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dance to a different tune
- talk or act differently (usually better) because things have changed
He has begun dancing to a different tune now that he knows that his head salesman is thinking of quitting.
- a candidate little known to the general public
At first he was a dark horse candidate but he later won the election.
- do or finish quickly, leave quickly
I will dash off a letter now but then I must go to work.
- become clear
It finally dawned on me as to why he was angry.
day and night
We worked day and night to finish the project before the end of the month.
day in and day out
- regularly, all the time
He goes to that restaurant day in and day out and never gets tired of it.
- exactly in front, before
There was a truck dead ahead so we put on the car brakes suddenly.
dead as a doornail
- very dead
The man was dead as a doornail as we could see after the accident.
- a person who never pays his debts
There is a policy to penalize deadbeat fathers by the local government.
- exact middle
He was able to hit the target dead center.
- person or thing in a hopeless situation or condition
He is a dead duck and has no hope of recovering his former position.
- the closed end of a road or an impasse
The negotiations between the team and the owners have come to a dead end.
- with an expressionless or emotionless face
He had a deadpan expression when he told us the story.
dead set against something
- determined not to do something
They are dead set against their son going to Europe for a year.
- very tired, exhausted
I was dead tired so I went to bed as soon as I got home.
dead to the world
- fast asleep
The little boy was dead to the world when his father took him out of the car.
- dressed in fancy clothes
She was all decked out in her best clothes for the party.
- throw away, dispose of
I decided to deep-six the videos as I didn`t want them any longer.
- serious trouble or difficulty
He will be in deep water if he doesn`t tell us where he spent the money.
deliver the goods
- succeed in doing what is expected well
He is the best manager that we have ever had. He knows how to deliver the goods.
- unworried, not caring what happens
He has a devil-may-care attitude to his job and nothing ever bothers him.
- come slowly to an end, grow weaker
When the sound of the music finally died down we were able to get to sleep.
- die one after another until the number is small
The house plants began to die off as soon as he moved to a new apartment.
- die or disappear slowly until all gone
Dinosaurs died out millions of years ago.
- begin eating
Let`s dig in and eat before everything is cold!
dime a dozen
- common, easy to get and of little value
Used books are a dime a dozen so don`t worry if you can`t sell them.
- a look that shows dislike or disapproval
His mother gave him a dirty look when he smoked the cigarette.
- serve food from a large bowl or plate
He began to dish out the food as soon as the guests arrived.
- treat or criticize roughly
He likes to dish out criticism to others but he doesn`t like to hear criticism about himself.
do a double take
- look again in surprise at someone or something
She did a double take when she saw her old boyfriend with another woman.
do a job on
- do harm to, make ugly or useless
He really did a job on the plans for the new house that he was working on.
do away with
- put an end to, stop, get rid of
The company has decided to do away with having fixed holidays every year.
- ready or willing to fight and hurt others to get what you want
It is a dog-eat-dog world out in the world of advertising and public relations.
- to ruin, destroy
He quickly did in the new shoes that he received for his birthday.
- to make tired, exhaust
He was really done in by the time that he finished the marathon.
- dress in fancy clothes
She was all dolled up for the party at the downtown hotel.
- ruined, defeated, dying
I think that the team is done for as far as this season is concerned.
- be finished using something
He was finally done with the computer and so he let his sister use it.
do one`s best
- try to do something as well as you can
I tried to do my best on the exam.
do one`s bit (part)
- share in a group project by contributing one`s time and effort
He did his bit for the planning of the party.
do one`s thing
- do what one wants to do and enjoys
He is an individualist and enjoys doing his thing when and where he chooses.
- make a great effort while disregarding danger
He was in a position of do-or-die when he finally found another job.
do out of
- cause to lose by trickery or cheating
He was worried that the company would do him out of the large bonus that he was expecting.
do someone good
- be good or beneficial for someone
It will do you good to go on a holiday.
do something rash
- take drastic action (usually without thinking)
She is extremely angry so I hope that she doesn`t do anything rash.
do the honors
- perform the duty of a host (when serving a drink etc.)
Would you like to do the honors and pour everyone a glass of wine?
do the trick
- work well, achieve a good result
I think the new piece of equipment should do the trick and solve the problem.
- spend time in prison
He was doing time when I first heard about him.
- benefit from
I have been working hard all day so now I could do with a cold drink.
- be acquainted, involved or associated with
I don`t have anything to do with the party this year.
- manage without something
If there is no sugar, we`ll have to do without.
- turn back from where you are going or have been
We decided to double back from the arena to get some money to go to a movie.
- check again to be sure something is correct
He double-checked the price of the airplane ticket.
- deceive, promise one thing and do another
He tried to double-cross his partner but was caught and sent to jail.
- talk that appears to have meaning but does not
He gave the audience a lot of double-talk so nobody knew what he wanted to say.
- share a room or home with someone
The passengers had to double up in hotel rooms when the plane was delayed because of the weather.
down and out
- have no money
He has been down and out before but he has always been able to find a job eventually.
down in the dumps
She has been really down in the dumps since her boyfriend moved away.
down on (someone)
- be critical of someone, angry at
She is really down on her friend but I don`t really know the reason.
down one`s alley
- suited to one`s tastes and abilities
Computers are down his alley so I am sure that he will be interested in taking the job.
down the line
- straight ahead, in future
There will be many changes at this company down the line but for now your job is safe.
down the drain
- wasted or lost
He is just throwing money down the drain when he goes to the horse races.
- sensible and practical
Her mother is a very down-to-earth person.
down to the wire
- nearing a deadline, running out of time
We went right down to the wire but we were able to finish the job on time.
- produce excellent results
If you begin to do some exercise it will do wonders for your health.
- insist on bringing another subject into a discussion
He always drags in his personal problems when we are talking about his performance on the job.
- pass very slowly, make longer
The speech seemed to drag on and on so finally we decided to leave early.
drag one`s feet/heels
- act slowly or reluctantly
He has been dragging his feet about whether or not to take the job.
draw a blank
- obtain nothing in return for an effort made, get a negative result
He drew a blank when he went to the head office to try and receive some information about the merger.
- receive criticism or argument
He has been drawing a lot of fire since he announced that he would not play basketball another year.
- be a target, attract or provoke shooting
The soldiers drew fire when they entered the small village.
draw in one`s horns
- spend less money
Their company is not doing well so they will have to draw in their horns for awhile.
draw (someone) out
- make a person talk or tell something
She was very quiet but we finally were able to draw her out so that she would join the party.
draw the line
- set a limit
We have to draw the line somewhere in regards to the costs of the party.
- put in writing
They were able to draw up the new contract while we were waiting.
dressed to kill
- wear one`s finest clothes
She was dressed to kill when I saw her at the concert last week.
dressed to the nines (teeth)
- dressed elegantly
The stars were all dressed to the nines during the Academy Awards ceremony.
- put on one`s best clothes
He decided to dress up for dinner at the restaurant.
drive a hard bargain
- conclude a bargain without making any concessions
Although he drives a hard bargain I like doing business with him.
- try or want to say something
I don`t know what he was driving at in his speech.
drive someone up a wall
- irritate or annoy someone greatly
His constant complaining is driving me up a wall.
drop a hint
- casually utter a hint or suggestion
He dropped a hint that he wanted to transfer to a new department.
drop (someone) a line
- write or mail a note or letter to someone
She promised that she would drop me a line when she gets to Singapore.
- move or step backwards, retreat
During the hike his foot began to get sore so he decided to drop back and rest for awhile.
- to visit someone or somewhere
He dropped by after work for a drink.
drop by the wayside
- give up or fail before the finish
Many runners dropped by the wayside as the marathon continued.
- go away and be quiet, stop bothering someone
I told him to drop dead when he came into my room and now he is angry at me.
- make a short or unplanned visit
I decided to drop in and visit my friend after I finished work for the day.
drop in the bucket
- small amount
The money he paid back was only a drop in the bucket compared to what he owes.
drop out (of school)
- quit school or a course of some kind
She dropped out of the class after three months.
drown one`s sorrows
- drink alcohol to forget one`s problems
He`s in the bar drowning his sorrows with a beer.
- make so much noise that it is impossible to hear
The team captain was drowned out by the cheering fans.
- invent, encourage by making an effort
They were able to drum up a lot of business during the summer.
- easy, effortless
How was the test last week? It was duck soup - no problem at all.
- a stupid gullible person
He is a dumb bunny and you never know what he will do next.
- meal/movie etc. where each person pays their own way, contribute equally to something
When he goes out with his girlfriend it is always a Dutch treat as he doesn`t have much money.
- think about or talk about something all the time
I wish he wouldn`t always dwell on his personal problems.
each and every
- every (used for emphasis)
I would like each and every one of you to bring your textbooks tomorrow.
- person who is always eager to work or do extra work
He is a real eager beaver and is always available to work when we need him.
- scolding, a lot of information (often critical)
He really gave his daughter an earful when she came home late.
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