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more often than not

more often than not  {adv. phr.}
More than half the time; fifty-one or more times out of a hundred; not quite usually, but fairly regularly.
Nancy comes over on Saturday more often than not.
Ben is a fairly good runner. He wins more often than not.
Categories:adverb time

monkey business

monkey business  {n.},  {slang},  {informal}
1. Any unethical, illegitimate, or objectionable activity that is furtive or deceitful, e.g., undercover sexual advances, cheating, misuse of public funds, etc.
There is a lot of monkey business going on in that firm; you'd better watch out who you deal with!
2. Comical or silly actions; goofing off.
Come on boys, let's cut out the monkey business and get down to work!

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.

run that by me again!

run that by me again!  {v. phr.},  {informal command}
Repeat what you just said, as I couldn't understand you.
"Run that by me again," he cried. "This telephone connection is very bad."

run short

run short  {v. phr.}
1. To not have enough.
Bob asked Jack to lend him five dollars because he was running short.
We are running short of sugar.
Compare: RUN OUT.
2. To be not enough in quantity.
We are out of potatoes and the flour is running short.

run away with

1a. To take quickly and secretly, especially without permission; steal.
A thief ran away with Grandma's silver teapot.
1b. To go away with; elope.
Mary said that if her parents wouldn't let her marry Phil, she would run away with him.
1c. To take hold of; seize.
The boys thought they saw a ghost in the old house last night; they let their imagination run away with them.
2. To be much better or more noticeable than others in; win easily.
Our team ran away with the game in the last half.
The fat comedian ran away with the TV show.

under the weather

under the weather  {adv. phr.}
In bad health or low spirits.
Mary called in today asking for a sick day as she is under the weather.

up a tree

up a tree  {adv.} or  {adj. phr.}
1. Hunted or chased into a tree; treed.
The dog drove the coon up a tree so the hunter could shoot him.
2.  {informal} in trouble; having problems; in a difficulty that it is hard to escape or think of a way out of.
John's father has him up a tree in the checker game.
Compare: UP THE CREEK.

until all hours

until all hours  {adv. phr.}
Until very late at night.
He is so anxious to pass his exams with flying colors that he stays up studying until all hours.


vibrations or vibes  {n.}
Psychic emanations radiating from an object, situation, or person.
I don't think this relationship will work out — this guy has given me bad vibes.
Categories:noun relationship