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date back to
We're only nine days away from October 21st, 2015, the date Back to the Future fans have been waiting for since the second movie hit theaters back in 1989.
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to have existed since a particular time in the past
The church dates back to the 13th century.
about to
a businessman about to break a piggy bank with a hammer
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if someone is about to do something, or if something is about to happen, they will do it or it will happen very soon
Work was about to start on a new factory building.
the foreseeable future
I think for the foreseeable future, the truth is going to be awful and funny all at the same time.
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as long as it is possible to know what is likely to happen
The situation is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
at regular intervals
This toilet is inspected at regular intervals
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happening every hour, every week, every month etc, usually with the same amount of time in between
Trains will run at regular intervals from 11 am to 4 pm.
in years to come
In years to come, your students may forget what you taught them. But they will always remember how you made them feel.
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in the future
in years to come, some of the practices we take for granted now will seem quite barbaric.
the outset
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
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the beginning of an event or process
It was clear from the outset that there were going to be problems.
a picture is worth a thousand words
Can a picture say more than a thousand words?
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an idea can be conveyed better with just a single image than a written or spoken description does
As far as the assembly instructions are concerned, a picture is worth a thousand words.
better safe than sorry
But there's no fire here! It's called prevention! Better safe than sorry!
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used to say that it is better to be careful, even if this takes time, effort etc, than take a risk that may have a bad result
Set the alarm clock – better safe than sorry!
out of sight, out of mind
I wish out of sight out of mind applied to bills.
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used to say that people soon stop thinking about something or someone if they do not see them for a while
I forgot all about her. Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose.
home is where the heart is
My Heart is Where My Home Is
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used to say that someone is more fond of their home than of anywhere else
I live in England, but home is where the heart is – Scotland!
practise what you preach
Practice what you preach or change your speech
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to do the things that you advise other people to do
She didn’t always practise what she preached.
Rome wasn’t built in a day
good things take time
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a phrase meaning that it takes time to achieve something important, and you should not expect to succeed immediately
Take it slowly – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
beggars can’t be choosers
If you are asking for a favour from someone, you just have to take whatever they give you. I asked John if he could lend me his bicycle and he sent me this old, rusty one. Well, beggars can’t be choosers.
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used to say that, when you have no money or no power to choose, you have to accept whatever you are given
I’ll have to take what he’s offering – beggars can’t be choosers.
better late than never
Better late than never, but never late is better.
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used to say that even if something happens late or someone arrives late, this is better than if it did not happen, or the person did not come at all
He’s finally arrived! Better late than never, I suppose.
don’t count your chickens
Don’t count your chickens (before they hatch)” means “don’t make future plans based on something that has not happened yet”. Example: You might be able to get a loan from the bank, but don’t count your chickens...
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used to say that you should not make plans that depend on something good happening, because it might not
I wouldn’t count your chickens, Mr Vass. I’ve agreed to sign the contract, but that’s all.
strike while the iron’s hot
When you do this, you're taking advantage of a good opportunity. Blacksmiths must shape iron into objects during the brief time it's red-hot.
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to do something immediately rather than waiting until a later time when you are less likely to succeed
Go and see her now! Strike while the iron’s hot!
keep your nose clean
The saying keep your nose clean means don’t do anything bad or don’t get involved with illegal or immoral activities.
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to make sure you do not get into trouble, or do anything wrong or illegal
Sid’s got to keep his nose clean or he’ll end up back in prison.
no rest for the wicked
They say there ain't no rest for the wicked. An old quote that could explain why some people are always feeling tired.
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used to say that you have no opportunity to stop working
Well, I had better get back to work – no rest for the wicked, you know!
put your best foot forward
Always put your best foot forward. Not to impress others, but to impress and respect yourself
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used to describe a situation where you have to make your best attempt at success
OK, put your best foot forward and we’ll find out the results tomorrow.
share and share alike
The male and female in the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms share alike the material
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used to say that you should share things fairly and equally between everyone
Give each child three sweets – share and share alike.
the early bird catches the worm
Said to advise someone that they will have an advantage if they do something immediately or before anyone else does it.
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used to say that if you do something early or before other people, you will be successful
Well, I’m getting up early tomorrow – the early bird catches the worm!
the pen is mightier than the sword
The English words “The pen is mightier than the sword” were first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, in his historical play Cardinal Richelieu.
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used to say that writing a complaint, encouragement etc is often more effective than using violence.
His eloquent letter had the desired effect and proved that the pen is mightier than the sword.
Man getting hot looking at picture of desert.
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making people remember something by producing a feeling or memory in them
He takes some very evocative photographs.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke
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to produce a strong feeling or memory in someone
His appearance is bound to evoke sympathy.
take you back
The beautiful thing is, music can be like a time machine. One song- the lyrics, the melody, the mood- can take you back to a moment in time like nothing else can.
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to make you remember a time in the past
Having the grandchildren around takes me back to the days when my own children were small.
carry back
Each person is a temporary focus of forces, vitalities, and values that carry back to an immemorial past and that reach forward into an unthinkable future.
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to make you remember a time in the past
That scene in the film carried me back to my childhood.
Any color is more distinctly seen when opposed to its contrary: thus, black on white, blear near yellow, green near red, and so on
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He distinctly remembered the day his father left.
spring to mind
I used to be funny and witty, now no more jokes spring to mind. I used to lie alone at night and just cry, now no more tears come.
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if someone or something springs to mind, you immediately think of it or them
Two questions spring to mind.
Once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything.
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the best that you will ever have
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
to remember
keep in mnd: Read things in books, not online! Look out for facts that grab your attention! Use mnemonics! Use your imagination! Learn stuff other people don’t know!
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to have a picture or idea in your mind of people, events, places etc from the past
I can’t remember her exact words.
on the tip of your tongue
If a word is on the tip of your tongue, you know the word, but you just cannot remember it at the particular moment. I know the word but I can’t quite remember it. It’s on the tip of my tongue.
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if a word, name etc is on the tip of your tongue, you know it but cannot remember it
What is her name? It’s on the tip of my tongue. Joan. Joan Simpson. That’s it!
for the life of me
however hard I try; even if my life depended on it. For the life of me I can't decide whether or not to go in. (Unauthorized personnel only)
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used to say that you cannot remember or understand something even when you try hard
I couldn’t for the life of me remember his name.
clean forget
Can You Erase Bad Memories?
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used to emphasise the fact you have forgotten something completely
I’ve clean forgotten what I was doing!
go back
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.
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used to say that someone has mentioned something from a long time ago
used to say that someone has mentioned something from a long time ago
like it was yesterday
I remember it like it was yesterday, but it feels like forever.
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very well, as if it happened only a short time ago
I remember meeting you for the first time like it was yesterday.
memory lapse
Sorry, I'm terrible with names.
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a short period of time during which you cannot remember something
He had a complete memory lapse and couldn’t remember my name.
etch on your memory
If all we are allowed is hours, minutes, I want to be able to etch each of them on to my memory with exquisite clarity so that I can recall them at moments like this, when my very soul feels blackened.
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if an experience, name etc is etched on your memory or mind, you cannot forget it and you think of it often
The island remained etched on my memory.
all the time in the world
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unlimited time
He strolled up the street as if he had all the time in the world.
pushed for time
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if you are pushed for time you are very busy and have little time to spare
He was pushed for time so couldn’t stay to help her.
time on your hands
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if you have time on your hands, you do not have enough to do
Now the children have left home, she has too much time on her hands.
time to yourself
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if you have time to yourself, you are free to do what you want to do
She couldn’t wait till all the visitors has left so she could have time to herself.
pass the time
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to make time seem to go by more quickly
We played cards to pass the time.
just in time
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only moments before the time by which it is necessary for something to be done
She finished her essay just in time.
time to spare
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if you have time to spare you have time available to do something
June had little time to spare for making her own clothes.
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knowledge about the world, especially based on examining, testing, and proving facts
Many leading scientists do not consider that science can give absolutely reliable knowledge.
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all space, including all the stars and planets
The new programme studies the universe.
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everything in the physical world that is not controlled by humans, such as wild plants and animals, earth and rocks, and the weather
We grew up in the countryside, surrounded by the beauties of nature.
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the use of painting, drawing, sculpture etc to represent things or express ideas
The cave paintings are an example of early Indian art.

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