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Throw someone a line
If someone throws you a line, they give you help when you are in serious difficulties.
Throw someone in at the deep end
If you are thrown in at the deep end, you have to deal with serious issues the moment you start something like a job, instead of having time to acquire experience.
Throw the book at someone
If you throw the book at someone, you punish them as severely as possible.
Throw your toys out of the pram
To make an angry protest against a relatively minor problem, in the process embarrassing the protester. The analogy is with a baby who throws toys out of the pram in order to get their parent to pay attention to them. The implication in the idiom is that the protester is acting like a baby.
Throw your weight around
If someone throws their weight around, they use their authority or force of personality to get what they want in the face of opposition.
Tick all the right boxes
To meet or fit the criteria or expectations. For example, "This product ticked all the right boxes for me", or "That applicant's interview didn't go so well; it didn't tick any of my boxes".
Tickle your fancy
If something tickles your fancy, it appeals to you and you want to try it or have it.
Tie the knot
When people tie the knot, they get married.
Tight rein
If things or people are kept on a tight rein, they are given very little freedom or controlled carefully.
Till the pips squeak
If someone will do something till the pips squeak, they will do it to the limit, even though it will make other people suffer.
Tilt at windmills
A person who tilts at windmills, tries to do things that will never work in practice.
Tipping point
Small changes may have little effect until they build up to critical mass, then the next small change may suddenly change everything. this is the tipping point.
Tit for tat
If someone responds to an insult by being rude back, it's tit for tat- repaying something negative the same way.
To a fault
If something does something to a fault, they do it excessively. So someone who is generous to a fault is too generous.
To a T
If something is done to a T, it is done perfectly.
To all intents and purposes
This means in all the most important ways.
To little avail
If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.
Too many irons in the fire
This means juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail; when a smith had too many irons in his fire, he couldn't effectively keep track of all of them.
Top notch
If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard.
Toss-up
A result that is still unclear and can go either way is a toss-up.
Touch and go
If something is touch and go, the result is uncertain and could be good or bad.
Touch base
If you touch base with someone, you contact them.
Touch-and-go
If something is touch-and-go, it is very uncertain; if someone is ill and may well die, then it is touch-and-go.
Tough luck
Tough luck is bad luck.
Tough row to hoe
(USA) A tough row to hoe is a situation that is difficult to handle. ('A hard row to hoe' is an alternative form.)
Trade barbs
If people trade barbs, they insult or attack each other.
Tread water
If someone is treading water, they are making no progress.
Tried and tested
If a method has been tried and tested, it is known to work or be effective because it has been successfully used long enough to be trusted.
Trump card
A trump card is a resource or strategy that is held back for use at a crucial time when it will beat rivals or opponents.
Truth will out
Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them.
Turn someone's crank
If you turn someone's crank, you  excite or interest them.
Turn the corner
To get over a bad run. When a loss making venture ceases to make losses, it has "turned the corner".
Turn the crack
(Scot) If you turn the crack, you change the subject of a conversation.
Turn the tables
If circumstances change completely, giving an advantage to those who seemed to be losing, the tables are turned.
Turn-up for the books
A turn-up for the books is an unexpected or surprising event.
Twenty-four seven
Twenty-four seven or 24/7 means all the time, coming from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
U-turn
If a government changes its position radically on an issue, especially when they have promised not to do so, this is a U-turn.
Uncalled for
If someone does something bad and unnecessary without consideration for anothers feelings, what they do is uncalled for.
Under a flag of convenience
If a ship sails under a flag of convenience, it is registered in a country where taxes, etc, are lower than in the country it comes from, so if someone does something under a flag of convenience, they attempt to avoid regulations and taxes by a similar means.
Under fire
If someone is being attacked and cricitised heavily, they are under fire.
Under the radar
If something slips under the radar, it isn't detected or noticed.
Under the wire
(USA) If a person does something under the wire, they do it at the last possible moment.
Under your breath
If you say something under your breath, you whisper or say it very quietly.
Unwavering loyalty
Unwavering loyalty does not question or doubt the person or issue and supports them completely.
Up for grabs
If something is up for grabs, it is available and whoever is first or is successful will get it.
Up in the air
If a matter is up in the air, no decision has been made and there is uncertainty about it.
Up stakes
If you up stakes, you get ready to leave a place.
Up sticks
(UK) If you up sticks, you leave somewhere, usually permanently and without warning- he upped sticks and went to work abroad.
Up the ante
If you up the ante, you increase the importance or value of something, especially where there's an element of risk as the term comes from gambling, where it means to increase the stake (the amount of money bet).
Up the creek
If someone or something is up the creek, they are in real trouble. 'Up the creek without a paddle' is an alternative, and 'up shit creek (without a paddle)' is a ruder form.

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