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D coin 34 haul som eone over the coals You haul som eon e o v e r th e coals when you tell them severely that you disapprove of something they have done, in order to embarrass them: I should have hauled him over the coals for not surrendering all of his files to me. ♦ see also g iv e s o m e o n e a rap o ver th e knuckles > r a p there, stay absolutely quiet take slow, calm, soft breaths and don’t move until you are sure that the coast is clear. cobw ebs 3 blow the cob w eb s aw ay (B rE ) When people say that going outside w ill blow the cobw ebs away, they mean that it w ill make you feel better and more lively: Why don’t you go for a quick walk?

F • In boxing, out for the count refers to a boxer who is lying on the floor and who fails to get up while the referee counts to ten. v / counter 3 corners o cut corners You cut corners when you try to do something in a way which involves less effort, money or time than if you had used the more usual method, probably giving you a result which is not so good: Constructing equipment of this nature is is a time-consuming occupa­ tion although there are a few that try to cut corners to maximize profits.

Now explain again, slowly. colour (Am E color) o add colour to something Something that adds co lou r to so m e­ th in g else brings some energy, interest or variety to that thing: His enthusias­ tic lecturing style adds colour to a subject that many people regard as dull. d lend colour to something Something that lends c o lo u r to a story or argument, for example, makes it appear more likely, believable or rea­ sonable: It is essential that nothing is done that might lend colour to the sug­ gestion that they are favouring any one section of the community.

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