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‘put your feet up’ and ‘let your hair down’

To put your feet up and to let your hair down both means to relax. Example: I like nothing better than putting my feet up after a hard day’s work, with a drink and a book. Don’t worry about tomorrow. It’s time to let your hair down and enjoy the evening.

Having a yellow streak

Having a yellow streak is being cowardly. Example: 1. I went rock climbing, but my friend backed off. He has a mile-wide yellow streak running down his back. **NOTE** ‘mile-wide’ simply means long. It’s just the way we use it in conversational English. A ‘streak’ is basically a long, thin mark that is different in … Continue reading

‘come to terms with’ or ‘make peace with’?

To come to terms with someone means to agree on some matter, to come to terms with something means to accept an undesired state of things. To make peace with someone is to let go of old grievances, to make peace with something is to accept an unpleasant reality and let it go. Compare: I … Continue reading

‘riding it out’ or ‘sailing through’?

What’s the difference between riding it out and sailing through? Compare: 1. I lost my job and don’t have much money saved. I’ve to ride it out until I get a new job. 2. She sailed through the entrance test and the interview and is now awaiting her appointment letter. So┬áride it out (1) means … Continue reading

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