a showy thing, especially one that is useless or worthless.“a house full of Victorian gewgaws”
A person (usually a male) who behaves in the same way as his father or resembles his father.
That son of yours has a great sense of humour.” “Yes, I like to think he’s a chip off the old block!”
This episode helps to understand the expression!
Something bad that you do to someone because they have done something bad to you. This expression refers to an injury or insult given in return for one received.
He kicked me, so I kicked him – it was tit for tat!
This story helps us to understand the meaning and is marvelous !
At minute: 22:18
The Storyteller: …So if you come one day to a lake and there’s an island and a ferry goes back and forth rowed by an old sad man, turn around. Griffins live there, you may never get off the boat. For the ferryman was once a wicked king who ignored a prophesy, whose heart was cruel. And nature, my dears, is a wize woman who pays us back, tit for tat.
If someone gets their fingers burnt, they suffer as a result of an unsuccessful action and are nervous about trying again. To suffer the unpleasant results of something that you have done.
I tried a dating agency once, but got my fingers badly burnt – I’ll never do it again.
He got his fingers burnt so badly in the last elections that he decided to withdraw from politics
Esprit de corps
The Marine Corps
Words used with: corps
- I’ve been toiling away at this essay all weekend.
- He went past the dustbins and began toiling up the stairs.
- In other words, three generations might take a family from hard toil through private education to gilt-edged respectability.
When we wake it is to find ourselves alone and separate, trapped in the toils of matter.
With one bound, he was … John Major has escaped the toils of the poll tax.
Yet lured they were, ever deeper into the toils of matter, and women with them too.
Here they remain, protected from winter’s ravages by their natural thatch.
Brett Favre places himself in a rehab center for repairs from the ravages of painkillers.