Not in my books: not according to my views.
e.g. "Is this good enough?" "Not in my books."
It blows my mind: it's amazing, almost unbelievable.
e.g. "Did you hear that he passed the exam with flying colors?" "It blows my mind."
I can live with that: I'm okay with that; I'll get used to it.
e.g. "That one may cost more." "I can live with that."
Make heads or tails of: Do not understand.
Keep one's shirt on: Calm down; don't get too excited.
e.g. "Cool off! Keep your shirt on. This is not the end of the world can't make heads or tails of what you're saying. You're totally beyond me."
Snap it up: be quick.
e.g. "Snap it up! We need to finish it before noon."
No sweat: it's ok; no problem.
e.g. "I'm sorry I'm late." "No sweat! We've all the time in the world."
Over my dead body: absolutely not!
e.g. "Can I come with you? " "Over my dead body!"
Yesterday wouldn't be too soon: as soon as possible.
e.g. "When do you want me to give this to you?" "Yesterday wouldn't be too soon!"
e.g. The whole business was a turkey—there were no investors at all!.
Dead set: very determined.
e.g. We were dead set to finish the project despite the shortage of funds.
Jaw breaker: difficult word to pronounce.
e.g. Can you help me with this jaw breaker? It looks like a foreign word to me.
What would you say if: asking for an opinion; what about?
e.g. "I heard you were recently offered a job." "What would you say if I decline the offer?"
Speak out of turn: speak at the wrong time.
e.g. "Beware of what you're going to say at the meeting. Don't speak out of turn by talking about your divorce."
What gives?: what's wrong? what's the problem?
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