||busy, unable to help
||I'm tied up right now. I'm busy with a client.
||stingy person; tight fisted
||Mason is a tight-ass! He collects rent from his old grandmother.
||close race, down to the wire
||It was a tight race for the mayor's position. Kutz won by ten votes.
||uncomfortable position, between a rock and a hard place
||At the interview Vic was in a tight spot. They asked him, "Why were you dismissed from three jobs?"
||not generous, unwilling to spend, cheap
||People say he's so tight he'd sell a gift and bank the money.
|tighten our belts
||not spend as much, be careful with our money
||We'll have to tighten our belts when Stan goes on pension.
|till hell freezes over
||until the end of time, until the end of the world
||You can wait till hell freezes over but they won't pay their bill.
|till the cows come home
||for a long time, for days or weeks
||A letter from Dave? You'll be waiting till the cows come home!
|till you're blue in the face
||until you are very tired, until you look sick
||You can train a flea till you're blue in the face, but he won't learn.
|time and again
||many times, repeatedly
||I've told that boy time and again not to fight, but he won't listen.