short takes

Knock into the middle of next week — hit extremely hard

Floats my boat — makes me happy

Bits and pieces — odds and ends

Bits and bobs — the English version of bits and pieces

Death warmed over — you look only slightly better than if you were dead

True grit — perseverance and passion for long-term goals

Hophead — a drug addict or a beer enthusiast

When hell freezes over — never (early 1900s)

Slick as a whistle — quickly and skillfully

I’m just ducky — I’m just fine, often used sarcastically

Hold on like grim death — coined by Shakespeare in The Taming of the Shrew (1590s) 

built like a brick shithouse —  having a very solid physique, athletic, muscular

junkie — someone addicted to drugs or to some other pursuit (1910)

junky — trashy or unbelievable

sour grapes —  saying something is awful simply because you can’t have it 

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