Break a leg: Good luck! Example: "I have a job interview today." Response: "Break a leg!"
Explanation: This idiom is often used to wish someone good luck, especially before a performance or a significant event. It is believed to have originated in the theater world, where saying "good luck" is considered bad luck, so actors say "break a leg" instead.
Bite the bullet: Face a difficult or unpleasant situation with courage. Example: "I have to tell my boss about the mistake I made. It's going to be tough, but I need to bite the bullet and confess."
Explanation: This idiom suggests that one should confront a challenging or uncomfortable situation head-on, despite the difficulty involved.
Cost an arm and a leg: Be very expensive. Example: "That luxury car must have cost him an arm and a leg!"
Explanation: This idiom is used to emphasize that something is excessively expensive, often implying that the price is unreasonably high.
Hit the nail on the head: Accurately identify or solve a problem. Example: "Sarah's analysis of the issue hit the nail on the head. She knew exactly what went wrong."
Explanation: When someone "hits the nail on the head," it means they have pinpointed the exact cause or solution of a problem.
Let the cat out of the bag: Reveal a secret. Example: "I wasn't supposed to know about the surprise party, but Sarah accidentally let the cat out of the bag."
Explanation: This idiom means to accidentally or intentionally disclose information that was supposed to be kept a secret. It often refers to revealing something prematurely or before the intended time.
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