(To be) in a hole — (to be) faced with what appears to be a disastrous difficulty, an insurmountable
(To be, get into) in deep water — undergoing difficulty or misfortune
To be (all) in the same boat — to have the same dangers (difficulties) to face
To stir up trouble — to make trouble
Trouble is brewing — trouble is about to come
A hard nut to crack — a very difficult problem
troublemaker someone who intentionally causes problems for other people, especially people who are in a position of power or authority
Anorak — a boring person who is too interested in the details of
Go ape — to become very angry or excited a hobby and finds it difficult to meet and spend time with other people:
bigmouth— If someone is or has a big mouth, they often say things that are meant to be kept secret: someone who talks a lot and is unable to keep anything secret; a blabbermouth
To be on the dole— to be unemployed
Get wind of — to learn of
Bunny boiler— a person especially a woman who is considered to be emotionally unstable and behaves aggressively especially when breaks up a relationship.
A blind alley— a course of action that is not succeeding
Wet-nurse— in the past, a woman employed to her breast milk to another woman´s baby
Busybody— someone who is very interested in something that most people think is boring or unfashionable
In the nick of time/ at the eleventh hour — at the last possible moment; just in time
Chatterbox —an extremely talkative person
Get the axe — to lose one´s job
Have an axe to grind — to have something to complain about
Chinless wonder—a rich but weak or stupid man
To get the wind up — to be frightened
To have one's heart in one's mouth — to be in a state of tension or fear
To have one's heart in the boots — to be in a state of extreme depression and fear
To scare someone stiff — to terrify him
To show the white feather — to exhibit cowardice
To have guts—to possess courage. The coward is said to have no guts (to do something);
To have (get) the jitters — to be in (get into) a panic, frightened or nervous
To give somebody the shivers — to cause a sensation of fear in him, to frighten him
To get (have) cold feet — to be afraid, to lose courage
Cowards die many times before their deaths. (Cowards experience many times the fear of dying.)
Clock-watcher — a person who is for the eager to time to pass as at work or school
It´s time to split up — it´s time to leave
To get on one's nerves — to irritate, to annoy
To get under somebody's skin — to irritate
To get one's goat — to annoy, to exasperate
To give someone the pip — to annoy
crank— a person who has strange or unusual ideas and beliefs ; an unpleasant and easily annoyed person
Go banana — start to behave in an angry ,excited and strange way
Creep — an unpleasant person, especially someone who tries to please or impress people in positions of authority
Don Juan—a man who is very successful with women
Eager beaver — a person who is willing to work hard
He wasn't born yesterday! — He is not a fool; he is a shrewd and knowing person.
To be (feel) (all) at sea— This phrase is applied to a person confused, puzzled, not knowing how to act or in uncertainty of mind.
To be at one's wits´end— is to be greatly perplexed, not to know what to do or say (in an emergency).
To be in a maze — to be in a state of confusion or bewilderment
To be in a quandary — to be in a perplexing situation or in a dilemma
To shilly-shally — to be unable to make up one's mind; to be undecided
Sleep on it— not to make an immediate decision about a plan or idea until the next day in order to have more time to think about it.
To dilly-dally — to be unable to make up one's mind; to be undecided
Early bird— a person who gets up or arrives early
Happy camper— someone who enjoys their job and the company they work for
Upside down — in disorder; in confusion
Topsy-turvy — in disorder; in confusion
Pell-mell — in a confused, disordered manner
Higgledy-piggledy — in utter confusion or complete disorder
Life and soul of the party—someone who is energetic and funny and at the centre of activity during a social occasion.
Moaning Minnie—someone who annoys other people by complaining all the time:
Pain in the neck— an annoying person
Rolling stone— a restless or wandering person
Rough diamond — someone who does not behave politely or is not well-educated, but is pleasant and kind
To see something with half an eye — to see it easily because it is obvious
A walk-over — an easy victory; a complete and easy victory in a competition. To have an easy victory is to win hands down.
Scrooge — someone who spends as little money as possible and is not generous:
Blessing in disguise — something that seems bad at first but turns out to be good in the end
scrounger— to get things, especially money or food, by asking for them instead of buying them or working for them:
Skiver —a person who isn't at school or work when they should be
On the go — constantly busy or active
On the ball — to understand the situation well; knowledgeable; aware of things
Slave driver— a demanding unyielding taskmaster
Keep something at bay — to prevent something to come closer to you
Smart Alec— someone who behaves in an annoying way by trying to show how clever they are
Smart cookie — someone who has a strong character or who is intelligent, and deals well with problems
Last straw — last problem or difficulty in a series
Stuffed shirt—A person regarded as pompous or stiff ; a pompous or formal person
tearaway— a young person, usually male, who behaves in an uncontrolled way and is often causing trouble:
Wallflower— a person who can´t dance in the party because he is too shy
A piece of cake — very easy job or task
To be in cahoots with someone — to be secretly planning in a dishonest way
Stuck in the rut — to be in a situation where it is impossible to improve;
Wet blanket— someone who spoils other people's fun by being negative and complaining
Beat about (round) the bush — Shunning or avoiding from the main topic or discussion
Wimp— someone who is not strong, brave or confident)
Wolf in sheep´s clothing— someone who seems friendly but is in fact unpleasant or cruel
Take a mile a minute: To speak very fast
too clever by half: to be too confident of your own intelligence in a way that annoys other people.
Busier than a one-armed paper hanger— To be so busy, it will be impossible to finish your task.
Grinning like a shot fox— very happy; smugly satisfied
Grinning like a wanking jap — over the moon; ecstatic; very happy or delighted
Fight fire with fire— to deal with someone in the same way that they are dealing with you
To go to the dogs — to be ruined; to deteriorate completely
To flog (beat) a dead horse — to waste energy
A wild-goose chase — a practically hopeless pursuit or search; a foolish and useless enterprise
To go to pot — to become broken, weak or useless; to be discarded as useless (This is slangy.)
To play (make) ducks and drakes with one's money — to waste money; spend it extravagantly
Waste not; want not. (Be economical and careful, then you may never be in need.)
Cut some off at the knees— to humiliate or force them to do what you want
Cat and mouse— a house
to give a person a piece (bit) of one's mind — to rebuke him; to tell him frankly what one thinks of him, his behaviour, etc.
To call a person names — to insult him by using bad names
Mum's the word — say nothing about the matter; be silent. Also: keep mum — remain silent.
To make a mountain out of a mole-hill is similarly used with the meaning to exaggerate; make difficulties appear much greater than they really are.
To let the cat out of the bag — to reveal unintentionally
Couch potato — a person who spends a lot of time on watching tv.
To spill the beans — to reveal a secret; to confess all
To blurt out — to say something without thought, unguardedly; hence reveal a secret
To smell a rat —- to become suspicious; to have suspicions
To pull someone's leg — to deceive jokingly; to make fun of
To do brown — to swindle; often in the passive: to be done brown — to be swindled
In a jiffy; in a second (in half a second); in half a mo; in a minute are similarly used, all meaning very soon; very quickly
To twiddle one's thumbs — to do nothing for a period of time, usually while you are waiting for something to happen:
To call a spade a spade — to say the truth about something, even if it is not polite or pleasant
(for) donkey's years — a long time; (for) ages
Till Doomsday or till Kingdom come — a long time; for ever
Once in a blue moon is colloquial for rarely or never.
To keep one's nose to the grindstone — to work hard and laboriously
To play truant (play hookey) — to remain away from one's place of work, especially school, without a good reason
Cool your jets— control your excitement
Fly in the face of— to be the opposite of what is usual or accepted; to go against someone or something.
Out of the goodness of your heart— If you do something out of the kindness of your heart, you do because you are kind, not for any benefit or out of duty.
It is what it is— A phase used to instil a sense of acceptance in a situation; he condition of state of the present that has to be accepted.
Hit below the belt— to deal someone with unfair blow
Up to the hilt— something that is done (up) to the hilt is done completely and without any limits: The government is already borrowing up to the hilt.
Lose your head— to lose control and not act in a calm way
Spread the word— to communicate a message to a lot of people
Get the word out— inform or let people to know
All work and no play makes a Jack a dull boy— said to warn someone that they will not be an interesting person by working all the time; a person who never takes time off from and Becomes boring and bored
Love you and leave you— to say goodbye
Keep under wraps— to hide something; to keep something concealed