|an axe to grind
||a point to discuss or argue about
||Jason had an axe to grind at the meeting - job security.
||a lecture, a scolding, a bawling out
||If Mom catches you smoking, you'll get an earful.
|an easy mark
||one who can easily be persuaded, a soft touch
||Ask Charlie for a loan. He's an easy mark.
|an even keel
||good balance, stability
||We need a steady manager, one who can keep an even keel.
|an eye for an eye (a tooth for a tooth)
||equal punishment or revenge
||Canadian laws do not demand an eye for an eye.
|an offer I couldn't refuse
||an offer that contains a threat or force, a request that is a command
||The border guards invited me to stay for further questioning - it was an offer I couldn't refuse.
|an old hand at
||a person with a lot of practice or experience
||Tom's an old hand at cribbage. He's played since he was a boy.
|an old warhorse
||a veteran, an old soldier, a classic story or tune
||The band played marches and overtures - the old warhorses.
|an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
||prevent a problem so you don't have to solve it, a stitch in time...
||Forest fires deserve an ounce of prevention: public education in campfire safety.
||too concerned with detail, pedantic
||Amy is anal retentive. She writes down everything the teacher says.