Here you can find some information but not very much, however, I hope it will be useful:
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hi , can anybody give me two idioms which have the same meaning , but one is formal , another is informal , i need examples for my presentation . thanks everybody
thanks but it is not what i am finding
Anything that has to do with the expression from 9 to 5 is the working schedule. Standard schedule. And the expression Same old rat race= the same old thing, same hard work.
9 to 5 refers to the hours people normally work. The "rat race" refers to people going back and forth to work and competing with each other. Think of rats when they are escaping water. That's the image the phrase tries to evoke.
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'Let's get to the point' means 'Let's stop talking about non-essential things and talk about the main topic/problem.'
'Let's cut to the chase' means the same thing, but is less formal than the first example.
I believe 'cut to the chase' is a film-making reference. When a movie maker 'cuts to' something, s/he moves abruptly from one scene to another. In an old cowboy movie (or a modern action movie) the 'chase scene' is often considered the most exciting part of the film. So, 'Let's cut to the chase' means, 'Let's end the descriptive scenes of life on the ranch (or whatever) and go to the money-making chase scene.
I hope this is helpful,