|the apple doesn't fall far from the tree
||kids are like their parents; a chip off the old block; like father, like son
||I looked at the father, then at the son, and I thought, The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
|the apple of his eye
||his favorite girl, the girl he desires
||Susie was Don's sweetheart, the apple of his eye.
|the balance of power
||the deciding votes; votes that cause the winner, tip the scales
||He will try to get the support of the workers because they hold the balance of power.
|the ball's in your court
||you speak or act now, it's your turn
||She offered to pay $1900 for your car, so the ball's in your court.
|the be-all, end-all
||the best, the greatest, his nibs, world beater
||Brian believes he's the be-all, end-all in politics, but wait until he loses the next election.
|the bee's knees
||the best, superior, the cat's meow
||Kay was voted best citizen. Now she thinks she's the bee's knees.
|the benefit of the doubt
||fair judgement when some of the facts are not known, take your word for it
||If money is missing, we give you the benefit of the doubt. We assume you didn't take it.
|the best-laid plans of mice and men go oft astray
||plans are not guaranteed, plans sometimes do not work out
||If this boat sinks, we'll say, "The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft astray."
|the best of both worlds
||the best parts of two cultures or styles etc., two heads are better...
||If you have Italian design and German engineering, you have the best of both worlds, eh.
|the best things in life are free
||the sun, the stars, the ocean, etc. are free; Mother Nature
belongs to all of us
||We went on a camping trip and discovered that the best
things in life are free.