Look on the bright side

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hot un­der the col­lar If you get hot un­der the col­lar, you feel an­noyed, in­dig­nant or em­bar­rassed.

“If any­one crit­i­cises his pro­pos­als, Joe im­me­di­ately gets hot un­der the col­lar.”

keep a stiff up­per lip If a per­son keeps a stiff up­per lip, he con­tains his emo­tions and do not let other peo­ple see his feel­ings.

“When the bad news was an­nounced, Anne kept a stiff up­per lip.”

lick one’s wounds When a per­son licks their wounds, they try to re­cover their con­fi­dence or spir­its af­ter a de­feat, fail­ure or dis­ap­point­ment.

“Poor Hugo is lick­ing his wounds af­ter be­ing dropped from the team.”

look on the bright side If you look on the bright side, you view a mostly un­pleas­ant sit­u­a­tion in a pos­i­tive and op­ti­mistic way and see the favourable as­pects. “OK. You know no­body. But look on the bright side - you’ll make lots of new friends!”

love me, love my dog This ex­pres­sion means that if some­one loves you, they must love ev­ery­thing about you, in­clud­ing ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing you love. “Harry didn’t like Sally’s best friend, but Sally said : ‘love me, love my dog!’”

(have a) lump in your throat If you have a lump in your throat, you have a tight feel­ing in your throat be­cause of a strong emo­tion such as sad­ness or grat­i­tude.

“The speech was so touch­ing that I had a lump in my throat.”

makes your ears burn If some­thing makes your ears burn, you are em­bar­rassed by what you hear, es­pe­cially if the con­ver­sa­tion is about you.

“The com­ments I over­heard made my ears burn.” makes your flesh crawl Some­thing that makes your flesh crawl fills you with dis­gust or makes you feel very ner­vous.

“Just talk­ing about snakes makes my flesh crawl!”

(have) mixed feel­ings When you have mixed feel­ings about some­thing, you re­act to it with con­flict­ing emo­tions; you are happy and un­happy at the same time.

“I had mixed feel­ings about leav­ing the com­pany. I was ex­cited about my new job but sad to be leav­ing my col­leagues.”

no hard feel­ings If you have no hard feel­ings, you feel no re­sent­ment or bit­ter­ness about some­thing.

“When Alan was pro­moted in­stead of Steve, he said to Steve : ‘No hard feel­ings I hope.”

not give a hang If you do not give a hang about some­thing, you are to­tally in­dif­fer­ent to it and do not care at all about it.

“I’m not in­ter­ested in foot­ball so I don’t give a hang about which team wins.”

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