Easy on the eye: good looking.
e.g. I say, your girlfriend is easy on the eye.
Act your age: behave yourself according to your age..
e.g. You’re almost an adult. Come on, act your age, and stop behaving like a spoiled brat!
Call it a day: consider something to be done or finished.
e.g. Let’s call it a day, and just go home.
Nod is as good as a wink: take note of the hint.
e.g. I think he was trying to tell you to resign; a nod is as good as a wink.
Butter up: flatter.
e.g. Now that you have been promoted, everybody seems to butter up you.
e.g. We did spend a bang-up week in Greece
No oil painting: ugly.
e.g. To tell the truth, the dress you bought me is no oil painting.
All hot and bothered: agitated, confused, or excited.
e.g. She was all hot and bothered when she heard the news of her daughter’s divorce.
Lame duck: someone who needs help but undeserved.
e.g. My brother, who is always unemployed, is a lame duck to me.
Buy it: die.
e.g. During the car crash, I thought I was going to buy it.
Much of a muchness: practically the same.
e.g. I don’t see any difference between the twins; they’re pretty much of a muchness to me.
Catch it: be scolded.
e.g. If you do this again, you’ll catch it.
Also-ran: someone not likely to win.
e.g. In this presidential election, he was just an also-ran. In less than two months, he called it quit.
Turn in: go to bed.
e.g. Come on, guys, it’s time to turn in.
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