All at sea: confused
e.g. The lawyer was all at sea when he read the two conflicting reports of the incident.
Kettle of fish: a mess, an unpleasant incident
e.g. That was a pretty kettle of fish: your in-laws and your parents arguing at the party.
Meet someone halfway: compromise
e.g. He settled the agreement with her by meeting her halfway.
First and last: above all; under all circumstances
e.g. She was an accomplished pianist first and last.
Poop out: tire out
e.g. The marathon race pooped me out; I could hardly walk.
Make as if: pretend
e.g. You made as if you enjoyed the film, but you really didn’t.
Late in life: in old age
e.g. It was only late in life that he became a famous writer.
Bark up the wrong tree: make the wrong choice; accuse the wrong person.
e.g. If you think I took your money, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
Poke one’s nose into something: interfere with
e.g. I don’t like the way you poke your nose into my affairs.
Come what may: no matter what
e.g. Don’t worry! Come what may, I’ll be on your side.
Handwriting on the wall: a warning
e.g. If the Governor had seen the handwriting on the wall, he would not have adopted those unpopular proposals.
e.g. When he found out that you took his money, he went through the roof.
Fork out: pay
e.g. I like this computer, but I don’t want to fork out a lot of money.
Above all: most importantly
e.g. Above all, you must have a valid visa if you wish to continue to stay in the
. United States
A little bird told me: somehow I knew
e.g. “How did you know what I did?” “Well, a little bird told me.”