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Alarm Bells (Ring)

Alarm Bells (Ring)

What does the idiom "alarm bells" mean? Definition: warning signs Example: I went out on a date with a guy who seemed nice, but alarm bells rang when he wouldn't stop talking about his ex-wife.
Slush Fund

Slush Fund

What does the expression "slush fund" mean? Definition: money that is not reported in usual accounting channels, generally used for corrupt purposes Example: The mayor maintained a slush fund with which he paid off precinct leaders who organized voters to support...
What does the idiom "spread yourself too thin" mean? Definition: try to do too much, overextend yourself Example: Between having two small children, taking on new responsibilities at work, and renovating our house, I'm worried that I might spread myself too...
(The) Circular File

(The) Circular File

What does the expression "the circular file" mean? Definition: the wastebasket Example: If your job application letter doesn't mention any experience, I guarantee it will go right in the circular file.
Get a Buzz On

Get a Buzz On

What does the expression "get a buzz on" mean? Definition: drink alcohol until slightly and pleasantly drunk Example: Let's stop at the bar and get a buzz on before the basketball game. Note: This slang expression is North American. You can also...
(Not) Have a Leg to Stand On

(Not) Have a Leg to Stand On

What does the idiom "not have a leg to stand on" mean? Definition: make a weak argument; be unable to justify oneself Example: The customer accused us of cheating him, but when he realized he didn't have a leg to stand...