Word Lists

20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred

Words & Phrases

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beef it up

Word List: Short Sayings A-D

add more in order to make something better and stronger

You need to beef up your resume if you want to be considered for that job.  

beg to differ/beg to disagree

Word List: Short Sayings A-D



Nicole:  I think Nancy is the best cheerleader.

Liz:  I beg to differ.  I think Patty is the best!

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best laid plans

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planning to do something that for whatever reason doesn’t happen


Christian:  Unfortunately, we’ll have to postpone our road trip up north.  The weather conditions are not good for driving.  

Kelly:  That’s too bad!  Oh well -- our best laid plans. We can always reschedule.

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best/worst case scenario

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used when thinking about a decision for something that is going on, where there could be good or bad results

I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. It looks like your best case scenario is that your car will only require minor repairs. Worst case scenario is that you won’t be able to drive your car for at least a week.  

bite the dust

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something that no longer functions and can’t be repaired

The copier that I had for years bit the dust.  It’s time to get a new one.

bite your tongue

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don’t say that


Child:  He’s so fat, mommy!  

Mom:  Bite your tongue!  It’s not nice to call people ‘fat.’

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bust a move

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do a dance move (or) get up and go

Marilyn really knows how to bust a move!  It's fun to watch her on the dance floor.

by the way

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additional information that comes to mind while talking to someone

By the way, I won’t be able to go with you guys tomorrow.  I already have plans.

call me crazy

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tell me that I don’t know what I’m talking about

Call me crazy, but I’m sure I’m right.

can of worms

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there is a lot more to consider than what you expected

When we started thinking about possibly buying a house, it opened up a whole new can of worms.