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What does the idiom "tighten the screws on" mean? Definition: Increase the pressure on (someone) Example: Japanese prosecutors are tightening the screws on Carlos Ghosn by charging him with tax evasion.
Death by a Thousand Cuts

Death by a Thousand Cuts

What does the idiom "death by a thousand cuts" mean? Definition: an effort or person that fails because of many small problems rather than one big disaster Example: The Sears retail chain is suffering death by a thousand cuts—as recently as...
Happy as a Clam

Happy as a Clam

What does the expression "happy as a clam" mean? Definition: completely contented Example: My little son likes puzzles. Give him a big jigsaw puzzle, and he'll be happy as a clam for hours.
What does the idiom "don't count your chickens before they're hatched" mean? Definition: Don't count on gains before they have actually occurred Example: "I'll be getting a bonus, so we can plan our vacation!" —"Don't count your chickens before they're hatched....
Dead Center (Dead Centre)

Dead Center (Dead Centre)

What does the expression "dead center" mean? Definition: the exact center, in the exact centre Example: In Adams County, our town is dead center. Note: The "centre" spelling is British.
The Sky’s the Limit

The Sky’s the Limit

What does the idiom "the sky's the limit" mean? Definition: (The person under discussion) can accomplish anything. Example: There's so much demand for real estate in that part of the city right now that if we invest there, the sky's the...