Idiomatic expressions with definitions and examples

Below you will find the idiomatic expressions with definitions and example sentences. Please feel free to leave comments and rate how often you hear the idioms.

A blessing in disguise

Example Sentence: 

Getting fired from my last job was a blessing in disguise that allowed me to find my true passion and begin a much more fulfilling career.

Explanation: 
Something that initially seems negative or like bad luck but turns out to be a good or positive experience in the long term.
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A bridge too far

Example Sentence: 

She was fine up until that point but she went a bridge too far.

Explanation: 
This expression can be used when someone sets goals that are to high and they fail.
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A day late and a dollar short

Example Sentence: 

He finally tried to fix the problem but he was a day late and a dollar short.

Explanation: 
This expression is used when a person waits to long to solve a problem and when they finally do try it turns out they waited to long and can no longer solve the problem.
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A fresh pair of eyes

Example Sentence: 

We have been trying to solve this problem for to long without success. I think we need to bring in a fresh pair of eyes.

Explanation: 
This expression can be used in situations where a group or individuals is so close to a problem they may have trouble finding a solution. Sometimes it is helpful to bring in a third party to look for a solution.
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A list

Example Sentence: 

You have to be on the "A list" to get into that party.

Explanation: 
The A list refers to a group of people that are viewed as being desirable in some way.
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A little bird told me

Example Sentence: 

I did not want to tell him where I heard the news so I said a little bird told me.

Explanation: 
When people do not want to reveal the source of information, often gossip, they say a little bird told them.
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A lot on my plate

Example Sentence: 

I wanted to help but I had a lot on my plate.

Explanation: 
This expression is used when a person has a lot of things going in their life at the same time.
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A OK

Example Sentence: 

I told him everything was A OK but he did not believe me.

Explanation: 
A OK means that everything is fine. If someone asks you how you are doing you can answer them by saying "A OK".
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A penny for your thoughts

Example Sentence: 

I said to her a penny for your thoughts but she did not want to talk about it.

Explanation: 
This expression is used when someone would like to know what another person is thinking.
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A watched pot never boils

Example Sentence: 

She kept checking on the progress but a watched pot never boils and she became increasingly impatient.

Explanation: 
This expressions refers to a situation where a person continually checks to see if an event has occured and by doing so it seems that the event is taking longer to occur than expected.
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