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You don't have a leg to stand on. 3. [to have/get a leg up] to have an advantage over someone: -+ Jane has a leg up on Andrea due to her computer skills. 4. [to stretch one's legs] to allow someone who has been sitting to stand up and take a break: -+ We need to stretch our legs for a few minutes. Take a break. a lemon- anything defective or unsatisfactory: -+My first car was a real lemon. It was always in the shop. lend- 1. [to lend a hand] to aid; to help: -+I'll lend you a hand when you move.

A hot line] an emergency telephone number or line: -+ Something very important's happening. The colonel is on the hot line with the Pentagon. 3. [hot 30 huff- [in a huff] part; near the end of something: -+ When we pass the next small town, we'll be over the hump. Student Notes D ice - 1. [on ice] in reserve; held for later use: -+ Let's hold this box of books on ice just in case more people show up later. 2. [to be/skate on thin ice] in a precarious situation: -+ Be careful what you say today.

Without cost: -+ The bartender announced that our drinks were on the house. house- [on the house] free, how- [how come/how so] why: -+ We have to work all day Sunday, but I don't know how come. street was hopping mad when some kids threw paint on his new car. angry: -+ Don't get in a huff; he didn't mean what he said. horn- 1. [on the horns of a dilemma] faced with hump- [over the hump] past the main or difficult two choices, either of which is equally bad: -+ I'm on the horns of a dilemma. I don't know if I should accept the lower position or quit.

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