General Idioms (Page 14)

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Let the best be the enemy of the good
If the desire for an unattainable perfection stops someone from choosing good possibilities, they let the best be the enemy of the good.
Let the cat out of the bag
If you reveal a secret, you let the cat out of the bag.
Let the genie out of the bottle
If people let the genie out of the bottle, they let something bad happen that cannot be put right or controlled.
Let your guard down
If you let your guard down, you relax and stop looking out for danger.
Level best
If you do your level best, you make every possible efforrt to do something as well as you can.
Lie low
If someone lies low, they try not to be found or caught.
Lie through your teeth
Someone who is always lying, regardless of what people know, lies through their teeth.
Life left in something
If there is life left in something, it is still useful, is not worn out, or benefit can still be derived from it.
Lightning rod
Someone or something that attracts a lot of negative comment, often diverting attention from other problems, is a lightning rod.
Like it or lump it
When people say this, they mean that the person will have to accept the situation because it isn't going to change.
Like no one's business
If I say my children are growing like no one's business, it means they're growing very quickly. See also 'Like the clappers' and 'Like there's no tomorrow'.
Like the clappers
If something is going like the clappers, it is going very fast.
Like wildfire
If something happens or spreads like wildfire, it happens very quickly and intensely.
Lines of communication
Lines of communication are the routes used to communicate by people or groups who are in conflict; a government might open lines of communication with terrorists if it wished to negotiate with them.
Little ol' me
Little ol' me is a way of referring to yourself that is meant to be modest or self-deprecatory, though often fake.
Live and let live
If you live and let live, you accept other people as they are, although they may have a different way of life.
Live wire
A person who is very active, both mentally and physically, is a live wire.
Lo and behold
This phrase is used to express surprise.
Lock, stock and barrel
This is an expressions that means 'everything'; if someone buys a company lock, stock and barrel, they buy absolutely everything to do with the company.
Look after number 1
You are number one, so this idiom means that you should think about yourself first, rather than worrying about other people.
Look before you leap
This idiom means that you should think carefully about the possible results or consequences before doing something.
Look on the bright side
If you look on the bright side, you try to see things in an optimistic way, especially when something has gone wrong.
Looks like we're the last dogs hung
When you are the last people left in the hall after an event. You look around and say..."looks like we're the last dogs hung."
Loose end
A loose end is an unresolved problem or unifinished business.
Lose the plot
If someone loses the plot, they have stopped being rational about something.
Lose your bottle
(UK) If someone loses their bottle, they lose the courage to do something.
Lose your marbles
If someone has lost their marbles, they've gone mad.
Lose your rag
Is someone loses their rag, they are very angry about something.
Love is blind
If you love someone, it doesn't matter what they look like. You will also overlook faults.
Love you and leave you
Love you and leave you is used to say that you must leave, although you would like to stay longer.
Lower the bar
If people change the standards required to make things easier, they lower the bar.
Mad as a bag of hammers
Someone who is as mad as a bag of hammers is crazy or stupid. ('Daft as a bag of hammers' is also used.)
Make a hames of something
(Irish) If you make a hames of something, you mess it up. 
Make a pitch
If you make a pitch for something, you make a bid, offer or other attempt to get it.
Make a request
If you request something, or make a request, you are asking for something you want or need.
Make a song and dance
(UK) If someone makes a song and dance, they make an unecessary fuss about something unimportant.
Make a virtue out of necessity
If you make a virtue out of necessity, you make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.
Make an enquiry
If you make an enquiry, you ask for general information about something.
Make headway
If you make headway, you make progress.
Make it snappy
To do something quickly: Make it snappy, will you, because I need help right now.
Make or break
A make or break decision, stage, etc, is a crucial one that will determine the success or failure of the whole venture.
Make the grade
Someone or something that makes the grade reaches the standard expected or required.
Make tracks
To leave a place to go somewhere. Referring to the tracks one would make in the snow or mud in the course of a journey.
Make yourself scarce
If someone makes themselves scarce, they go away from a place, especially to avoid trouble or so that they can't be found.
Many happy returns
This expression is used to wish someone a happy birthday.
Mark my words
Mark my words is an expression used to lend an air of seriousness to what the speaker is about to say when talking about the future. You often hear drunks say it before they deliver some particularly spurious nonsense.
Mark someone's card
If you mark someone's card, you correct them in a forceful and prompt manner when they say something wrong.
Meet someone halfway
If you meet someone halfway, you accept some of their ideas and make concessions.
Meet your expectations
If something doesn't meet your expectations, it means that it wasn't as good as you had thought it was going to be; a disappointment.
Meet your match
If you meet your match, you meet a person who is at least as good if not better than you are at something.

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