Nee­dle in a haystack

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nee­dle in a haystack A phrase that is used when you are look­ing for some­thing that is very hard to find, or when you are un­likely to suc­ceed in a search

The cine­plex was so crowded that get­ting a seat was like find­ing a nee­dle in a haystack.

on one’s plate Work one must do

I can’t take on a new project. I al­ready have too much on my plate.

on wrong side of bed To be in a bad mood; to be grumpy or un­pleas­ant for no ap­par­ent rea­son Vic­to­ria, you sure are ir­ri­ta­ble to­day - did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morn­ing?

throw in the towel To quit

The com­pany threw in the towel af­ter los­ing all of its ma­jor cus­tomers.

think out­side the box To think cre­atively; to ap­proach a sit­u­a­tion or prob­lem in a new way

To solve this prob­lem, we’re go­ing to have to think out­side the box.

bite the hand that feeds you To be un­grate­ful; to turn against your fam­ily or em­ployer or other sup­port­ers

Al­ways try to get along with your boss, and be care­ful not to bite the hand that feeds you.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you -- your par­ents may not be per­fect, but with­out them you never would have got­ten this far in life.

bells and whis­tles Ex­ces­sive or un­nec­es­sary fea­tures on some­thing; showy or flashy parts

My fa­ther bought a new com­puter with all the bells and whis­tles. I think it even makes toast. Eggs in one bas­ket Hav­ing all of your re­sources in one place; putting your money or hopes or fu­ture into one thing

When in­vest­ing, you don’t want to keep all of your eggs in one bas­ket. You might lose ev­ery­thing!

an­gel in­vestor An in­di­vid­ual who in­vests in a com­pany dur­ing its start-up phase; a fi­nan­cial sup­porter in the early stages of a cor­po­ra­tion’s ex­is­tence

The com­pany never would have sur­vived with­out the back­ing of its an­gel in­vestors.

Etymology An ‘an­gel’ is a winged crea­ture from heaven who is sup­posed to help you when you are in dan­ger. An ‘an­gel in­vestor’ is some­one who pro­vides money for young busi­nesses that re­ally need it. The phrase was first used to de­scribe wealthy pa­trons who kept Broad­way plays on stage de­spite a lack of prof­its.

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