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to be on call for
The emergency room physician was on call for the weekend. He had his cell phone turned on and with him at all times.
to be reduced to tears
When the toddler grabbed the books from her sister's arms, her sister was reduced to tears.
to be sick and tired of
I'm sick and tired of you two children fighting.
to be sitting pretty
If they sell that house for the list price, they will be sitting pretty.
to be there for someone
I know you are having a hard time right now, but I'll be there for you [support you] when you need me.
to be tied down
The mother of the baby triplets was tied down to a schedule of diaper changes, bottles, laundry and naps.
to be true to oneself
If you speak up for what you believe in, you are being true to yourself.
to be willing to negotiate
Union and management were both willing to negotiate a deal to avert a strike or lockout.
to be worried sick
Ever since her daughter had failed the test, the mother had been worried sick about her future.
to bend over backwards
The salesperson bent over backwards to be helpful when they bought the car.
to blank out /to draw a blank about something
She couldn't find the right words. She just blanked out.
When they asked the postal code at her last address, she drew a blank.
to blow a kiss to someone
The charming toddler held her hand palm up, pursed her lips, and blew her Grandma a kiss.
to brace for the worst
There is a hurricane warning, and residents of Atlantic Canada are bracing for the worst.
to break even
The business is making as much as it has spent, so it is breaking even. It is viable.
to break every rule in the book
The dishonest company made the sale, but in the process, it broke every rule in the book.
to break into
The thief broke into the store through the back window, and stole the computer.
to break open
The little girl broke the chocolate egg open and pulled out the prize.
to break the bank
If our son spends any more on fancy cars, he'll break the bank. We just can't afford it.
to bring to bear on
They brought all the facts to bear on the case and solved it.
to bring to justice
The criminals were brought to justice. They will all be doing time behind bars.
to burn the candle at both ends
He has committed far too much of his available time. He's only sleeping five hours at night; burning the candle at both ends.
to burst the bubble
The man was quite attracted to the woman until she mentioned her husband and burst the bubble.
to buy off
Rumours are that they have bought off half the team. It's all rigged.
to call the shots /to call all the shots
In that family, Dad makes the money, but Mom calls all the shots.
to call to someone's attention/ to call someone's attention to something
Someone walking by their car called their attention to the flat tire.
to carve out a niche
That company is trying to carve out a niche in the interior design market.
to cause quite a stir
Her engagement is causing quite a stir at work, since she has dated several men there.
to cave in
Dad caved in and bought his oldest daughter a car for her graduation.
to celebrate a victory /birthday
The winning team went out to a pub to celebrate their victory.
to chicken out
He dared his sister to a roller blade race, but she chickened out at the last minute.
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