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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.
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.
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.
If you sweet-talk someone, you use persuasion and charm to get what you want.
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.
Take it up a notch
If you take it up a notch, you increase the effort or intensity exerted in a situation
Take one for the team
To sacrifice oneself in some way for the good of the group.
Take sand to the beach
Doing something that is completely pointless or unnecessary is like taking sand to the beach.
Take someone down a peg
If someone is taken down a peg (or taken down a peg or two), they lose status in the eyes of others because of something they have done wrong or badly.
Take someone for a ride
If you are taken for a ride, you are deceived by someone.
Take someone to task
If you take someone to task, you scold them for something they have done wrong.
Take stock
To assess a situation, to conduct a personal inventory of ones beliefs and values, etc.
Take the edge off
To reduce the effect of something, usually something unpleasant.
Take the fall
If you tall the fall, you accept the blame and possibly the punishment for another's wrongdoing, with the implication that the true culprit, for political or other reasons, cannot be exposed as guilty (accompanied by a public suspicion that a reward of some sort may follow).
Take the heat
If you take the heat, you take the criticism or blame for something you didn't do, normally to protect the guilty person.
Take the plunge
If you take the plunge, you decide to do something or commit yourself even though you know there is an element of risk involved.
Take the rough with the smooth
People say that you have to take the rough with the smooth, meaning that you have to be prepared to accept the disadvantages as well of the advantages of something.

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