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walk on eggs

walk on eggs
walk on eggs  {v. phr.}
To act with utmost caution due to being in a precarious position.
Tom has been walking on eggs ever since he started working for a new boss in Cincinnati.

walking dictionary

walking dictionary  {n. phr.}
A person highly knowledgeable in matters of language use.
If you want to know what "serendipity" means, ask my Uncle Fred. He is a professor of English and is also a walking dictionary.

wear out

wear out  {v.}
1a. To use or wear until useless.
Bobby got a toy truck that would run on a battery, and he used it so much that he soon wore it out.
The stockings are so worn out that they can't be mended any more.
Compare: GIVE OUT (4), USE UP.
1b. To become useless from use or wear.
The old clock finally wore out.
One shoe wore out before the other.
2. or tire out
To make very tired; weaken.
The children played inside when it rained, and they soon wore out their mother.
When Dick got home from the long walk, he was all worn out.
- Often used with "oneself".
Don't wear yourself out by playing too hard.
Compare: GIVE OUT (4).
3. To make by rubbing, scraping, or washing.
The waterfall has worn out a hole in the stone beneath it.

kiss someone

To lose or give up someone or something forever.
"If you won't marry Jane," Peter said to Tom, "you might as well kiss her goodbye."
People who bet on a losing horse at the races might as well kiss their money goodbye.

know something inside out

To be extremely well conversant with something; be an expert in; have thorough knowledge of.
Tom knows the stock market inside out.

in a pigs eye

in a pig's eye  {adv.},  {slang},  {informal}
Hardly; unlikely; not so.
Would I marry him? In a pig's eye.
Categories:adverb informal slang

in a pinch

in a pinch  {adv. phr.},  {informal}
In an emergency.
Dave is a good friend who will always help out in a pinch.
Categories:adverb informal

in at the kill

in at the kill  {adj. phr.},  {informal}
Watching or taking part, usually with pleasure, at the end of a struggle; present at the finish.
Frank and John have been quarreling for a long time and tonight they are having a fight. Bill says he wants to be in at the kill, because he is Frank's friend.


jug-eared  {adj.}
With ears that stick out like the handles of a jug.
Tommy was a redheaded, freckle-faced, jug-eared boy.

jaws tight

jaws tight  {adj.},  {slang},  {informal}
Angry; uptight; tense.
Why are you getting your jaws so tight?