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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

Words & Phrases

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BREAK -- break it to someone

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say something important that may not be good news to him/her/them

I hate to break it to you, but I have to back out of the trip that we’ve been planning.

BREAK -- break out

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when pimples pop up all over your face

Oh no!  I can’t believe my face is breaking out two days before the prom.  What am I 'gonna' do?

BREAK -- breakdown in communication

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when people are talking but they realize they are not on the same page

I think we’re having a breakdown in communication. What are we talking about, anyway?

BREAK -- breaking news

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on-the-spot, important news

Check out the breaking news, Carlos! There was an earthquake in your country! Does your family live anywhere near there?

BREAK -- give (someone) a break

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stop bothering someone about something in particular

Give me a break!  I told you I will finish it later.

BRING -- bring (something) up

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talk about something now that was already said or done in the past


Mom:  Kids ... will 'ya' stop talkin' about the game?! 

Bobby:  Well, he brought it up first!

Mom:  Well don't bring it up around your father.  He doesn't 'wanna' hear it.

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BRING -- bring it (or) bring it on

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show me what you can do



Pam:  Our cheerleaders are better than yours. 

Sue:  OK.  Bring it on!  We’ll see you at the competition!

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BRING -- bring it home

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complete something that you started

What you have so far on your speech is really good. Now bring it home!

BRING -- bring on the heat

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be ready to handle any challenge that you face

I may be the newest employee, but I’m totally ready for this meeting. Bring on the heat!

DEAD -- brain-dead

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unable to think anymore

It’s been a very long day, and I’m brain dead!