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On a roll
If you're on a roll, you're moving from success to success.
On a shoogly peg
(Scot) Something, like a person's job, that's on a shoogly peg is insecure.
On a silver platter
If you hand or give something on a silver platter to someone, you let them have it too easily.
On board
If someone is on board, they support or are working for or with a company, person, etc.
On fire
If you're on fire, you're doing really well at something.
On good terms
If people are on good terms, they have a good relationship.
On hold
If something is on hold, no action is being taken.
On tenterhooks
This means that she is waiting impatiently and excitedly for something.
On The Anvil
If something is on the anvil, it is being discussed or prepared but is not yet ready.
On the blink
(UK) Is a machine is on the blink, it isn't working properly or is out of order.
On the blower
(UK) If someone is on the blower, they are on the phone.
On the cheap
If you do something on the cheap, you spend as little as possible to do it.
On the chopping block
A person who's on the chopping block is in danger of losing their job or getting into serious trouble.  A project that's on the chopping block is likely to be terminated.
On the dole
(UK) Someone receiving financial assistance when unemployed is on the dole.
On the dot
If someone says that they're leaving at seven on the dot, don't be late; they mean at exactly seven o'clock.
On the fiddle
(UK) Someone who is stealing money from work is on the fiddle, especially if they are doing it by fraud.
On the flip side
On the reverse or the other side
On the fly
If you do things on the fly, you do things without preparation, responding to events as they happen.
On the ground
Events on the ground are where things are actually happening, not at a distance.
On the hook
If someone is on the hook, they are responsible for something.
On the knocker
(UK) If someone is on the knocker, they are going from house to house trying to buy or sell things or get support.
On the knocker
(AU) If you do something on the knocker, you do  it immediately or promptly.
On the level
If someone is honest and trustworthy, they are on the level.
On the make
If someone is on the make, they are trying to make a lot of money, usually illegally.
On the map
If a place becomes widely known, it is put on the map. A place that remains unknown is off the map.
On the off-chance
If you do something on the off-chance, you do it in case it works, even though the chance of success may be small.
On the same page
If people are on the same page, they have the same information and are thinking the same way.
On the shelf
If something like a project is on the shelf, nothing is being done about it at the moment.
On the skids
When things or people are on the skids, they are in serious decline and trouble.
On the sly
If someone does something on the sly, they do it furtively or secretly.
On the take
(UK) Someone who is stealing from work is on the take.
On the trot
(UK) This idiom means 'consecutively'; I'd saw them three days on the trot, which means that I saw them on three consecutive days.
On the up and up
If you are on the up and up, you are making very good progress in life and doing well.
On the up and up
To say that something or someone is on the up and up means that the thing or person is legitimate, honest, respectable.
On the uptake
If someone is quick on the uptake, they understand something quickly, but if they're slow on the uptake, it takes them a long time to get it.
On top of the world
If you are on top of the world, everything is going well for you.
On your soapbox
If someone is up on their soapbox about something, they are very overtly and verbally passionate about the topic.
On your tod
If you are on your tod, you are alone.
One good turn deserves another
This means that when people do something good, something good will happen to them.
One nail drives out another
A new pain or problem will stop you worrying or feeling bad about something else.
Open book
If a person is an open book, it is easy to know what they think or how they feel about things.
Open old sores
When a sore is almost healed, and if a person rips or tears it open, it is way of preventing the healing process and further aggravating the pain. This phrase, metaphorically suggests, to revive or reopen a quarrel or enmity which was almost forgotten.
Open secret
An open secret is something that is supposed to be secret but is common knowledge.
Open the floodgates
If you open the floodgates, you make something possible to happen that had been difficult, illegal or impossible.
Open-and-shut
A question or issue that is open-and-shut is easily proved or settled.
Out and about
If someone is out and about, they have left their home and are getting things done that they need to do.
Out in the sticks
(UK) If someone lives out in the sticks, they live out in the country, a long way from any metropolitan area.
Out like a light
If you are out like a light, you fall fast asleep.
Out of my league
If someone or something is out of your league, you aren't good enough or rich enough, etc, for it or them.
Out of sight, out of mind
Out of sight, out of mind is used to suggest that someone will not think or worry about something if it isn't directly visible or available to them.

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