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live in cloud-cuckoo land

live in cloud-cuckoo land

to believe that things you want will happen, when really they are impossible. Anyone who thinks this project will be finished within six weeks is living in cloud-cuckoo land.


close to the bone

close to the bone

very personal or offensively honest. He said he was only joking, but his comments were so close to the bone they weren’t funny at all.


power trip. that is?

power trip

n. Slang

An action undertaken chiefly for the gratification associated with the exercise of power over another or others: “He was giving orders, and people were taking them. He was on a power trip” Nelson DeMille.


more power to your elbow!

More power to your elbow! (British & Australian, American & Australian)

something that you say to praise someone and to say that you hope they continue to have success. ‘I’ve decided to set up my own business.’ ‘Good for you. More power to your elbow!


snoop. are you?


intr.v. snooped, snoop·ing, snoops

To pry into the private affairs of others, especially by prowling about.


One who snoops.


grasp the nettle

grasp the nettle

to take action immediately in order to deal with an unpleasant situation. I’ve been putting off tackling the problem for too long and I think it’s time to grasp the nettle.



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