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    idioms

    what does shot gun approch
    on the same wave length
    run it up the flag pole
    time to punt
    you've barely scratched the surface
    shotgun approch
    get an over view
    bases are loaded and nobody's out
    4th and 10 situation
    it will never fly
    land on your feet

    What do these idioms mean?

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    what does shot gun approch
    Slang term for approaching a number of different solutions indiscriminately. (When you fire a shotgun, buckshot - small lead balls - tends to scatter in different directions.) If you send your CV to 50 different companies at the same time, instead of five carefully targeted companies, that's a "shotgun approach."

    on the same wave length
    Thinking the same thing or in the same way. "My sister was on the same wavelength as me - we both bought our mother a sweater for her birthday."

    run it up the flag pole
    Tentatively present an idea and see what kind of reaction it gets.

    time to punt
    More or less means to give up, quit; you only have one option left.

    you've barely scratched the surface
    You haven't really examined the thing/situation thoroughly.

    get an over view
    Get a broad or general understanding of a place, thing or situation. Reading the summary printed on the inside of the dust jacket will give you an overview of Stephen King's new novel.

    bases are loaded and nobody's out
    You are in a precarious situation, the other person has all the advantages.

    4th and 10 situation
    It's time to punt.
    You are in a precarious situation and have very few options open to you.

    it will never fly
    It won't work.
    "I'll just tell the judge that I didn't pay the ticket because I never got it, it must've blown off of my windshield."
    "That will never fly, I'm sure he's heard that excuse a million times already."


    land on your feet
    To handle a difficult task or situation successfully.
    "It was my first day on the job and they left me alone in the front office to answer all the phones. The boss thought I wouldn't be able to handle it, but I landed on my feet and now he's already talking about promoting me."

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