This is just a few to get us started – academic idioms as flash cards!
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I drew the short straw when it came to job placement. My colleagues went to tropical countries but they sent me to Iceland!
I disagreed, but since he's my boss I decided to eat humble pie.
He gave me a hard time when he was my boss, but now the shoe is on the other foot. I'm his boss!
I don't want to make all those people redundant, but I suppose I'll have to bite the bullet.
When people complain about the public sector, they're barking up the wrong tree. The private sector is much worse!
Farming is their bread and butter. It's their only source of income.
Innovation starts to happen when people think outside the box.
Samsung and Apple are neck and neck in terms of sales.
Please keep me in the loop, John. I need to know all the latest developments!
I go to the cinema once in a blue moon - maybe once every five years!
When she told me she loved me I felt like I was on cloud nine.
Banning hooliganism by banning football is like throwing out the baby with the bath water!
The gig economy is a grey area in terms of taxation and employment benefits.
Stop beating around the bush! Just say what you want to say!