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|Roll with the punches|
What does Roll with the punches mean?
|Weather through tough times, try to minimize the
trouble.||Sometimes in life you just have to roll with the punches, even when the punches feel like they are coming from Mike Tyson.|
Rolling with the punches is a technique used in boxing. The objective is to avoid receiving a direct hit with solid contact.
The technique is to move away from the punch in an attempt to avoid the blow or at least create a glancing blow. A glancing blow being preferable to a direct hit.
Some Random Idioms
|go on a binge|
What does "go on a binge" mean?
| to eat/do too much of something||My friend went on a binge and ate too much chocolate recently.|
|(one's) hands are tied|
What does "(one's) hands are tied" mean?
| one is unable to help||I am sorry that I can`t help you but my hands are tied at the moment.|
What does "rap" mean?
| chat; talk; discuss something|
|spread oneself too thin|
What does "spread oneself too thin" mean?
| to try to do too many things at one time||My sister has been spreading herself too thin lately and is not accomplishing very much of anything.|
|contempt of court|
What does "contempt of court" mean?
| disobedience of the orders and authority of the court, disrespect for the court process||The judge ordered the man to be held in contempt of court when he was several hours late for the trial.|
|take (someone) up on (something)|
What does "take (someone) up on (something)" mean?
| to take advantage of someone's offer of something||I took my friend up on his offer to let me borrow his new car.|
What does "tapped" mean?
| broke; having no money|
|like lambs to the slaughter|
What does "like lambs to the slaughter" mean?
| quietly and without complaining about the dangers that may lie ahead||Our football team went like lambs to the slaughter to meet the best football team in the country.|
|occur to (someone)|
What does "occur to (someone)" mean?
| to come into someone's mind (an idea or thought)||It occurred to me that I will not be able to meet my friend on Saturday because I have to go to the airport to meet someone else.|
|pot calls the kettle black|
What does "pot calls the kettle black" mean?
| someone criticizes somebody for a fault that they have themselves||My friend always criticizes me for being late but that is like the pot calling the kettle black. He himself is the one who is usually late.|
|scare the (living) daylights out of (someone)|
What does "scare the (living) daylights out of (someone)" mean?
| to frighten someone very much||Falling off the bicycle scared the daylights out of the little girl.|
What does "WTG" mean?
| way to go|