Your “prayers not answered” means your “expectations not fulfilled.” The TAO wisdom explains why: your attachments to careers, money, relationships, and success “make” but also “break” you by creating your flawed ego-self that demands your “expectations to be fulfilled.”

Sunday, April 26, 2020

American Idioms

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.

In nothing flat: in exactly no time at all
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.”

Stephen Lau
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