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1.flying colors--success, victory

2.little by little--gradually

3.call off--cancel

4.come into--receive, especially after another's death

5.put off--postpone

6.stop by--make a brief visit on one's way elsewhere

7.tie up--hinder

8.be out for--trying to get

9.fill in for--take another's place

10.turn down-- (1) refuse or reject    (2) reduce the loudness of

11.go off--begin to ring

12.cut down--lessen; reduce; limit

13.come up with--produce; supply

14.make it-- (1) achieve a specific goal

(2) succeed in general

15.catch one's eye--attract one's attention

16.care for-- (1) like; value    (2) look after; take care of

17.head and shoulders above--much better

18.catch on--become popular

19.on the whole--in general

20.fill sb in--tell what sb should know

21.in a nutshell--in a few words

22.from top to bottom--completely; entirely

23.take the plunge--enter with sudden decision upon an unfamiliar course

of action

24.on the tip of one's tongue--unable to be recalled

25.cheer up--feel happy; stop being sad or discouraged; become hopeful

26.hold off--postpone; delay

27.on cloud nine--a state of perfect happiness

28.back out--withdraw from an undertaking

29.grin and bear it--be as cheerful as possible in pain or trouble; do s

omething without complaining

30.turn out to be--come to be; prove

31.bite off more than one can chew--attempt something that exceeds one's ab


32.in the air--uncertain

33.get hold off--find a person so you can speak with him

34.learn the ropes--acquire thorough or special knowledge of a job

35.tear oneself away from--depart with great reluctance; force oneself to le


36.tie up--engage or occupy completely

37.touch on--mention a subject briefly or casually

39.see to it--take care;take the responsibility;make sure

40.get along with--live or work in harmony with

41.give away--give as present

42.account for--explain

43.out of print--no longer available for purchase from the publisher

44.send out--distribute

45.in no time--in a very brief time;almost at once

46.before long--soon;without much delay

47.play by ear--(1)play an instrument without using written music

(2)handle a matter without adequate preparation or guidance

48.wear and tear--loss or damage caused by use

49.come what may--no matter what happens

50.drop by--make a short or unplanned visit

51.be short of--not having enough

52.cut it out--stop doing sth

53.be sick of--be tired of;having a strong dislike of

54.look for a needle in a haystack(a bottle)--search for something in a plac

e where it is hopelessly lost.

55.knock oneself out--work very hard;make a great effort

56.run up against--encounter

57.far from--anything but;not at all

58.far from it--by no means;not at all

59.hang on to--hold tightly;keep firmly

60.get nowhere--be unsuccessful;obtain no result

61.day in and day out--every day;all the time

62.break down--cease to function

63.get going--get started;begin to move

64.take one's time--not hurry

65.boil down to--indicate,especially as a final judgement or analysis

66.make up--take a test for the second time

67.put up with--bear with patience;tolerate

68.by and by--before long

69.give someone a hand--help;assist

70.ring a bell--sound familiar

71.snap out of it--

(1)change one's habits,attitude,etc,suddenly

(2)regain one's composure,energy,or good spirits;recover

72.raise the roof--make trouble;start a fight or an argument

73.get away with--escape without punishment

74.on business--with definite work to do

75.look up--search for;as an item of information,in a referance book

76.let up--(1)cease;stop    (2)slacken;abate

77.in any case(or event)--no matter what happens

78.come out--be published

79.look into--investigate;inspect

80.fall back on--rely on

81.spell out--explain very clearly or in detail

82.wrap up--bring to end,especially a successful conclusion

83.save one's breath--keep silent because talking will not help

84.hold up--(1)delay;hinder    (2)endure,last

85.have one's hands full--be very busy;be able to do no more

86.How come?--How is it?Why?

87.stick around--stay or wait nearby

88.make out--get along;manage

89.turn up--appear,turn out,show up

90.hold off--postpone;delay

91.over one's head--beyond one's power to understand

92.stock up--buy up;lay in a good supply of

93.stay put--stay in place;not leave

94.keep up--continue

95.tie up--occupy completely

96.in and out--coming in and going out often

97.make ends meet--make one's income suffice without incurring debt

98.on and on--without stopping

99.out of this world--wonderful;great

100.in a row--(1)in line;in alignment   (2)in succession;successively

101.wait around--waiting in vain

102.cool off(down)--make or become calm

103.hold the grudge--having hard feelings

104.come a long way--show much improvement;make great progress

105.straighten out--correct a mistake;make you realize you are wrong

106.once and for all--finally or decisively

107.put...away--put in the right place or out of sight

108.out of it--not concerned with;not involved in

109.bump into--meet by chance;run into

110.out of stock--lacking a supply of,especially temporarily

111.per se--in itself

112.keep to oneself--avoid the society of others

113.go out of one's way--make special effort to help somebody or dosomething

114.put up--accomodate;lodge

115.under the weather--some what ill;in low spirit

116.come in handy--prove useful

117.talk one out of--make one leave off or forego something by talking

118.wait on--serve;attend as a servant

119.go all out--make one's utmost effort

120.on sale--at a reduced price

121.try out--enter as a competitor

122.pass up--give up;renounce;reject

123.on behalf of--as a representative of

124.stay up--not to go to bed

125.the odds are--the chances are;the probability is

126.hold over--postpone

127.out of order--in the wrong arrangement or condition;not working right

128.booked up--have no seats or rooms left;have no free time left

129.fit in--find time to see someone

130.go in one ear and out the the other--make no impression

131.measure up--have the necessary qualifications

132.change of pace--a temporary shift or variation in the normal routine or

regular pattern of activity

133.run out of--exhaust the quantity or supply of

134.go by--follow;obey

135.take it out on--cause someone else to suffer for one's own misfortune or


136.get around to--find the necessary time for

137.put out--disturb; annoy






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