My little sister irritates me 24/7!
2 A short fuse
Jamie is known for his short fuse; just a few days ago he screamed at his coach for not letting him play.
3 A taste of your own medicine
After constantly being prank-called, Julian decided to give Juan a taste of his own medicine and ordered twenty-seven pizzas to be delivered to Juan’s house.
4 Butterflies in my stomach
Liam had butterflies in his stomach before he went on stage to play the violin.
5 By the skin of your teeth
Lester made the dance team by the skin of his teeth; you can tell he hasn't been dancing jazz for very long.
6 Cat got your tongue?
I just saw you kissing my boyfriend. What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?
7 Crying wolf
You have cried wolf so many times that no one believes you when you're really hurt.
8 Cut someone some slack
Hey. Cut me some slack. I was really busy with my frog hunting business last week and forgot to call. I'm sorry!
9 Down for the count
No, you can’t take my dog for a walk – she’s down for the count after chasing cats all day.
10 In the fast lane
When Curtis turned forty, he decided he needed to live life in the fast lane, so he quit his job as a dentist and decided to tour Europe by motorcycle.
11 Draw the line
Now I draw the line at speaking in front of 34,000 people.
12 Easier said than done
You want me to come to work at 6:00 AM? Easier said than done!
13 Every cloud has a silver lining
Even though you just got fired, remember that every cloud has a silver lining – at least you don’t have to work for that grouchy boss anymore!
14 Finding a needle in a haystack
Trying to get a new job these days is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
15 Fish out of water
Tom felt like a fish out of water at the Star Trek convention his new girlfriend begged him to attend.
16 Get something off your chest
I have to get this off my chest – I copied your answers on the Redesigned SAT. Thanks for the 15th percentile score, by the way.
17 Give it a whirl
I’ve never gone kite-boarding, but I’m prepared to give it a whirl!
18 Go down in flames 在众人面前失败 The football player's career went down in flames after the media learned he'd been losing on purpose to settle gambling debts.
19 Go the extra mile
My dentist always goes the extra mile, offering free back massages at the end of a stressful tooth extraction.
20 Hang in there
I know you're struggling right now in school, but just hang in there. It'll get easier. I promise.