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Take a leaf from someone’s book

Means to follow or imitate someone’s example, dates from the late 18th/early 19th century and the word book here is used in the metaphorical sense of...

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Take a nap

see Nap

Take a piss

Since the late 18th century, slang for urinate, but before this from at least the 1300s was a respectable expression for the same bodily function. See...

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Take a punt at something

see Punt

Take a running jump

Take a running jump is an impolite way of telling someone to go away or leave. British informal that dates from the early 20th century.

Take a second bite at the apple/cherry

see Two bites of the apple/cherry

Take a shine to someone or something

Means to take a liking or fancy to someone or something, an American colloquial expression from the early 19th century derives from the attractive rad...

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Take a sledgehammer to crack a nut

This expression meaning to use unnecessary measures to tackle small problems is originally American from the mid-19th century, from the obvious allusi...

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Take a sprat to catch a mackerel

see Sprat to catch a mackerel

Take centre stage

see Centre stage

Take down a peg or two

Means to humble or deflate someone’s excessive ego. There are several variants such as take down a notch, come down a peg or take someone a peg lower....

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Take one for the team

This expression derives from baseball and dates from the latter half of the 20th century c. 1970, and means that a player takes a pitch on the body in...

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Take one’s hat off to somebody

see Hats off

Take one’s medicine

see Dose/taste of one’s own medicine

Take or have a leak

Vulgar slang for urinate dates from the mid-19th century but there is strong evidence that leak meaning to urinate was neither slang nor vulgar from a...

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