fly and showed them a break dance routine.
3. GET OUT OF HAND:when you lose control of things, they get out of hand
The party got out of hand and the guests started to throw bottles at each other.
4. GET YOUR HEAD AROUND IT:to understand something
I just can’t get my head around the fact that Joe is leaving us.
5. DIG IN YOUR HEELS / STICK TO YOUR GUNS: to refuse to compromise or change your mind
My parents wanted me to give up writing, but I dug in my heels and went on to become a famous writer.
6. POUND THE PAVEMENT: to walk the streets looking for a job
I’d been pounding the pavement for months before I found a job in a fast food restaurant.
7.PULL A RABBIT OUT OF A HAT: to do something unexpected that may have seemed impossible
I thought we were going bankrupt, but my partner pulled a rabbit out of his hat and we landed a major contract.
8. LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED: to do everything you can to achieve your goal
I’ll leave no stone unturned until I find out who did this.
9. GET IT OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM: to do something you’ve wanted to do for a long time and don’t want to postpone any longer
I wasn’t sure how she was going to react, but I had to get it out of my system, so I told her I had found another woman.
10. STEP UP YOUR GAME: to start performing better
If you want to win this competition, you’ll have to step up your game.
11. PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER: to calm down and behave normally
I understand you’ve had a bad day, but pull yourself together and get on with your job, will you?
12. SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT: either start performing better or leave
This is the last time I’m telling you to arrive on time. Shape up or ship out.
13. CUT SOMEBODY SOME SLACK:to give somebody a break/ not to judge somebody severely
I was extremely busy last week. Cut me some slack and I’ll finish the report by tomorrow morning.
14. BY THE SKIN OF YOUR TEETH:when you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed/ nearly fail
I hadn’t studied much, but passed the test by the skin of my teeth.
15. ONCE IN A BLUE MOON:when something rarely ever happens
We used to see him all the time, but now he just visits us once in a blue moon.