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come rain or shine

Verb : Alternative form of rain or shine [(idiomatic) Regardless of what the circumstances are, and how the weather is.]

rhyme or reason

Noun : (idiomatic, chiefly in the negative) Logic; common sense.

in any way, shape, or form

Verb : (idiomatic) In any way at all; whatsoever.

fish or cut bait

Verb : (idiomatic) To make a decision, especially after a period of delay; to either take action now or forgo the opportunity.

shit or get off the can

Verb : (idiomatic, US, vulgar, imperative) Alternative form of shit or get off the pot. [(vulgar, idiomatic, imperative) Act now or state one's disinterest, make a decision, particularly in contexts where one is inconveniencing others by inaction and indecision.]

believe it or not

Verb : (idiomatic) This may be surprising, but it's true.

come hell or high water

Verb : (idiomatic) Regardless of the hardships.

by guess or by god

Verb : Alternative form of by guess or by gosh [(idiomatic) at random]

put up or shut up

Verb : (idiomatic) To desist from saying something unless one is able to prove it; to act in a manner that makes further talk unnecessary.

shape up or ship out

Verb : (idiomatic) To either improve one's behavior or else be required to leave; to either improve one's performance in an activity or else withdraw from that activity completely.

rain or shine

Verb : (idiomatic) Regardless of what the circumstances are, and how the weather is.

common or garden variety

Noun : (idiomatic) An ordinary, standard kind.

hell or high water

Noun : (idiomatic) Highly adverse circumstances; acts of God.

Verb : No matter what the adverse circumstances.

now or never

Verb : (idiomatic, set phrase) At this sole opportunity, or not at all.

feast or famine

Noun : (idiomatic) A situation in which something is always either extremely abundant or in extremely short supply.

day or night

Verb : (idiomatic) At any time; 24/7

by guess or by golly

Verb : Alternative form of by guess or by gosh [(idiomatic) at random]

by guess or by gosh

Verb : (idiomatic) at random

any nook or cranny

Noun : (idiomatic) Any part of a place; anywhere.

my way or the highway

Noun : (chiefly US, idiomatic) An expression suggesting an ultimatum which indicates the listener(s) will either conform to the desires or teachings of the speaker or else be excluded.

make head or tail of

Verb : (idiomatic, chiefly in the negative, with can't/cannot) To understand even minimally.

Verb : To determine to be good or bad.

heads or tails

Noun : (idiomatic) The practice of flipping a coin in the air, to choose between two alternatives based on which side lands face up.

any old nook or cranny

Noun : (idiomatic) Alternative form of any nook or cranny [(idiomatic) Any part of a place; anywhere.]

shit or get off the pot

Verb : (vulgar, idiomatic, imperative) Act now or state one's disinterest, make a decision, particularly in contexts where one is inconveniencing others by inaction and indecision.

do or die

Adjective : Alternative form of do-or-die [(idiomatic) Requiring a determined or desperate effort to avoid the consequences of failure.]

nook or cranny

Noun : (idiomatic) A part of a place, especially small or remote.

lady or tiger

Noun : (idiomatic) A pure gamble with highly divergent outcomes.

bridal wreath

Noun : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see bridal, wreath.

Noun : Any of several plants with white flowers.

Noun : Spiraea prunifolia

pearl necklace

Noun : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see pearl, necklace.

Noun : (vulgar, slang) A sexual act whereby semen is ejaculated onto a partner's upper chest, breasts and/or throat.

cap in hand

Verb : (idiomatic) In a humble and respectful manner.

darning needle

Noun : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: A needle used for darning.

Noun : A damselfly, or a dragonfly that resembles one.

dyed in the wool

Adjective : (idiomatic) Alternative spelling of dyed-in-the-wool (Set in one's ways, steadfast.) [(of textiles) Having the fibres dyed before they are formed into cloth.]

stovepipe hat

Noun : (idiomatic) A type of top hat worn mainly in the 19th century, made of silk or other materials and having a very tall, cylindrical, flat-topped crown.

button nose

Noun : (idiomatic) A nose with a small size and a relatively flat, round shape, usually considered to be dainty or cute in appearance.

Noun : (idiomatic) A person having such a nose.

swaddling clothes

Noun : A garment, made of strips of cloth, used to bind an infant and restrict movement of its limbs.

Noun : (idiomatic) An early period in development, infancy, the beginnings of something; inception.

cat's cradle

Noun : (uncountable) A children's game of forming string into various shapes around one's fingers.

Noun : (countable, idiomatic) Any complicated structure that appears to be without purpose.

straw bed

Noun : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see straw, bed.

Noun : Alternative form of strawbed [A mattress made of dry straw in a cloth sack, often used beneath a featherbed or other softer mattress.]


Noun : The harvesting of cotton

Adjective : (US, dialectal, idiomatic, colloquial) An intensifier, like "darn", used for emphasis or to signify that something is of little value.

Adjective : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see cotton, picking.

apron string

Noun : One of the pair of strings or narrow sewn clothstrips used to fasten an apron around the wearer's waist.

Noun : (idiomatic, usually pluralized) A symbol of the domestic ties binding a male to a female (as a husband to a wife or a son to a mother).


Adjective : (idiomatic) Alternative form of button-down [Of a collar, able to be buttoned down to the shirt, as over a necktie.]

paste up

Verb : (idiomatic, transitive) To paste (things) into position, especially in layout and page makeup.

Verb : (idiomatic) To display on a wall, kiosk, or other prominent surface, using adhesive.

string up

Verb : (transitive, idiomatic) To kill (a person) by hanging, especially to lynch.

Verb : (intransitive, idiomatic, obsolete) To die by hanging.

Verb : (transitive, idiomatic) To suspend by means of rope, cord or similar material.

brick in

Verb : (transitive, idiomatic, of a passage or of something that would pass through it) To enclose with bricks.


Noun : Alternative form of bricks and mortar [Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see bricks, and, mortar.]

head and shoulders

Verb : (idiomatic) To a considerable degree.

Verb : By force; violently.

Noun : (finance) A characteristic formation on a technical analysis chart where two lower peaks appear around a central higher peak.

funny bone

Noun : (idiomatic) The ulnar nerve in the elbow, which, when hit, causes a tingly sensation.

Noun : (figuratively) One's sense of humor.

cover up

Verb : (idiomatic) To conceal or disguise.

Verb : (idiomatic) To clothe.

Verb : (idiomatic) To put covers over oneself in bed.

wrap up

Verb : (transitive and intransitive) To cover or enclose (something) by folding and securing a covering entirely around it.

Verb : (transitive and intransitive, idiomatic) To conclude or finish completely.

Verb : (transitive and intransitive, idiomatic) To summarize or recapitulate.


Noun : Alternative form of funny bone [(idiomatic) The ulnar nerve in the elbow, which, when hit, causes a tingly sensation.]


Adjective : Alternative spelling of star-crossed [(idiomatic) Ill-fated by destiny, the fate of the person being “written in the stars”.]

dressed to the nines

Adjective : (idiomatic) Very fancily or formally dressed; wearing very showy or splendid clothing.

necktie party

Noun : (US, idiomatic, dated) An execution by hanging, especially a lynching.

landing strip

Noun : (aviation) A runway for aircraft, especially one which is auxiliary or temporary.

Noun : (idiomatic) A cultivated pubic hair pattern in which much of the pubic hair is removed, leaving only a central vertical line or rectangle.

shit bricks

Verb : Alternative form of shit a brick [(idiomatic, vulgar) To react strongly or excessively, especially in anger, fear, or astonishment.]

strings attached

Noun : (idiomatic) Unstated or downplayed catches, limitations, caveats, restrictions, or requirements.


Noun : Alternative spelling of rock hound [(idiomatic) A person who collects rocks and minerals from the natural environment as a hobby.]

lawn sleeves

Noun : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see lawn, sleeves.

Noun : The sleeves of a bishop's ceremonial garments.

Noun : The bishops of the Anglican or Roman Catholic churches.

cat's pajamas

cross purpose

Noun : Alternative form of cross-purpose [(idiomatic) A contrary or conflicting purpose or understanding, especially an unintentional or misconceived one.]

potter's field

Noun : (idiomatic) A public place where strangers, paupers, and criminals are buried.

nook and cranny

Noun : (idiomatic) A place or part of a place, especially small or remote.

short hairs

Noun : (idiomatic, slang) Pubic hair.


Adjective : Of a collar, able to be buttoned down to the shirt, as over a necktie.

Adjective : (idiomatic) Serious; staid; businesslike.

Adjective : (idiomatic) Conservative; conventional; unimaginative.

watery grave

Noun : (idiomatic) Death (or loss of an inanimate object) via drowning (sinking) in a body of water; or the underwater resting place of such a person or object.

shank's mare

Noun : Alternative spelling of shanks' mare [(US, idiomatic) One's own legs used for walking; to "travel by shanks' mare" or "ride [on] shanks' mare" is to walk to your destination.]

skeleton in the cupboard

Noun : (UK, idiomatic) A shameful secret.


Noun : Alternative form of pipe dream [(idiomatic) A plan, desire, or idea that will not likely work; a near impossibility.]

tie the knot

Verb : (idiomatic, intransitive) To marry, wed, get married.

Verb : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see tie, the, knot.

potter's clay

Noun : The clay used by a potter.

Noun : (idiomatic, biblical) A person or people created and shaped by God.

Noun : (idiomatic, biblical) A nation or kingdom.

iron curtain

Noun : (historical) The dividing line between Western Europe and the Soviet controlled regions, especially during the Cold War.

Noun : A barrier made of iron in the theatre, lowered between the stage and the auditorium for safety or to prevent communication.

Noun : (idiomatic) Any impenetrable barrier.

bow and scrape

Verb : To make a deep bow with the right leg drawn back (thus scraping the floor), left hand pressed across the abdomen, right arm held aside.

Verb : (idiomatic, by extension) To behave in a servile, obsequious, or excessively polite manner.

Noun : A deep formal bow with right leg drawn back touching the ground.

shanks' pony

Noun : (idiomatic, UK, Australia, New Zealand) One's feet or legs, regarded as a means of transport.

tie up

Verb : To secure with rope, string, etc.

Verb : (idiomatic) To occupy, detain, keep busy, or delay.

Verb : (idiomatic) To complete, finish, or resolve.

kettle of fish

Noun : (idiomatic) An awkward situation.

Noun : (idiomatic) A situation recognized as different from or as an alternative to some other situation.

ruby slippers

Noun : (idiomatic) A valuable feature (of software etc) overlooked by the user.

elbow grease

Noun : (idiomatic) Effort or hard work, especially physical work involving repeated motion of the forearm, such as scrubbing.

brush down

Verb : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see brush, down. To remove something with a brush, or ones hands using a downward brushing motion.

Verb : (idiomatic) To straighten up one's clothes and to tidy up one's appearance.

cross paths

Verb : (idiomatic, of two things or people) To be, by chance, in the same physical place at the same time, as a result of two completely separate journeys; to encounter or meet each other.

cave in

Verb : To collapse inward or downward.

Verb : (figurative) To relent; to grant approval against one's initial will.

Noun : Misspelling of cave-in. [The act of something collapsing or caving in.]

one side

Noun : (idiomatic) A place where things are stored or reserved, as in:


Noun : A small room within a house used to store clothing, food, or other household supplies.

Noun : (obsolete) Any private space, (particularly) bowers in the open air.

Noun : (now rare) Any private or inner room, (particularly):

spin doctor

Noun : (business, politics) A person employed to gloss over a poor public image (or present it in a better light) in business and politics, especially after unfavourable results have been achieved. A lobbyist; PR person.

Verb : (idiomatic, transitive) To generate spin (favourable interpretation or bias).

fishing expedition

Noun : (idiomatic, law, informal, derogatory) A search for information, especially incriminating information, that is conducted without specific direction or goal, in the hope that something may turn up.

Noun : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see fishing, expedition. (an outing for catching fish)

charley horse

Noun : (idiomatic, US) A muscle cramp, usually in the thigh or leg.

Noun : (informal) A punch in the thigh.

buck up

Verb : (idiomatic, intransitive) To become encouraged, reinvigorated, or cheerful; to summon one's courage or spirits; to pluck up courage.

Verb : (idiomatic, transitive) To encourage; to hearten.

Verb : (idiomatic, intransitive, dated) To dress oneself up smartly; compare (obsolete) buck ("a fop, dandy")


Noun : A group of objects held together by wrapping or tying.

Noun : A package wrapped or tied up for carrying.

Noun : A group of products or services sold together as a unit.

rabbit hole

Noun : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see rabbit, hole. (The entrance to) a rabbit warren or burrow.

Noun : (usually with article) A bizarre world, where everyday rules do not apply.

Noun : (usually with article) A way into such a world.


Noun : Alternative spelling of charley horse [(idiomatic, US) A muscle cramp, usually in the thigh or leg.]

soft shoe

Noun : (performing arts) A kind of tap dancing performed in soft-soled shoes, popular in vaudeville.

Noun : (idiomatic) A speech, explanation, sales pitch, or other set of remarks delivered in a restrained or conciliatory manner in order to persuade, distract, or otherwise influence someone.

Adjective : (usually hyphenated) Of or pertaining to this kind of dancing.

bottom fishing

Noun : Fishing with bait, lines, and other gear used to catch aquatic creatures which inhabit the lowest regions of a body of water, including a seabed or riverbed.

Noun : (idiomatic, business, finance) Buying, or seeking opportunities to buy, investment securities or other valuable properties at a time when markets are depressed and prices are low.

do up

Verb : (transitive, idiomatic) To fasten (a piece of clothing, etc.); to tighten (a nut etc.)

Verb : (transitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To redecorate (a room, etc.); to make improvements to (a home or domestic property).

Verb : (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To execute a task or performance.

odds and ends

Noun : (idiomatic) Miscellaneous things.

rig out

Verb : (idiomatic, transitive) to provide with equipment or gear

Verb : (idiomatic, transitive) To dress; to clothe, especially in an odd or fanciful manner.

Verb : (idiomatic, transitive) to expel the holder of an office or other position by means of rigging the election.

fence in

Verb : To enclose with a fence.

Verb : (idiomatic, by extension) To restrict freedom.

buckle up

Verb : (transitive) To fasten with a buckle.

Verb : (intransitive, idiomatic) To fasten one's seat belt or safety belt.


Noun : Alternative form of window-shopping [(idiomatic) The browsing of shop windows without any intention of buying.]

gone fishing

Adjective : Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see go, fishing.

Adjective : (idiomatic) Unavailable, having taken time off for recreation.

Adjective : (figurative, by extension) Absentminded.

dark horse

Noun : (idiomatic) Someone who possesses talents or favorable characteristics that are not known or expected by others.

Noun : (idiomatic, politics) A candidate for an election who is nominated unexpectedly, without previously having been discussed or considered as a likely choice.

Noun : (horse racing) A horse whose capabilities are not known.

feather merchant

Noun : (military slang) A civilian.

Noun : (military slang, by extension) Someone with a cushy job or without combat experience.

Noun : (slang, by extension) Someone who does not do worthwhile work; someone who is more appearance than substance.

stepping razor

Noun : (idiomatic) A dangerous person, who is not to be messed with.

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