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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.

Compliments 3 fish for compliments You are fishing for complim ents if you try, probably by asking questions, to persuade someone to make a posi­ tive comment about you: 'You re push­ ing me in the direction o f flattery again,' he said softly. V concern o a going con cern Something such as a business is a going concern if it is operating suc­ cessfully and making money: We will have to increase the profits before we can sell the business as a going concern. conclusions o jump to con elusions You jum p to conclusions when you form a judgement of a situation without knowing all the facts: It may just be a coincidence, so let's not jump to any con­ clusions.

O carry the day Someone or something carries the day i f they are responsible for an event’s success: Thank you so much for providing the food; it really helped to car­ ry the day. f ! ~ ~ \ This was originally a military expres­ sion, which meant ‘to win the battle’. v v o day in day out Something that happens day in day out happens repeatedly and unchan­ gingly: I couldn’t live there; it rained day in day out when I was on holiday. j ; Year in year out is also used to de­ scribe things that happen unchan­ gingly over very long periods of time.

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