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  • a Sharp tongue—a bitter tongue
  • a Sheet anchor—the chief support
  • a Square deal—a fair bargain, justice
  • a Square meal—full meal
  • a Square peg in a round hole—a misfit
  • a Stepping stone—source of success or help
  • a Storm in a tea cup—a quarrel for trifling reason
  • a Stumbling block—a great obstacle
  • by the Skin of one’s teeth—very narrowly
  • Scapegoat—a person who is made to bear the blame of others
  • Scot free—to go without punishment
  • See through—understand
  • Shake in the shoes—to be in a state of fear
  • Shake off—to get rid of
  • Side issue—something not connected with the matter in hand
  • Sing low—to express one’s views in an inconspicuous manner
  • Sink differences—to forget/overlook differences
  • Smooth sailing—no difficulty
  • Snake in the grass—a hidden enemy, a deceitful person
  • Sniff at—to show derision for
  • Spill one’s sides—to laugh merrily
  • Stand by—to support
  • Steer clear of—to avoid, to keep aloof
  • Sum and substance—gist, purport
  • Sweet tooth—liking for sweetmeat
  • Swelled head—pride
  • Sword of Damocles—an impending danger
    • to do a Snow job—to fool someone
    • to Sail in the same boat—to be equally exposed to risk
    • to Sail under false colours—to pretend to be what one is not, to try to deceive
    • to Save one’s skin—to accept without loss
    • to See a thing through coloured glasses—to see a thing with a prejudiced mind
    • to Set at naught—to disregard
    • to See eye to eye with—to agree
    • to Set Thames on fire—to try to achieve an impossible distinction
    • to Show a clean pair of heels—to run away
    • to Show the white feather—to show signs of cowardice
    • to Sing the blues—to exhibit a discouraged attitude
    • to Sit on the fence—to remain neutral
    • to Sit pretty—to be in a safe and comfortable position
    • to Sit up—to take notice of
    • to Smell a rat—to suspect something
    • to Sow the wild oats—to indulge in youthful follies
    • to Speak one’s mind—to speak frankly
    • to Speak volumes—to bear sufficient evidence for or against
    • to Spill the beans—to give secret information
    • to Split hairs—to go into minute details
    • to Spread like a wild fire—to spread rapidly.
    • to Stand in good stead—to be useful and serviceable
    • to Stand on one’s own legs—to be independent
    • to Stand on ceremony—to insist on formalities
    • to Stand up for—to support
    • to Stare in the face—to threaten
    • to Steal a march—to get the advantage secretly
    • to Stem the tide of—to check, to stop
    • to Step into another’s shoes—t take another’s place
    • to Stick to one’s guns—to stand firm, to stick to one’s principles
    • to Strain every nerve—to try one’s best
    • to Stretch a point—to bend the rules
    • to Swallow the bait—to fall an easy victim to temptations





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