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Was my face red!: I was very embarrassed.

"When I got to the meeting I noticed that I was wearing one black sock
and one brown one. Was my face red!"

wear out one's welcome: make someone uncomfortable by visiting too long.

A: "Can't you stay two or three more days?"
B: "No. I don't want to wear out my welcome."

wet behind the ears: inexperienced and naive.

"Don't include Fred as part of the bargaining team.He's just started
working here and is still too wet behind the ears."

What for?: Why?

A: "Come here for a minute. I need you."
B: "What for?"

Note: "What" and "for" can be separated--with "for" at the end of the question:

B: "What do you need me for?"

What's up?: What's new? What's happening?

"Hi, Dave. What's up?"

a white lie: a lie that is told to avoid offending someone or hurting his / her feelings.

"The cake that Susan made tasted terrible, but I knew that
she made it because she wanted to please me, so when she
asked if I liked it, I told a white lie and said it was good."

wishy-washy: uncommitted; without an opinion of one's own.

"Don't be so wishy-washy. Tell us how you really feel."

with bells on: very eagerly; with the feeling that one will have a very good time.

A: "Are you going to Sandra's party?"
B: "I'll be there with bells on!"

would ('d) just as soon: would ('d) rather; prefer.

"I know we have a lot of work to do, but I'm tired. I'd just as soon leave
and finish tomorrow. Is that OK with you?"



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