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grow on

grow on or grow upon  {v.}
1. To become stronger in; increase as a habit of.
The habit of eating before going to bed grew upon John.
2. To become more interesting to or liked by.
The more Jack saw Mary, the more she grew on him.
Football grew on Billy as he grew older.

grow up

grow up  {v.}
1. To increase in size or height; become taller or older; reach full height.
Johnny is growing up; his shoes are too small for him.
I grew up on a farm.
The city has grown up since I was young.
2. To become adult in mind or judgment; become old enough to think or decide in important matters.
Tom wants to he a coach when he grows up.
Grow up, you're not a baby any more!

gut talk

gut talk  {n. phr.}
Sincere, honest talk.
We admire people who speak gut talk and tell exactly what they think and feet.


knockout  {n.},  {slang}
1. Strikingly beautiful woman.
Sue is a regular knockout.
2. A straight punch in boxing that causes one's opponent to fall and lose consciousness.
The champion won the fight with a straight knockout.
Categories:noun slang

knotty problem

knotty problem  {n. phr.}
A very complicated and difficult problem to solve.
Doing one's income tax properly can present a knotty problem.

fall in

fall in or into place  {v. phr.}
To suddenly make sense; find the natural or proper place for the missing pieces of a puzzle.
When the detectives realized that a second man was seen at the place of the murder, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place.

fall on

fall on or fall upon  {v.}
1. To go and fight with; attack.
The robbers fell on him from behind trees.
2.  {formal}
To meet (troubles).
The famous poet fell upon unhappy days.
Categories:formal verb

hang heavy

To pass slowly or uninterestingly; be boring with little to do.
The vacation time hung heavy on Dick's hands because all his friends were away at camp.
Compare: ON ONE'S HANDS.
Categories:time verb

hang in the balance

To have two equally possible results; to be in doubt; be uncertain.
Until Jim scored the winning touchdown, the outcome of the game hung in the balance.
She was very sick and her life hung in the balance for several days.
Categories:doubt verb

hang on to your hat

1. Watch out; be prepared. — Used as a command, usually to warn of an unexpected action.
"Hold on to your hat," said Jim as he stepped on the gas and the car shot forward.
2. Get ready for a surprise. — Used as a command, usually to warn of unexpected news.
"Hold on to your hat," said Mary. "Jim asked me to marry him."
Categories:informal verb