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up for grabs

up for grabs  {adj. phr.},  {informal}
Available for anyone to try to get; ready to be competed for; there for the taking.
When the captain of the football team moved out of town, his place was up for grabs.
Categories:adjective informal

of the same mind

of the same mind  {adv. phr.}
In agreement; in consonance.
It is a good thing when father and son are of the same mind regarding business and politics.
Categories:adverb business

jot down

jot down  {v. phr.}
To quickly commit to writing; make a quick note of something.
Let me jot down your address so that I can send you a postcard from Europe.

hand it to

hand it to  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To admit the excellence of; give credit or praise to.
You have to hand it to Jim; he is very careful and hard-working in all he does.
The teacher said, "I hand it to Jane for the way she managed the Music Club."
Categories:hand informal music verb

fall by the wayside

To give up or fail before the finish.
The boys tried to make a 50-mile hike, but most of them fell by the wayside.
George, Harry, and John entered college to become teachers, but Harry and John fell by the wayside, and only George graduated.

eke out

eke out  {v.}
1. To fill out or add a little to; increase a little.
Mr. Jones eked out a country teacher's small salary by hunting and trapping in the winter.
The modest meal was eked out with bread and milk.
2. To get (little) by hard work; to earn with difficulty.
Fred eked out a bare living by farming on a rocky hillside.

call a halt

call a halt  {v. phr.}
To give a command to stop.
The scouts were tired during the hike, and the scoutmaster called a halt.
When the children's play, got too noisy, their mother called a halt.
Categories:call verb

sandwich board

Two advertising signs worn by a man, one on his chest and the other on his back.
The man walking along Main Street wore a sandwich board saying "Eat at Joe's."

turn over in one's mind

To carefully consider.
I will have to turn it over in my mind whether to accept the new job offer from Japan.

write home about

write home about  {v. phr.}
To become especially enthusiastic or excited about; boast about. — Often used after "to".
Mary's trip to the World's Fair was something to write home about.
Joe did a good enough job of painting but it was nothing to write home about.
"That was a dinner worth writing home about!" said Bill coming out of the restaurant.