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Oceans of [something]:

A large amount or number.

Oceans of people came to the rally.


Odds and Ends:

Small, unimportant things.

I don't know what's in that drawer--just some odds and ends, I think.


Off on the Wrong Foot:

A bad start to a relationship or job (or other responsibility).

We got off on the wrong foot. Let’s start over – I’m sorry.


Off the Hook:

Don’t have to deal with a tough problem anymore.

Your brother told me he broke the statue. You’re off the hook this time.


Off the Record:

It’s understood that whatever is said won’t be repeated, or it won’t be quoted to the person who said it.

Off the record? I think our boss is stupid.


On Pins and Needles:

Nervous about something that is going to happen.

I’m on pins and needles wondering if my girlfriend is pregnant!


On the back burner:

Something that is not a priority.

I put going to the gym on the back burner because I am very busy with a big project at work.


On the Fence:

Undecided. (Think about this literally too. If you’re on a fence, there are two sides.)

I’m on the fence about a lot of things. I never can make up my mind.

On the Fly:

Without thinking about it much. 

I learned how to drive on the fly. My dad gave me the keys and said drive!


On the Same Page:

When people agree on something.

He and I are on the same page now. We understand the situation.


One foot in the grave:

When someone is close to death.

John is in terrible shape. He's got one foot in the grave.


Open Book:

A person or thing that is easy to understand.

I can immediately tell when he gets angry. He's an open book.


Out of the Blue:

Something that happens unexpectedly.

It started snowing out of the blue!


Out of this World:

Something that is completely incredible. Super cool. Exciting.

The waterfall I saw in Thailand was out of this world!


Over My Dead Body:

You absolutely will not let something happen.

(Mom speaking to daughter) – Go out with Mike? Over my dead body.


Over the Top:

Too much (excessive).

Don’t you think your clothes are a bit over the top?

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