General Idioms (Page 21)

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Slim chance
A slim chance is a very small chance.
Sling your hook
This is used as a way of telling someone to leave or go away.
Slip through the cracks
(UK) If something slips through the cracks, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.
Slip through the net
If something slips through the net, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.
Slippery customer
A person from whom it is difficult to get anything definite or fixed is a slippery customer.
Slow and steady wins the race
This expression means that consistency, although progress may be slow, will eventually be more beneficial than being hasty or careless just to get something done.
Slow but sure
If something or someone is slow but sure, they may take their time to do something, but they are reliable.
Slow off the mark
If people are slow off the mark, they are slow to respond or act in a situation.
Smart as a whip
A person who is smart as a whip is very clever.
Smoke and mirrors
An attempt to conceal something is smoke and mirrors.
Smokestack industry
Heavy industries like iron and steel production, especially if they produce a lot of pollution, are smokestack industries.
So it goes
This idiom is used to be fatalistic and accepting when something goes wrong.
So on and so forth
And so on and so forth mean the same as etcetera (etc.).
So what
Impolite reply showing that the speaker is not impressed by what has been said. ex: So what? Why should I care?
Soft soap someone
If you soft soap someone, you flatter them.
Sore loser
A sore loser is a person who does not take loss or failure well, especially if they complain about it or try to dispute it.
Sound as a bell
If something or someone is as sound as a bell, they are very healthy or in very good condition.
Spanner in the works
(UK) If someone puts or throws a spanner in the works, they ruin a plan. In American English, 'wrench' is used instead of 'spanner'.
Speak volumes
If something speaks volumes, it tells us a lot about the real nature of something or someone,even though it may only be a small detail.
Speak your mind
If you speak your mind, you say what you exactly think about a subject regardless of whether others will agree with you or not.
Spick and span
If a room is spick and span, it is very clean and tidy.
Spin a yarn
If someone spins a yarn, they tell a story, usually a long or fanciful one.
Spinning a line
When someone spins you a line, they are trying to deceive you by lying.
Spinning a yarn
When someone spins you a yarn, they are trying to deceive you by lying.
Spit nails
If someone is spitting nails, they are speaking or behaving in an extremely angry way.('Spit tacks' is also used.)
Spitting image
If a person is the spitting image of somebody, they look exactly alike.('Spit and image' is also used and some suggest it is a hasty pronunciation of "spirit & image", to suggest that someone completely resembles someone else. Example: He's the spirit & image of his grandfather.) 
Spoilt for choice
When you have too many possibilities, and all of them good, you are spoilt for choice.
Spot on
If something is spot on, it is exactly right.
Spread the word
If you spread the word about something, you let as many people know about it as you can.
Spread the word
If you spreqad the word, you tell people or the public about something.
Spread yourself too thin
If you spread youself too thin, you overextend yourself and take on too many things to deal with them properly.
Spring to mind
If something springs to mind, it appears suddenly and unexpectedly in your thoughts.
Square peg in a round hole
If somebody's in a situation, organisation, etc, where they don't fit in and feel out of place, they are a square peg in a round hole.
Square the circle
When someone is squaring the circle, they are trying to do something impossible.
Squared away
Being prepared or ready for business or tasks at hand. Having the proper knowledge, skill and equipment to handle your assignment or station. 'He is a great addition to the squad; he is squared away.'
Squared away
Organized and in order -- from the set of the sails on a square-rigged ship. If she was squared away, she was trimmmed to the wind and sailing well.
Squeaky clean
If something is squeaky clean, it is very clean indeed- spotless. If a person is squeaky clean, they have no criminal record and are not suspected of illegal or immoral activities.
Stake a claim
If you stake a claim to something, you announce that it belongs to you.
Stand in good stead
If something will stand you in good stead, it will probably be advantageous in the future.
Stand tall
If you stand tall, you are brave, proud or confident.
Start from scratch
When you start something from scratch, you start at the very beginning.
State of the art
If something is state of the art, it is the most up-to-date model incorporating the latest and best technology.
Status quo
Someone who wants to preserve the status quo wants a particular situation to remain unchanged.
Steal the show
If you steal the show, you act or do so well in a performance that you get most of the attention.
Steer clear of
If you steer clear of something, you avoid it.
Step on it
This idiom is a way of telling someone to hurry up or to go faster.
Step up to the plate
If someone steps up to the plate, they take on or accept a challenge or a responsibility.
A stick-in-the-mud is someone who doesn't like change and wants things to stay the same.
Sticking point
A sticking point is a controversial issue that blocks progress in negotiations, etc, where compromise is unlikely or impossible.
Stiff as a poker
Something or someone that is stiff as a poker is inflexible. ('Stiff as a board' is also used.)

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