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It's plain to see that he was talking through, his hat! True, but Fred thinks he's an authority on everything. It was difficult to convince him that he was talking ignorantly. He's got a reputation for making foolish, inaccurate statements. 61 Lose One's Shirt (lose a great deal of money) I happened to bump into Doug at lunch yesterday afternoon. What's new with Doug these days? He wasn't doing so well. For one thing, he told me he lost his shirt at the races. Doug has always liked to bet on the horses.
46 Scratch Someone's Back (return a favor) Hey, Bea. I need some help stacking these boxes. Would you please give me a hand? OK. And I need some help tidying up the house. How about your helping me out after that? OK. If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. I know you don't like doing housework, but I'll help you with the boxes if you promise to return the favor. No problem. I'll even do the windows. 47 Hit the Ceiling (become very angry) Don's father hit the celling when he was informed that his son had been detained by the police for disorderly conduct.
Nevertheless, he finally stopped trying to get Linda to attend the exhibition. 51 Kick the Bucket (die) It's been said that the old man knew of a buried treasure, but lie kicked the bucket before telling anyone where it was. If the treasure exists, the old man unfortunately took the secret of its location with him when he died. 52 Raise a Stink (protest strongly) Listen! Don't try to use any of your sister's clothes without asking her first. She's liable to raise a stink if she finds something missing.