bell the cat
Meaning: do a dangerous job.
Example: Someone has to bell the cat and tell the commissioner that his own started the violence.
bell the cat
take the edge off
- blunt the effect of
- reduce the impact of
- make less severe
- Have a painkiller – it’ll take the edge off the pain your in hand.
- Her apology took the edge of his anger.
- After a strong hard work, I need to eat something to take the edge off fatigue and hunger.
- The coconuts took the edge off the dehydration and hunger when I was lost on an isolated island.
- I don’t know how to take the edge off the fear from heights.
- Do some meditation and yoga this will take the edge off the stress.
This idiomatic expression dates from the first half of the 1900s.
it’s early days yet
- it is too soon to make a judgment about something
- a time too soon to come to a conclusion
- the starting phase of anything
- The new measures seem to have worked, but it’s early days yet and the Reserve Bank of India Governor would rather not make any comment about the country’s economy.
- This is the last over of The Grand finale Cricket match, England could win but it’s early days yet.
- My new business is doing pretty well in terms of profit, but it’s early days.
- I anticipate my son will win the spelling contest this year, from his current presentation, but it is early days yet to be truly certain.
- In the early days of cars, the technology was not that advance as now.
- The humans are soon going to land on planets like earth outside our solar system, but it’s early days yet.
play by ear
- learn music by ear
- to play by remembering the tune, without printed music
- to play a musical instrument by remembering the tune and not by reading the music
- My sister learned to play the piano by ear when she was a child.
- Hey, Jill I can play the keyboard by ear, without printed music.
- I never tried to play the guitar by ear but I can try for you.
- One friend of mine easily play the Saxophone by ear.
- After a hard work of many year finally I’ve been able to play any music instrument by ear now.
See also: play it by ear
play it by ear
- act without preparation
- to let things go as they may
- determined on the circumstances
- according to the demand of the situation
- Rather than adopting a new academic strategy, the principal decided to play it by ear.
- I don’t know what I will do when she will come in front of me. Let’s just play it by ear.
- I am not sure whether my plan will work or not, so let just play it by ear.
- Jane said that she has to play it by ear because she is not sure where to go tomorrow morning.
- It’s hard to know how the situation will develop. Let’s just play it by ear.
- We can play it by ear and decide where to meet later.
Question: Hey, Bob are you coming to play the baseball this Sunday?
Answer: I am not sure Nobita, let’s play it by ear.
See also: play by ear
do the trick
- successfully achieve a result
- do just what is required
- get the preferred consequence
- If nothing seems to be working, just pray to the God, sometimes that does the trick.
- I am sure that herbal medicines will does the trick to cure your back-pain.
- If the lemonade tastes a bit sour, add a teaspoon of sugar that should do the trick.
- I am not getting network range on my mobile phone, getting on the top floor should do the trick.
- I am tired of running behind girls to find true love, please tell me something that do the trick.
1375–1425; late Middle English trik (noun).
deals with someone or something
- be concerned with something
- to take action about something
- to handle someone or something
- We will have to plan our strategy to deal with the rising incident of theft.
- Don’t afraid of this project, this is very easy and we can deal with it.
- I don’t think I would be able to deal with Jones, he is very arrogant person.
- My brother usually deals with the people of Japan for business purposes.
- I am not going to deal with the property advisor; I will directly go to the owner of the house, to purchase that
before 900; (v.) Middle English delen, Old English dǣlan (cognate with German teilen ), derivative of dǣl part (cognate with German teil).
- get what one deserves
- punishment or reward that is considered to be what the recipient deserved
- After the supervisor was suspended, many workers felt that he got his just deserts.
- He killed my innocent bird, but got his just deserts when he was beaten by somebody for abusing.
- Our neighbor Mr. Jones got just deserts when he was left helpless in need by her wife, he never ever respected her.
- Sarah has got no sympathy for her son and husband, she got his just deserts.
1275–1325; Middle English < Old French deserte.
In fact its deserts, not desserts
The idiom is frequently reasonably written just desserts. Using just desserts is not a error, and it is much more common than just deserts in 21st-century texts.
in high dudgeon
- feeling or exhibiting great resentment
- taking great offense at something
- a reaction of extreme righteous anger
- After the scuffle, the man who was affronted left in high dudgeon.
- Julia strode from the meeting in high dudgeon, and I knew she would get his revenge eventually.
- Banging the door in Catty’s face, Kelly drove off in high dudgeon.
- Reena drove off in high dudgeon, she was waiting you for last 3 hours.
- John came storming into the kitchen in high dudgeon.
in dribs and drabs
- in small irregular quantities
- in small pieces, bit by bit
- The checks for the charity are coming in dribs and drabs.
- The water is coming in dribs and drabs from the pipe.
- This poetry is being written in dribs and drabs.
- George paid the borrowed money from me in dribs and drabs.
- He started earning money in dribs and drabs but now he is a successful businessman.
- I don’t like the way you do your work in dribs and drabs, please finish it immediately.
We currently have no information about the origin of this idiomatic expression.