TEST FIRE









A


  1. A
  2. A 1
  3. From A to B
  4. From A to Z
  5. Take someone aback
  6. As easy as ABC
  7. As simple as ABC
  8. Give someone the screaming abdabs
  9. Aid and abet
  10. Know what you are about
  11. Above yourself
  12. Not be above
  13. In Abraham’s bosom
  14. The acceptable face of
  15. An accident waiting to happen
  16. Accidents will happen
  17. A chapter of accidents
  18. Of your own accord
  19. Give a bad account of yourself
  20. Give a good account of yourself
  21. Settle accounts with someone
  22. Square accounts with someone
  23. There is no accounting for tastes
  24. An ace in the hole
  25. Have an ace up your sleeve
  26. Hold all the aces
  27. Play your ace
  28. Within an ace of
  29. An Achilles heel
  30. The acid test
  31. Come the acid
  32. Put the acid on someone
  33. Have a nodding acquaintance with someone
  34. Have a nodding acquaintance with something
  35. Scrape acquaintance with
  36. God’s acre
  37. Across the board
  38. Be across something
  39. Act your age
  40. Act the goat
  41. Act of God
  42. A class act
  43. Clean up your act
  44. Do a disappearing act
  45. Get your act together
  46. A hard act to follow
  47. A tough act to follow
  48. In on the act
  49. Read someone the riot act
  50. Read the riot act
  51. Action stations
  52. Man of action
  53. A piece of the action
  54. A slice of the action
  55. Where the action is
  56. Your actual
  57. Not know someone from Adam
  58. The old Adam
  59. Add fuel to the fire
  60. Add fuel to the flames
  61. Add insult to injury
  62. Deaf as an adder
  63. Deaf as a post
  64. An admirable Crichton
  65. Cast someone adrift
  66. Cut someone adrift
  67. Any advance on
  68. Play devils advocate
  69. Afraid of your own shadow
  70. For Africa
  71. Be after doing something
  72. Act your age
  73. The awkward age
  74. Come of age
  75. Feel your age
  76. A golden age
  77. Under age
  78. A hidden agenda
  79. Pile on the agony
  80. Prolong the agony
  81. Agree to differ
  82. A gentlemans agreement
  83. Ahead of the game
  84. Ahead of your time
  85. Ahead of its time
  86. Streets ahead
  87. Aid and abet
  88. In aid of
  89. What is all this in aid of
  90. Airs and graces
  91. Give yourself airs
  92. Hot air
  93. Up in the air
  94. On the air
  95. Off the air
  96. Take the air
  97. Walk on air
  98. Have people rolling in the aisles
  99. Drop your aitches
  100. An Aladdin’s cave
  101. An Aladdin’s lamp
  102. Alarms and excursions
  103. Set the world alight
  104. Set the world on fire
  105. Alive and kicking
  106. Alive and well
  107. All and sundry
  108. All comers
  109. All-in
  110. All my eye and Betty Martin
  111. My eye
  112. All of
  113. Be all one to
  114. All out
  115. All over the place
  116. All the rage
  117. All round
  118. All-singing
  119. All-dancing
  120. Be all that
  121. All systems go
  122. Be all things to all men
  123. Be all things to all people
  124. Not all there
  125. Be all go
  126. And all
  127. Be all up with
  128. It is all up with
  129. All of a sudden
  130. Of a sudden
  131. For all
  132. On all fours
  133. On all fours with
  134. Give the all-clear
  135. Get the all-clear
  136. A blind alley
  137. Up your alley
  138. Up your street
  139. Right up your alley
  140. Right up your street
  141. Pass in your ally
  142. Along About
  143. Alpha and omega
  144. Sacrifice someone on the altar of
  145. Sacrifice something on the altar of
  146. In the altogether
  147. As American as apple pie
  148. The American dream
  149. Run amok
  150. In the final analysis
  151. Ancient as the hills
  152. Old as the hills
  153. The ancient of Days
  154. The angel in the house
  155. On the side of the angels
  156. Angry young man
  157. The answers a lemon
  158. A dusty answer
  159. Up the ante
  160. Raise the ante
  161. Have ants in your pants
  162. Not be having any of it
  163. Anyones game
  164. Be anyones
  165. Anything goes
  166. Be poles apart
  167. Come apart at the seams
  168. Fall apart at the seams
  169. Go ape
  170. An apology for
  171. With apologies to
  172. Appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober
  173. Appeal to Caesar
  174. Keep up appearances
  175. To all appearances
  176. By all appearances
  177. Apple of discord
  178. The apple of your eye
  179. Apples and oranges
  180. A rotten apple
  181. A bad apple
  182. She’s apples
  183. Upset the apple cart
  184. As American as apple pie
  185. Apropos of nothing
  186. Seal of approval
  187. Stamp of approva
  188. A grey area
  189. Tied to someones apron strings
  190. A no-go area
  191. Argue the toss
  192. Out of the ark
  193. A call to arms
  194. Cost an arm and a leg
  195. Give an arm and a leg for
  196. Keep someone at arms length
  197. Keep something at arms length
  198. The long arm of coincidence
  199. The long arm of the law
  200. The strong arm of the law
  201. As long as your arm
  202. Put the arm on
  203. Up in arms about
  204. With open arms
  205. Would give your right arm for
  206. An armchair critic
  207. Armchair traveller
  208. Armchair politician
  209. Armed at all points
  210. Armed to the teeth
  211. Up to your armpits
  212. You and whose army
  213. Have been around
  214. An arrow in the quiver
  215. Arrow of time arrow
  216. Arrow of time times arrow
  217. A straight arrow
  218. Arse
  219. Go arse over tit
  220. Kiss my arse
  221. Kiss someone’s arse
  222. Kiss someone’s ass
  223. Lick someone’s arse
  224. Lick someone’s boots
  225. Not know your arse from your elbow
  226. A pain in the neck
  227. A pain in the ass
  228. A pain in the arse
  229. Art for art’s sake
  230. Be art and part of
  231. Have something down to a fine art
  232. Get something down to a fine
  233. State of the art
  234. An article of faith
  235. The finished article
  236. The genuine article
  237. As and when
  238. As if
  239. As it were
  240. in the ascendant
  241. dust and ashes
  242. rake over the ashes
  243. rake over old coals
  244. rise from the ashes
  245. turn to ashes in your mouth
  246. ask for the moon
  247. cry for the moon
  248. ask me another
  249. ask no odds
  250. a big ask
  251. do not ask me
  252. I ask you!
  253. be asking for it
  254. for the asking
  255. asleep at the wheel
  256. ass
  257. bust your ass
  258. chew someone’s ass
  259. drag ass
  260. cover your ass
  261. be asking for trouble
  262. haul ass
  263. get your ass in gear
  264. kick some ass
  265. kick someone’s ass
  266. kick some butt
  267. kiss ass
  268. Kiss someone’s ass
  269. Kiss someone’s arse
  270. no skin off your ass
  271. not give a rat’s ass
  272. a pain in the ass
  273. a piece of ass
  274. a piece of tail
  275. put someone’s ass in a sling
  276. bust someone’s ass
  277. whip someone’s ass
  278. at it
  279. at that
  280. where its at
  281. an atmosphere that you could cut with a knife
  282. dance attendance on
  283. for auld lang syne
  284. under the auspices of
  285. have something on good authority
  286. away with something
  287. get away with you
  288. far and away
  289. out and away
  290. the awkward age
  291. the awkward squad
  292. have an axe to grind
  293. the ayes have it



B


  1. plan b
  2. babe’s in the wood
  3. be someone’s baby
  4. be left holding the baby
  5. throw the baby out with the bathwater
  6. at the back of your mind
  7. back in the day
  8. a back number
  9. back o’bourke
  10. the back of beyond
  11. back to the drawing board
  12. back to square one
  13. back the wrong horse
  14. be on someone’s back
  15. get off someone’s back
  16. by the back door
  17. get someone’s back up
  18. get your own back
  19. know something like the back of your hand
  20. not in my backyard
  21. nimby
  22. on your back
  23. put your back into
  24. see the back of
  25. someone’s back is turned
  26. take a back seat
  27. with your back to the wall
  28. with your back up against the wall
  29. put backbone into someone
  30. a back-seat driver
  31. bend over backwards to do something
  32. know something backwards
  33. save someone’s bacon
  34. bring home the bacon
  35. saved by the bell
  36. have something to say for yourself
  37. have nothing to say for yourself
  38. say the word
  39. go without saying
  40. there is no saying
  41. throw away the scabbard
  42. like a scalded cat
  43. the scales fall from someone’s eyes
  44. throw something on the scale
  45. throw something into the scale
  46. tip the scales at
  47. turn the scales at
  48. turn the scales
  49. turn the balance
  50. bad blood
  51. there is bad blood between
  52. a bad quarter of an hour
  53. a bad workman blames his tools
  54. be bad news
  55. my bad
  56. turn up like a bad penny
  57. bag and baggage
  58. a bag of bones
  59. a bag of nerves
  60. a bundle of nerves
  61. a bag of tricks
  62. a whole bag of tricks
  63. be left holding the bag
  64. be left holding the baby
  65. be left holding
  66. in the bag
  67. fish or cut bait
  68. rise to the bait
  69. a baker’s dozen
  70. turn the balance
  71. turn the scales
  72. weigh something in the balance
  73. as bald as a coot
  74. a ball and chain
  75. the ball is in someone’s court
  76. a ball of fire
  77. behind the eight ball
  78. have a ball
  79. have the ball at your feet
  80. have a lot on the ball
  81. keep the ball rolling
  82. keep your eye on the ball
  83. take your eye off the ball
  84. on the ball
  85. play ball
  86. start the ball rolling
  87. the whole ball of wax
  88. a whole new ball game
  89. go ballistic
  90. go down like a lead balloon
  91. go over like a lead balloon
  92. when the balloon goes up
  93. before the balloon goes up
  94. lead someone a dance
  95. lead someone a merry dance
  96. lead someone by the nose
  97. in the ballpark
  98. the bamboo curtain
  99. banana republic
  100. go bananas
  101. second banana
  102. top banana
  103. slip on a banana skin
  104. when the band begins to play
  105. jump on the bandwagon
  106. bang for your buck
  107. bang for the buck
  108. bang goes
  109. bang on
  110. bang people’s heads together
  111. get a bang out of
  112. go with a bang
  113. break the bank
  114. under the banner of
  115. a baptism of fire
  116. bar none
  117. the bare bones
  118. would not touch someone with a bargepole
  119. would not touch something with a bargepole
  120. bark at the moon
  121. bark up the wrong tree
  122. someone’s bark is worse than their bite
  123. round Robin Hood’s barn
  124. no holds barred
  125. a barrel of laughs
  126. get someone over a barrel
  127. scrape the barrel
  128. the bottom of the barrel
  129. with both barrels
  130. on the barrelhead
  131. man the barricades
  132. go to the barricades
  133. get to first base
  134. off base
  135. touch base
  136. back to basics
  137. blind as a bat
  138. as blind as a bat
  139. have bats in the belfry
  140. have bats in your belfry
  141. like a bat out of hell
  142. not bat an eye
  143. not bat an eyelid
  144. off your own bat
  145. right off the bat
  146. with bated breath
  147. an early bath
  148. take a bath
  149. pass on the baton
  150. hand on the baton
  151. under the baton of
  152. batten down the hatches
  153. recharge your batteries
  154. battle of the giants
  155. battle royal
  156. battle stations
  157. half the battle
  158. a losing battle
  159. a pitched battle
  160. a running battle
  161. bay for blood
  162. bring someone to bay
  163. bring something to bay
  164. hold someone at bay
  165. hold something at bay
  166. keep someone at bay
  167. keep something at bay
  168. to-be
  169. be there for someone
  170. the be-all and end-all
  171. draw a bead on
  172. get a bead on
  173. a beam in your eye
  174. broad in the beam
  175. off beam
  176. way off beam
  177. on your beam ends
  178. full of beans
  179. give someone beans
  180. a row of beans
  181. a hill of beans
  182. know how many beans make five
  183. not have a bean
  184. spill the beans
  185. bear the brunt of
  186. grin and bear it
  187. have your cross to bear
  188. like a bear with a sore head
  189. loaded for bear
  190. beard the lion in his den
  191. beard the lion in his lair
  192. beat a hasty retreat
  193. beat about the bush
  194. beat around the bush
  195. beat someone at their own game
  196. beat your breast
  197. beat the bushes
  198. beat the clock
  199. beat the daylights out of
  200. beat the drum for
  201. beat the drum of
  202. bang the drum for
  203. bang the drum of
  204. beat your meat
  205. beat the meat
  206. beat the pants off
  207. beat a path to someone’s door
  208. beat the system
  209. beat someone to it
  210. if you could not beat them, join them
  211. miss a beat
  212. to beat the band
  213. beaten at the post
  214. pipped at the post
  215. off the beaten track
  216. off the beaten path
  217. the beautiful people
  218. the body beautiful
  219. beaver away
  220. work like a beaver
  221. at someone’s beck and call
  222. bed and breakfast
  223. bed and breakfast
  224. a bed of nails
  225. a bed of roses
  226. get out of bed on the wrong side
  227. in bed with
  228. you have made your bed and must lie in it
  229. between you and me and the bedpost
  230. between you and me and the gatepost
  231. between you and me and the wall
  232. bedside manner
  233. the bee’s knees
  234. have a bee in your bonnet
  235. make a beeline for
  236. been there, done that
  237. beer and skittles
  238. beg the question
  239. beggar belief
  240. beggar description
  241. beggar on horseback
  242. beggars can’t be choosers
  243. go begging
  244. beginner’s luck
  245. the beginning of the end
  246. beat the bejesus out of someone
  247. scare the bejesus out of someone
  248. bell, book and candle
  249. bell the cat
  250. bells and whistles
  251. saved by the bell
  252. as clear as a bell
  253. as sound as a bell
  254. give someone a bell
  255. ring a bell
  256. with bells on
  257. belle of the ball
  258. go belly up
  259. have a bellyful of
  260. below stairs
  261. below the belt
  262. belt and braces
  263. tighten your belt
  264. under your belt
  265. bend someone’s ear
  266. bend your elbow
  267. bend over backwards
  268. bend over backwards to do something
  269. round the bend
  270. round the twist
  271. on bended knee
  272. give someone the benefit of
  273. the benefit of the doubt
  274. a Benjamin’s portion
  275. a Benjamin’s mess
  276. bent out of shape
  277. give someone a wide berth
  278. give something a wide berth
  279. besetting sin
  280. beside yourself
  281. best bib and tucker
  282. the best thing since sliced bread
  283. the greatest thing since sliced bread
  284. put your best foot forward
  285. with the best will in the world
  286. the best of both worlds
  287. the best of all possible worlds
  288. the best of British
  289. give someone best
  290. give something best
  291. make the best of it
  292. your best bet
  293. six of the best
  294. all bets are off
  295. don’t bet on it
  296. you can bet your boots
  297. you can bet your bottom dollar
  298. you can bet your life
  299. bet the farm
  300. a safe bet
  301. against your better judgement
  302. the more the better
  303. better the devil you know
  304. better late than never
  305. better safe than sorry
  306. the better to
  307. get the better of
  308. go one better
  309. no better than you should be
  310. no better than you ought to be
  311. your better half
  312. seen better days
  313. known better days
  314. so much the better
  315. so much the worse
  316. the betting is that
  317. betwixt and between
  318. between the devil and the deep blue sea
  319. between a rock and a hard place
  320. the back of beyond
  321. It is beyond me.
  322. your best bib and tucker
  323. stick your bib in
  324. poke your bib in
  325. big bickies
  326. bide your time
  327. big brother
  328. the big C
  329. a big cheese
  330. a big fish
  331. a big gun
  332. a big noise
  333. a big shot
  334. a big wheel
  335. big deal
  336. the big five
  337. the big lie
  338. the big smoke
  339. the big three
  340. the big four
  341. big white chief
  342. give someone the big E
  343. make it big
  344. talk big
  345. think big
  346. too big for your boots
  347. get off your bike
  348. on your bike
  349. bill and coo
  350. a clean bill of health
  351. fit the bill
  352. fill the bill
  353. foot the bill
  354. sell someone a bill of goods
  355. top the bill
  356. head the bill
  357. like billy-o
  358. billy-o
  359. the bird has flown
  360. a bird in hand
  361. a bird of passage
  362. a bird's-eye view
  363. the birds and the bees
  364. birds of a feather
  365. do bird
  366. early bird
  367. flip someone the bird
  368. give someone the bird
  369. get the bird
  370. have a bird
  371. kill two birds with one stone
  372. a little bird told me
  373. strictly for the birds
  374. in your birthday suit
  375. have had the biscuit
  376. take the biscuit
  377. take the bun
  378. take the cake
  379. a bit much
  380. a bit of all right
  381. bit of fluff
  382. bit of skirt
  383. bit of stuff
  384. bit of rough
  385. bit on the side
  386. bits and pieces
  387. bits and bobs
  388. do your bit
  389. get the bit between your teeth
  390. to bits
  391. bite someone's head off
  392. a bite at the cherry
  393. bite the big one
  394. bite the bullet
  395. bite the dust
  396. bite the hand that feeds you
  397. bite off more than you can chew
  398. bite your tongue
  399. put the bite on
  400. take a bite out of
  401. the biter bit
  402. the biter bitten
  403. be bitten by the bug
  404. have the bug
  405. I could have bitten my tongue off.
  406. once bitten twice shy
  407. a bitter pill
  408. a bitter pill to swallow
  409. to the bitter end
  410. beat someone black and blue
  411. be in someone's black books
  412. beyond the black stump
  413. black box
  414. a black mark against someone
  415. a black report against someone
  416. the black sheep
  417. a black spot
  418. in the black
  419. in black and white
  420. not as black as you are painted
  421. a blank cheque
  422. draw a blank
  423. firing blanks
  424. blanket
  425. a wet blanket
  426. wet your whistle
  427. have kissed the blarney stone
  428. a blast from the past
  429. go to blazes
  430. blaze a trail
  431. like blazes
  432. with guns blazing
  433. with all guns blazing
  434. bleed someone dry
  435. bleed someone white
  436. my heart bleeds for you
  437. not have a penny to bless yourself with
  438. a blessing in disguise
  439. count your blessings
  440. a mixed blessing
  441. a blind alley
  442. as blind as a bat
  443. a blind bit of
  444. the blind leading the blind
  445. a blind spot
  446. blind someone with science
  447. go it blind
  448. rob someone blind
  449. turn a blind eye
  450. play a blinder
  451. effing and blinding
  452. in the blink of an eye
  453. on the blink
  454. a chip off the old block
  455. a new kid on the block
  456. have been around the block a few times
  457. on the block
  458. put the blocks on
  459. put your head on the block
  460. put your neck on the block
  461. blood and guts
  462. blood and iron
  463. blood and thunder
  464. blood is thicker than water