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Idiom Category: General, Page 25
Write your own ticket
If you write your own ticket, you control the terms and conditions for something and have them exactly the way you want.
Written in stone
If something is written in stone, it is permanent and cannot be changed.
Wrong end of the stick
If someone has got the wrong end of the stick, they have misunderstood what someone has said to them.
The dangers for people in the military that civilians do not face, for which they receive payment, are known as the X factor.
X marks the spot
This is used to say where something is located or hidden.
Yah boo sucks
Yah boo & yah boo sucks can be used to show that you have no sympathy with someone.
Yank my chain
If some one says this to another person (i.e. stop yanking my chain) it means for the other person to leave the person who said it alone and to stop bothering them.
Yell bloody murder
(USA) If someone yells bloody murder, they protest angrily and loudly, or scream in fear.
If you have a yen to do something, you have a desire to do it.
You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family
Some things you can choose, but others you cannot, so you have to try to make the best of what you have where you have no choice.
You can say that again
If you want to agree strongly with what someone has said, you can say 'You can say that again' as a way of doing so.
You can't beat that with a stick
This is an extension of the phrase "you can't beat that", meaning that you are unlikely to find a better outcome or deal than the one in question.
You can't take it with you
Enjoy life, enjoy what you have and don't worry about not having a lot, especially money...because once you're dead, 'you can't take it with you.' For some, it means to use up all you have before you die because it's no use to you afterwards.
You could cut it with a knife
If the air is so thick you could cut it with a knife, it is humid or muggy. It could also mean that there's a lot of tension.
You reap what you sow
This means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things. It is normally used when someone has done something bad.
You said it!
Used to say you agree completely with something just said.
This is a very colloquial way of expressing surprise or disbelief at something you have heard. It can also be used to ask someone to say something again.
If something is your call, it is up to you to make a decision on the matter.
Your name is mud
If someone's name is mud, then they have a bad reputation.
Zigged before you zagged
If you did things in the wrong order, you zigged before you zagged.
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