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BACK -- back in touch
when two people haven’t communicated in a while, and they start up again
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another day, another dollar

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

you work so that you can make money

I don’t really feel like going to work today, but I know I need to. Oh well ... another day, another dollar.

as a matter of fact/in fact

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

stating the truth, often by adding details

Conversation:

Trudy: I heard that you're going to Mexico soon. 

Jeff: Yeah, as a matter of fact, I'm leaving tomorrow morning.

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at the end of the day

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

adding up everything you did in a given day (or) when everything else is considered

At the end of the day, I’d say we’re doing great!

be careful what you wish for

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

choose what you desire wisely

Conversation:

Angel:  I really 'wanna' buy a big house.

Jackie:  Well, be careful what you wish for; a bigger house can come with a lot more bills.

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been there, done that

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

letting someone know that you have already experienced the same thing

Conversation:

Sam:  I spent too much money on my car this month, so now I don’t have enough to go clubbing this weekend.

Riley:  Yeah, I totally get it.  Been there, done that!

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believe it or not

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

not caring about what you think

Believe it or not, Sarah thinks I'm cute! 

benefit of the doubt

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

wanting to believe that what someone says is, in fact, true

She she would pay me back in a week, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt.

better safe than sorry

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

doing what needs to be done ahead of time so that everything goes as planned

You might want to get insurance for your trip.  Better safe than sorry!

between a rock and a hard place (caught between/stuck between)

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

a person can’t move forward until making a decision between two possibilities and s/he doesn’t especially like either one of them

Sam isn’t happy with his job, but he can’t quit because he can't find any good jobs out there, and he really needs the money. Unfortunately, he’s caught between a rock and a hard place.

bite off more than you can chew

Word List: Common Expressions A-D

take on more than you are able to do

Conversation:

Cynthia:  I’m taking six classes next semester.  

Hector:  Ooh.  Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew.