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get to the bottom of
To find the underlying cause of a situation.

Max will get to the bottom of the problem sooner or later.

get up on the wrong side of bed
To feel irritable; to be in a grouchy mood for no particular reason.

Watch out for Max. I think he got up on the wrong side of the bed today.

give it a go
To try or attempt.

I?m not sure if I can do this, but I?ll give it a go.

give someone the cold shoulder
To ignore; to snub or reject someone

For some reason, Mary is giving me the cold shoulder today.

go all out
To spare no expense or effort; to put forth all possible effort or resources.

For the last two miles of the race, Max went all out.

go downhill
To worsen or deteriorate.

The company was having a few minor problems, and then all of a sudden everything went downhill fast.

go for it
To put maximum effort toward achieving a goal.

There is a job opening at ABC Company. Max is going for it.

go out on a limb
To take a risk; to put oneself in a vulnerable position.

Mary went out on a limb lending Max all of her money. I hope he repays her.

go places
To achieve progress or succeed.

With all of your talent, you are certain to go places.

gut feeling
An instinct or intuition.

I have a gut feeling that John and Jane are going to get married

hand it to
To give someone credit or praise; to congratulate.

You have to hand it to Mary for doing such a great job planning the party.

hands down
Unquestionably; without a doubt; without effort.

Max was hands down the best player on the team.

happy camper
A person who is content or satisfied.

Ever since Max started working from home, he has been a happy camper.

have a blast
Enjoy oneself thoroughly

We had a blast playing soccer on the beach last week.

have a bone to pick
To have a grievance or complaint.

I have a bone to pick with my teacher about my grades.

have a cow
To have a fit; to get visibly upset.

The boss had a cow when Max came back from lunch two minutes late.

have a screw loose
To be crazy; to be mentally unstable.

Max must have a screw loose to keep working for that same company after all of the abuse he has taken.

have a word with
To talk, speak, or discuss with.

Max went to have a word with his boss about the working conditions in the factory.

have the blues
To feel depressed or sad.

Max has had the blues since his dog died two months ago.

hear (something) through the grapevine
To learn through rumor.

I heard through the grapevine that Max is going to quit his job.



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