In fine feather: in good condition; in good health
e.g. With a good night sleep, I am in fine feather today.
After all: in spite of everything
e.g. She didn’t get a good score; after all, it was her first attempt.
Pass the buck: put the blame on someone else not responsible
e.g. It was all your fault! Don’t try to pass the buck!
On board: participating
e.g. We try to get as many people as possible on board this important project.
Make oneself at home: feel comfortable
e.g. Please make yourself at home; take off your shoes if you want to.
Pass the hat: collect money for
e.g. He is always passing the hat for something.
Late in life: in old age
e.g. It was only late in life that he became a famous writer.
Act one’s age: behave maturely
e.g. Stop behaving like a teenager! Act your age.
No flies on: very alert, smart
e.g. You cannot trick her; there are no flies on her.
Bad sort: an unpleasant person
e.g. He is a bad sort; nobody likes him.
Bag your face: shut up!
e.g. You and your loud mouth! Go and bag your face!
e.g. If your parents were here, you would dance to another tune.
A little bird told me: somehow I knew
e.g. “How did you know what I did?” “Well, a little bird told me.”
Add insult to injury: make things worse
e.g. Enough is enough! Don’t add insult to injury.
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