e.g. It came to light that he was the real benefactor.
Buy a pig in a poke: buy something without seeing it.
e.g. Buying on line is sometimes like buying a pig in a poke.
On one's mind: currently thinking.
e.g. What's on your mind? You seem deep in thoughts.
By leaps and bounds: rapidly.
e.g. Our profits increased by leaps and bounds; thanks to your contribution.
Eat like a horse: eat a great deal.
e.g. At the party, he didn't do much, except eating like a horse!
Come what may: no matter what might happen.
e.g. I'll be back by nine, come what may.
Break the ice: start a social conversation.
e.g. After some moments, the shy girl finally broke the ice and participated in the conversation.
By the seat of one's pants: by luck, with little skill.
e.g. I finally finished my high school by the seat of my pants.
Get down to brass tacks: get down to practical matters.
e.g. The Congress should get down to brass tacks, and start discussing the debt crisis.
Grind to a halt: slow down to a stop.
e.g. The tour bus ground to a halt, and the tourists got out and stretched their legs.
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