Back number: a person with outdated ideas or information.
e.g. If I were you, I wouldn’t take any advice from someone who is a back number
Swell-head: a conceited person.
e.g. Look at his ego, and he’s such a swell-head.
Hard and fast: unalterable.
e.g. He held hard and fast to his decision to retire.
Bean time: dinnertime.
e.g. Come on, guys, wash your hands; it’s bean time.
e.g. What do you take me for? A fool half-baked!
Hard hit: financially ruined
e.g. Our business was hard hit by the recession.
Caught short: caught at a disadvantage.
e.g. The market plunged, and we were caught short just as thought we were on the road to recovery.
Apple-pie order: very orderly; perfect condition.
e.g. When we returned home, we were surprised to find that everything was still in apple-pie order.
Also-ran: someone not likely to win.
e.g. In this presidential election, he was just an also-ran. In less than two months, he called it quit.
Turn in: go to bed.
e.g. Come on, guys, it’s time to turn in.
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