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Short end of the stick
If someone gets the short end of the stick, they are unfairly treated or don't get what they deserve.
A shrinking violet is a shy person who doesn't express their views and opinions.
Sow the seeds
When people sow the seeds, they start something that will have a much greater impact in the future.
Take a straw poll
If you take a straw poll, you sound a number of people out to see their opinions on an issue or topic.
If something like an idea or system takes root, it becomes established, accepted or believed.
The grass is always greener
This idiom means that what other people have or do looks preferable to our life. The complete phrase is 'The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence'.
The grass is greener on the other side of the fence
This means that people think they would be happier if their lives were different.('The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence' is a common version of the idiom.)
The short straw
If you take the short straw, you lose a selection process, which means that you have to do something unpleasant.
Thorn in your side
A thorn in your side is someone or something that causes trouble or makes life difficult for you.
This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Knock on wood' is also used.)
If people or organisations are fighting for control of something, it is a turf war.
Turn a new leaf
If someone turns a new leaf, they change their behaviour and stop doing wrong or bad things.
Turn up one's toes to the daisies
If someone has turned up their toes to the daisies, it means that the person died.
Ugly as a stick
(USA) If someone is as ugly as a stick, they are very ugly indeed.
Up a gum tree
(AU) If you're up a gum tree, you're in trouble or a big mess.
(UK) A woman politician given an unimportant government position so that the government can pretend it takes women seriously is a wallflower.
Watch grass grow
If something is like watching grass grow, it is really boring.
Wither on the vine
If something withers on the vine, it fails to get the intended result, doesn't come to fruition.
Wood for the trees
(UK) If someone can't see the wood for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.
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