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Spit nails
If someone is spitting nails, they are speaking or behaving in an extremely angry way.('Spit tacks' is also used.)
Spitting image
If a person is the spitting image of somebody, they look exactly alike.('Spit and image' is also used and some suggest it is a hasty pronunciation of "spirit & image", to suggest that someone completely resembles someone else. Example: He's the spirit & image of his grandfather.) 
Spoilt for choice
When you have too many possibilities, and all of them good, you are spoilt for choice.
Spot on
If something is spot on, it is exactly right.
Spread the word
If you spread the word about something, you let as many people know about it as you can.
Spread the word
If you spreqad the word, you tell people or the public about something.
Spread yourself too thin
If you spread youself too thin, you overextend yourself and take on too many things to deal with them properly.
Spring to mind
If something springs to mind, it appears suddenly and unexpectedly in your thoughts.
Square peg in a round hole
If somebody's in a situation, organisation, etc, where they don't fit in and feel out of place, they are a square peg in a round hole.
Square the circle
When someone is squaring the circle, they are trying to do something impossible.
Squared away
Being prepared or ready for business or tasks at hand. Having the proper knowledge, skill and equipment to handle your assignment or station. 'He is a great addition to the squad; he is squared away.'
Squared away
Organized and in order -- from the set of the sails on a square-rigged ship. If she was squared away, she was trimmmed to the wind and sailing well.
Squeaky clean
If something is squeaky clean, it is very clean indeed- spotless. If a person is squeaky clean, they have no criminal record and are not suspected of illegal or immoral activities.
Stake a claim
If you stake a claim to something, you announce that it belongs to you.
Stand in good stead
If something will stand you in good stead, it will probably be advantageous in the future.
Stand tall
If you stand tall, you are brave, proud or confident.
Start from scratch
When you start something from scratch, you start at the very beginning.
State of the art
If something is state of the art, it is the most up-to-date model incorporating the latest and best technology.
Status quo
Someone who wants to preserve the status quo wants a particular situation to remain unchanged.
Steal the show
If you steal the show, you act or do so well in a performance that you get most of the attention.
Steer clear of
If you steer clear of something, you avoid it.
Step on it
This idiom is a way of telling someone to hurry up or to go faster.
Step up to the plate
If someone steps up to the plate, they take on or accept a challenge or a responsibility.
Stick-in-the-mud
A stick-in-the-mud is someone who doesn't like change and wants things to stay the same.
Sticking point
A sticking point is a controversial issue that blocks progress in negotiations, etc, where compromise is unlikely or impossible.
Stiff as a poker
Something or someone that is stiff as a poker is inflexible. ('Stiff as a board' is also used.)
Stir the pot
To stir the pot is  to agitate a situation to cause a reaction or trouble.
Stone the crows
(AU) Stone the crows is used to convey shock or surprise similarly to "Oh my God". "Stone the flamin' crows" is a more emphatic form of the expression.
Stone's throw
If a place is a stone's throw from where you are, it is a very short distance away.
Stop cold
To stop suddenly out of surprise.
Stop the music
'Stop the music' is a way of telling people to stop everything that they're doing as something important has happened or become known.
Straight and narrow
The straight and narrow is the correct, conventional and law-abiding path.('Strait and narrow' was the original form and is still used, but is less common.)
Straw poll
A straw poll is a small unofficial survey or ballot to find out what people think about an issue.
Streets ahead
If people are streets ahead of their rivals, they are a long way in front.
Strike while the iron is hot
If you strike while the iron is hot you do something when things are going well for you and you have a good chance to succeed.
Stroke of luck
When something fortunate happens unexpectedly, it is a stroke of luck.
Sure-fire
If something is sure-fire, it is certain to succeed. ('Surefire' is also used.)
Sweep things under the carpet
If people try to ignore unpleasant things and forget about them, they sweep them under the carpet.
Sweet-talk
If you sweet-talk someone, you use persuasion and charm to get what you want.
Swimmingly
If things are going swimmingly, they are going very well.
Swing into action
When you swing into action, you are quickly beginning to act or operate something.
Swing the lead
(UK) If you swing the lead, you pretend to be ill or do not do your share of the work.
Swings and roundabouts
If something's swings and roundabouts, it has about as many disadvantages as it has advantages.
Take a back seat
If you take a back seat to something or someone, you are surbordinate.
Take a hike
This is a way of telling someone to get out.
Take a leaf out of someone's book
If you take a leaf out of someone's book, you copy something they do because it will help you.
Take a shine to
If you take a shine to something or someone, you like it or them instantly.
Take aback
If you are taken aback, it means that you're surprised or shocked by something.
Take for granted
If you take something for granted, you don't worry or think about it because you assume you will always have it.  If you take someone for granted, you don't show your appreciation to them.
Take it in your stride
If you take something in your stride, you deal with it even though it is difficult or unpleasant without letting it bother or upset you.

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