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Thanksgiving Toast
one of many toasts (holding up wine glasses) given before eating the traditional Thanksgiving meal in late November to express gratitude for your food, family, and friends

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racial slur

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saying a racist remark without realizing that you did

I can’t believe she actually said that the new student is a $#@%. That was so inappropriate!

raise the bar

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make the standards higher

The university raised the bar for its admissions policy by requiring a higher GPA.


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immediately responding to something

Phillip went crazy when he read his termination letter! He reacted like a child.

recipe for disaster

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actions or behaviors that can have bad or undesirable consequences

Driving your new car too fast can definitely be a recipe for disaster.


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drinks (used mostly in public places)

Would anyone like something to drink?  There are some great refreshments on the table!


remains to be seen

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the result is not known at this time

It remains to be seen how the love story with Alvin and Bernadette turns out.


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not doing something that you said you were going to do

Unfortunately, he reneged on his promise to pay for our concert tickets.


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doing or saying something over and over

He repeatedly tried to get my girlfriend to go out with him, but I made sure he didn't bother her.

rhetorical question

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a question that doesn’t require an answer


Teacher:  How many times have I told you not to text during class?  

Student:  A bunch of times, I think. (The student didn't need to answer the teacher because it was a rhetorical question.)

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rise to the occasion

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set a goal and then work very hard to reach it

Despite the challenges I was going through at the time, with the help of my teacher, I rose to the occasion and got very high test scores.