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get a grip on

get a grip on  {v. phr.}
To take firm control of something.
If Tim wants to keep his job, he had better get a grip on himself and start working harder.
Contrast: LOSE ONE'S GRIP.

get a fix on

get a fix on  {v. phr.},  {informal}
Receive a reading of a distant object by electronic means, as by radar or sonar.
Can you get a fix on the submarine?
Contrast: GET A FIX.
Categories:informal verb

get a kick out of

get a kick out of  {v. phr.}
To be greatly thrilled; derive pleasure from.
Tom and Many get a kick out of playing four hands on the piano.
Categories:pleasure verb

named after

named after  {adj. phr.}
Given the same name as someone.
Archibald was named after his father.

Nervous Nellie

Nervous Nellie  {n.},  {informal}
A timid person who lacks determination and courage.
I say we will never win if we don't stop being Nervous Nellies!
Categories:informal noun

nervous prostration

An illness of the mind that makes you feel very tired, worried, and bored, and that often causes headaches, upset stomach, and other sickness.
Aunt Jane said that taking care of us children all day was enough to give any woman nervous prostration.

Pandoras box

Pandora's box  {n. phr.},  {literary}
A thing or problem that, if activated, will give rise to many unmanageable problems.
If they insist on having that inquiry, they will open up a Pandora's box.
Compare: CAN OF WORMS.
Categories:literary noun

pant for

pant for  {v. phr.}
To desire something very deeply.
He is panting for his girlfriend, who went out of town to see her family.
Categories:desire verb

say the word

say the word  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To say or show that you want something or agree to something; show a wish, willingness, or readiness; give a sign; say yes; say so.
Just say the word and I will lend you the money.
I will do anything you want; just say the word.
If you get tired of those pictures, say the word.
Categories:informal verb


say-so  {n.}
Approval; permission; word.
Father got angry because I took his new car out without his say-so.