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

Word List: Short Sayings L-P

sometimes

We see each other off and on.

off the bat

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from the beginning

She started yelling at me right off the bat!

off the grid

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when someone makes it almost impossible for people to contact him/her

I’ve been trying to reach Charlie for weeks.  He appears to be off the grid.

off the hook

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no longer responsible for doing something

Michael and Lena already prepared the food for the get-together, so you’re off the hook, Justin.

old wives' tale

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a belief or story that is passed down from old wives (women of older generations) that is untrue

Conversation:

Young child:  My friend said that if you walk barefoot, you will catch a cold. 

Adult:  That’s an old wives' tale.  Don’t believe everything that you hear, honey.

on the go

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always going from place to place actively doing things

Jerry is constantly on the go.  It can be really tough trying to connect with him.

on to something

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someone's idea that could become very successful

Conversation:

Son: Why don't you use that 'thingamajig' in the 'watchamacallit'?

Dad: I think you're on to something.

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one step at a time

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step by step (often slowly)

I’m learning English little by little.

out and about

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doing something away from home

This afternoon while I was out and about, I ran into an old friend I knew from high school.  It was really fun to talk about old times.

out of nowhere

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an unexpected arrival of someone

We hadn’t seen Jeremy in a very long time when out of nowhere, he showed up at soccer practice.