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with flying colors
Exceptionally well.

Mary passed the board exam with flying colors.

wolf in sheep's clothing
A person who appears innocent but really isn't.

Jane seems sweet, but watch out. She's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

work one's butt off
To work very hard.

I've been working my butt off for years, but I have nothing to show for it.

zero in on something
To focus on; to direct attention to.

John zeroed in on the problem and immediately found a solution.

jump down someone's throat
To yell at or criticize with excessive and unexpected harshness

What’s wrong with Max? I just asked him how he was doing, and he jumped down my throat for no reason.

smell a rat
To suspect trickery or deception

Something is not right. I smell a rat.



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