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Пословицы – Proverbs
• Баба с возу – кобыле легче. One less problem.
• Без кота мышам раздолье. When the cat is away, the mice will play.
• Береженого Бог бережет. The Lord helps those who help themselves.
• Большому кораблю – большое плавание. A great ship asks deep waters.
• Была не была. Sink or swim.
• В гостях хорошо, а дома лучше. There is no place like home. East or West, home is best.
• Век живи – век учись. Live and learn.
• Волков бояться – в лес не ходить. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It takes courage to start.
• Вот где собака зарыта. (вот в чем загвоздка). That’s where the shoe pinches. That’s the crux (the rub).
• В семье не без урода. Many a good father has but a bad son.
• Все хорошо, что хорошо кончается. All is well that ends well.
• Всяк кулик свое болото хвалит. Every cook praises his own broth.
• Всякому овощу свое время. Everything is good in its season.
• В тихом омуте черти водятся. Still waters run deep.
• В Тулу со своим самоваром (не ездят). Don’t carry coals to Newcastle.
• В чужой монастырь со своим уставом не ходят. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
• Где тонко – там и рвется. The chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
• Голодный, как волк. Hungry as a hunter.
• Голь на выдумку хитра. Necessity is the mother of invention.
• Горбатого могила исправит. The leopard cannot change his spots.
• Дареному коню в зубы не смотрят. Look not a gift horse in the mouth.
• Делить шкуру не убитого медведя. To cook a hare before catching him.
• Долг платежом красен. One good turn deserves another.
• До свадьбы заживет. You will manage.
• Дружба дружбой, а служба службой. Friendship is one thing, work another.
• Друзья познаются в беде. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
• Дуракам закон не писан. There is no law for fools.
• Если бы да кабы во рту росли грибы. If ifs and ans were pots and pans.
• If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
• Жизнь коротка. Life is but a span.
• За одного битого двух не битых дают. Experience is worth it.
• Занятой (трудолюбивый), как пчела. As busy as a bee.

Great! For one thing, we've

Great! For one thing, we've already covered most of these, but thanks anyway.

• тянуть лямку to tail away might be 'tOil away', I presume

Idioms are informal expressions used in everyday speech. Often referred to as catch phrases, colloquialisms or clichés, they are groups of words that, together, have a special meaning that is different than each of the words alone. They serve as a colorful way to sum up an idea (for example, “mad as a hornet” illustrates a recognized degree of anger in a simple expression). However, idioms can be one of the most difficult areas to learn in another language, especially English. ESL/EFL students often attempt to translate literally from their native tongues, which can lead to confusion (sometimes humorous). As vital as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are to basic language acquisition, even the best student’s speech will remain a bit stilted without a working knowledge of idioms; they are indeed the last measure of fluency in any language. (A Boatload of Idioms)

This post just shows the need

This post just shows the need of a few people for such long lists and short translations. Vivi, it might be a good idea to have all the idioms you have explored in one list with short translations.

600 201--300 201. He's our



201. He's our ace in the hole.
202. He's a stuffed shirt.
203. We are ahead of the game.
204. They're all shook up.
205. They're all washed up.
206. He's asleep at the switch.
207. He'll do after a fashion.
208. She's a back seat driver.
209. He's a ball of fire.
210. You're barking up the wrong tree.
211. His bark is worse than his bite.
212. You've got bats in your belfry.
213. She will bawl him out.
214. Don't beat around the bush.
215. Beat it.
216. I need my beauty sleep.
217. It's no bed of roses.
218. I'm behind the eight ball.
219. He's beside himself with misery.
220. It's better late than never.

221. He's the big cheese.
222. He's the big wheel.
223. He's the big shot.
224. Don't bite off more than you can chew.
225. Don't bite the hand than feeds you.
226. He'll soon bite the dust.
227. Don't blow your top.
228. Don't blow your cool.
229. I've got a bone to pick with you.
230. You should brush up on it.
brush sth up (to improve one's knowledge of something or one's ability to do something) -- подучить, повторить, освежить, подчистить
....... I need to brush my French up a little bit.
....... I need to brush up my French.

brush up on sth
bone up on sth
(to study again something you learned before; to improve one's knowledge of something or one's ability to do something)

....... I need to brush up on my German. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)
....... My German is weak. I had better brush up. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)
....... Brushing up on computer skills can be important for any worker thinking about getting a new job. (Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms)
....... These podcasts offer a painless and free way to bone up on the language and culture in a relevant, real world way that you won't get in a class room or on a CDROM.

hone (to improve your skill at doing something, especially when you are already very good at it)
....... He set about honing his skills as a draughtsman.(LDOCE)
....... finely honed (=extremely well-developed) intuition (LDOCE)
to bring sb to grade level -- дотянуть, подтянуть до (...) уровня

extended programs (summer or after school) designed to bring students to grade level


231. You need to build a fire under them.
232. You'll need to burn the midnight oil.
233. Don't break your word.
234. We need to break the news.
235. Let's bury the hatchet.
236. We won by a hair.
237. By hook or crook we'll do it.
238. Let's call it a day.
239. Let's call it quits.
240. You call the shots.
241. It's a can of worms.
242. I ride in a car pool.
243. Don't chicken out on us.
244. He's a chip off the old block.
245. We need to cut our losses.
246. You've cooked your own goose.
247. You make me crack up.
248. You need to crack a book.
249. You need to crack a joke.
250. It cramps my style.
251. He's the cream of the crop.
252. Don't cut corners.
253. It's a cut and dried situation.
254. We're at a dead stop.
255. He's dead to the world.
256. It will soon die out.
257. They're a dime a dozen.
258. Watch him do a double take.
259. She's down in the dumps.
260. She got a dose of her own medicine.
261. Well that's down the drain.
262. That's all down the tubes.
263. Don't drag your feet on this.
264. I'm drawing a blank.
265. We need to draw the line here.
266. He drives a hard bargain.
267. It's just a drop in the bucket.
268. She eats like a bird.
269. She eats like a horse.
270. He's at the end of his rope.
271. I feel like a million dollars.
272. Finders keepers - losers weepers.
273. It will fit like a glove.
274. They're going to flip their lid.
275. He will fly off the handle.
276. Don't fool around with that.
277. It's a foolproof scheme.
278. This is for keeps.
279. You'll need to fork out some dough.
280. He's out getting forty winks.
281. Can they get away with that?
282. Let's get down to brass tacks.
283. I'll get even.
284. Get off my back.
285. Let's get the ball rolling.
286. We'll get to the bottom of it.
287. He got out of the bed on the wrong side.
288. He doesn't have a ghost of a chance.
289. He's giving me a hard time.
290. Give him an inch and he'll take a mile.
291. Don't give yourself away.
292. They'll have to give up the ghost.
293. He's a real globetrotter.
294. They just go around in circles.
295. They will go into orbit.
296. They can just go jump in a lake.
297. Don't go off the deep end.
298. Grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
299. Just grin and bear it.
300. They often just ham it up.
301. --400 You must hang in there.
302. She has a lot of hang-ups.
303. I can see the handwriting on the wall.
304. Go and have a ball.
305. We will have the last laugh.
306. Hold on to your hat.
307. Hold on to your horses. (Hold your horses)
Cool your jets (= slow down, control your excitement)
= hold your horses)

... If your child is in the midst of an outburst, find out what's wrong. If necessary, use a time-out to get your child to settle down or calmly issue a reminder about house rules and expectations - "There's no yelling or throwing stuff; please stop that right now and cool your jets."

308. Have your own way.
309. You've got two strikes against you.
310. He's got one foot in the grave.
311. We had a high time.
312. You hit the nail on the head.
313. They will hit the ceiling.
314. That is a hit below the belt.
315. I'm going to hit the sack.
316. She's going to hit the hay.
317. That just won't hold water.
318. He can't hold down a job.
319. Don't horse around.
320. Keep them in the dark.
321. That's it in a nutshell.
322. She's often in my hair.
323. We've got one thing in the hole.
324. They are in the same boat.
325. We are in full swing now.
326. We have more irons in the fire.
327. He's a jack-of-all-trades.
328. Don't jump down my throat.
329. It's just what the doctor ordered.
330. You keep the ball rolling.
331. Now keep that under your hat.
332. You keep plugging away.
333. That's a kick in the pants.
334. Knock it off!
335. He's about to kick the bucket.
336. He knows the ropes.
337. That is the last straw.
338. You need to let off some steam.
339. Don't lie down on the job.
340. She is a long shot to win.
341. He's a long-winded talker.
342. She looked daggers at him.
343. Don't look down on them.
344. You'll lose your shirt doing that.
345. That is a lost cause.
346. We'll lower the boom on them.
347. That'll make the fur fly.
348. She can't make ends meet.
349. Make yourself at home.
350. He's a man of his word.
351. It's a matter of life and death.
352. Your name is mud.
353. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack.
354. She's an old flame.
355. It happens once in a blue moon.
356. It's on the house.
357. Be on the lookout for her.
358. He's on the bandwagon.
359. She's on the ball.
360. He's out of date.
361. That is out of the question.
362. Don't go out on a limb.
363. We'll paint the town red.
364. He'll just pass the buck.
365. He passed out at the party.
366. A penny for your thoughts.
367. He'll just pick a fight.
368. I'm on pins and needles waiting.
369. We won't play second fiddle to them.
370. You've got to pull yourself together.
371. He'd pinch pennies.
372. It's just a play on words.
373. Everybody must pitch in.
374. We'll polish them off.
375. Will you pop the question?
376. He's an apple polisher.
377. I can pull strings.
378. It's just puppy love.
379. Put on your thinking cap.
380. Let's put your cards on the table.
381. You put the cart before the horse.
382. That will put a feather in his cap.
383. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
384. It's raining cats and dogs.
385. You've got to read between the lines.
386. That rings the bell.
387. Don't rob the cradle.
388. He'll just rock the boat.
389. We've got lots of red tape.
390. It's just a rip off.
391. He rubs me the wrong way.
392. As a rule of thumb I refuse.
393. It's pretty run down.
394. He needs a security blanket.
395. Seeing is believing.
396. That'll separate the men from the boys.
397. You've got them shaking in their boots.
398. You'll have to sink or swim.
399. We are sitting pretty.
400. She slays me with that nonsense.
401. --500 Everything is ship shape.
402. Why don't you sleep on it?
403. We just made small talk.
404. Go ahead and sound off.
405. He's spaced out.
406. It will spread like wildfire.
407. They have stacked the deck.
408. They have stacked the cards.
409. We will need to start from scratch.
410. I don't want to steal his thunder.
411. She tried to steal the spotlight.
412. You must stick to your guns on that.
413. He's just a stick-in-the-mud.
414. You won't strike it rich.
415. You need to strike while the iron is hot.
416. We won't take a back seat to them.
417. We're in the driving seat.
428. Our new project will soon take off.
419. You have to take your medicine.
420. You can take the floor.
421. You run with it.
422. Take your hat off to no one.
423. We won't take sides.
424. That is a tall story.
425. We'll throw the book at them.
426. We will throw in the towel.
427. We'll throw in the sponge.
428. We'll throw a party.
429. She'll throw a fit.
430. We'll hold them to the letter.
431. Remember that time marches on.
432. I think they will tie the knot.
433. We're tickled to death about it.
434. We had the time of our life.
435. It will be touch and go for a while.
436. We will need to touch up things.
437. It will be to the tune of a million.
438. It's part of the tricks of the trade.
439. It's time to turn in.
440. We will turn the tables on them.
441. She had better turn over a new leaf.
442. He's got me turned on.
443. Don't just twiddle your thumbs.
444. I put her under your wings.
445. He is up to something.
446. Don't get up in arms.
447. He'll upstage us.
448. We won't wait on them.
449. They'll walk all over you.
450. He's walking on air.
451. You're walking on thin ice.
452. He will just warm the bench.
453. Don't wash your dirty linen in public.
454. You'll just be wasting your breath.
455. The wear and tear will defeat us.
456. You'll wear out your welcome.
457. I'll pay you when my ship comes in.
458. We just have to weather the storm.
459. I can see the writing on the wall.
460. Let's wind up this problem.
461. We will agree word for word.
462. Just a word to the wise - Shut up!
463. You just zip your lip.
464. Keep your shirt on.
465. They are pulling your leg.
466. She is rolling in the dough.
467. He's stinking rich.
468. We'll make him the fall guy.
469. He will take the rap.
470. It's a bum rap.
471. You need to bend over backwards.
472. You need to bite the bullet.
473. They will bite the dust.
474. Has the cat got your tongue?
475. They will have to cough up the money.
476. It's different strokes for different folks.
477. She's dressed to kill.
478. He's driving me up the wall.
479. That's duck soup.
480. What is eating you?
481. Someone is feeding you a line.
482. We can get it for a song.
483. We can get away clean.
484. Don't get in her hair.
485. She will get the ax.
486. We need to get the jump on them.
487. You should give it your best shot.
488. We will give them the slip.
489. He will go to bat for you.
490. She is going to the dogs.
491. She's got the world by the tail.
492. That's a horse of a different color.
493. If the shoe fits - wear it.
494. Don't jump the gun.
495. Let's kick up our heels.
496. This will knock their socks off.
497. We won't leave them high and dry.
498. It is a lemon.
499. We need to make a splash.
500. Money talks.
501. They don't have a leg to stand on.
502. We'll put that on ice.
503. We are not out of the woods.
504. He is on his last legs.
505. We will play this one by ear.
506. Put your money where your mouth is.
507. They will raise a stink.
508. We will have to scratch their back.
509. They will sell you down the river.
510. Don't sell them short.
511. You must shape up or ship out.
512. Let's just shoot the breeze.
513. We are sitting pretty.
514. They gave us a snow job.
515. Don't spill the beans.
516. Don't spread yourself too thin.
517. Don't stick you neck out on this.
518. This is straight from the horse's mouth.
519. You must take the bull by the horns.
520. You are talking through your hat.
521. I said it tongue in cheek.
522. What do they have up their sleeve?
523. She is a wet blanket.
524. She is tooting her own horn.
525. Above all to thy own self be true.
526. After all's said and done, more is said than done.
527. He has fallen afoul of the law.
528. It is all up in the air.
529. Be on the alert for danger.
530. That is up his alley.
531. In that she stands alone.
532. They will be along soon.
533. I will be able to get along.
534. All along I knew they would fail.
535. That will cost you and arm and a leg.
536. They welcomed us with open arms.
537. I will get around to it soon.
538. It is sold as is.
539. Don't turn your back on them.
540. Don't go back on your word.
541. It is in the bag.
542. They arrived bag and baggage.
543. Keep on the ball.
544. He is off base.
545. Right off the bat they fought.
546. We will go to bat for them.
547. Bear in mind their finances.
548. We will need to tighten our belt.
549. You bet we will go.
550. Between you and me they won't do it.
551. He is big on meat and potatoes.
552. We expect to make it big.
553. It will fill the bill.
554. We did it bit by bit.
555. They will try to put the bite on us.
556. We are now in the black.
557. The company is on the block.
558. They are blowing hot and cold.
559. He is just blowing off steam.
560. It came from out of the blue.
561. The new changes are across the board.
562. I feel it in my bones.
563. That is one for the books.
564. He has been hitting the bottle.
565. That is out of bounds.
566. Don't burn the bridges behind you.
567. He had money to burn.
568. We will go by and by.
569. By and large they are honest.
570. That was a close call.
571. He burns the candle at both ends.
572. She can't hold a candle to her friend.
573. Put your cards on the table.
574. He's got a card up his sleeve.
575. It is just not in the cards.
576. Try to catch your breath.
577. We will chalk up that one to experience.
578. We chewed the fat for a short while.
579. Next week we will clean house.
580. You must come clean.

581. She is in the clear.
582. We need to clear the air.
583. She has her head in the clouds.
584. He killed her in cold blood.
585. He was left out in the cold.
586. They were acting in concert.
587. They left him to cool his heels.
588. They asked her to cool it.
589. He tried to cut corners. I
590. We are up a creek.
591. She is bent out of shape.
592. I'm fed up with him.
593. I'm flat broke.
594. She is a blabbermouth.
595. We are antsy about that.
596. It will cost you a bundle.
597. Give it some elbow grease.
598. I'm beat.
599. You need to cut that out.
600. It's as easy as pie.



1 -- 50 1. She is a peach. —

1 -- 50
1. She is a peach. — She's sweet and helpful
2. He's full of beans. — He's not telling the truth.
3. It's not my cup of tea. — I don't care for that.
4. He's full of baloney. — He doesn't know what he's talking about.
5. It's just sour grapes. — They have resentment.
6. That's corny. — It's sentimental.-----
7. I'm in a pickle. — I'm in a dilemma.
8. He brings home the bacon. — He brings home the family money.
9. She's in a stew. — She's upset.
10. He's the top banana. — He's a very good person.
11. He's the salt of the earth. — He's a very good person.
12. She's worth her salt. — She's a valuable employee.
13. They're two peas in a pod. — If you see one you see the other.
14. I'm nuts about you. — It's quite simple.
15. It's a piece of cake. — It's quite simple.
16. You can't have your cake and eat it too. — You can't use it and save it.
17. He's a real ham. — He's a frustrated actor.?????
18. It's a hard nut to crack. — It's a difficult problem to solve.
19. Let's talk turkey. — Let's talk seriously.
20. He's a bad egg. — He cannot be trusted.
someone who is not reliable and untrustworthy

..... He's a bad egg. I can't rely on him to do anything!
..... How can I trust you to be on time? You're such a bad egg!

an all round good guy; a reliable, trustworthy and generous person

..... Thanks for buying me lunch, you really are a good egg!
..... I think we can trust her, she really is a good egg.

21. We need to break the ice. — Everyone's a little tense - lets be friendly.
22. We'll get a baker's dozen. —22. We'll get items.
23. He's got a finger in every pie. — ...
24. You'll have to take potluck. — Be happy with what we have on hand.
25. She's hard-boiled. — She makes tough deals.
26. He's the apple of my eye. — He's my favorite person.
27. He's a rotten egg. — He is a thoroughly evil person.
28. It's for the birds. —...
29. She eats like a bird. —. It's a crazy idea
30. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing. — He's a bad guy pretending to be good.
31. I smell a rat. — Someone has betrayed us.
32. He's chicken-hearted. — He has no courage.
33. I could eat a horse. — He has no courage.
34. Please don't monkey around. — Get serious and stop playing.
35. We'll kill two birds with one stone. — One solution solves two problems.
36. It's three miles as the crow flies. — ---
37. Don't cry wolf. — ...
38. It has dog-eared pages. —. It's a well-used popular book.
39. He's the underdog. — He's not the favorite to win.
40. She's like a fish out of water. — She is not in her area of expertise.
41. You'll stir up a hornet's nest. — You'll cause a great deal of new problems.
42. Don't let him get your goat. — Don't let him get you upset.
43. Don't make a mountain out of a molehill. — Don't make big of something insignificant.
44. They are packed like sardines. — /..
45. We got a bird's eye view. — We had a very good viewpoint from on high.
46. We're on a wild-goose chase. — We were chasing something that didn't exist.
47. It's raining cats and dogs. — It is the heaviest rain I have ever seen.
48. It's just monkey business. — The business is either his own business or fake.?????
49. He'll weasel out. — He'll back out of all agreements.
50. She'll go ape. — She'll become very upset.

51. Let's talk turkey. — Let's begin to talk seriously.
52. Don't let the cat out of the bag. — Those are false tears.
53. Those are crocodile tears. — Those are false tears.
54. He's a card shark. — He is a professional card player.
55. We had a whale of a time. — We had a great time.
56. He drinks like a fish. — He is a heavy alcohol drinker.
57. I've got a frog in my throat. — I need to clear my throat in order to talk right.
58. He rolled snake eyes. —. His dice had two ones.
59. She's pig-headed. — She is very stubborn.
60. It sounds fishy. — It doesn't sound like it's true.
61. Don't make a hog of yourself. — Don't take more than your share.
62. Quit horsing around. — Stop being silly and get serious.
63. He's a rat. — He is not to be trusted.
64. He ratted on me. — He informed others about my secrets.(&&&&
65. She is a stool pigeon. — She informs on everybody.
66. I can't make heads or tails of it. —. I can't understand what you are talking about.
67. She's no spring chicken. — I
68. She lost her head. — She did something crazy.
69. He can't keep his head above water. —??? He's too busy with many things.
70. That's just off the top of my head. — Here's an idea without too much thought.
71. She's got her head in the clouds. — Her ideas are not practical.
72. She's levelheaded. — She's always has good practical ideas.
73. He's head over heels in love. — He's so in love he doesn't care about anything.

74. It just goes through my head. — I can't seem to concentrate

75. You've got rocks in your head. — Your ideas are not realistic.

76. Let's put our heads together. — Start thinking about a solution.

77. Use your head. — Start thinking about a solution.

78. Her hair will be standing on end. — This solution will distress her greatly.

79. She's up to her head in work. — She has too much to do right now.

80. He's at it tooth and nail. — He's gives the problem all his attention.

81. I've got a lump in my throat. —. I am emotionally involved and distressed.

82. You'd better save your neck. — You must survive this situation.

83. You better turn the other cheek. — Don't let what they say bother you!

84. Just swallow your pride. — Forget your pride and solve the problem.

85. My lips are sealed. — That is an insult to me.

86. It's a slap in the face. — That is an insult to me.

87. You can talk until you're blue in the face. — They aren't listening to you.

88. You must face the music. — Admit your error - solve it and go on.

89. He can't keep a straight face. — Try to keep from laughing at them.

90. He'll fall flat on his face. — He will fail on this thing.

91. That will blow my mind. — I will be totally surprised

92. I want to pick your brains. — I need and want some ideas from you.

93. He gave me a piece of his mind. — He scolded me for my deficiencies.

94. You get on my nerves. — What you do or say often irritates me.

95. That'll boggle your mind. — This will absolutely amaze you.

96. You've got to get up your nerve. — Don't be afraid of trying something.

97. Don't just shoot off your mouth. — Wait and speak when you've thought about it.

98. Her spirits are low. — She's down in the mouth.

99. Watch your mouth! — You've said something offensive.

100. He put his foot in his mouth. — He said something very stupid.

101. She's got a big mouth. — She talks too much and says the wrong things.
102. It's just hand to mouth. —. It is a very low cost project.
103. Keep a stiff upper lip. — Keep trying and you can succeed.
104. It makes my mouth water. — I think that is a very attractive idea.
105. It was by word of mouth. — I was told in person.
106. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. —. I don't feel comfortable with that idea.
107. It will melt in your mouth. — You will like this idea.
108. You can save your breath. — They don't listen - they're not open to anything.
109. She takes my breath away. — She's the most wonderful creature I've ever seen.

110. I did it by the skin of my teeth. — I just barely got the job done.
111. It's on the tip of my tongue. — I know it - I just can't say it now.
112. You'll eat your words. — Any thing you say may come back to haunt you.
113. She's got a sharp tongue. — Her words are like a sword - they can hurt.
114. It's my mother tongue. — It is my native language.
115. It was a slip of the —tongue. — I didn't intend to say that.
116. He said it tongue in —cheek. — He was kidding when he said that.
117. She's tongue-tied. — She's so excited she can't speak.
118. I only have eyes for you. — You are the object of my affection.
119. I never want to lay eyes on you. — Go! I never want to see you again.
120. I've got my eye on you. I'm watching you - one mistake and you're gone.
121. He's making eyes at her. —He is flirting with her.
122. That'll make your eyes pop. —You will be really surprised when this happens.
123. I can't believe my eyes. — What I am seeing is hard to believe.
124. There's more than meets the eye. — You are not telling me all the facts.
125. She's a sight for sore eyes. — . We're very happy to see her — we need her.

126. You need to catch his eye. — You must get his attention.
127. His eyes are bigger than his stomach. — He takes more food than he can eat.
128. Feast your eyes on that. —. Isn't that a wonderful thing we have here?
129. She will pull the wool over his eyes. —. She will fool him every time.
130. It's a highbrow place. —. It is a very high-class place.
131. You'll pay through the nose. — It's extremely costly to do that.
132. Don't turn up your nose at me. —Don't think you are better than I am.
133. She's got a nose for news. — She can get a story from almost nothing.
134. She won by a nose. — It was a very close race.
135. You need to lead them by the nose. — You have to tell them every single detail.
136. Keep your nose clean. — Be honest and ethical.
137. It's nothing to sneeze at. — It is a good offer.
138. It's under your nose. — It's right there in front of you.
139. She won by a hair. — She won by just a tiny bit.
140. I'm all ears. — I am listening with great interest.
141. It was an ear-splitting sound. — The noise hurt my ears.
142. It goes in one ear and out the other. — He doesn't listen to anyone.
143. Keep your ear to the ground. — Listen everywhere to find what is going on.
144. You'd better prick up your ears. — Pay attention to what is happening.
145. She can wind him around her little finger. —She can manipulate him to do what she wants.
146. He's got a finger in every pie. He is trying every possible way.
147. My hands are tied. — There is nothing I can do because of regulations.
148. Please lend me a hand. --Help him with this.
149. Give him a hand. — Clap your hand in appreciation.
150. Give him a hand. — Help him.
151. He's got a green thumb. — He is good at gardening.
152. I'm all thumbs. — I am very clumsy.
153. I've got it all at my fingertips. —
I have all the right information.
154. He's an old hand. — You are envious of my success.
155. She's got her hands full. — She has more things to do than she can handle.
156. I wash my hands of it all. — I want no part of this thing.
157. He was caught red-handed. — He was caught in the act of a crime.
158. Don't let it slip through your fingers. — Don't let this good customer get away.
159. You must get the upper hand. — Get an advantage on your competitor.
160. He's up in arms about it. — He has gotten upset about something.
161. I only got hand-me-downs. — What I got was all second-hand stuff.
162. I've got to hand it to you. — I admire what you have done.
163. It's hands off to you. — You are not to do any work on this item.
164. Try to thumb a ride. — Beg for a ride.
165. We are short-handed. — I need your help.
166. You must toe the line. — Everyone must follow all the rules.
167. He's got cold feet. — He's frightened and doesn't think he can do it.
168. He's a heel. — He does not act like a gentleman with ladies.
169. You better shake a leg. — You need to work faster
170. She's pulling my leg. — She is trying to trick or fool me.
171. You'll foot the bill. — . You will have to pay the entire cost.
172. You'll have to put your foot down. — You'll need to assert yourself - be more forceful.
173. You don't have a leg to stand on. — You are not secure in your position.
174. You've got to put your best foot forward. — Go with the best idea that you have.
175. Don't drag your feet. — Don't delay - get to work.
176. You've got to get a foot in the door. — You must get the customers attention.
177. The shoe is on the other foot now. — Now they have the problem not us.
178. You'll step on her toes. You'll be moving in on her territory. —
179. He's got a chip on his shoulder. — He is looking for an excuse to fight.
180. She gave him the cold shoulder. — She is trying to get him to leave her alone.
181. Get off my back! — Leave me alone and let me get to work. —
182. Get it off your chest. — Tell me exactly what is bothering you.
183. I need some elbowroom. — We are too crowded in this office.
184. He's a thorn in my side. — Everything he does irritates me.
185. Don't turn your back on her. — Everything he does irritates me.
186. He turns my stomach. —He totally disgusts me.
187. I've got butterflies in my stomach. — I'm very nervous about this deal.
188. She can't stomach it. — She thinks this deal is too rotten to do.
189. He's lily-livered. — He too much a coward to do it.
190. She makes my flesh creep. — She is extremely revolting in her attitude.
191. She's a busybody. — She pays attention to everybody else's business.
192. We need a heart to heart talk. — We need to talk confidentially.
193. You need to learn this by heart. — You need to know this stuff well.
194. Please! Have a heart. — Get some feelings about being nice.
195. My heart is in my mouth. — I'm extremely nervous about this deal.
196. Don't take it to heart. — Don't take this personally - it's just business.
197. She's a hard-hearted woman. — She has no compassion for anyone.
198. She's got a heart of stone. — She makes decisions without regard to people.
199. Eat your heart out. — You are envious of my success.
200. You'll break my heart. —I'll be disappointed about this.

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200. I'll be disappointed about this.
201. When all else fails - he will save us.
202. He is very pretentious.
203. Right now we are profitable.
204. They are upset that we are winning.
205. They have been defeated.
206. He's not alert to what is going on.
207. He'll learn to do better but not well.
208. She always will criticize any idea.
209. He's one of best workers.
210. You have totally the wrong approach.
211. He yells but he doesn't mean anything by it.
212. You are crazy and have ridiculous ideas.
213. She will verbally discipline him.
214. Stop talking in circles - speak directly.
215. Go away!
216. I need to sleep.
217. This will not be easy.
218. I am in trouble with the boss.
219. He is extremely miserable.
220. Being late is bad but it's better than never.
221. He is the headman.
222. He's the big boss.
223. He is an important man.
224. Don't try to do more than you can accomplish.
225. Be loyal to your company that pays you.
226. He soon will be found out and lose.
227. Stay calm.
228. Remain calm and collected.
229. You've something that is a problem to me.
230. You need to study and learn this.
231. They need to be motivated.
232. You will have to work overtime.
233. Do what you have promised.
234. We need to tell them the bad news.
235. Let's forget our old fights and hatreds.
236. We won a very close victory.
237. We'll do it whatever it takes.
238. That's enough work for today.
239. Let's stop for now.
240. You make the decisions.
241. That is a big bunch of problems.
242. A group of us ride to work together.
243. Don't get scared and leave.
244. He is just like his dad.
245. We must withdraw form a losing situation.
246. You are in a problem of your own making.
247. I find you extremely funny.
248. Open up a book and learn something.
249. Don't be so serious all the time.
250. You have put too many limits on me.
251. He is the best there is.
252. Follow all of the rules.
253. There are no changes or discussions - just do it.
254. We can't do anything right now.
255. He is so tired he can't function.
256. That problem will be gone soon.
257. They aren't worth anything.
258. He will gasp when he sees this.
259. She is very depressed.
260. She got just the trouble that she gives others.
261. We have completely lost everything on this.
262. We have totally lost everything on this.
263. Get working and stop the delaying.
264. I don't have any idea on this.
265. We make no more concessions.
266. He makes it tough to make much of a profit.
267. That is just the beginning of the problems.
268. She just picks at her food.
269. She eats like a hungry man.
270. He is just about out of ideas and energy.
271. I feel wonderful.
272. The finders are happy - the losers unhappy.
273. The two situations work well together
274. They are going to be extremely unhappy. .
275. He will be very upset.
276. Leave that situation alone.
277. This idea is sure to succeed.
278. This is it - no changes - no getting out.
279. You will have to pay some cash.
280. He is taking a quick nap.
281. Will they be able to do that without trouble?
282. Let's do some serious talking.
283. I will return the bad you did to me.
284. Stop bothering me and let me do my work.
285. Let's start the work on this.
286. We will find out exactly what is the problem.
287. The day started bad and hasn't gotten any better.
288. There is no way he can succeed.
289. He is teasing me about that.
290. Give a little and he takes a lot.
291. Don't let them know what is your plan.
292. They will have to give up trying.
293. He travels all over the world.
294. They go in all directions without any success.
295. They will be very upset.
296. If they don't like it - too bad.
297. Don't go to extremes on this.
298. Other things always look easier.
299. Forget the problems - keep working.
300. They like to get very dramatic.

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301. Keep trying.
302. She has a lot of irrational objections.
303. I can sense the mood of people.
304. Go and enjoy yourself.
305. They are winning now but in the end we will win.
306. Be patient.
307. Don't get too excited.
308. OK! Do what you want.
309. One more mistake and you are out!
310. He is too old.
311. We had a good time.
312. That is exactly the situation.
313. They will be extremely upset.
314. That is not playing fair or honest.
315. I'm going to bed.
316. She is going to bed.
317. That idea just won't work.
318. He has lost every job he ever had.
319. Don't play around - be serious.
320. Don't let them know what is going on.
321. That is a short summary of the situation.
322. She is often in my way.
323. One thing is on our side.
324. We both have the same problem.
325. We are all working full time on this.
326. We have many other things to do.
327. He has many talents.
328. Don't criticize me so severely.
329. That is an excellent solution.
330. Keep up your good efforts.
331. Don't tell this to anyone.
332. Keep working to solve this.
333. That is a good encouragement.
334. Stop doing that!
335. He is about to die.
336. He knows what he is doing.
337. He has made one error too many.
338. Don't contain all your anger.
339. Keep working - don't slow down.
340. She is not the most likely winner.
341. He talks and talks.
342. She gave him a look of disapproval.
343. Don't think you are better than they are.
344. You will lose everything.
345. You cannot succeed.
346. We will soundly defeat them.
347. That will get their attention.
348. She spends more than she makes.
349. Act as if this was your home.
350. He always keeps promises.
351. This is a very serious situation.
352. You will be thought of as a loser.
353. It is a difficult thing to find.
354. She's a past girlfriend.
355. It will never happen.
356. You do not need to pay for it.
357. Watch for her.
358. He has joined our side of the argument.
359. She is very perceptive.
360. He is living in the past.
361. That idea is not acceptable.
362. Don't make any commitments on that.
363. We will go out to party.
364. He will blame someone else.
365. He was so drunk he lost consciousness.
366. What were you thinking just now?
367. He will provoke you into a fight.
368. I'm anxious to find out something.
369. We will not be in second place.
370. Get organized and not so emotional.
371. He is too careful with money.
372. The meaning is not what the words say.
373. All must help.
374. We will defeat them all.
375. Will you ask her to marry you?
376. He tries to hard to please the boss.
377. I have some connections with the right people.
378. It is just infatuation.
379. Give this some serious thought.
380. Let's be honest with each other.
381. Put first things first.
382. This will be a credit to him.
383. Don't depend on just one thing.
384. It is a heavy rain.
385. Look at what they mean not what they say.
386. Now I remember.
387. She's too young for you.
388. He will get everyone upset.
389. All the government regulations are difficult.
390. They will cheat you.
391. I do not like his attitude.
392. Generally I refuse.
393. It is in bad condition.
394. He always needs reassurance.
395. I only believe what I can see.
396. We will find out who is serious.
397. They are afraid now.
398. It will be win all or lose all now.
399. We are in a good position.
400. She disgusts me with those silly ideas.

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401. Everything is in good order.
402. Think about it tonight - let me know tomorrow.
403. We didn't talk about anything serious.
404. Say what you think.
405. He is on drugs.
406. This idea will be very popular.
407. We are not playing under even conditions.
408. They have cheated us to their advantage.
409. We need to start at the beginning.
410. I will let him break the good news.
411. She wants undeserved attention.
412. Your idea is good - stay with it.
413. He is too old fashioned.
414. This idea won't make you rich.
415. Do it while the opportunity is right.
416. We won't be in second place to them.
417. We control the situation.
428. It will be a great success.
419. If you did wrong you must pay.
420. It is your turn - speak.
421. The project is yours to make it a success.
422. You are a good as anyone else.
423. We will be neutral on this.
424. I don't believe your explanation.
425. If they did wrong they must pay.
426. We give up.
427. We give up.
428. We will have a party.
429. She will be extremely upset.
430. They will have to follow all the rules.
431. You are wasting time.
432. They will get married.
433. We are very pleased.
434. We had a good time.
435. We won't know if we succeed or fail.
436. We need to solve some little problems.
437. It will cost about a million dollars.
438. It is one of my secret solutions.
439. It's time to go to sleep.
440. We will reverse the situation.
441. She needs to change her ways.
442. He has me excited about that.
443. Get to work!
444. She will report to you.
445. He is doing something secretly.
446. There is no need to get excited or upset.
447. He'll do better than us.
448. We are going ahead and not wait for them.
449. They will take advantage of you.
450. He is really excited.
451. You may fail at any moment.
452. He will sit by while we work.
453. Don't tell your bad points to others.
454. Don't bother, they won't listen.
455. The effort is not worth the rewards.
456. Don't stay too long.
457. When I get rich I'll pay you.
458. Keep working in rough times.
459. I can sense that thing may be bad.
460. We need to finish this.
461. We agree exactly.
462. Listen to me!
463. Stop talking so much.
464. Don't get so impatient.
465. They are playing a trick on you.
466. She has lots of money.
467. He's very wealthy.
468. We will put the blame on him.
469. He will be the guilty one.
470. He is innocent.
471. You need to try very hard.
472. You need to endure a difficult situation.
473. They will go down to defeat.
474. Can't you talk?
475. They will have to willingly come up with money.
476. Everyone has different interests and tastes.
477. She's wearing her finest clothes.
478. He is annoying me greatly.
479. That is very easy.
480. What is annoying you?
481. Someone is deceiving you.
482. We can get it for very little money.
483. We can escape punishment.
484. Don't bother her.
485. She will be fired.
486. We need to get an advantage on them.
487. You should try your hardest.
488. We will escape.
489. He will support you all the way.
490. She is becoming rundown.
491. She's happy and successful.
492. That's an entirely different situation.
493. If you are wrong admit it.
494. Don't be hasty.
495. Let's celebrate.
496. This will enthuse and excite them.
497. We won't abandon them.
498. It is defective.
499. We need to be successful and get their attention.

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500. Money can influence people.
501. They have no defense for their actions.
502. We'll save that one for the future.
503. We are not out of danger.
504. He is sick and failing fast.
505. We will improvise as we go along.
506. You must follow through with what you say.
507. They will protest strongly.
508. We will have to do them a favor.
509. They will betray you.
510. Don't underestimate them.
511. You must behave or leave.
512. Let's just chat informally.
513. We are in a fortunate position.
514. It was insincere talk.
515. Don't reveal our secret.
516. Don't become involved in too many things.
517. Don't take too much risk.
518. It is from a reliable source.
519. You must take decisive action.
520. You are making foolish statements.
521. I didn't say it seriously.
522. What facts have they concealed?
523. She's boring and spoils everyone's fun.
524. She is boasting.
525. First be honest to yourself.
526. In the end there's more talk than action.
527. He is in conflict with the law.
528. It is not been decided.
529. Watch for danger.
530. It is compatible with his ability.
531. She is unequaled.
532. They will be here soon.
533. I will be able to mange successfully.
534. From the beginning I knew they would fail.
535. It will cost an extravagant amount.
536. They were very cordial.
537. I will be able to deal with it.
538. It's sold with no guarantees.
539. Don't reject them.
540. Don't fail to keep your promise.
541. We are assured of a successful outcome.
542. They arrived with all their belongings.
543. Be alert, competent and efficient.
544. He is badly mistaken.
545. Immediately they fought.
546. We will assist them.
547. Remember their finances.
548. We must become thriftier.
549. Certainly we will go.
550. In strictest confidence, they won't do it.
551. He likes meat and potatoes.
552. We expect to be very successful.
553. It will meet all our requirements.
554. We did it little by little.
555. They will try to borrow money from us.
556. We are now profitable.
557. The company is for sale.
558. They are changing their minds.
559. He is just venting his anger.
560. It was totally unexpected.
561. It will affect all divisions and groups.
562. I have a premonition about this.
563. That is something entirely new.
564. He has begun to drink (alcohol) to excess.
565. That is beyond your limits.
566. Keep the possibility of retreat.
567. He had lots of money.
568. We will go in a little while.
569. For the most part they are honest.
570. It was a narrow escape.
571. He spends too much energy in all directions.
572. She is not nearly as good as her friend.
573. Be frank about your motives and intentions.
574. He has a secret plan in reserve.
575. It is not likely to occur.
576. Rest so you can continue.
577. We will credit that to experience.
578. We talked casually for a while.
579. Next week we will get rid of anyone undesirable.
580. You must confess your error.
581. She is free from danger or suspicion.
582. Let's ignore emotional tensions and differences.
583. She is not in the real world.
584. He killed her without any feeling, or remorse.
585. He got nothing.
586. They were acting together.
587. He was left waiting.
588. She was asked to calm down and relax.
589. It's a dangerous, possibly illegal solution.
590. We are in a difficult or unfortunate position.
591. She is upset about something.
592. I have no patience with him.
593. I have no money.
594. She talks all the time.
595. We are not confident about it.
596. It will be quite expensive.
597. You need to go to work.
598. I am very tired.
599. Stop doing that.
600. It is very simple.

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By a long shot Origin:

By a long shot
Origin: Gambling, Sports

By a large margin.
By a large amount.

When you say:
Our team won the game by a long shot, you mean something like:
When we won, our team was ahead by many points.

When you say: We’re not out of trouble by a long shot, you mean something like:
We’re not out of trouble at all. We have a long way to go.

Also: It’s a long shot, means: It’s unlikely.

not by a long shot
никоим образом;
далеко не, отнюдь не, совсем не, никоим образом, ни в коем разе; абсолютно не; ни за что;
not by a great amount; not at all.

Did I win the race? Not by a long shot.(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)
Not by a long shot did she complete the assignment. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)

(not) by a long shot {infml} also not by a long chalk (old-fashioned)
You can use by a long shot to add emphasis to a statement, especially a negative statement or one that contains a superlative.
..... We have to know what is going on, and we don't, not yet, not by a long shot.
..... The arms race isn't over by a long shot and there are no signs that the US and Russia plan to initiate another round of deep cuts anytime soon.
..... No city has escaped the ravages of recession, but Seattle has fared best by a long shot

not by a long shot {infml} also
not by a long chalk {old-fashioned}
not by a long shot/chalk/way
not by a long chalk {British English}
(=not at all or not nearly)
..... He had not told Rory everything, not by a long shot. (LDOCE)
... This has been our most successful product by a long way. (MM)
by a long way
by a great amount
He was the best by a long way.(OALD)
something that you say when you think something is not at all true
used for saying that something is not true at all
..... They've achieved a lot, but they haven't finished yet – not by a long way. (MM)
..... It's not over by a long shot. — Это далеко не конец.
..... 'Do you think it's as good as her last movie?' 'No, not by a long shot.' (CID)
..... It's not over yet, not by a long chalk, we still have a very good chance of winning. (CID)

Usage notes:
sometimes used in the form not do sth by a long shot :
.....We haven't eliminated the disease by a long shot.
(Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms)

...it's against the rules to have your wife or sister or anybody like that, except on visiting days... but all the rules ain't kept around here by a long shot. (Th. Dreiser, The Financier, ch. LIV) — ...правда, наши правила не разрешают жене, сестре или кому-нибудь еще приходить в неположенные дни... но ведь далеко не все правила соблюдаются здесь в точности.
If I'm not clever I can't help it, but I'm not the fool you think I am, not by a long way, I can tell you. (W. S. Maugham, Of Human Bondage, ch. 75) — Может, я и не бог весть какая умница, тут ничего не поделаешь, но я совсем не такая дура, какой ты меня считаешь. Уж ты мне поверь!
Their first visit to the theatre together... Well, it wouldn't be the last by a long way. (A. J. Cronin, The Citadel, book II, ch. 3) — Первый раз они были вместе в театре... "Что ж, - говорил он себе, - и, разумеется, не последний"
by a long way/shot informal also by a long chalk British English (=used when something is much better, quicker, cheaper etc)
..... It was his best performance this year, by a long way. (LDOCE)
not by a long way/shot informal also

смотри также by a long shot
намного, гораздо; разумеется, несомненно, бесспорно;
Например: Of these four, I was thinking, Martin was by a long way the most realistic. (C. P. Snow, The Affair, ch. 29) — Из всех четырех, думал я, Мартин человек наиболее реалистичный.

at all
not by a long chalk — отнюдь нет; далеко не
(not by a long chalk (уст. not by chalks или not by long chalks))
not by a long chalk
(British English) (also not by a long shot North American English, British English) not nearly; not at all
It's not over yet—not by a long chalk. (OALD)
вовсе не(т), отнюдь не(т), далеко не; смотри также by a long chalk
Например: Should I be the youngest mayoress? Not by chalks, said he. Huskinson's sister was sixteen. (A. Bennett, The Card, ch. XII) — - Буду ли я самой молодой женщиной, которая вышла замуж за мэра? - Не будете, - ответил Денри. - Сестра Хаскинсона вышла замуж за мэра, когда ей было шестнадцать лет.
It was about this time that I first came into personal contact with that great revolutionary, Tom Mann. Not that it was by any means the first time that I had seen or heard him - not by a long chalk! (H. Pollitt, Serving My Time, ch. 8) — Примерно в это время я познакомился с видным революционером Томом Манном. Это, конечно, отнюдь не означает, что до этого я никогда не видел или не слышал его.
She turned and looked squarely at Francis. He's not my ideal by a long chalk... (J. Lindsay, A Local Habitation, ch. 13) — Дженни повернулась и взглянула на Фрэнсиса. - Я совсем не считаю его идеалом красоты...
Not much like Blackpool, he told himself, not by a long chalk. (A. J. Cronin, The Northern Light, part II, ch. 8) — "Деревня совсем не похожа на Блэкпул, - подумал он, - ничего общего"

by a long chalk
гораздо, значительно, намного
Например: You are a more decent chap than I am, Jeremy, by a long chalk. (H. R. Hasgard The Witch's Head, ch. IV) — Вы, Джереми, в тысячу раз лучше, чем я.
Nothing is as bad as a marriage that's a hopeless failure. Mine was bad enough. God knows, and ought to teach you something; but it might have been worse by a long chalk. (D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, part I, ch. VI) — Нет большего несчастья, чем неудачный брак. Видит бог, мое замужество было не совсем удачным, хотя могло бы быть гораздо хуже. Пусть это послужит тебе уроком.
Robert ran well, but Ernest beat him by a long chalk. (DEI) — Роберт бежал хорошо, но Эрнест намного опередил его.

We would not say "he's been in jail for ten years." I suppose it's possible, if you are a very poorly educated American. But we generally understand that jails are for short-term confinement and are generally smaller institutions. Not by a long shot is a jail a prison.

by far or far and away
very much, easily, immeasurably, by a long way, incomparably, to a great degree, by a long shot, by a long chalk (informal), by a great amount
....... by far the most successful

It’s a long shot. (It’s

It’s a long shot. (It’s unlikely) — маловероятно; вероятность невелика; вряд ли

Q. Do you think they can win?
A. No, it’s a long shot.

..... It's a long shot, but someone might recognise her from the photo and be able to tell us where she lives. (LDOCE)

.....It's a long shot, but I'll ask her. (MM)

(sth/doing sth) is a long shot
Used to say that a plan is worth trying, even though you think it is unlikely to succeed — вероятость сделать что-л. невелика; вряд ли получится, маловероятно, что получится.

..... Getting an interview with a movie star is a long shot when you’re new to show business. (ebaby)

..... Winning the race is a long shot.

someone is a long shot (to do sth) {American English}
If someone is a long shot, they are not likely to be chosen for a job or to win an election, competition etc. — кому-л. вряд ли/ едва ли удастся (победить, выиграть, получить, добиться, пр.); маловероятно, что у кого-л. получится (победить, выиграть, получить, добиться, пр.)

...... Turner is a long shot to win next month's mayoral election.
...... By most expectations, Labrador is a long shot to win the job as majority leader.
...... Procter & Gamble, it seems to such observers, does not belong in health care and is a long shot to succeed against entrenched giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, GlaxoSmith Kline, Novartis.
...... Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is a long shot to land a job with the Browns after his interview did not go smoothly.
...... Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is on crutches for a sprained ankle and said he is a “long shot” to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, reports ESPN.com.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the New England Patriots tight end is a long shot to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a source with knowledge of the team's thinking. After offseason back and forearm surgeries, Gronkowski continues to express a desire to return to the field in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints.

a long shot (an attempt or guess that is not likely to be successful but that is worth trying) — рискованная ставка (с маленькими шансами, но крупным выигрышем); смелое предприятие; трудноосуществимый план; смелое предположение

A group of friends is playing basketball. The red team is winning, but the blue team has the ball. Far in the corner of the court, a player on the blue team is ready to shoot the ball. He’s so far away that his chances of scoring a point aren’t very good. He’ll have to shoot from a long distance, and most players aren’t successful unless they move closer. Scoring a point for his team is a long shot.
The same can be said for a person who is target shooting. The closer she is to her target, the more likely it will be that she will hit it. The further she is from her target, the less likely it will be that she’s successful. Every step she takes back makes it more of a long shot.
If something is a long shot, it doesn’t mean that it will fail. It just means that it will be harder to succeed. It means that it’s important to stay positive and do one’s best. (ebaby)