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trick or treat
what children say on Halloween night when they knock on neighborhood doors to get candy
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something funny is goin' on

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feeling that something just isn’t right

The company offered me a whole lot of money to work for them, but I think somethin' funny's goin' on.

sounds like a plan

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agreeing on what you, another, or others want to do

Conversation:

Rosa:  Let’s go to Europe this summer.  

Kathi:  OK ... Sounds like a plan!

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speak off the cuff

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saying something even though you are not knowledgeable about the subject

Conversation:

Martha:  Can you believe what that guy was saying?  

Leroy:  Uh.. no worries.  He was speakin' off the cuff.

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step up one's game

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do more and work harder

I really need to step up my game if I want to graduate with honors.

stop and smell the roses

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slow down to appreciate the simple, good things in life

Why don't you stop and smell the roses.  You’re missing out on some of the simple pleasures in our lives.

take it to heart

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think about it carefully and make it have real meaning for you

When your parents give you advice, it’s best to take it to heart.

tell you what/I tell you what ...

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suggesting a plan

Conversation:

Son: Can I go to Timmy's house?

Dad: Tell you what... finish your homework, and then I'll drive you there.

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that ship (has) sailed

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a missed opportunity

Conversation:

Amy:  I'm 'gonna' buy tickets for the concert.  

Tom:  Well that ship sailed.  It’s already sold out.

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That's what I'm talkin' about ...

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a positive reaction

Conversation:

Nicholas: Everybody thinks it's 'gonna' be a rad party!

Rick: That's what I'm talkin' about ... 

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That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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said when something fun is about to happen

Conversation:

Pablo:  Everyone thinks it’s going to be a rad party.

Wayne:  That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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