= This expression denotes the natural cheerfulness and buoyancy of youth.
She had high animal spirits.
Apple of discord
= Golden apple contended for by Juno, Minerva, and Venus. Hence this expression means something which causes strife.
Their ancestral house is the apple of discord among them.
= perfect order
The origin of the phrase is uncertain.
His affairs are in apple-pie order.
= active enmity
There has for long been bad blood between these two political parties.
A bed of roses
= an easy comfortable situation
The life of a coal-miner can hardly be called a bed of roses.
A bed of thorns
= a very uncomfortable situation
A soldier's life is often a bed of thorns.
A bird's-eye view
= a general view from above.
We had a bird's-eye view of the town from the church tower.
Birds of a feather
= persons of like tastes (Usually disparaging)
Birds of a feather flock together
A black sheep
= Stands for one who has a bad reputation in a company of people.
It is a small flock that has not a black sheep.
A wet blanket
= one who discourages others
Whatever schemes we propose are sure to be turned down by the chairman.
He is always a wet blanket.
A blue stocking
= a woman having or affecting literary-tastes and learning
Her standing of a blue stocking made her became the President.
A bone of contention
= the subject of frequent dispute
His smoking was a bone of contention between them.
Castles in the air
= visionary projects or imaginary schemes
He is always building castles in the air.
A cold-blooded murder
= a murder committed in cold blood or done deliberately without the excuse of heat or excitement
Many a cold-blooded murder has been committed for very little gain.
= hypocritical tears shed by an unfeeling person
Don't believe him. He does not really sympathize with you in your misfortunes. His are only crocodile tears.
The sword of Damocles
= imminent danger in midst of prosperity
Damocles was a Greek who was feasted while a sword hung by a hair over him
The threat of war hangs like the sword of Damocles over the heads of the European
A dog-in-the-manger policy
= the policy of a selfish man who refuses to allow another to enjoy even what he himself cannot enjoy. The allusion is to the fable of the dog who made his bed in a manger of hay and would not let the ox come near to eat the hay.
He won't let me use it and he cannot use it himself. He is a dog-in-the-manger.
A fish out of water
= a person in unfamiliar or uncongenial surroundings
Away from his books he was like a fish out of water.
Flesh and blood
= human nature
This is more than flesh and blood can stand. Flesh and blood can bear it no
The ins and outs
= the full details
Now if you want to know the ins and outs of black-marketing you must read A Black-Marketeer's Confessions.
A Jack of all trades
= a person who can turn his hand to almost anything (usually disparaging)
He is a jack of all trades and master of none.
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