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You know better than that. 7. [to know one's own mind] to know what -+ difficult for you recently, but keep your chin up. 6. [to keep one's feet on the ground] to have sensible Keeping your feet on the ground is not an ideas: -+ easy thing to do when you 're a rich and famous athlete. 7. [to keep one's fingers crossed] to hope for the best: -+ I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I passed the test. 8. [to keep one's nose clean] to avoid doing wrong; to stay out of trouble: -+ You need to keep your nose clean this week and not get in trouble with the police again .

2. [to let go] to release: -+He let go of the rope and fell to the ground. 3. : ~ All of the systems are in place, so let her rip! 4. [to let one's hair down] to behave informally: ~ You need to let your hair down on the weekends. 5. [to let oneself go] (a) to do what one wants to do: ~ Why don't you just let yourself go and enjoy your vacation time? (b) to become careless about one's appearance ~ After he retired, he let himself go and never shaved or got a haircut. 6. [to let sleeping dogs lie] to not cause or make trouble if you don't have to: ~ I'd let sleeping dogs lie and not tell mother if I were you.

To hit pay dirt] to do something that makes a lot of money: -+ He bought some old paintings and hit pay dirt head] to do or say the correct thing; to describe Paul's solution to the problem really hit perfectly: the nail on the head. 12. [to hit the road] to leave; to We've got everything packed and are ready to go: hit the road. 13. [to hit the roof/ceiling] to get very When the major learned about the stolen angry: truck, he hit the roof 14. [to hit town] to arrive: What time is he expected to hit town?

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