Eat like a horse: eat a lot
e.g. They won’t invite you to dinner next time; just now you ate like a horse.
Don’t hold your breath: it might take longer than you think
e.g. At last the law might be passed at the Congress, but don’t hold your breath.
Ins and outs of something: details to do something right
e.g. Take your time; you need to know the ins and outs of this procedure in order to do it right.
Has had its day: no longer popular
e.g. This bulky lawn mower has had its day. We need to get a new one.
Run in the family: a characteristic in all members of a family
e.g. Longevity runs in the family: they all live to a ripe old age.
You bet: yes, of course
e.g. “Are you hungry?” “You bet!”
Easy does it: go carefully and slowly
e.g. This TV set is heavy, so easy does it.
e.g. Don’t worry! I’ll get you to the airport in nothing flat.
All at sea: confused
e.g. The lawyer was all at sea when he read the two conflicting reports of the incident.
Alive and kicking: living and healthy; okay
e.g. I had been sick for some time, but now I am alive and kicking.”
e.g. “How are you?” “Well, alive and kicking.”
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