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field goal

field goal  {n.}
1. A score in football made by kicking the ball over the bar between the goal posts.
The Giants were not able to make a touchdown but they kicked two field goals.
2. A score in basketball made by a successful shot through the basket not made on a free throw.
A field goal counts two points.

go to bed with the chickens

go to bed with the chickens  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To go to bed early at night.
On the farm John worked hard and went to bed with the chickens.
Mr. Barnes goes to bed with the chickens because he has to get up at 5 A.M.
Categories:informal verb

green thumb

green thumb  {n.},  {informal}
A talent for gardening; ability to make things grow. — Considered trite by many.
Mr. Wilson's neighbors say his flowers grow because he has a green thumb.
Categories:informal noun

at random

at random  {adv. phr.}
With no order, plan, or purpose; in a mixed-up, or thoughtless way.
He opened the letters at random.
His clothes were scattered about the room at random.
Categories:adverb clothes

on occasion

on occasion  {adv. phr.}
Sometimes; occasionally.
We go to New York on occasion.
On occasion we feel like celebrating and have a party.
Categories:adverb time


pigheaded  {adj.}
Stubborn; unwilling to compromise.
"Stop being so pigheaded!" she cried. "I, too, can be right sometimes!"

That will do!

Informal expression of impatience meaning "stop", "no more".
"That will do, Tommy," his mother cried. "I've had just about enough of your drumming on the table."
Categories:bother informal

go to it!

go to it!  {v. phr.}
An expression of encouragement meaning go ahead; proceed.
"Go to it!" my father cried enthusiastically, when I told him I had decided to become a doctor.

go ahead

go ahead  {v.}
To begin to do something; not wait.
The teacher told the students not to write on the paper yet, but John went ahead and wrote his name.
"May I ask you a question?" "Go ahead."
Compare: GO ON (1).

ahead of the game

ahead of the game  {adv. or adj. phr.},  {informal}
1. In a position of advantage; winning (as in a game or contest); ahead (as by making money or profit); making it easier to win or succeed.
The time you spend studying when you are in school will put you ahead of the game in college.
After Tom sold his papers, he was $5 ahead of the game.
2. Early; too soon; beforehand.
When Ralph came to school an hour early, the janitor said, "You're ahead of the game."
John studies his lessons only one day early; if he gets too far ahead of the game, he forgets what he read.