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  1. whisper
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    some cliches~ please be patient, thanx

    1.drop in the bucket
    2.dry behind the ears
    3.fly off the handle
    4.if and when
    5.left holding the bag
    6.lock, stock, and barrel
    7.long arm of the law
    8.look a gift horse in the mouth
    9.skin of my teeth
    10.tale of woe

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    1.drop in the bucket = I say drop in the ocean, meaning making a very small difference.
    2.dry behind the ears = I say wet behind the ears, meaning inexperienced.
    3.fly off the handle = get very angry
    4.if and when = It means that you think it will happen and have decided how you will respond.
    5.left holding the bag =
    6.lock, stock, and barrel = completely
    7.long arm of the law = justice has great pwers that can dig people out
    8.look a gift horse in the mouth = be ungrateful about the quality of something you are given
    9.skin of my teeth = very nearly- I escaped by the skin of my teeth.
    10.tale of woe = woe is misery, unhappiness

  2. Susie Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1.drop in the bucket = I say drop in the ocean, meaning making a very small difference.
    2.dry behind the ears = I say wet behind the ears, meaning inexperienced.
    3.fly off the handle = get very angry
    4.if and when = It means that you think it will happen and have decided how you will respond.
    5.left holding the bag =
    6.lock, stock, and barrel = completely
    7.long arm of the law = justice has great pwers that can dig people out
    8.look a gift horse in the mouth = be ungrateful about the quality of something you are given
    9.skin of my teeth = very nearly- I escaped by the skin of my teeth.
    10.tale of woe = woe is misery, unhappiness
    5. be left holding the bag = to become responsible for something that someone else started

    I think it's "be left holding the baby" in BE.

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    #4
    Sorry,I missed that one- we do hold the baby in the UK.

  3. Susie Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Sorry,I missed that one- we do hold the baby in the UK.
    You could be left holding worse things.
    :wink: :D

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    • "Left holding the baby"


    I'm going to have to remember that one. Maybe I can popularize it here.

    :wink:

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    #7
    It is a good one.

  5. Susie Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It is a good one.
    I like it a lot more than the American version.

    :D

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    #9
    In the American version, what's the bag?

  6. Susie Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In the American version, what's the bag?
    What's in the bag? We can imagine all sorts of things, can't we?
    :wink:

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