some cliches~ please be patient, thanx

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1.drop in the bucket
2.dry behind the ears
3.fly off the handle
4.if and when
5.left holding the bag
6.lock, stock, and barrel
7.long arm of the law
8.look a gift horse in the mouth
9.skin of my teeth
10.tale of woe
 

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1.drop in the bucket = I say drop in the ocean, meaning making a very small difference.
2.dry behind the ears = I say wet behind the ears, meaning inexperienced.
3.fly off the handle = get very angry
4.if and when = It means that you think it will happen and have decided how you will respond.
5.left holding the bag =
6.lock, stock, and barrel = completely
7.long arm of the law = justice has great pwers that can dig people out
8.look a gift horse in the mouth = be ungrateful about the quality of something you are given
9.skin of my teeth = very nearly- I escaped by the skin of my teeth.
10.tale of woe = woe is misery, unhappiness
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tdol said:
1.drop in the bucket = I say drop in the ocean, meaning making a very small difference.
2.dry behind the ears = I say wet behind the ears, meaning inexperienced.
3.fly off the handle = get very angry
4.if and when = It means that you think it will happen and have decided how you will respond.
5.left holding the bag =
6.lock, stock, and barrel = completely
7.long arm of the law = justice has great pwers that can dig people out
8.look a gift horse in the mouth = be ungrateful about the quality of something you are given
9.skin of my teeth = very nearly- I escaped by the skin of my teeth.
10.tale of woe = woe is misery, unhappiness
;-)

5. be left holding the bag = to become responsible for something that someone else started

I think it's "be left holding the baby" in BE.
 

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Sorry,I missed that one- we do hold the baby in the UK.;-)
 

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  • "Left holding the baby"

I'm going to have to remember that one. Maybe I can popularize it here.

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It is a good one.;-)
 

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In the American version, what's the bag?;-)
 
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In the American version, what's the bag?;-)

What's in the bag? We can imagine all sorts of things, can't we?
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Buy a pig in a poke?? ;-)
 

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Maybe a pig is in the bag. It is a big bag.

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really funny!
thank you guys~
and what does "Buy a pig in a poke" mean?
and one more: doomed to failure?
 

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A poke is an old term meaning a bag. If you buy a pig in a bag, you don't know what you are getting. It means check before buying.;-)
 

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tdol said:
A poke is an old term meaning a bag. If you buy a pig in a bag, you don't know what you are getting. It means check before buying.;-)

In the old days, it was usually a cat or a skunk. +|;-)
 

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I'd prefer a cat. ;-)
 

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whisper said:
really funny!
thank you guys~
and what does "Buy a pig in a poke" mean?
and one more: doomed to failure?

If you are doomed to failure that means there is no hope. You are bound to fail.

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