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10. all hell breaks loose → all kidding aside

all hell breaks loose → all kidding aside  all hell breaks loose (suddenly become violent and noisy): There was a fight in the bar and then all hell broke loose. all hours (all the time, anytime): You will find him working at all hours these days. hours (late, irregular times): …

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9. a ballpark figure → all hat no cattle

a ballpark figure → all hat no cattle  a ballpark figure: Could you give me a ballpark figure of today’s total sales? a bitter pill to swallow (a fact that is unpleasant or painful, but must be accepted) a day late and a dollar short (too late to be useful) …

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7. against all odds → aid and abet

against all odds → aid and abet  against all odds (despite very low chances): Against all odds, he finished the work on time. (different from what is normal or usual): Nowadays it goes against the grain to show respect for authority. against your will (when you don’t want to): I’m …

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6. after a fashion → again and again

after a fashion → again and again  after a fashion (to some degree, but not very well): I know English after a fashion. after all (despite earlier doubts or problems): Leo’s work schedule changed, so he’ll be able to come to the party after all. (consider the fact that): I …

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