Learn Some Slang Expressions
Have not the faintest: have no idea at all.
e.g. I had not the faintest what he was talking about.
Darned sight more: a lot more.
e.g. "Do you think he should put more effort on this?" "A darned sight more!"
Have it in for someone: bear someone a grudge; be determined to punish someone.
e.g. All these years he has it in for you: you married his sweetheart.
Put one's shirt on: wager everything.
e.g. We have to put our shirt on this project; we've no other option.
e.g. I was pooped after working for nine hours in the yard.
Hard put to it: in a very difficult situation.
e.g. I understand that when you are out of employment for so long, you are really very hard put to it.
Have a load on: be very drunk.
e.g. Your husband seemed to have a load on when he came home from work yesterday.
Alive and kicking: in good health.
"How is she doing?" "Very much alive and kicking."
e.g. Do I have your say-so to launch the project?
See with half an eye: see easily.
e.g. The mistake is so obvious: you can see it with half an eye.
All at sea: confused.
e.g. "What do you think of the proposal?" "I'm all at sea; I'm completely clueless."
Jump on: blame or criticize strongly.
e.g. You jumped on him every time he opened his mouth.
Gift of the gab: ability to give effective speeches.
e.g. The new Mayor has the gift of the gab: people like listening to him.
Keep one's head above water: stay out of debt or a difficult situation.
e.g. In this economic environment, it is not easy to keep your head above water.
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