Get around the table
Meaning: Fig. to collect people together for discussion or bargaining
Usage: We have to get everyone around the table on this matter.
Be in the dog house
Meaning: if someone is in the doghouse, another person is annoyed with them because of something they have done
Usage: I forgot to turn the oven off and the dinner is ruined, so I am really in the doghouse.
Rage out of control
Meaning: to become uncontrollable
Usage: The fire raged out of control and threatened the residential area.
Hit or miss/ hit and miss
Meaning: not planned carefully and as likely to be bad as to be good
Usage: Hiring has often been hit or miss – we never really knew whether a person was qualified until after they started working here.
Have heart in mouth
Meaning: Fig. to feel strongly emotional about someone or something
Usage: I had my heart in my mouth when I heard the national anthem.
Meaning: [of things] easy to get or steal; [of people] easy to get or persuade
Usage: The pickpockets found lots of easy pickings at the state fair.
Have a rare old time
Meaning: a fine and enjoyable time at a party or something similar
Usage: I haven’t had a rare old time like that in years.
A cloud on the horizon
Meaning: a problem or difficulty which you expect to happen in the future
Usage: The only cloud on the horizon is the physics exam in June – I’m sure I’ll do fine in all the others.
Feel like a million (dollars)
Meaning: Fig. to feel well and healthy, both physically and mentally
Usage: A quick swim in the morning makes me feel like a million dollars.
Get out of someone’s hair
Meaning: Fig. Inf. to stop annoying someone.
Usage: Will you get out of my hair! You are a real pain!