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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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Words & Phrases

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on top of one's game

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performing at your very best

They just won the World Cup, and they’re on top of their game!

Once upon a time ...

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"a long time ago" ... often used in the beginning of the writing or telling of a story

Once upon a time there was a beautiful young princess …

out of this world

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really great or awesome

The cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory, a popular restaurant, is out of this world!

over my dead body

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you are NOT getting my permission to do that

Conversation:

Daughter:  Charles and I want to get married.  

Father:  Over my dead body!  You need to finish college first, and that's final!

own up to it

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take responsibility for what you did

If your friend did something wrong, he needs to own up to it.

par for the course

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normal; the usual

Conversation:

Monique:  Every time we plan to meet, he’s late.  

Carol:  Well that’s par for the course for Bill, isn’t it?

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pat on the back

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showing appreciation for good work

Willy just cleaned up his room.  That deserves a pat on the back, don't ya think?

play it by ear

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wait until we see what’s happening

Conversation:

Wife:  Do you want to take the kids to the park tomorrow?  

Husband:  Let’s play it by ear. We don’t know what the weather is going to be like yet.

put a sock in it

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stop talking

You’ve been talkin' about the same thing over and over.  Put a sock in it, will 'ya'?

put up a front

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pretending to be someone you’re not

Zack often puts up a front when he meets new people because he doesn’t want them to know that he works at a gas station.