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In the doghouse - Idiom of the Week

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  A dog that has done something punishable…

A lame duck - Idiom of the Week

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  So a lame duck, an eager beaver, and…

My ears are burning - Idiom of the Week

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Have you ever been in a situation where you might have been…

Eager beaver - Idiom of the Week

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Definition: As defined in Linda and Roger Flavell’s book…

In/Out of your element - Idiom of the Week

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Definition: As defined in Linda and Roger Flavell’s book…

A bad/good egg - Idiom of the Week

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  Definition: As defined in Linda and Roger Flavell’s…

Fair and square - Idiom of the Week

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In today’s competitive sports environment, everyone has…

To hang by a thread - Idiom of the Week

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Definition: “To hang on by a thread” is an idiom that…

The bee's knees - Idiom of the Week

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Let’s just say that, given the fact that you found your…

To put on your thinking cap - Idiom of the Week

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Do you ever hit a mental roadblock, where it feels like the…

The final/last straw - Idiom of the Week

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Has your patience ever worn thin with a situation and you…

Back to square one - Idiom of the Week

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Let’s get back to square one and talk about the origin…

To throw one's hat in the ring - Idiom of the Week

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Looks like you’re throwing your hat in the ring for the…

Drop the mic - Idiom of the Week

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If someone tells you to “drop the mic,” they don’t…

To cut to the chase - Idiom of the Week

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We don’t want to waste your time with a lengthy anecdote…

The cat's pajamas - Idiom of the Week

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Let’s just say that, given the fact that you found your…

To save someone's bacon - Idiom of the Week

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A few years ago, I was really in a bind. I was in line at…

To scratch the surface - Idiom of the Week

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Fred Rogers was many things: TV personality, musician, puppeteer,…

To pull someone's leg - Idiom of the Week

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Definition: As defined in Linda and Roger Flavell’s book…

Bigger fish to fry - Idiom of the Week

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are…

The World is Your Oyster - Idiom of the Week

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  Definition: Oxford Dictionary defines this idiom…

Strike While the Iron is Hot - Idiom of the Week

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  Definition: FreeDictionary defines this idiom as…
Cooking with Crisco

Now We're Cooking (with ___)! - Idiom of the Week

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  “Now we’re cooking with…gas, grease, heat,…
Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Jack of All Trades, Master of None - Idiom of the Week

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This idiom, or figure of speech, can be broken into two obvious…
Neck of the Woods

Stomping Ground / Neck of the Woods - Idiom of the Week

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  Your “neck of the woods” refers to the area…

Great Minds Think Alike - Idiom of the Week

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There are some days that you and your best friend show up…

Branch Out - Idiom of the Week

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    This week’s idiom is also a phrasal…
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Time Flies - Idiom of the Week

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    It’s almost been more than two years…

Can't Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear - Idiom of the Week

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We've always heard that "you can't make a silk purse out of a…

Common Ground - Idiom of the Week

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Yumi and Hirotaka met at a party at a friend’s house, and became…
food for thought

Food for Thought - Idiom of the Week

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In a world of endless opinions and points of view, "food for…
break the ice

Break the Ice - Idiom of the Week

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We've all experienced uncomfortable moments introducing ourselves…
drawing board square one

Back to the Drawing Board - Idiom of the Week

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  Back too square one! Back to ground zero! Oh wait……
lost translation

Lost in Translation - Idiom of the Week

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Apto is here to help break down any cultural and linguistic barriers.…
hit the nail on the head

Hit the Nail on the Head - Idiom of the Week

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When my boss proclaimed that I’d really “hit the nail on…
deer in the headlights

Deer in the Headlights - Idiom of the Week

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Imagine this: You've been up all night getting ready for today’s…
fish out of water

Fish out of Water - Idiom of the Week

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"Boy, it is hot out here today. It seems so much hotter than…
train of thought

Train of Thought - Idiom of the Week

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Your “train of thought” won’t take you anywhere physically,…
herding cats

Herding Cats - Idiom of the Week

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Have you ever had one of those moments when you feel like no…
on the same page

On the Same Page- Idiom of the Week

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Nothing is more fundamental to an expat’s success in America…
bull by the horns

Take the Bull by the Horns - Idiom of the Week

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Misunderstand this week's idiom and you could be taking your…
outside the box

Think Outside the Box - Idiom of the Week

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If you've spent any time in the American corporate world, you've…
catch your breath

Catch One's Breath - Idiom of the Week

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This week's idiom of the week is one the Apto team knows well!…
hang in there

Hang in There! - Idiom of the Week

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Idioms. It's impossible to learn any language without encountering…