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Body and bodily functions
Someone who is stone deaf is completely deaf.
If someone keeps a straight face, they remain serious and do not show emotion or amusement.
Straight from the shoulder
If someone talks straight from the shoulder, they talk honestly and plainly.
Strain every nerve
If you strain every nerve, you make a great effort to achieve something.
Stuffed to the gills
If someone is stuffed to the gills, they have eaten a lot and are very full.
Suck hind teat
A person who sucks hind teat is at a disadvantage or considered worse or less important that others.
If you sweat blood, you make an extraordinary effort to achieve something.
Sweep off your feet
If you are swept off your feet, you lose control emotionally when you fall in love or are really impressed.
If you have a sweet tooth, you like eating food with sugar in it.
Take a nosedive
When things take a nosedive, they decline very quickly and head towards disaster.
Take by the scruff of the neck
If you take something by the scruff on the neck, you take complete control of it.
If something takes guts, it requires courage in the face of danger or great risk. It takes guts for firemen to enter a burning building to save someone.
Take it on the chin
If you take something on the chin, something bad happens to you and you take it directly without fuss.
Take someone under your wing
If you take someone under your wing, you look after them while they are learning something.
Talk a glass eye to sleep
Someone who could talk a glass eye to sleep is very boring and repetitive.
Talk out of the back of your head
If someone is talking out of the back of their head, they are talking rubbish.
If someone has tasted blood, they have achieved something and are encouraged to think that victory is within their grasp.
Tear your hair out
If someone is tearing their hair out, they are extremely worried or agitated about something.
Tears before bedtime
(UK) This idiom is used when something seems certain to go wrong or cause trouble.
(UK) The problems that a project has when it is starting are the teething problems.
If a person is thick-skinned, they are not affected by criticism.
If somebody is thin-skinned, they are very sensitive to any sort of criticism.
Through gritted teeth
If you do something through gritted teeth, you accept or agree with it against your will and it is obvious to others how you really feel.
Throw someone a bone
If you throw someone a bone, you give them a small reward or some kind words to make them feel good even if they've not really contributed much.
Thumb your nose at
If you thumb your nose at something, you reject it or scorn it.
Thumbs down & thumbs up
If something gets the thumbs up, it gets approval, while the thumbs down means disapproval.
Tongue in cheek
If something is tongue in cheek, it isn't serious or meant to be taken seriously.
If you give someone a tongue-lashing, you scold them.
If someone is tongue-tied, they are speechless or cannot say what they want, often through shyness or embarrassment.
Tread on someone's toes
If you tread on someone's toes, you upset them, especially if you do something that they should be in charge of.
Tug at the heartstrings
f something tugs at the heartstrings, it makes you feel sad or sympathetic towards it.
Turn a blind eye
When people turn a blind eye, they deliberately ignore something, especially if people are doing something wrong.
Turn a deaf ear
If someone turns a deaf ear to you, they don't listen to you.
Turn something on its head
If you turn something on its head, you turn it upside down or reverse it.
Turn the other cheek
If you turn the other cheek, you are humble and do not retaliate or get outwardly angry when someone offends or hurts you, in fact, you give them the opportunity to re-offend instead and compound their unpleasantness.
Turn your nose up
If someone turns their nose up at something, they reject it or look odwn on it because they don't think it is good enough for them.
Twinkling of an eye
If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.
Twist someone's arm
If you twist someone's arm, you put pressure on them to try to make them do what you want them to do.
Two left feet
A person with two left feet can't dance.
Under your nose
If something happens right in front of you, especially if it is surprising or audacious, it happens under your nose.
Under your skin
If someone gets under your skin, they really annoy you.
Under your thumb
Someone who is manipulated or controlled by another person is under his or her thumb.
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown
This means that people with serious responsibilities have a heavy burden.
Up to the eyes
You you are up to your eyes in something, you are deeply involved or to have too much of something like work. ('Up the neck', 'up to the eyeballs' and 'up to the ears' are also used.)
Up to the neck
If someone's in something up to the neck, they are very involved in it, especially when it's something wrong.
Up to your eyes
When you've got too much work to do, you're up to your eyes in it.
Up to your neck
If someone is very involved in something, they are up to their neck in it, especially if it is something bad or immoral.
If you have the upper hand, you have the advantage.
Vent your spleen
If someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something.
A mean spirited women lacking in love or compassion.
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