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get off your bike

become annoyed - Australian & New Zealand informal

1939 - Xavier Herbert - Capricornia - I tell you I saw no-one. Don't get off your bike, son.—I know you're telling' lies.'

on your bike

go away

take action – British informal

This became a catchphrase in 1980s Britain when it was used as an exhortation to the unemployed to show initiative in their attempt to find work. It was taken from a speech by the Conservative politician Norman Tebbit in which he said of his unemployed father : He did not riot, he got on his bike and looked for work.

bill and coo

exchange caresses or affectionate words

behave or talk in a very loving or sentimental way - informal dated

The image is of two doves, a long-established symbol of mutual love.

a clean bill of health

a declaration or confirmation that someone is healthy or something is in good condition

In the mid 18th century, a bill of health was an official certificate given to the master of a ship on leaving port. If clean, it certified that there was no infection either in the port or on board the vessel.

fit the bill = fill the bill

be suitable for a particular purpose.

Bill in this context is a printed list of items on a theatrical programme or advertisement.

foot the bill

be responsible for paying for something

sell someone a bill of goods

deceive or swindle someone, usually by persuading them to accept something untrue or undesirable.

A bill of goods is a consignment of merchandise.

1968 - Globe & Mail (Toronto) - There was no production bonus. We were sold a bill of goods.

top the bill = head the bill

be the main performer or act in a show or play

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