Spruced up - dressed in fancy or formal clothing catch up 1. To move fast enough to attain the same progress as another; draw even: caught up to the leader on the last lap of the race. 2. To become equal or on a par with another: finally caught up with his brother in height. 3. To bring an activity to completion or to a state of correctness: catch up on correspondence. 4. To bring (another) up to date; brief: Let me catch you up on all the gossip. 5. To seize or lift suddenly: The wind caught up the umbrella and carried it off. 6. a. To involve, often unwillingly: was caught up in the scandal. b. To captivate; enthrall: I was caught up in the mood of the evening. The last (or final) straw: a further minor difficulty that comes after a series of difficulties and makes a situation unbearable. [from the proverb the last straw breaks the (laden) camel's back.] Hang of it: a special way of doing things be hooked: informal be captivated or addicted Rush hour: a time at the start and end of the working day when traffic is at its heaviest.
[from the use of blue to indicate friendly forces in military exercises.] once in a blue moon informal very rarely. blue on blue Military denoting or relating to an attack made by one's own side that accidentally harms one's own forces: blue-on-blue incidents. Beat the bush: prevaricate and skip responsibility. [because a 'blue moon' is a phenomenon (due to atmospheric dust) that occurs only very rarely. unexpectedly. [originally in nautical use.] Bird of prey: Any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals win in a walk North American win without effort or competition. as with some decisive action Aftermath: the consequences of a significant and typically unpleasant event by and large on the whole. Beef up: To make or become greater or stronger In limbo: an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution: he was left in limbo.
. Cap off: finish or complete.] out of the blue (or out of a clear blue sky) informal without warning. describing the handling of a ship both to the wind and off it.a lump in the throat a feeling of tightness in the throat caused by strong emotion. talk a blue streak North American informal speak continuously and at great length.
such as amazement. or shock Wing it: to improvise. with little effort Right away: without delay. to do something extemporaneously to do the best that you can in a situation that you are not prepared for flesh out: to give substance. there are second set of eyes and hands for you Partner up: team up Down the drain: wasted Blow one s mind: To affect with intense emotion. excluding I ve got your back:a person there to help you out. to expand or become more substantial
. they ll be out and take care of things that you re likely to miss. Wins hand down: win easily.
PHRASES (not) by a long shot informal (not) by far or at all.long shot noun a venture or guess that has only the slightest chance of succeeding or being accurate. excitement. removing from consideration. Rule out: to prevent or preclude. immediately or promptly play-off n noun an additional match played to decide the outcome of a contest.