Dead from the neck upwards: stupid.
e.g. Don’t follow his example; he’s dead from the neck upwards.
In for it: likely to have trouble.
e.g. If you don't listen to my advice, you're in for it.
Easy on the eye: good looking.
e.g. I say, your girlfriend is easy on the eye.
Killer: a very funny joke.
e.g. That last one was really a killer; everybody laughed.
Kick back: relax and enjoy.
e.g I really want to kick back and enjoy the music.
Act your age: behave yourself according to your age..
e.g. You’re almost an adult. Come on, act your age, and stop behaving like a spoiled brat!
In a jiffy: soon.
e.g. The manager will see you in a jiffy.
Next to nothing: hardly anything.
e.g. “Did she leave you anything at all?” “Well, next to nothing.”
e.g. Have a go at doing this on your own.
Easy mark: a likely victim.
e.g. If you are so unsuspecting, you may become an easy mark for swindlers.
Bazillion: a great number of.
e.g. The national debt is now in bazillion dollars, and the Congress needs to do something about that.
No way: not at all.
e.g. “Are you going to give him a hand?” “No way; he’ll be on his own.”
Beat: broke, no money.
e.g. Without a job, we are beat, no copper and no bread.
Chip on one’s shoulder: a grudge against.
e.g. She still has a chip on her shoulder: your infidelity some years ago.
Ace someone out: win out over someone.
e.g. I plan to ace him out in the first round of the competition.
Head above water: out of debt.
e.g. Nowadays, it is not easy to keep your head above water.
e.g. Can I borrow a little mean-green from you?
Ask me another: I don't know.
e.g. "Does your daughter want a baby?" "Ask me another!"
No two ways about it: no other alternative.
e.g. The man had to file for bankruptcy; no two ways about it.
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