put (something) behind one
Meaning: Fig. to try to forget about something
Usage: I look forward to putting all my problems behind me.
in the vicinity of (something)
Meaning: approximately a certain amount
Usage: The price for a house here is in the vicinity of $150,000.
follow in someone’s footsteps and follow in someone’s tracks
Meaning: to follow someone’s example; to assume someone else’s role or occupation.
Usage: She followed in her father’s footsteps and went into medicine.
a golden boy/girl
Meaning: someone who is successful and admired (often + of )
Usage: Henman is the golden boy of British tennis this season.
bring (someone) down to earth
Meaning: Fig. to help someone face reality; to help someone who is euphoric become more realistic.
Usage: I hate to be the one to bring you down to earth, but things aren’t as good as you think.
a tête à tête
Meaning: a private conversation between two people
Usage: They were obviously having a romantic tête à tête so I didn’t disturb them.
black as a skillet
Meaning: completely dark or black
Usage: I don’t want to go down to the cellar. It’s as black as a skillet down there.
put a damper on (something)
Meaning: Fig. to have a dulling or numbing influence on something
Usage: The bad news really put a damper on the celebrations.
not by a long shot
Meaning: Fig. not by a great amount; not at all
Charlie: Did I win the race?
Hurley: Not by a long shot.
at point-blank range
Meaning: to shoot from a very short distance
Usage: The killers walked into the bar and shot him at point-blank range.