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August 12, 2008

slang(hand) mean example
hand over  pass on something Before I leave, I have to hand over all my work
get out of hand  become impossible to manage You'll have to deal with this problem before it gets out of hand
have your hands full  be very busy I can't do anything about it now - my hands are full.
in hand  under control The company report is in hand - you'll have it next week
live hand to mouth  only earn enough money for food After he lost his job, he had to live hand to mouth for a couple of months
have someone in the palm of your hand have influence over someone He's got her in the palm of his hand
be caught red-handed   The children were caught red-handed picking the flowers
     
     
slang(finger) mean example
butter fingers  be clumsy and drop things You've dropped my vase! Butter fingers!
keep your fingers crossed wish something for someone Keep your fingers crossed for me tomorrow - it's my job interview
look through ones fingers   I looked through him finger when I saw him
under your thumb  control someone She's got him under her thumb - he won't do anything without asking her first
     
slang(feet&legs) mean example
put your foot in it  say or do something you shouldn't I think I've put my foot in it - I told her about the party
have itchy feet  not able to settle down in one place She's going off travelling again - she's got really itchy feet
keep someone on their toes  keep someone alert Our teacher keeps us on our toes - we have to pay attention in class
stand on your own two feet  be independent I don't need your help - I can stand on my own two feet
have two left feet  be awkward or clumsy He's a terrible dancer - he's got two left feet
walk on eggshells  be careful about what you say or do She's in a terrible mood - you'll have to walk on eggshells around her
foot the bill  pay the bill He had to foot the bill for the party
     
slang(back) mean example
go behind someone's back  do something secretly She went behind my back and told my boss I wanted a new job
back off  stop trying to force someone to do something Will you just back off and let me decide what I should do!"
back down  accept defeat He finally backed down and let me buy a pet rabbit."
back someone up   support someone Thank you for backing me up in the meeting
put your back into something  work very hard at something She put her back into it and got good results
stab someone in the back  betray someone Be careful of him - he'll stab you in the back if it gets him what he wants

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