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Unit 14


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(fight) like cat and dog
(disagree) violently
(like) a bull in a china shop
behave in a clumsy / awkward way
make a dog's dinner (of sth)
(make) a mess (of sth)
a bear with a sore head
irritated / in a bad mood
a different kettle of fish
a totally different situation etc from the one just mentioned
a dog's life
a difficult, hard life
a fish out of water
sb who feels uncomfortable / in unfamiliar surroundings
a red rag to a bull
action comment etc liable to provoke sb
a sitting duck
an easy target
as busy as a bee / a busy bee
(sb) very busy
as the crow flies
in a direct line / by a direct route
be in the doghouse
be out of favour, in trouble
dog eat dog
ruthless competition, rivalry
dog-eared
(of books) with the corners bent and turned down through use
donkey work
boring, monotonous work
donkey's years
a long time
kill two birds with one stone
achieve two things with one action
let the cat out of the bag
reveal a secret
like water off a duck's back
having no effect
make a fool of oneself
make oneself look stupid / embarrassed / ridiculous
make a mountain out of a molehill
cause a fuss about a trivial matter
no room to swing a cat
no room at all
play cat and mouse with sb
treat sb alternatively cruelly and kindly
put the cat among the pigeons
cause trouble / controversy
swim like a fish
swim very well
talk the hind legs off a donkey
talk for a long time, uninterrupted
the rat race
the competitive nature of modern urban life
until the cows come home
for a long time
mutton dressed as lamb
dress in a style younger than / inappropriate to your age
sour grapes
negative attitude stemmed from jealousy
sweet tooth
a great liking for sweet-tasting foods
get nowhere fast
make no / little progress
pay sb's way
contribute your share of a bill / budget
white-collar job
office / clerical work
fly on the wall
an unnoticed observer of a particular situation
Achilles' heel
weakest point of sb's character
wash your hands of
(1) to refuse to accept responsibility for sth, (2) to abandon, renounce
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