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"Jump through hoops" means "to do a lot of difficult things before you are allowed to have or do something you want". Example: The company is jumping through hoops these days to try to please customers.

A student government resolution condemning anti-Semitism has been vetoed despite passing without a single dissenting vote.

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Example: Mike hit the nail on the head when he said most people can use a computer without knowing how it works.

“Open a can of worms” means “to create a situation that will cause a lot of problems”. Example: Darling! I don’t want to open a can of worms, but I found a woman’s phone number in your pocket.

“Open a can of worms” means “to create a situation that will cause a lot of problems”. I don’t want to open a can of worms, but I found a woman’s phone number in your pocket.

“Money laundering” means “concealing the source of illegally gotten money so…

"Money laundering" means "concealing the source of illegally gotten money so that it is believed to be legitimate". Example: One of the clubs downtown was shut down last week on charges of suspected money laundering.

"Feather your own nest": to use your position to get a lot of money for yourself. Example: While the boss feathered his own nest, his company was firing a lot of employees.

“Feather your own nest” means “to use your position or your job to get a lot of money for yourself”. Example: While the boss feathered his own nest, his company was firing employees by the hundreds.

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“Lush” means someone who drinks too much alcohol. Example: Tom is the biggest lush I’ve ever seen - he always has a drink in his hand.

“Speak with a forked tongue” means “to tell lies, to make false promises”.  Example: The minister is speaking with a forked tongue, promising support he will never deliver.

“Speak with a forked tongue” means “to tell lies, to make false promises”. Example: The minister is speaking with a forked tongue, promising support he will never deliver.

“Psyched” means very excited.  Example: I’m going on vacation to Italy for three weeks - I am so psyched.

“Psyched” means very excited. Example: I’m going on vacation to Italy for three weeks - I am so psyched.

"Scrummy" means very delicious. Example: Mrs Walker’s pie was absolutely scrummy. I had three pieces.

“Scrummy” means very delicious. Example: Mrs Walker’s pie was absolutely scrummy. I had three pieces.

“Sitting pretty” means “living in comfort”. Example: My uncle died and left enough money for me to be sitting pretty for the rest of my life.

“Sitting pretty” means “living in comfort”. Example: My uncle died and left enough money for me to be sitting pretty for the rest of

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School idioms in English are popular with students and teachers alike. Have a look at our fun school idioms illustration!

“Just what the doctor ordered” means “exactly what was wanted or needed”.  Example: An evening without the kids was just what the doctor ordered.

“Just what the doctor ordered” means “exactly what was wanted or needed”. Example: An evening without the kids was just what the doctor ordered.

"Go at" means "to attack someone". Example: The two boys were going at each other like mad dogs.

“Go at” means “to attack someone”. Example: The two boys were going at each other like mad dogs.

Idiom of the day: Live from hand to mouth.  Meaning: To have just enough money to survive.  Example: My father earned very little and there were four kids, so we lived from hand to mouth.

Idiom of the day: Live from hand to mouth. Example: My father earned very little and there were four kids, so we lived from hand to mouth.

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“Be on the same page” means “to agree on something”. Example: Before we make any decisions today, I’d like to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Get our apps for learning English:.

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