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to stretch the truth
The little boy was very good at fibbing, stretching the truth into little lies.
to strike out
They really struck out in that game. It is game over and they are out of the playoffs.
to string someone along
He won't be able to hire all those people. He is just stringing them along.
to suffer withdrawal symptoms
She suffered withdrawal symptoms when she gave up coffee, but soon the headaches were over.
to support an agenda
The parents seem to support the principal's agenda about the discipline in the school.
to suss out something
He is very clever about sussing out the truth when he researches that kind of topic.
to swear by something
Parents usually swear by a certain brand of diaper that it prevents leaks.
to sweep an issue under the carpet
He may be a successful politician, but sometimes he does sweep an issue under the carpet, and not answer our questions directly.
to sweeten the pot /to sweeten the deal
Can I offer you free car mats to sweeten the deal on the sports model?
to switch horses in midstream
Switching majors in the third year of university is like switching horses midstream.
to take a chance
They bought the house, even though they knew they were taking a chance that the roof would soon need to be replaced.
to take a crack at
Want to go to Reno and take a crack at winning something on the slots?
to take a decision
The decision has been taken about the school. It will remain open for the time being.
to take a second look
Can we come back to the house you showed us last week and take a second look? We may want to buy it.
to take action
The police are taking action against auto theft and using bait cars that videotape thieves stealing the cars.
to take issue with
He wants to take issue with anyone who asks any questions about his son's behavior.
to take measures
They will take measures to secure the borders of the country if the government falls.
to take off (on someone)
The toddler was right with his parents in the boys clothing, but his mother let go of his hand and he just took off on them, running through the store.
to take over
She said she would take over the payments on the car.
to take steps
The doctor is taking steps to stop the progression of the disease.
to take the fall
The two boys pulled the stunt together, but only one boy was caught. They blamed him, and he took the fall for it. He never told them what the other boy had done.
to take the heat
She resigned from the minister's portfolio because she could not take the heat about the scandal.
to take the plunge
Are you ready to take the plunge from engagement into marriage?
to take something to heart
I promise I won't do it again. I will really take your advice to heart next time, and resist.
to target individuals
The new tax law targets individuals earning between $80,000 and $100,000 a year.
to tell it like it is
She is sometimes too honest, always trying to tell it like it is.
to tell one's own version
He wants to tell us his version of events, so we should be quiet and listen.
to tend to exaggerate /to tend not to exaggerate
She tends not to exaggerate, so I would be surprised if she is wrong about the affair.
to test a response
That party is testing the public response to their platform in the polls.
to think outside the box
The youngest members of that company seem to be the best at innovations and thinking outside the box.
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