A metaphor to get stuck into a new task or project in a direct, practical manner, from the allusion to a timid person crossing a stream or a river. Da...
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see Make one’s hackles rise
This is male-orientated American slang for sexual intercourse and/or orgasm from stones or rocks meaning testicles. The expression dates from the 1940...
Get a move on, hurry up, British informal dates from the 1920s. The skates concerned are roller skates.
Is to have a misunderstanding or get confused and dates from the early 20th century. It derives from the early days of the US telephone system where c...
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To get someone’s goat is to make them annoyed or angry. The origin remains unknown but it is undisputedly American from the early 20th century. There...
see Make a clean breast of something
see Under one’s belt
see Start/get/keep the ball rolling
see Bit between the teeth
To be dismissed or fired, with the obvious allusion to getting a kick up the backside as one leaves, dates from the late 19th century.