pull yourself together
- to calm down and behave normally after an upsetting event
- to compose yourself after being angry or upset
- to regain self control
- to maintain your composure
- I know its difficult to get over your loss, but try to pull yourself together and get on with life.
- He had a major accident and had a hard time pulling himself together after that.
- Though you’ve had a hard day, it would be better for everyone if you could pull yourself together and get on with your work.
- I’m going through a major personal crisis, but I’ll have to pull myself together and do what is to be done.
- Inspite of all his misfortunes, he has pulled himself together and done well for himself.
- Though he suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of a lesser player, he pulled himself together and focussed on the next match.
- Though I did not succeed in my last business, I’ve pulled myself together and will try again.
- He was unable to pull himself together after he lost his entire family in the plane crash.
The origin of this phrase is not clear.
pull a rabbit out of the hat
- do something unexpected or surprising
- do something unorthodox but very effective to solve a problem
- surprise others by suddenly doing something requiring a lot of skill
- The team was losing till almost the end, but suddenly, it pulled a rabbit out of its hat and won the contest in the dying minutes.
- Its difficult for the company to survive, unless the management pulls a rabbit out of its hat.
- Can your favorite team pull a rabbit out of the hat and win the tournament this time?
- The deal was about to be cancelled, but at the last moment, the sales team pulled a rabbit out of the hat and convinced the client to seal the deal.
- The government pulled a rabbit out of the hat and passed the bill despite strong opposition from other parties.
- Unless we can pull a rabbit out of the hat, our new venture will not really take off.
- The story was getting complicated, but in the end the author pulled a rabbit out of the hat and it all fell into place and made sense.
This phrase originated from the magic trick whereby a magician pulls out a rabbit out of an empty hat.
part brass rags
- quarrel and break off friendship with someone
- to part with a friend by breaking friendship
- Both of them parted off rags with each other after a misunderstanding between them due to the other person.
- He parted brass rags with his business partner and started his own firm.
- You must not part brass rags with due to a mere misunderstanding. Talk to him and know the whole truth.
- “If I were to part brass rags with you I would die” he gave a sarcastic smile reading the years old letter from her.
This expression has its explanations in The Tadpole of a Archangel a short story by W. P Drury written in the year 1898. According to the story When sailors want to prove the brotherly love to inspire one another, it is a ritual to keep their brass work cleaning cloth in a joint ragbag. But if their relations become unhealthy, the bag owner would throw away his brother’s rags on the deck. As the brass rags separated bitterness creeped. The phrase has it origins from the 19th century.
picture is worth a thousand words
also, picture paints a thousand words
- a picture conveys information more effectively than words
- a picture can tell a story just as well as many words
- using graphics can convey ideas more effectively than a large number of words
- graphic illustration conveys stronger messages than words
- A good presentation should contain more of graphics and less of text, since a picture is worth a thousand words.
- In order to effectively convey the health hazards of smoking, a cigarette pack now contains a picture of diseased lungs, instead of just the statutory warning message. A picture is worth a thousand words.
- The newspaper report carried more pictures of the event than text, since a picture is worth a thousand words.
- Its easier to learn how a machine works from pictures rather than descriptions, since a picture is worth a thousand words.
- It would be better if you drew out a map with the direction to the place rather than just telling me. A picture is worth a thousand words.
This phrase originated in America in the early 1900s. Its introduction is widely attributed to Frederick R. Barnard, an advertising executive. However, other references to its origin also exist.
pull the wool over eyes
- to deceive someone
- to hoodwink someone
- prevent someone from discovering something by deceiving them
- deceive someone into thinking well of them
- I’m not as dumb as you think; don’t try to pull the wool over my eyes.
- Don’t try to pull the wool over his eyes, he’s too smart.
- Some people think they can get away with anything. They always try to pull the wool over others’ eyes.
- You can’t pull the wool over her eyes, she knows what’s going on.
- Most financial advisers try to pull the wool over their client’s eyes and sell them what they don’t need. They only care for their own commissions.
- Beware of quacks posing as doctors. They will pull the wool over your eyes and disappear with their fees.
- I don’t trust people who claim to have supernatural powers. I think they are just pulling the wool over people’s eyes.
- Are you trying to pull the wool over my eyes? I know very well what happened in there.
The phrase originated in America in the 1800s. It is assumed that it was derived from the wearing of woollen wigs
penny for your thoughts
- used for wanting to know what another person is thinking, usually because they have not spoken for a some time
- a way of asking what someone else is thinking
- “You have been quiet for a while, a penny for your thoughts.”
- “You seem pretty serious. A penny for your thoughts.”
- For several minutes they sat in silence, finally she said “A penny for your thoughts, Maya.”
- Noticing that Raj was in a pensive mood, Tina said “A penny for your thoughts, Raj.”
- “You seem pretty pleased, a penny for your thoughts.”
The phrase is probably older, but first written recordings of it were in the early to mid 1500s.
play duck and drakes
– to carelessly misuse one’s wealth
– to behave recklessly
– use selfishly to suit oneself
duck and drakes is also a name of stone skipping or skimming game, a pastime game of throwing flat stones across water so as to make them bounce off the surface.
1. He lost his job for playing ducks and drakes with the fund of corporation.
2. Jane played duck and drakes with the financial system of company.
3. George W. Bush had played duck and drakes with the economy of USA.
4. Hey, let’s play duck and drakes on the lake.
1575–85; from a fancied likeness to a waterfowl’s movements.
put a damper on
- to discourage someone from doing something that they want to
- to show the negative side of something which will lead to the plan of the person wanting to do it, spoilt
- to dull down or numb an experience that was otherwise anticipated to be enthralling or exciting
- to make something or an experience less enjoyable than expected
- The rain today put a damper on the picnic plans.
- He loves to put a damper on every plan that I make!
- The news of our uncle’s demise put the damper on the entire wedding event.
- This movie was supposed to be the best one this year and you have put a damper on it for me by revealing the climax.
- The rain often puts a damper on my friends’ New Year plans in this part of the world.
- Just because he lost his wallet does not mean that he gets to put a damper on my evening too. I am going for the party whether he wants to come along or not.
- We fell ill as soon as we landed which put a damper on the entire trip.
- The violence before the round table conference is bound to put the dampers on the peace talks.
The phrase originates in England and is speculated to be coming from the damp weather in the region.