Talk nineteen to the dozen: talk incessantly; talk too fast.
e.g. You were talking nineteen to the dozen; I just couldn't make hear or tail of what you were saying.
Gumption: common sense.
e.g. If you've some gumption, you 'll understand the difference between this and that.
Have a load on: very drunk.
e.g. He looked as if he had a load on.
Not born yesterday: not as naive or foolish as you think.
e.g. Don't give me all that nonsense. I was not born yesterday.
Hell-bent on: very determined.
e.g. The team is hell-bent on winning the game tonight.
Right you are: I agree.
e.g. "I think I'm going to accept this job." "Right you are."
All at sea: confused.
e.g. "What do you think of the proposal?" "I'm all at sea; I'm completely clueless."
Get cold feet: become anxious and fearful.
e.g. He got cold feet, and left without taking the challenge.
All hot and bothered: agitated, confused, or excited.
e.g. She was all hot and bothered when she heard the news of their divorce.
Poorly: sick or unwell.
e.g. What's the matter with you today? I say, you look poorly!
Saw you coming: realized your ignorance.
e.g. You gave him the money right away without asking any question; he saw you coming!
e.g. I was pooped after working for nine hours in the yard.
Say one's piece: say what one ought to say.
e.g. I must say my piece: that was not a nice thing to say to your parents.
Fork out: pay
e.g. Well, everybody has to fork out $30 for the farewell present to the boss.
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