To brush up
- to review, or study something again
To be in someone’s good graces-
- An old fashioned but pretty way of saying that "I will be very appreciative to this person."Being in someone's "good graces" means that that person is not angry or upset at you. Most often, people try to "get in the good graces" of someone like: their boss. their wife. a king or queen.
Crowding the plate-
- A reference to "home plate," which is where a batter stands in the game of baseball; When someone is in or too close to your personal space which is making you feel uncomfortable.
Example: I was standing in the grocery store line, when the impatient person behind me was practically breathing down my neck to get out of there. "He/she" is "Crowding the plate".
Beat the shit out of someone -
- "To beat the shit out of someone" is a vulgar way of saying beat up, or physically attack
Out of (someone's) way-
- "in a different direction from where we are going." Often, people argue whether it is worth going to a place if it's considered too far out of the way.
Good line of credit -
- Access to money, often through a bank loan. "A good line of credit" is the goal of every good middle class American.
Hold up -
- In this case, meaning stay, or slow down.
Without further ado...-
- A fancy way to say "Without speaking more..." during a speech
Come forward, silent rogue , and receive thy prize –
- A "rogue" is an educated word for an unprincipled person who behaves badly. "Thy" is used only poetically, or in a speech such as this, since it is old Shakespearean English for "your."
Well, by no stretch of my imagination do I believe you've all come here to hear me lecture.
Or rather, to ascertain the identity of the mystery math magician.
So without further adieu, come forward, silent rogue, and receive thy prize.
Well, I'm sorry to disappoint my spectators, but... it seems there will be no unmasking here today.
The gauntlet has been thrown down.
- Another poetic way to say "the challenge has been made (or accepted)." A "gauntlet" is, curiously, a glove used in medieval times, and is almost always never used today except in this expression.
To get canned -
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