Hard stuff: whisky or any liquor.
e.g."Would you like a Coke?" "I'd prefer some hard stuff."
Make one's pile: make one's fortune.
e.g. Real estate is where he makes his pile.
e.g. What do you take me for? A fool half-baked!
Keep early hours: go to bed early.
e.g. If you want good health, keep early hours.
Go under: fail.
e.g. I am sorry to say that all your proposals have gone under.
Hook on to: attach oneself to.
e.g. Don't hook on to your computer all day.
Hook it: depart immediately.
e.g. Come on, hook it; our parents will be back soon.
Can't complain: okay.
e.g. "How are things going with you?" "Can't complain."
What gives?: what happened?
e.g. "Hey, guys, what gives?" "We just had an argument; now it's okay."
e.g. "Where's your purse? What gives?"
Heads up: look around; be careful.
e.g. I was pooped after working for nine hours in the yard.
Hard at it: busy.
.e.g. "Are you working on the project?" "You bet! I'm hard at it."
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