Act one’s age: behave maturely
e.g. Stop behaving like a teenager! Act your age.
Play the field: date many different people at the same time
e.g. He wanted to play the field while he was still young.
Plead/take the Fifth (the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution): not to incriminate oneself
e.g. After consulting with his lawyer, he decided to take the Fifth.
Call someone on the carpet: scold or reprimand
e.g. If you late for work one more time, the manager will call you on the carpet.
Full of crap: talking nonsense all the time
e.g. I don’t like your friend; he’s full of crap.
Lead someone astray: cause someone to do something wrong or illegal
e.g. If you are always in the company of lawbreakers, you may be easily be led astray.
Pass the hat: collect money for
e.g. He is always passing the hat for something.
Pop the question: propose to marry
e.g. Now that you’ve got the ring; when are you going to pop the question?
No can do: impossible
e.g. He asked me for more money. I told him no can do.
Bag your face: shut up!
e.g. You and your loud mouth! Go and bag your face!
One’s days are numbered: about to die or to be dismissed
e.g. The manager doesn’t like her. I would say her days are numbered.
Occur to someone: come to mind
e.g. It never occurred to me that I would fail my driving test.
Live beyond one’s means: spend more than one can earn
e.g. You are in debt because you are living beyond your means.
Pain in the neck: annoyance
e.g. You are pain in the neck, always complaining about this and that.
Over the hump: overcome the most difficult part
e.g. We are now over the hump; the rest may not be that difficult.
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