Tough nut to crack
A difficult problem
- My new boss is a tough nut to crack. I never know if he's pleased with my work.
(A) baker’s dozen
- The ad in the Sunday paper clearly says it's only $2.99 for a baker's dozen. But the store clerk insisted on giving me only 12 doughnuts.
Egg on one’s face
Be embarrassed, feel foolish
- This latest scandal has left the government with egg on its face.
All one’s eggs in one basket
Rely on a specific course of events
- I'm applying for several jobs because I don't really want to put all my eggs in one basket.
Grain of salt
Be skeptical of a statement
- You have to take everything she says with a grain of salt, because she tends to exaggerate.
Bigger fish to fry
To have more important things to do
- Sorry I can't afford to sit here and chat with you all day. I have bigger fish to fry.
Above the salt
Of high standing or honor
- I went to a reception at the embassy and I was sitting above the salt.
All the tea in China
Great wealth, a large payment
- Honest people will not give a bribe for all the tea in China.
Some who is not to be trusted
- I'd advise you not to associate with him, he's bad egg.