177. take it easy: relax.
"I don't have any special vacation plans. I'm just going to take
178. toss something: throw something away; put something in the
"These shoes are worn out. I guess I'll have to toss them."
179. tough: difficult.
"Question number three is a tough one.Do you know the answer?"
180. There, there.: expression of comfort.
"There, there. Everything's going to be OK."
181. tight-fisted: very frugal; unwilling to spend money
A: Do you think Charlie will donate any money to the activities
B: No way! He's too tight-fisted!
182. a tightwad: someone who is very frugal and unwilling to
A: Will Charlie donate any money to the activities fund?
B: Absolutely not! He's a real tightwad!"
183. tricky: easily confused or misunderstood.
"This problem is tricky. I don't really understand it."
184. two-faced: deceitful; disloyal; someone who pretends to be
a friend but isn't.
"I thought he was my friend, but he's two-faced. He says nice
to me when we're together, but makes jokes about me when we
185. under the weather: ill; sick; unwell.
"Ted was feeling under the weather yesterday, so he decided not
to go to work."
186. until hell freezes over: forever.
"Chris can practice the piano until hell freezes over, but he'll
well because he's tone-deaf."
Note: This expression is used to describe something that will
change, no matter how long or how often it's done.
187. until you're blue in the face: forever.
"You can talk until you're blue in the face, but I won't change
Note: This expression is used in the same way as "until hell
188. update: make current; add information to show what has
"I need to update my résumé. It doesn't show what I've done
during the last year."
189. Was my face red!: I was very embarrassed.
"When I got to the meeting I noticed that I was wearing one
and one brown one. Was my face red!"
190. wear out one's welcome: make someone uncomfortable by
visiting too long.
A: "Can't you stay two or three more days?"
B: "No. I don't want to wear out my welcome."
191. wet behind the ears: inexperienced and naive.
"Don't include Fred as part of the bargaining team.He's just
working here and is still too wet behind the ears."
192. What for?: Why?
A: "Come here for a minute. I need you."
B: "What for?"
Note: "What" and "for" can be separated--with "for" at the end
of the question:
B: "What do you need me for?"
193. What's up?: What's new? What's happening?
"Hi, Dave. What's up?"
194. wishy-washy: uncommitted; without an opinion of one's own.
"Don't be so wishy-washy. Tell us how you really feel."
195. with bells on: very eagerly; with the feeling that one will
have a very good
A: "Are you going to Sandra's party?"
B: "I'll be there with bells on!"
196. would ('d) just as soon: would ('d) rather; prefer.
"I know we have a lot of work to do, but I'm tired. I'd just as
and finish tomorrow. Is that OK with you?"
197. a yes-man: someone who tries to get approval by agreeing
A: "Why does the boss think Arnold is so intelligent?"
B: "Because Arnold is a yes-man. He agrees with everything the
198. You don't say!: Really? / Is that really true?
A: "Have you heard the news? Jessica got married!"
B: "You don't say!"
199. You've got to be kidding!: You can't be serious! (What you
said can't be true.What you said is very surprising/hard to believe.) "
A: "Did you know that Bob quit his job?"
B: "You've got to be kidding!"
200. yucky: terrible; distasteful; very unpleasant.
"Don't eat the soup at the cafeteria. It's yucky!"
201. yummy: delicious.
"Have you tried the cookies that Jonathan baked? They're yummy!"
202. zilch: nothing.
A: "How much money do you have?"
B: "Zilch. I'm broke until payday."
203. Zip your lip!: keep something secret; promise not to tell
what has just been
"What I told you is really important, so zip your lip!"