be bent on doing something—be determined to do smth.; have the mind set on smth.: There is always a proportion of the crowd bent on harrying the speaker. have a bent for something—have a natural interest and ability in a particular area: James, who had a bent for figures, took care of the financial end […]
be beat—(coll.) 1. (also: be dead-beat) be very tired; be utterly exhausted: I am beat from all this packing and moving of stuff. 2. be defeated in a competition: His team was beat because it failed to execute properly during the most critical moments of the game. be beaten — = be beat 2: The moment […]
be bad form—(of manners or behavior) be improper as judged by accepted social standards: It is considered bad form to arrive too early at a dinner party. be in bad form—(Sport) be in bad condition of health and training: Even when Henin is in bad form, you need to have real smart strategy to beat […]
be aware of something—have knowledge of smth.; be conscious of smth.: The government is already aware of an insufficient electricity supply. beware of something—(imper.) be on guard against smth.: Beware of the rain … make sure your camera is well-protected if in a side-pocket.
be at the crossroads—be at a critical turning-point at which two or more courses of action are possible: Students are through with their exams and are now at the crossroads of a choice of career. cross paths—meet or encounter a person: Occasionally they will cross paths, especially to compete in a nationally televised debate arranged by […]
be at the back of one’s mind —(also: be in the back of one’s mind) be vaguely aware of smth. that is not present in one’s conscious thoughts: There was at the back of his mind an idea, dimly seen at moments, never wholly comprehended. cast one’s mind back to something—think about smth. that happened […]
be at someone’s service— 1. be ready to help or assist a person: I am at your service whenever you should need my advice. 2. (of things) be at smb.’s disposal or ready to be used: My car is at your service to take you around Rome and its surroundings. Note: The expression is not equivalent […]
be at rest— 1. be in a state of physical or mental repose: He sat in his chair, still, but not at rest: expectant evidently. 2. (of an issue) be settled or decided: I never can take any office under the present rulers; so that question is at rest. 3. (euph.) be dead and buried: He […]
be at loose ends —(also: be at a loose end) 1. be without employment or fixed occupation: He was the only stranger in Cyprus who was thus at a loose end, as it were, and not on some professional duty. 2. be in an unsettled or uncertain situation: He’s at loose ends. Hates his work, […]
be at each other’s throats—be arguing violently; be very angry with each other: We cannot deal with tomorrow’s problems if we are at each other’s throats over economic issues. cut each other’s throats—harm each other’s interests, especially because of fierce competition: They are cutting each other’s throats in their eagerness to finish the work first.
be assured of something— 1. be guaranteed smth.: General Franks is assured of a place in history in a country where former officials are respected even when out of office. 2. have trust in smth.; be positive about smth.: The king was assured of the rectitude of the motives on which he had himself acted. […]
be ancient history—said of a past event that has lost its original impact or importance: For today’s high school students all of that war is ancient history. be history— 1. said of smb. whose career has been brought to an end: We are familiar with that reference: “He is history now,” which condemns some poor […]