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    Some more

    A labour of love - the product of something done lovingly, because you enjoy it, not for the financial or otherwise gain

    Last ditch attempt - final attempt before you lose all hope

    Iron fist in a velvet glove - someone that seems gentle but underneath is a force to be reckoned with and unflexible.

    Get my drift/Catch my drift - when you understand what someone is insinuating

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    At close quarters - Very near
    The insurance agent inspected the damage at close quarters.

    On the nail - immediately
    He made the payment on the nail.

    On thin ice - in a danger situation
    His life was on thin ice yesterday.

    By hook or Crook - By fair or foul means
    He became rich by hook or crook.

    Between Scylla and Charybdis - Between two menacing dangers
    He is caught Between Scylla and Charybdis.

    With baited breath - in a state of fear
    The people watched the suspense movie with baited breath.

    But for - Without
    But for his help I would have failed.

    At full blast - Playing as loud as possible
    They were playing the records at full blast.

    Through fire and water - At any cost
    He rose to eminence through fire and water.

    At the eleventh hour - At the last moment
    She came for the party at the eleventh hour.

    In the same boat - In the same situation
    All poor people are in the same boat.

    In high feather - In high spirits
    When he won the lottery prize he was in high feathers.

    In the wake of - Immediately after the event
    In the wake of the bomb explosion people started to leave the town.

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    To have no truck with someone = to have no dealing with someone.
    The minister had no truck with the criminals.

    To have one’s heart in one’s mouth = to be frightened
    When he saw the tiger he had his heart in his mouth.

    To have second thoughts = to feel less sure about something.
    He had second thoughts about winning the election.

    To have one’s tongue in one’s teeth = to speak ironically
    The judge had his tongue in his teeth.

    in hot water = in a state of trouble.
    On account of corruption charges, the minister was in hot water.

    In lieu of = In place of
    The company sent this new computer in lieu of the old one.

    In rags = in worn-out dress
    The beggar was in rags.

    To one's mind = to one's opinion
    To my mind, he should study hard.

    By dint of = by force of
    He became rich by dint of hard work.

    Under the nose of = in presence of
    The robbers robbed the bank under the nose of police.

    Out of one's depth = out of one's control or capacity.
    To pass this exam is out of his depth

    Behind the scenes= secretly
    People do not know what goes behind the scenes.

    In a shoestring = to be short of money.
    Poor people are always in a shoestring
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    when can i use this phrase..?

    "A pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow"
    "It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews."

    Albert Einstein & Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by waja3k View Post
    when can i use this phrase..?

    "A pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow"
    Well I don't know the exact origin.

    But I believe it has something to do with achieving something really difficult or impossible.

    Because rainbow is an illusion it has no ends so How how can be a pot of gold there

    So if someone says

    He is trying to find a pot of gold at rainbow's end

    Perhaps they mean He or she is trying to do something not possible

    Or if they say

    He found a pot of gold at rainbow's end

    Perhaps they mean That The person Really Achieved something really difficult to achieve

    That's what I understood...But May be someone could provide a more exact answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by waja3k View Post
    when can i use this phrase..?

    "A pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow"
    Traditionally this phrase refers to something that is impossible to reach, from the the Irish and Norse mythology, seeing as you can never reach the end of the Rainbow

    But now it has different meanings, and can be used however you want it, songlover has given you a few good examples

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    When and where else can we construct sentences besides describing pictures?

    "A picture paints a thousand words"
    "It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews."

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    Quote Originally Posted by waja3k View Post
    When and where else can we construct sentences besides describing pictures?

    "A picture paints a thousand words"
    These arent really idioms This is orginally a chinese proverb I believe, we say it, 'a picture is worth a thousand words' i.e sometimes words are not necessary, use a picture to convey your feelings

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    Quote Originally Posted by waja3k View Post
    When and where else can we construct sentences besides describing pictures?

    "A picture paints a thousand words"
    I read a similar one some time back it said "A Picture is worth a thousand Words"

    It means That Nothing can match the preciseness of something that you have seen with your own eyes.
    For Exam Somebody gives you the physical description of say....hmmmm...Cleopatra (the Ancient Egyptian Queen)
    I start by saying.... She was fair, long Black hair, Lovely intoxicating blue eyes, Blah Blah....I may write a thousand words about her but If You see her photo nothing can give you a clearer Idea than that.
    Same is true for objects and places.

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    Wow! songlover26 you look very expensive.. a picture can indeed paints a million words..
    "It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews."

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    Quote Originally Posted by waja3k View Post
    Wow! songlover26 you look very expensive.. a picture can indeed paints a million words..
    Thanks ..I am happy I could help

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    "acting like an injured tiger"
    "It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists (Jews) do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews."

    Albert Einstein & Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by waja3k View Post
    "acting like an injured tiger"
    To start with we must remember 2 basic rules.

    1. Tiger is not a kitty, It is a ferocious and graceful creature
    2. It is even more ferocious when injured or irritated.

    Now same goes for humans too...

    Meaning:

    A person who has been defeated once, Tries even harder in his second attempt.

    * It can also be used to highlight the potential threat of a person seeking revenge.


    Same way "to act like a wounded Tiger" means to Try really hard to seek revenge or beat your opponent after previous defeats.
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    While reading sports news you may come across you may come across these kind of statements.

    "After there defeat at Lords The English team is an injured tiger, and they will surely try to even the scores with Aussies."


    So it means

    That England will try even harder to beat Australia after suffering a humiliating defeat in the first match

    Hope it Helps

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    Achilles' heel

    Achilles' heel is used to refer to someones weakness despite overall strength. It is used as a metaphor for vulnerability.

    Origin

    In Greek mythology, when Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die in battle from an arrow. Naturally, his mother Thetis did not want her son to die. So she took Achilles to the River Styx which was supposed to offer powers of invincibility and dipped his body into the water. But as Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles. But one day, an arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him instantly.

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    Some nice Thoughts and sayings

    1. A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure
    2.It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.
    3. Patience is a bitter plant that bears sweet fruits
    4. A bird is known by it's note, a man by his talk.
    5.A cage is a cage even if the bars are gold.
    6.A cheerful wife is a joy of life.
    7.Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them.
    8.Man sees your actions, But God your intentions.
    9. Luck perhaps visits the fool, but doesn't sit down with them.
    10. Life without a friend is death without a witness.
    11.Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
    12. It is not necessary that the happiest people have everyone, It is just that they appreciate what they have.
    13. A gentleman is one whose mind is humorous and heart is pure.
    14. it takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow.
    15. It is not the ship in the water, but the water in the ship that sinks it.

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    Story: Self-Appraisal


    A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits. The store owner listened in on the conversation that followed. The boy asked, “Lady, can you give the job of cutting your lawn?” The women replied, “I already have someone to cut my lawn.” “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who is cutting your lawn now.” The woman responded that she was very satisfied with the person who was presently cutting her lawn. The little boy found more perseverance and offered, “Lady. I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of North Palm Beach, Florida.” Again the woman answered in negative. With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The druggist, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy and said, “Son I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and I would like to offer you a job.” The little boy replied, “No, thanks. I was just checking on the job I already have!”

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    Some nice Thoughts and sayings - II

    • An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening.
    • An ill wound may be cured, but not an ill name.
    • An industrious person seldom has a busy tongue.
    • An old physician and a young lawyer are the best.
    • An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees calamity in every opportunity.
    • Anger is only one letter short of danger.
    • Ask a loan and you will find yourself alone.
    • Ask always, ‘Is there a better way’.
    • Be courteous to all, but intimate with few.
    • Be first at a feast and last at a fight.
    • Be just before you are generous.
    • Change your pleasures, but not your friends.
    • Character is what God and the angels know of us, reputation is what men and women think of us.
    • Cheat me in the price, but not in the good I purchase.
    • Confess you are wrong yesterday, it will show that you are wise today.
    • Content makes poor man rich; discontent makes rich man poor.
    • A good companion shortens the longest road.
    • Count your life by smiles not tears; count your age by friends not by years.
    • Dear God be good to me, the sea is so wide, and my boat is so small.
    • Death and sun are two things no man can outstare.
    • Debts can be repaid but not insults.
    • Destiny can be deferred, but can never be prevented.
    • Disagreement between brothers is gift to outsiders.
    • Discontent is the first step in the progress of man or a nation.
    • Do not bite the hand that feeds you.
    • Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
    • Do not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
    • Do not quarrel with your bread and butter.
    • Do not show your teeth if you cannot bite.
    • Do not wash your dirty linen in public.
    • Do not worry over what has not yet arrived.
    • Do not worry whether or not the sun will rise, be prepared to enjoy it.
    • Do you know how to stop smoking? Always carry wet matches.
    • Don’t try to die rich but live rich.
    • Drawn wells have sweetest water.
    • Duty is what one expects from others.
    • Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal.
    • Every bird likes its own nest as the best.
    • Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.
    • A quick tongue shows a wise head.
    • A quick promiser, a quick forgetter.
    • A proverb is short sentence based on long experience.
    • A penny saved is a penny gained.

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    Wow! fantastic songlover26, I can make very nice love letters with all this beautiful idioms and phrases

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    Quote Originally Posted by waja3k View Post
    Wow! fantastic songlover26, I can make very nice love letters with all this beautiful idioms and phrases

    thanks
    Your Welcome friend
    Only Love letters ?

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