to pass or reach the point of no return
-We have passed the point of no return.
to say sth. that exactly describes a situation or explains the cause of a difficulty
-He hit the nail on the head when he mentioned rising prices as being the cause of our present problems.
to test sb. or sb's strength/ intelligence, etc. in a struggle or contest against sb. or sth
-This is a chance to pit your wits against the world chanpions.
to pick up a stone only to drop it on one's own feet
-Such gutter tactics are bound to backfire.
to give up in the middle of a period of time
-There are no half-measures with this company.
to think that sth. is not likely to be true
-I discovered that the stories he told me about his childhood were all lies, so now I take everything he says with a pinch of salt.
to keep the flavor in by sealing
-Our foil packets seal the flavor in.
to make sth. known
-The media blow their cover on graft and corruption.
to come down to a garrison finish
-The race could indeed come down to a garrison finish at the convention.
to pay back to sb.
-All expenses will be reimbursed.
-I'll refund you the full cost of your fare.
trying to put out a blazing cartload of faggot with a cup of water
-The famine is bad; aid can only scratch the surface.
not be as clever
-He doesn't play as well as his sister.
-Sherlock Holmes has nothing on you—you're a real detective.
doing the same as other people do
-Why are we going to France? I can't speak a word of French. ——Don't worry,
-you're in good company—neither can I.