Some common idiomatic expressions
Take the shine off
To take the shine off something is to make it seem less good.
Take a shine to
To take a shine to something is to develop a liking for it.
Come out of your shell
To come out of one’s shell is to stop being shy or reserved.
Keep your shirt on
To keep your shirt on is to stay calm in trying circumstances.
Be caught short
When you are caught short, you are put at a disadvantage.
In the short run
In the near future
Show your hand
To show your hand is to reveal your plans.
Show something off
To show something off is to display something that is a source of pride.
Pump something out
To pump something out is to produce something in large quantities or number.
- The factory has been pumping out cheap goods.
To pump iron is to exercise with weights.
- Bodybuilders pump iron to build muscle.
Get the push
When you get the push, you are dismissed. When you give someone the push, you dismiss them.
- You will get the push if you keep coming late.
Push your luck
To push your luck is to take a risk in the belief that you will continue to enjoy good luck.
- He was pushing his luck when he invested all of his money in real estate.