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Eagle eye:

Someone with very good vision.

All the students knew the teacher had eagle eyes, so they didn't dare cheat during the test!


Earn one's keep:

To make enough money to support yourself.

She earns her keep by teaching private English lessons.


Ease off on:

To stop putting pressure on someone.

Ease off on him! It's his first day.


Easier said than done:

When it's easier to talk about something than to do it.

I see that we've got a plan, but haven't started the project yet. It's easier said than done I think.


Egg on:

Encourage someone (often to do something bad).

If you keep egging him on, he's gonna jump!


Elephant in the room:

Something obvious that no one wants to talk about.

Hey guys. Elephant in the room--I'm pregnant and haven't told you because I didn't want you to fuss over me or treat me differently.


Ethnic Cleansing:

Killing a certain ethnic or religious group.

Ethnic cleansing is probably the worst evil humanity has created.


Everything but the Kitchen Sink:

Almost everything is included.

The nachos were called, “Everything but the Kitchen Sink.” They had cheese, black olives, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, onions and salsa.

Excuse / Pardon my French:

Before someone cusses (curses) they say this.

Pardon my French, but I’m tired of this ****


Exception to the rule: 

Something to which the rules don't apply.

Most people are boring, but I'm an exception to the rule!

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