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A Blessing In Disguise:

Something that didn’t seem good/helpful at first, but turned out to be good.

I was sick and went to the doctor. It was a blessing in disguise because I found out I had a heart problem!


A Chip On Your (My/His/Her/Their) Shoulder:

Being angry about something that already happened or about what people think.

The team has a chip on their shoulder because people think the team isn’t very good.


A Drop in the Bucket:

A little bit of something much larger.

I needed $1,000. So when I worked for a month and only saved $50, it was just a drop in the bucket.

A Month of Sundays:

A very long time.

I haven't been to the gym in a month of Sundays.


A Penny for your thoughts:

What are you thinking about?

You look sad. A penny for your thoughts.


A Picture’s (picture is) Worth a Thousand Words:

A picture can provide a much greater description than just some words.

When I saw pictures from her vacation, I realized a picture’s worth a thousand words.


A Slap on the Wrist:

A small punishment.

The police officer was kind and just gave me a slap on the wrist.


A Taste Of Your Own Medicine:

You are bad to others, and they do the same back to you.

I guess the bully got a taste of his own medicine when he got punched in the mouth.


Above board:

When things are done in a legal or proper way.

Don't worry. Everything here is above board so we don't have any problems with the police.


Accident waiting to happen:

Something that will certainly end in disaster.

An electric appliance next to the bathtub is an accident waiting to happen.


Add Fuel To The Fire:

Make a bad situation worse.

He is adding fuel to the fire by telling the whole story.


Against The Clock:

There’s not really enough time to finish what needs to be completed.

We are working against the clock on this project.


All In The Same Boat:

Everyone has the same issues/challenges/problems.

Well, we’re all in the same boat I guess.


At the drop of a hat:

Right away, instantly.

The fire fighters are ready to put out a burning building at the drop of a hat.

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