|the breaking point
||the time you cannot go on, the point where you quit
||My job was so stressful I reached the breaking point. I had to quit.
||The first time he asked her for a date, she gave him the brush-off.
|the buck stops here
||I am responsible for what we do - no one else; pass the buck
||"The buck stops here," the new manager said to us. "We don't blame others for our problems."
|the bum's rush
||being chased away, run out of town
||If you tell us to pay more tax we'll give you the bum's rush.
||the suburbs; outlying residential districts
||That's Jan's dream: two children and a home in the burbs.
|the burning question
||the main question, what we all want to know
||Who drove the car into the lake? That's the burning question.
|the butt of the joke
||the person who is laughed at, the goat
||Frank is so sensitive. He hates to be the butt of a joke.
|the call of duty
||the feeling that you have to work, duty calls
||When the group needs a secretary I answer the call of duty.
|the calm before the storm
||the quiet time just before anger or an attack
||The enemy is planning an attack. This is the calm before the storm.
||toilet, washroom, the john, the loo
||Who's in the can? Please hurry! I have to go!