|a takeoff on
||similar to, based on the same idea, a send-up
||The school play was a takeoff on Shakespeare's Hamlet.
|a talking to
||a scolding, a personal lecture
||If he has a poor attitude, Dan will give him a talking to.
|a tall one
||a large drink of liquor, a strong drink
||After he heard the bad news, he poured himself a tall one.
|a tempest in a teapot
||a lot of excitement about a small problem
||The argument was over quickly. It was a tempest in a teapot.
|a thorn in my side
||one who thwarts you, one who irritates you, bug
||He's always been a thorn in my side - always critical of me.
|a three-bagger (baseball)
||a hit that allows the batter to run to third base
||Molitor hit a three-bagger in the sixth game of the World Series.
||a person who needs three bags over his head because he looks so scary
||"What did he look like?" "He was at least a three-bagger. He also needed a bath."
||(See just a titch)
|a token gesture
||a small sign of thanks or recognition
||To thank us, they put our names in the paper - a token gesture.
||a scolding, a lecture, a talking to
||When Sis came home drunk, Dad gave her a tongue-lashing.