The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

bas­ket case some­one who is very ner­vous, in­ca­pable of do­ing any­thing

blow your lid to be­come very an­gry

bud­get crunch bad sit­u­a­tion due to lack of money

cancer stick cig­a­rettes

catch hell to get into trou­ble

full of hot air dis­hon­est, ex­ag­ger­at­ing

hot seat in a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion be­cause some­one ex­pects some­thing from you

lose your cool to be­come an­gry

put the heat on some­one to pres­sure some­one to do some­thing

royal pain some­thing very hard and un­pleas­ant to do

shoot your­self in the foot cause your­self se­ri­ous prob­lems

up to your neck to be ex­tremely busy

work your butt / buns off work ex­tremely hard

yank some­one around to prom­ise some­one some­thing and then not do what you had promised

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