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You searched for suck up to (somebody) be polite in order to gain favor

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    A cat in gloves catches no mice

    Person trying to be too polite will have less chance to achieve the goal; another way to say that to get what you want you need to be more aggressive

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    Put the cart before the horse

    To do things in the wrong order

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    Get all dolled up

    To wear one's most elegant clothes; to dress up in order to impress someone

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    Have an ace up one's sleeve

    To have something that you can use to gain an advantage (in a card game the ace is often the most valuable card and a cheater could have an ace up his or her sleeve to use against an opponent)

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    Blackmail (someone)

    To threaten someone in order to force someone to pay or do something

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    White lie

    A harmless or small lie told to be polite or to avoid hurting someone's feelings

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    Butter (someone) up

    To flatter someone in order to get his or her favor or friendship

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    Put on weight

    To gain weight

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    Teach one's grandmother to suck eggs

    To try to tell someone who has more knowledge than you how to do something

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    Play one's cards right

    To make the best use of one's opportunities in order to be successful, to behave in the right way in order to be successful

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    Draw first blood

    To gain the first point or advantage in a contest (often in boxing or fighting with swords)

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    Run interference

    To intervene on behalf of someone in order to protect him or her from something (from American football)

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    Score points with (someone)

    To gain the favor of someone

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    Step up to the plate

    To accept a challenge, to prepare to do a task, to move near homeplate in baseball in order to prepare to hit the ball when it is thrown/pitched

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    Get one's ducks in a row

    To put one's affairs in order

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    Pecking order

    The way that people are ranked in relation to each other

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    Play chicken

    To do something dangerous in order to see who becomes frightened first and stops

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    Fish in troubled waters

    To involve oneself in a difficult or confused or dangerous situation in order to get something

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    Beat swords into ploughshares/plowshares

    To turn away from military activity in order to pursue peace (this is from Isaiah II in the Bible)

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    Fall from grace

    To stop being held in favor by others especially because of some wrong or foolish action

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    Play the devil's advocate

    To argue against or object to a proposition which one may actually agree with this is done purely to test the validity of the proposition (the devil's advocate was given the role of opposing the making of a saint in the medieval Church in order to prove that the grounds for canonization were sound)

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    Preach to the choir

    To praise or speak to those who already agree with you, to recommend something to someone who is already in favor of it

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    Preach to the converted

    To praise or speak to those who already agree with you, to recommend something to someone who is already in favor of it

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    Rob Peter to pay Paul

    To take from someone or something in order to give to someone or something else, to pay one debt by getting another debt

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    Call a meeting to order

    To start a meeting

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    Cut one's losses

    To do something in order to stop losing additional money or time etc.

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    Gain ground

    To make progress; to move forward

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    Lead time

    The amount of time between the placing of an order and the receipt of the goods that you have ordered, the time available to prepare for something

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    Out of order

    Against the rules used in a meeting when someone does not obey the rules of speaking

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    Robert's Rules of Order

    The official book of guidelines and rules about how to conduct a meeting.

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    Rule (someone) out of order

    To rule that someone is not following the rules of a meeting

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    Make a concession

    To change your position in favor of the other person/side when you are negotiating

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    Cease and desist

    A legal phrase which means to stop doing something and not start again often used in the form of a cease and desist order

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    False pretenses

    Intentionally misrepresenting the facts in order to cheat or defraud someone

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    In favor of (something)

    In agreement with something

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    Punitive damages

    Extra damages awarded to someone in order to punish them and in order to deter others

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    Stay of execution

    A court order to temporarily stop another court order or judgement this can be used for any kind of court order

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    Give (someone or something) the thumbs up

    To be in favor of someone or something

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    Hand over fist

    Fast and in large amounts; making steady financial gain at fast pace

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    To have/get/gain the upper hand

    To be a certain winner; to be in a more advantageous position

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    Thumbs up on (someone or something)

    To be in favor of someone or something

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    Press the flesh

    To shake hands with people in order to become more popular (often used for a politician)

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    Risk one's neck (to do something)

    To risk harm in order to do something

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    Scratch (someone`s) back

    To do someone a favor in the hope that they will do something for you

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    You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

    To do someone a favor in return for his favor; if you do me a favor then I will do you a favor

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    Give (someone) an earful

    -to talk to someone in order to criticize or complain about something

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    Keep one's ear to the ground

    To continue to listen carefully in order to get advance warning of something

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    Make a face (at someone)

    To twist one's face into a strange expression in order to show dislike etc.

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    Pick the brains of (someone)

    To talk to someone in order to get some information about something

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    Keep one's mouth shut

    Stay silent; to order someone to remain quiet or to keep a secret

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    Show one's teeth

    To show one's anger or strength in order to warn someone not to argue or fight with you

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    Teach someone a lesson

    To do something to someone in order to punish him or her for their bad behavior

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    A stitch in time saves nine

    Any damage or mistake should be corrected immediately in order to prevent it from becoming worse

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    Cop a plea

    To plead guilty to a crime or decide not to fight against a charge in order to try and receive a light punishment, to plea bargain (usually done in a negotiation between the defendant and his or her lawyer and the prosecutor)

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    Decide in favor of (someone)

    To determine that someone is not guilty or is the winner of something

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    Get the benefit of the doubt

    To receive a judgement in your favor when the evidence is neither for you nor against you

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    Give (someone) the benefit of the doubt

    To make a judgement in someone's favor when the evidence is neither for nor against the person

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    In (someone's) favor

    To someone's advantage

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    Plea bargain

    To plead guilty to a crime or decide not to fight against a charge in order to try and receive a light punishment (usually done in a negotiation between the defendant and his or her lawyer and the prosecutor)

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    Red as a beetroot

    To gain red colour on one's face because of embarrassment

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    Thomas A. Edison

    I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

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    Oliver North

    I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one.

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    John Burroughs

    I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

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    Helen Hayes

    I cry out for order and find it only in art.

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    Ayn Rand

    I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.

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    Milton Friedman

    I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible.

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    Alexandre Dumas

    Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.

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    Henry B. Adams

    Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

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    Grantland Rice

    Depend upon yourself. Make your judgement trustworthy by trusting it. You can develop good judgement as you do the muscles of your body - by judicious, daily exercise. To be known as a man of sound judgement will be much in your favor.

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    Ted Turner

    Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth, down an eighth - it's like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.

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    Ovid

    Fortune and love favor the brave.

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    To play up to

    To behave in order to gain favor with someone

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    To cover for

    A) to replace someone (at work); to substitute b) hide the truth, lie or deceive in order to protect someone

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    Don't teach your Grandma to suck eggs

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    No pain, no gain

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    Nothing venture, nothing gain

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    What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts

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    Don't push the panic button

    Order someone to stay calm; don not panic unnecessarily

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    Shipshape and Bristol fashion

    To have everything in order; tidy

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    Sling one's hook

    To be asked in a polite manner to go away or leave

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    Jean-Luc Godard

    A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

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    Paul Sweeney

    A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

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    Sasha Cohen

    A year ago I had a back injury and followed a good nutrition program to help speed up my recovery. I focused on exercise and staying healthy in order to get back out on the ice.

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    Robert A. Heinlein

    An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

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    Stephen Sondheim

    Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.

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    Langston Hughes

    Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.

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    Joseph Campbell

    I think the person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave.

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    Marya Mannes

    If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring.

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    Orson Welles

    If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.

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    William Bartram

    If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.

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    Charles de Gaulle

    In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

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    Harry A. Blackmun

    In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.

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    Leslie Caron

    In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness - otherwise how would you know when you're happy?

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    Anthony J. D'Angelo

    In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.

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    Nikos Kazantzakis

    In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.

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    Bill Cosby

    In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

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    Henry Norris Russell

    Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.

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    David Gerrold

    Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order.

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    Robert Frost

    Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.

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    John Ruskin

    Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.

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    William Bartram

    My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, chearful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves to view.

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    Dolly Parton

    My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order.

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    Erma Bombeck

    Never order food in excess of your body weight.

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    Brendan Gill

    Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

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    Pedro Calderon de la Barca

    One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.

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    Charles Horton Cooley

    Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.

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    Christy Turlington

    Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking. A child is more likely to smoke when they have been raised in the environment of a smoker.

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    Jurgen Klinsmann

    Personally, I need a high level of physical fitness in order to feel at ease.

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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Poetry: the best words in the best order.

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    Fran Lebowitz

    Polite conversation is rarely either.

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    Toni Morrison

    She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.

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    Jane Austen

    Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.

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    Stephen Gardiner

    Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans. It presents one of man's first attempts to order his view of the outside world.

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    Joseph Barbera

    That's what keeps me going: dreaming, inventing, then hoping and dreaming some more in order to keep dreaming.

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    Leo Fender

    The design of each element should be thought out in order to be easy to make and easy to repair.

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    Theodor Adorno

    The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.

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    Louise J. Kaplan

    The toddler must say no in order to find out who she is. The adolescent says no to assert who she is not.

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    Thomas A. Edison

    There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.

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    Italo Calvino

    Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.

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    Napoleon Hill

    War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.

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    Jesse Owens

    We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

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    Friedrich Nietzsche

    We have art in order not to die of the truth.

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    Alfred Hitchcock

    We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.

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    Stephen Gardiner

    What people want, above all, is order.

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    Kerry Thornley

    What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.

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    E. M. Forster

    Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.

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    Azar Nafisi

    You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn't exist.

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    A berk

    Said to someone in order to tease; 'humorous put-down'

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    To go with the flow

    To follow the majority; to accept the order of events and follow them

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    No stone unturned

    To do one's best; to perform best of one's abilities; to exhaust all options in order to complete a task

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    Suck up to (somebody)

    Be polite in order to gain favor

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