be crowded out of something— 1. be forced out of premises for lack of room: They were crowded out of the room, but sat in the next peering in at the door eagerly. 2. be ousted from an office, market, etc.: Low-skilled adults are often crowded out of their jobs as better-educated teenagers are drawn […]
be crashed out of something—fail to perform well enough to stay in a competition: India’s hopes of getting a further gold went up in smoke when Gopichand was crashed out of the men’s quarter-finals. be crushed out of something—be ousted of a business, etc.: Rockefeller would approach oil companies with two choices: either sell their […]
be content with something—be satisfied with smth.; be willing to accept smth.: The questionnaire results showed that 98 percent of students were “content” with their housing situation. content oneself with something—be satisfied with just one thing and not bother with other things: She hadn’t said much but had contented herself with smoking cigarettes and smiling.
be clear about something—understand smth. completely: Let us be clear about this: the pirates of 1964, like the pirates of old, are simply out after money. be in the clear over something—be out of a difficulty or trouble caused by smth.: Is the Government in the clear yet over the composition of the committee?
be carried away by something—become eager or enthusiastic about smth.: Roosevelt was carried away by the thought of another large relief project. be carried off by something—(euph.) be killed (by a disease): Unhappily he never got to the Tradition meeting, he had been carried off by a heart attack.
be canned—(U.S. sl.) be expelled or dismissed from one’s employment: When the coach was fired, some said he was canned for siding with John. be in the can—(sl.) 1. (of a movie, etc.) be finished and ready: The scene was “in the can” after twenty-five retakes. 2. (U.S.) be in prison: I know that he […]
be bothered about someone—be concerned about smb.; worry about a person: I am bothered about Freda, she is out so late again. bother oneself about someone—concern oneself with smb.; preoccupy oneself with a person: Please don’t bother yourself about my brother. I’ll take care of him.
be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth—be born into a rich family: He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and probably never had to work a day in his life. get the wooden spoon—be the last in a sporting event or other competition: Previous City Councilor got the wooden spoon—with […]
be blind to something—be unable to see or consider what is going on around one: She had been deaf and blind to everything except what had passed between them. turn a blind eye to something—pretend not to see smth.; overlook smth. deliberately: The police turn a blind eye to this problem because they are only […]
be beyond the law—be out of the reach of the law: The sick criminal was arrested at night, but by morning he was beyond the law; he had died in the night. go beyond the law—be guilty of some criminal offence: To thrash the man yourself is to go beyond the law; he may deserve […]
be best at something—be more skilled and capable in one particular area relative to others: He excels at most of the subjects taught here, although he is best at chemistry. be the best at something—be much superior to other people in a particular area: Mrs. Hough is the best at making children feel at home […]
be beside the mark—be not relevant to the subject under discussion: We were discussing working conditions; his remarks about high rents were beside the mark. be off the mark— 1. (also: be wide of the mark) be inaccurate or erroneous in one’s judgment: Sometimes he was off the mark. A lot of times he was […]