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take it all in

take it all in  {v. phr.}
To absorb completely; listen attentively.
Bill's piano music filled the room and we took it all in with admiration.
Categories:music verb

take lying down

take lying down  {v. phr.}
To accept something without defense or protest.
If you take such insults lying down, you will only encourage more of the same.
Categories:encourage verb

take off

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take off  {v. phr.}
1a. To leave fast; depart suddenly; run away.
The dog took off after a rabbit.
Compare: LIGHT OUT.
1b.  {informal}
To go away; leave.
The six boys got into the car and took off for the drug store.
2. To leave on a flight, begin going up.
A helicopter is able to take off and land straight up or down.
3.  {informal}
To imitate amusingly; copy another person's habitual actions or speech.
He made a career of taking off famous people for nightclub audiences.
At the party, Charlie took off the principal and some of the teachers.
4. To take (time) to be absent from work.
When his wife was sick he took off from work.
Bill was tired out so he took the day off.
Categories:career informal verb

grab bag

grab bag  {n.}
1. A bag from which surprise packages are chosen; a bag in which there are many unknown things.
The woman paid a quarter for a chance at the grab bag.
The children brought packages to be sold from the grab bag at the school carnival.
2. A group of many different things from which to choose; a variety.
The TV program was a grab bag for young and old alike.

grab off

grab off  {v.},  {informal}
To take quickly; take or grab before anybody else can; choose for yourself.
The people who got to the show first grabbed off the best seats.
The women hurried to the store to grab off the things on sale.
The prettiest girls at the dance were grabbed off for partners first.
Compare: SNAP UP.
Categories:informal verb

grace period

The time or extra time allowed in which to do something.
Most insurance companies have a grace period of one month for payments.
The teacher gave the class a week's period of grace to finish workbooks.
Categories:noun time

know one in high places

To be connected with people in power.
Ted's grandfather was the mayor of Chicago so he knows people in high places.

know one's own mind

know one's own mind  {v. phr.}
To not hesitate or vacillate; be definite in one's ideas or plans.
It is impossible to do business with Fred, because he doesn't know his own mind.

know one's place

know one's place  {v. phr.}
To be deferential to one's elders or superiors.
Ken is a talented teaching assistant, but he has a tendency to tell the head of the department how to run things. Somebody ought to teach him to know his place.

kings ransom

king's ransom  {n. phr.}
1. An excessively large sum of money extorted by kidnappers to let someone go free.
The Smith family had to pay a kings ransom for the freedom of their seven-year-old son, Tommy.
2. An exorbitant fee one is forced to pay.
The realtors exacted a king's ransom for that choice lot on the comer.