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- should do something
I`d better go now or I`ll be late for class.
hair stand on end
- become frightened or afraid of something
My hair stood on end when I saw the aftermath of the automobile accident.
hale and hearty
- in very good health, well and strong
My uncle is a hale and hearty fellow who never gets sick.
I didn`t really like his half-baked idea about the new delivery system.
half the battle
- a large part of the work
Sending the letters out will be half the battle. We can finish the rest of the work next week.
- remove, work out by discussion and debate
The union and managers were able to hammer out an agreement before midnight last night.
- arrange to give something to someone after your death
My grandmother handed down her silver jewellery to my mother.
- give to someone, hand to someone
I went to the company early to hand in my job application.
hand it to (someone)
- give credit or praise to someone
You have to hand it to him - he worked hard and was very successful with his business.
handle with kid gloves
- be very careful handling someone or something
He is very sensitive so you have to handle him with kid gloves when you speak to him.
- something given away after another person doesn`t need it (especially clothing)
She was very poor when she was a child and always wore hand-me-down clothing.
- give things of the same kind to several people
The teacher decided not to hand out the tests until everyone in the class stopped talking.
- a gift - usually from the government
The government stopped giving hand-outs to the university students as they said they had no money.
- sheet of paper given to students or people who attend a meeting etc.
Everyone at the meeting was given a hand-out on how to save and invest money.
- give control or possession to someone, give something to another person
The criminals were forced to hand over the stolen money to the police.
hand over fist
His new company is making money hand over fist.
(one`s) hands are tied
- unable to help
I`m sorry that I can`t help you with the job but my hands are tied at the moment.
- easy, unopposed
They won the game hands down over the other team.
- leave alone, don`t interfere
The government decided to take a hands-off approach to the teachers during the strike.
hand something to someone on a silver platter
- give a person something that has not been earned
He was handed a great job on a silver platter and never had to make any effort at all.
hand to mouth
- having only enough money for basic living
He was living a hand to mouth existence until he was finally able to find a job.
handwriting on the wall
- a sign that something bad will happen
The handwriting is on the wall. Business conditions are bad so probably nobody will get a pay raise this year.
- can easily fix things
He is very handy around the house and is always fixing or building something.
- pass time or stay someplace without any real purpose or aim
We decided to stay home and hang around on Sunday rather than go out to the game.
- stay some distance behind or away, hesitate or be unwilling to do something
He lacks self-confidence and always hangs back when his boss asks for volunteers.
hang by a thread
- be in doubt, depend on a very small thing
The outcome of the election hung by a thread until the last two or three hours.
hang in the balance
- have two equally possible results, be uncertain
After the opposition party won the election whether or not the new highway will be built hangs in the balance.
hang in (there)
- persevere, don`t give up
You should hang in there and don`t quit your job just because you don`t like the supervisor.
- a rather old expression used to express annoyance or disappointment
"Hang it", he said when he hit his finger with the hammer.
Although business was very bad he decided to hang on and fight to keep his business going.
- wait, continue listening on the telephone
Hang on for a minute while I go and get some paper and a pen.
hang one on
- get very drunk
He really hung one on last night after he heard about his promotion.
hang on to
- hold tightly, keep firmly
Please hang on to your hats or the strong wind will blow them off.
- spend one`s time idly or lounging about, spend time with someone or a group of people
Recently his brother has been hanging out with a group of people who are not a good influence on him.
hang out one`s shingle
- notify the public of the opening of an office - especially a doctor`s or lawyer`s office
He has decided to hang out his own shingle now that he has graduated from law school.
- place on a hook, peg or hangar
Everyone was forced to hang up their jackets before they entered the room.
- place a telephone receiver back on the telephone and break the connection
After he hung up the telephone he left to go to work.
- a delay in some process
There was a hang-up in the construction of the office tower because of the fire.
- an inhibition, a neurotic reaction to some life situation
She has a serious hang-up about the dark and is afraid to go out alone at night.
- a time in bars or restaurants when drinks are served at a discount
We stopped at the restaurant during happy hour and had a couple of drinks.
hard and fast rule
- rules that cannot be altered to fit special cases
There is no hard and fast rule that says you can`t use a cellular phone in the train.
hard as nails
- physically very fit and strong, rough, stern
He is as hard as nails and is not a good person to have an argument with.
- anger or bitterness
I don`t have any hard feelings toward him even though he fired me.
- not weak or soft, stubborn - especially in a fight, contest or negotiations
The company had a hard-nosed attitude while bargaining with the union.
hard nut to crack
- a person or thing not easily understood or influenced
He is a hard nut to crack and is not close to many people.
hard on (someone/something)
- treat something/someone roughly
His son is very hard on shoes.
- burdened with urgent business
I am a little hard pressed for time. Can we meet later?
- selling something very aggressively and with great eagerness
I didn`t like their hard sell attitude at the car dealership so I went to another dealer.
- short of money
I am hard up for money at the moment so I can`t go to the movie.
- talk repeatedly and tediously about something
He has been harping on his lack of money for a few months now.
It is a real hassle to have to report to him two times a day.
- a politician etc. whose job it is to say negative things about the opposition, a person in a company who must fire extra workers or cut other expenses etc.
He is acting as a hatchet man for the leader but I don`t think that he really believes what he is saying.
hate one`s guts
- feel very strong dislike for someone
I absolutely hate her guts after she caused me so many problems at my company.
have a ball
- have a good time
She had a ball at the party last night.
have a crush on
- be attracted to someone
Her sister has had a crush on him for a long time.
have a fit
- become upset
She had a fit when she saw what her son did to the car.
have a go at
- try something especially after others have tried it
I decided to have a go at applying for the job after my boss recommended me.
have a hand in
- be partly responsible for something
I think that she had a hand in getting her friend fired from her job.
have a head on one`s shoulders
- be smart or sensible
That new salesman really has a head on his shoulders.
have an edge on
- have an advantage (over someone)
Their team has an edge on the race to win the high school football championship.
have an eye for
- have good taste in something, be able to judge correctly
She has an eye for nice furniture and her apartment is absolutely beautiful.
(not) have anything to do with someone
- (not) want to be a friend of or work or have business with someone
My father will not have anything to do with the salesman because he sold him the faulty car.
have a screw loose
- act in a strange way, be foolish
He is a really strange person. I think that he has a screw loose somewhere.
have a time
- have trouble, have a hard time
She really had a time last night when her car stopped working completely
have a time
- have a good time, have fun
We really had a time at the party last night.
have a way with
- be able to lead, persuade or influence others
The little girl really has a way with horses. They are very gentle when she is around.
have a word with
- converse briefly
I will have a word with him before he goes home tonight.
have been around
- have been to many places and done many things, be experienced
My brother has really been around and has been overseas many times.
have dibs on
- demand a share of something or be in line to use something
I have dibs on the computer and would like to use it as soon as possible.
have egg on one`s face
- be embarrassed
He really has egg on his face after finding out about his mistake.
have eyes only for
- give all one`s attention to, be interested only in
She has eyes only for her boyfriend.
have half a mind
- feel tempted or inclined to do something
I have half a mind to go and offer my resignation to the president.
have had it (with someone or something)
- can`t tolerate anymore
I have really had it with her constant complaining.
have in mind
- intend, plan
What do you have in mind for your wife`s birthday?
- hear or get news, understand
I have it that the new president will be coming to see us next week.
- claim, say
Rumor has it that three of the supervisors will be leaving next week.
- allow (usually used with will or would)
We wanted to have a party at our office next month but our boss won`t have it.
- get or find the answer
I think I finally have it. The reason she is leaving is because she is going to have a baby.
have it both ways
- do two things, have both things
You can`t have it both ways. You must choose one or the other.
have it coming
- deserve a punishment
He really has it coming to him after causing the problems in the company.
have it in for someone
- show ill will or dislike a person
I have been having problems at work recently because I think that the new supervisor has it in for me.
have it made
- be successful, have everything
He really has it made with his new job.
have it out with someone
- settle or discuss something with someone angrily
I had it out with her yesterday over the problem with the money.
- be wearing something
What did she have on when you last saw her?
have one`s ass in a sling
- be in an uncomfortable predicament, be at a disadvantage
He really has his ass in a sling now that he has quit his job and can`t find another one.
have one`s eye on
- have a wish for something, have as an aim, look or think about something
I want to buy a nice present for my girlfriend so I have my eye on a nice dress that I saw at the department store last week.
have one`s feet on the ground
- be practical or sensible
The new sales manager really has his feet on the ground.
have one`s heart set on something
- want something very much
The child has his heart set on getting a new bicycle for his birthday.
- invite someone to your house
We will have you over when we settle into our new house.
have rocks in one`s head
- be stupid, not have good judgement
She really has rocks in her head. She should never have bought that old car.
have (something) going for one
- have ability, talent or good looks
She has a lot going for her and I am sure that she will get the new job.
have something on someone
- have information or proof that someone did sometning wrong
I think that the police have something on him and that is why he wants to quit his job.
have something on the ball
- be smart, clever, skilled
She really has a lot on the ball. She should do well in whatever she chooses to do.
have something up one`s sleeve
- something kept secretly ready for the right time
I`m not too worried about the meeting as I have something up my sleeve if they try to cause any more problems.
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