Killer: a very funny joke.
e.g. That last one was really a killer; everybody laughed.
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.”
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?
Kick back: relax and enjoy.
e.g I really want to kick back and enjoy the music.
Smoke eater: a fire fighter.
e.g. Do you really want to be a smoke eater -- a dangerous occupation?
Hard put to it: in difficulty.
e.g. During the Great Depression people were hard put to it to make both ends meet.
Boil over: become angry.
e.g. Get away from him: he's boiling over with rage.
All that jazz: all that sort of thing; etcetera.
e.g. He was telling everyone about his success in real estate investment and all that jazz. Well, we all heard that before.
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