31 July 2015 by Diane
safe and sound: free from danger or injury
Example: After a long day of hiking, Dan arrived home safe and sound.
above and beyond: doing more than is necessary
Example: They really went above and beyond to make me feel at home.
pros and cons: good parts and bad parts of something
Example: What are the pros and cons of living in the city?
wear and tear: damage from overuse
Example: There’s a lot of wear and tear on my car.
short and sweet: quick and accomplishing the main goal
Example: The meeting was short and sweet, just as I like it.
ins and outs: all of the details; insider knowledge
Example: He has been working there for twenty years. He knows all of the ins and outs of the office.
live and learn: learn from one’s mistakes/experiences
Example: I didn’t make the best decision, but you know what, you live and you learn.
sick and tired: very annoyed with someone/thing
Example: I’m sick and tired of listening to him complain. He needs to quit his job.
black and white: having an obvious right and wrong answer
Example: Not everything is black and white.
ups and downs: good parts and bad parts
Example: Every job has its ups and downs.
now or never: the only opportunity to do something
Example: You need to tell him how you feel! It’s now or never.
wine and dine: provide someone with a nice dinner and special treatment
Example: The company wined and dined me because they wanted me to accept the proposal.
fair and square: fair/honest
Example: He looked at all the evidence before he made a decision. It was fair and square.