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Johnson, then an executive vice-president at Hanna-Barbera , was browsing through a bookstore in Washington, DC when he stumbled upon Bennett's book of moral tales, The Book of Virtues. Compelled by the book's themes, Johnson called Bennett with the idea of an animated television program for children based upon the book. I placed a cold call to William Bennett. Nevertheless, I inform him of my experience producing anthologies and express an interest in producing his book wherever it ended up.

We have a pleasant conversation, and he offhandedly asks me to fax my resume to him. Johnson and Bennett eventually met and bonded over their shared dedication to children's television and moral philosophy. From there, the two agreed to begin production on what would become Adventures. That same year in the midterm elections, the Republican Party won control of the U. House of Representatives and the Senate, giving the Party control of Congress for the first time in four decades.

In January , Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich expressed publicly his desire to "zero out" federal funding for PBS , stating, "Why would you say to some poor worker out here with three kids, 'We're now going to take your money and tax you for a program that you may never watch?

According to conservative commentator L. Many conservative figures, including Bozell, approved of PBS's pickup of the series. Duggan denied, stating, "We are not buying Bill Bennett's opinions The series is not political at all. The show sought to illustrate themes of common virtues through well-known international heroes and stories, based on Bennett's Book of Virtues. Music was produced by J. C Redford. The series focuses on two best friends: year-old Zach Nichols, who is white American, and year-old Annie Redfeather, who is Native American.

In each episode of the series, one of them commits an act contrary to that day's chosen virtue loyalty , compassion , courage , moderation , honesty , etc. They seek counsel of one of Annie's animal friends. These animal friends are four anthropomorphic mountain-dwelling entities who between them possess immense knowledge of legends and literature as well as common sense and a lively sense of fun.

They utilize classical works of famous authors, philosophers, poets, as well as fables and myths to communicate the truth of virtue to Zach and Annie. Plato, the oldest, is a scholarly bison ; Aurora, the most gentle, is a Red-tailed Hawk ; Socrates "Soch" is a rambunctious bobcat ; and Aristotle "Ari" is a prairie dog who is seldom without his bag of books. These four, whose existence seems a secret from the majority of humans in the town of Spring Valley, advise Annie and Zach patiently and often.

The children then proceed to live according to the virtue of the day, completing what they have begun. Adventures from the Book of Virtues featured prominent celebrity voice talents, with 32 such recognizable voices appearing on the show's 39 episodes, including the following:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Johnson William T. Kidscreen , Nov. Viewers Like You? New York: Columbia University Press. PBS Kids original programming.

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Zach and Annie volunteer to clean it out, along with Plato, Ari, and Aurora, but Soc isn't interested in helping. Plato tells him the story " How the Camel Got His Hump ", where the camel's refusing to work gave him trouble, and "Tom Sawyer Gives Up the Brush", where it was learned that working is more enjoyable than laziness. Zach is sorely tempted to touch his father's beautiful antique camera, despite promising not to - and when he does, he breaks it and lies that it fell off its display table naturally.

Plato tries to convince Zach to tell the truth by telling him the stories of " The Frog Prince ", where the title character received a punishment for breaking his word and "George Washington and the Cherry Tree", whose protagonist too broke something he promised to guard but learned his lesson in a different way. Annie even tells a family tale of "The Indian Cinderella ", where a Native American warrior only wished for an honest companion.

Even the poem "Truth" shows how good it is to be seen and how much joy it can give through life. Annie agrees to put her brand-new bike to good use by delivering cakes from her mother's bakery, but can't resist Zach's offer to race - and is angry with him when her bike crashes and the food is ruined.

Plato and Aurora try to convince her that responsibility is always handy to keep around as shown in " Icarus and Daedalus " where a boy had too little responsibility to obey his father and paid for it, or "King Alfred and the Cakes" where even a renowned English ruler was forced to admit he neglected his simple duty. Ari tells "The Chest of Broken Glass", where a mother reminds her family what rewards responsibility versus irresponsibility bring and how much can be owed to those in a family. Even the poem "If You Were" sums up what responsibility everyone has to humanity for making the world better.

Emile Zigrodny, a classmate Zach barely knows, loses his house in a fire, and Zach is hesitant to show him support since their first meeting would be his giving charity. Plato and the others try to push him in the right direction by pointing out that anyone can be kind since even the least likely are capable of it as shown in the Biblical story " The Good Samaritan ". They encourage him that anyone can make a difference no matter how young by reading "The Legend of the Dipper", or how it proved to have lasting effects for the giver and the receiver in " Androcles and the Lion ".

Even the poem " The New Colossus " shows what many hope America and all people should be to the needy. Annie is defeated badly by a formidable opponent in a hurdles race, and her confidence leaves her after that. Plato tries to help her get her it back by telling the story of " Theseus and The Minotaur ", where an opportunity was taken to protect people in spite of the danger, and of William Tell, who put plenty at risk for his own sake and others'.

When Zach acts confident, Ari points out to them both that different levels of courage are needed in different situations, as shown in "The Brave Mice". Even the poem "If" is read as a reminder about how much courage life demands all in all. Zach offers Annie and the animals favors for money since he wants to buy a new game, but his mother won't give him an advance on his allowance at home. So the animals help him learn more about self-discipline and patience by telling stories. Plato tells him the story of " King Midas " and how he loved his gold so much, he wished that everything he'd touch would turn to gold, but got carried away due to his greed and lack of self-discipline.

After Zach explains that he got into a fight with his mother about not giving him more money and said he'd be better off without her, Aurora tells "The King and His Hawk" where Genghis Khan didn't control his temper when he killed his pet hawk after it tried to stop him from drinking water poisoned by a snake. To teach Zach more about patience, Plato narrates "The Magic Thread" where a boy learned that experiencing only the good moments in life didn't turn out as he expected. Afterwards, Zach realizes that the game he wanted doesn't come out till next week and heads home where he gives his mother a flower to apologize to her.

Annie is upset when her friend, Sarah picks a partner other than her on their school field trip canoeing, even though she agreed to pair up with her. Plato points out that friendship can take a lot of strength to build but it takes more to get through life without it by telling "Why Frog-child and Snake-child Never Play Together", where two creatures regret the lack of friendship in their lives.

Even the poem "New Friends and Old Friends" sets a good example of how long friendship should last. Zach enjoys birdwatching with a man from town, but in climbing on a plaque to get up to a tree he breaks it and doesn't get why Mr. Cleveland is so worked up over it. Plato explains the meaning of one of the words on it, " loyalty ", by telling the stories of "Yudisthira at Heaven's Gate", where a king is challenged to choose between a companion and his dreams, and "The Cap That Mother Made", where a boy is tempted with great things for a homemade cap.

When Plato remembers that the plaque was a war memorial and Zach remembers that Mr. Cleveland knew someone who died there, he also brings up the story of the Jewish Persian queen Esther, who had to make the choice of risking life itself if she wished to save her own people. Even the poem "The Thousandth Man", shows how strong and great true loyalty is. Zach and Annie are building a go-cart out of scraps from a friend's junkyard, but don't strike gold with every piece they find right away, and are ready to blame Jake Jeeters when he kicks them out after they yell at him.

Plato hears their complaints and points out that manners leave a lasting impression, just as they did in the story "Please", and that the results for using and not using them are different by reading " Diamonds and Toads ". Annie is saddened when her faith-devoted neighbor and friend Ruth passes away, and wonders whether faith is really worth it because of that. Plato tries to convince her that it is very much worth it by telling the stories of the Hebrew Daniel in the lions' den , who looked to faith always and saw how times of trouble caused it to prove strong, and "Harriet Tubman's determination" to use faith to continue taking risks throughout her life.

Even the 23rd Psalm is a good example of why there's enough reason for faith to live throughout life. Annie is delighted to win the class presidency, but upon receiving it becomes proud of her position, creating conflicts with other students and teachers. Plato reminds her that a ruler's not swallowing pride often brings a painful fall to humiliation as proved in " The Emperor's New Clothes ".

On the other hand, "King Canute at the Seashore" is noted as a reminder of how humility is a good thing for anybody but especially those trusted with power, but the mistakes made by a noble-blooded youth who thought only of what he could do with his power brought suffering to many in " Phaeton ". Even the Serenity Prayer is read as a reminder of how much peace humility can bring. Plato learns that Annie and Zach are collecting canned goods for a homeless shelter, but their first priority is the rewards they'll get instead of helping the hungry.

Handle on something. Hang-dog look. Hang one's hat. An expression meaning a place where someone lives, frequents, or feels comfortable. Happy as a pig in shit or happy as a pig in a poke. Happy camper. Someone who is cheerfully unconcerned about the future or possibility of problems. Hard nut to crack, tough nut to crack. Have a firm foundation. Having a "come to Jesus".

An expression meaning to reveal or express one's true feelings or actions to another in order to understand the truth.

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Head over heels. Literally, look up and get out of the way because something is about to hit you. Heart in hand. Heart on your sleeve. Heartstring, pulling on your heartstring. Heaven help us. A spiritual reference meaning you can't do anything else except rely on faith or fate or God or angels in heaven to save you. Hell in a handbasket or Hell in a handbag. Hello, sugar pie! Hemming and hawing. An expression meaning to discuss, deliberate, or contemplate rather than taking action or making up one's mind.

An expression meaning to harass someone for little problems, rather than focus on the big-picture, similar to Back-seat driver". Here's mud in your eye. An expression or toast with glasses raised, then everyone drinks their beverage, similar to "Here's to your health". Here's to your health. An expression or toast with glasses raised before everyone drinks their beverages.

He's got guts. High on your horse, or acting high and mighty. An expression that means acting smitten, or bigger and more important than you really have a right to be. Highway robbery. Someone is exploiting customers by charging more than something's worth or not delivering services as promised. An expression meaning that it is clear to see what action should have been taken after the fact. Hit something out of the ball park. A baseball reference meaning to be successful or to do something extraordinarily well. You ran that meeting like a pro, Allan, you really hit that out of the park!

Hit the nail on the head. Hogan's goat. Something that is so messed up it is not even understandable or stinks like a goat. From a European goat farmer, Hoek Hogan, who raised a particularly smelly and ugly goat. Hold your horses, hold the phone. Hold your tongue, bite your tongue, or watch your mouth. Expression a mother might say meaning don't speak, take back what you said, or stop talking!

Hole in the wall. An expression describing a small, shabby place, often a restaurant or bar. In the UK, it can also mean a cash machine. Holier than thou. Holy cow, holy guacamole or holy crap. Honesty is the best policy. Horse's ass. Horsing around or rough-housing. Hot off the press. An expression meaning that something is new, just recently published, or ready to enjoy reading. An expression meaning to be forced to acknowledge one's deficiencies or errors.

Humpty Dumpty. A reference to the nursery rhyme, something or someone which once over thrown cannot be restored. I can read you like a book. An expression meaning your actions reveal your intentions very clearly opposite of "poker-face". If the shoe fits, wear it. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I got your back. An expression meaning you are watching out for the well-being of someone else so no harm comes to them.

I have my hands full. An expression meaning I have enough to do that I can't assume another commitment. I'll clock you or I'll knock your block off. I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down! An expression threatening someone to commit harm or destroy them or what's precious to them. I'm dying to try it.

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I'm in the dog house. I'm stuffed. An expression meaning contented or satisfied following a delicious, plentiful meal. In a fishbowl. In a nutshell. In a pickle. An expression describing being in a difficult situation or problem with no easy answer, from the Dutch word 'pekel'. In hot water. In someone else's shoes. It's a dog's life. While you might think this would be a good thing, the expression actually means life is hard and unpleasant. It's not over until the fat lady sings. It's not rocket science. An expression meaning an idea or term that anyone can understand without needing to be a rocket scientist.

I wish I were a fly on the wall. An expression meaning you wish you'd witnessed or been present for something you didn't see directly. Jack of all trades. An expression meaning someone can do just about any task themselves or is well-versed in many skills. Jinx someone. We haven't lost a game all season. Now we'll lose! An expression meaning a newcomer, a novice, or recruit who has just recently joined a group, and may use the experience of others to their advantage.

An expression meaning to use makeshift repairs or temporary contrivances, with only the tools and materials that happen to be on hand. Just a piece of meat. A derogatory expression meaning to be judged based on one's symbolic representation, rather than their substantive value.

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Keeping up with the Joneses. An expression to compare to one's neighbor as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. Keep one's cool. Keep on trucking. An expression meaning to carry on, persevere or continue plugging away, as in "keep on keeping on". Keep your eye on the prize. An expression meaning to stay focused on your goal or objective without distraction. Keep your eyes peeled. Kidding someone. An expression used for saying that someone wants someone to believe something, but everyone knows it is not true. Kill the goose that lays the golden egg. An expression meaning to destroy a valuable way to make a living, carry out an unprofitable action motivated by greed.

An expression meaning to something to keep one busy while waiting for something. Kiss my ass. A derogatory expression meaning that you don't care what someone thinks about what you said or did. I'm going to watch that movie whether you like it or not; you can kiss my ass! Knee jerk reaction.

An expression meaning an immediate, emotional, unthinking response to a situation. Knickers in a twist or knickers in a knot. An expression meaning to get very upset about something, usually not very important. Now, before you get your knickers in a twist, let me explain what happened. Knocking on heaven's door. The popular song by Bob Dylan, the expression means tempting fate or close to death. Knock on wood. A superstition to actually find and knock on a piece of wood after saying something you hope remains true.

Known by the company one keeps. Lame or lame-ass. An expression meaning something was completely one-sided, similar to "blow-out". Last straw or draw the short straw. Lead a horse to water, but one can't make him drink. I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

Leap of Faith. An expression meaning to believe or attempt something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved. Learn by rote. An expression meaning to be able to quickly recall the meaning of the material the more one repeats it. Learn something by heart. Let bygones by bygones. An expression meaning to forget about unpleasant things that happened in the past, and especially to forgive and forget something bad that someone has done, similar to "bury the hatchet".

Let sleeping dogs lie. Let the chips fall where they may. An expression meaning to accept what's going to happen and to not interfere or change course. Lick your wounds. Like a bat out of hell. Like a red-headed stepchild. An expression meaning someone who's not like the others or who doesn't fit in. Like clock-work. An expression describing something or someone is very predictable or punctual. Like mixing oil and water. An expression meaning two things that aren't meant to be mixed together, similar to oil and vinegar they mix, but settle separately.

Listen to that baby purr. An anthropomorphic expression commonly used to refer to a properly running engine, computer or other machine. Loaded for bear. An expression describing people who stubbornly refuse to change their position or compromise to resolve a problem. Long on the tooth. An unkind or humorous expression describing someone as old. As people age, their gums recede and their teeth appear longer. An expression meaning a venture or guess that has only the slightest chance of succeeding or being accurate.

Look a gift horse in the mouth. A person who seems interested in buying something, but is just browsing, also someone who lingers around the scene of an accident, etc. Loose lips sink ships. An expression referring to people sharing secret information that ruins everything. Lose one's head.

Love is blind. An expression meaning to always see the best in people we love, overlook their faults and imperfections. Lucky devil. An expression meaning only moderately enthusiastic, unsure, or unable to commit to a position. Maybe I'll warm up to the idea later. Make your bed, now lie in it. The expression means to make a decision and now one must accept the circumstances.

Man your stations. An expression meaning being singled out for special treatment, usually to be harmed. Meet your match. An expression meaning someone who is even in skill or ability, or is a challenger. Mice will play while the cat's away. An expression meaning doing things that might not be permitted because an authority figure isn't present. Mice will play while the cat's away! Milk it for all it's worth.

Describing a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated; inspired by the cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. Webster in Jared is milquetoast, he's too afraid to ask for a raise even though he's done great work for three years. Mind over matter. An expression meaning to use willpower to overcome physical problems, similar to "A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition". Monday morning quarterback. An expression referencing American football in which someone passes judgement on another person's decision or actions after the event.

Mother's love is blind. When you love some one, particularly your own child, you look past any physical or behavioral defects. Muddy the waters. An expression meaning to make a situation more confusing by introducing complications. Mud on one's boots. My hands are tied! Nailed to the wall. Never cry wolf. An expression cautioning against falsely claiming a wrong or a crime, because when something actually goes wrong, no one will believe you.

An expression describing a person who is habitually active or alert late at night. Nip and tuck. An expression meaning closely contested, hard to tell the winner or literally a cosmetic procedure to reduce wrinkles or fat. No bones about it. Clearly stating how you think or feel, no matter whose feelings may be hurt in the process.

Nod and a wink, or nod is as good as a wink. A way of saying you have understood something that someone has said, even though it was not said directly. No pain, no gain. No rhyme or reason. No shit, Sherlock. An expression referring to the fictional detective who pioneered deductive reasoning to solve crimes, it refers to an expression made by an individual in response to a statement that is considered obvious or stupid.

The reason there is all this mud in the house is because you tracked it in on your shoes! No such thing as a free lunch. When someone gives something or performs an act of kindness, there is generally an expectation or obligation to "pay them back". Not in Kansas anymore, Toto. A remark someone might make, quoting Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, when confronted with a foreign or unfamiliar experience or place.

Not so fast. An expression one might say if they disagree or want someone to stop, slow down, or reconsider. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Not to mince words. Nuts, nut-job. Odd man out or odd one out. On auto-pilot. An expression meaning something will run itself or doesn't require effort or skill. On a wing and a prayer. Once in a blue moon.

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An expression meaning something that doesn't happen very often, as in when there is a full moon twice in the same month. One bad apple spoils the barrel or one rotten apple spoils the bunch. An expression usually referring to a person that is a bad influence or could ruin the experience for the group. One if by land, two if by sea. An expression referring to the secret signal by Paul Revere orchestrated during the American Revolutionary War: one lantern if the British were coming by land and two lanterns if they were coming by sea. On the fence. On the same wavelength. On thin ice. An expression meaning to be at risk of getting in trouble if current actions continue, similar to "the last straw".

On your case, get off my case. Open sesame. An expression meaning the secret phrase or way to open an opportunity, door, or fortune. Open up a can of worms. An expression describing actions or information which introduces unnecessary complications or new information that makes a situation more difficult. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Over someone's head. Over the moon. Pace yourself. An expression cautioning someone not to do something too quickly or to attempt too much. Panic button. An expression referring to someone who gets so distraught and reacts without thinking. Pass muster.

Patch things up. An expression meaning to make amends or remedy a situation, similar to "smooth things over". Payback is a bitch. An expression meaning when a person wrongs someone, they get a taste of their own medicine when that person seeks revenge.

Pay the piper. An expression meaning to face the consequences of self-indulgent behavior, similar to "face the music". Pay the price. An expression meaning to suffer the consequences of doing or saying something. Peachy keen. Pecking order. An expression meaning a hierarchy of status seen among members of a group of people or animals, originally as observed among hens. Peeping Tom. Peer pressure. An expression meaning to fit in by following along with the same behavior or attitude because your friends or people similar to you are doing it.

Penny-wise, pound-foolish. Being careful about unimportant decisions and careless about important ones, often referring to wasting money on unimportant items, rather than saving for important ones. An expression meaning something that is particularly annoying to a particular person. Picture is worth a thousand words. A proverb that implies it's easier to understand something by seeing it, rather than talking or reading a description of it.

A picture is worth a thousand words. An expression meaning to eat or consume too much or well beyond a "normal" helping. Pins and needles. An expression meaning the tingling sensation experienced in recovering from numbness, or an anxious feeling waiting for something to arrive or happen. Piss and Moan. Piss and wind. Plate is full. An expression meaning fully engaged, having no room to take on new responsibilities or activities. Playing without a full deck. Play it by ear. Originally describing a musician playing being about to play a tune after hearing it, rather than reading the music, expanded to mean making this up as you go along.

Pleased as punch. An expression derived from an Italian puppet character meaning feeling great delight or pride. An expression meaning keeping an expression on one's face that doesn't reveal one's intentions.


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Poor as a church mouse. Port in a storm. An expression meaning that any solution is better than doing nothing at all. Pot calling the kettle black. Practice what one preaches. Preaching to the choir. Pressing someone's buttons. Pulling someone's chain or yanking someone's chain. An expression meaning to tease someone into believing something that isn't true. Pulling strings. An expression meaning to make use of one's influence to gain advantage unfairly or unofficially.

Pull oneself up by one's bootstraps. Pull someone's leg. An expression meaning to tell someone something that is not true as a way of joking with them. Putting the cart before the horse. An expression meaning to jump ahead, to do one thing before taking care of what should be done first. Quid pro quo. An exchange of gifts or services, you do something for me, I'll do something for you. Rain on one's parade. An expression meaning to dampen someone's mood or bring up something sad or upsetting in reaction to their happiness. Raising Cane. A reference to the character in the Bible who committed the first murder, commonly used to react in a rowdy or disruptive way.

Rally the troops. An expression originating during war time, it means to have a meeting with friends, family or co-workers and get them united to help out with something. Razor's edge. An expression meaning a risky or complicated move that could land you in trouble, either going very well or very badly. Reach the boiling point or boiling over.

An expression which means the time at which action is required or anger erupts, similar to "the last straw". Read someone the riot act. An expression meaning a strong warning to stop behaving badly, derived from Britain, The Riot Act of was invoked to prevent "tumults and riotous assemblies". Reap what one's sows. Right-hand man. A reference to someone who is essential, helpful, or a partner in ensuring another person's success. Ring a bell.

An expression meaning to recognize something as familiar. Similar to "clear as a bell. Rob Peter to pay Paul. Biblical reference, taking something from someone to give to another, without any real gain. Rock and roll. Roller coaster ride. An expression meaning traveling up and down without a clear direction, also a scary or unpredictable situation. An expression meaning to overturn, an extension or transfer of a debt or other financial arrangement, or to shift one's position by turning from one side to the other. Roll with the punches. Running against the clock.

An expression meaning to run out of time or struggling to get something done in the shortest period of time possible. Run out of gas. Runt of the litter. Salt of the earth. A decent, dependable, unpretentious person, with origins from the Bible, Book of Matthew. Saving something for a rainy day. Saving something for a later time when you might need it, similar to "having a nest egg". Scramble or hustle. Second-hand information. An expression meaning to gain information from others or from books, rather than discovering information directly.

See the forest for the trees. An expression describing someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole. See you later alligator, in a while crocodile. Self-fulfilling prophecy. An expression meaning a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to be true because of positive behavior or a belief.

Separate the wheat from the chaff. An expression meaning to distinguish valuable things or people from worthless ones. Set your sails with the wind. An expression used as an adjective to describe something or someone underhanded or not to be trusted. What a shady character! A war reference meaning someone suffering from a trauma, too overwhelmed to act appropriately or rationally. She's got a bun in the oven. Ship has sailed. An expression meaning it is too late to correct or change what's already been done.

All you can do now is get a good night's sleep. Shit from Shinola. Shit hits the fan. An expression referring to when something bad happens, the consequences reveal themselves. Shit or get off the pot. An expression meaning to take action rather than remain inactive, similar to "fish or cut bait". An expression meaning a small amount of money that is inadequate for its intended purpose.

Shoot fish in a barrel. Shoot oneself in the foot. Shut your trp. Sick as a dog. Sight for sore eyes. Silver spoon in one's mouth. An expression symbolic of wealth, especially inherited wealth, describing someone born into a wealthy family. Silver tongue. Sing one's praises. Sink or swim. Sink your sails. Six ways from Sunday. An expression meaning thoroughly, every possible way, exhausted all alternatives.

An expression meaning to carefully look at the person or think about the situation, in order to decide how to act. Skin of one's teeth. An expression meaning to narrowly escape disaster. Origin from the Bible, Book of Job, in which Job is subjected to horrible trials by Satan, to be relieved finally by God. Sleeps with the fishes. Slip of the tongue. Slippery slope. An idea or course of action which will lead to something unacceptable or disasterous.

Slow and steady wins the race. An expression meaning sometimes persevering is enough to finish ahead of others who may be faster at the beginning. Someone who used devious, dishonest or misleading means to ensure a favorable outcome. Small potatoes. Smooth something over. An expression meaning to make amends or remedy a situation, similar to "patch things up". Snooping around. An expression meaning to search for or find out something that's not that person's business.

An expression meaning to make something sound less important or bad than it really is, similar to "white wash". So hungry I could eat a horse. Song and dance. An expression meaning to say things or act for the purpose of impressing others, perhaps in an exaggerated manner. Sour grapes. Spaz short for spastic. A expression for someone who is hyperactive or acting in an overly-energetic manner inappropriate for the situation. Speak of the devil. An expression meaning that the person about whom one was just speaking arrives or makes their presence known.

Speak softly and carry a big stick. An expression encouraging someone to behave by using a tangible threat for non-compliance; no yelling is required. Spick and span. Spill the beans. Spit and polish. An expression meaning exaggerated cleaning or polishing, often referring to a soldier. Square peg in a round hole. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Stage fright. Star-crossed lovers. An expression meaning a couple so in love, they are oblivious to everyone else. Staying on track. An expression meaning to remain focuses on pursuing your goal, without distraction. Step in shit.

An expression meaning getting in trouble, or finding oneself in a bad situation, in addition to the literal meaning of accidentally stepping on dog or animal feces. Stick in the mud. An expression referring to someone who is unwilling to take chances, boring, or not interesting. Stitch in time saves nine. A proverbial expression meaning it's better to spend a little time and effort to deal with a problem right now than to wait until later, a sewing reference.

A Stitch in time saves nine. Straw that broke the camel's back. An expression meaning the last and final time something occurred to ruin or destroy a situation. Strike while the iron is hot. An expression meaning to do something while one has the chance, during a window of opportunity. Strong stomach. An expression describing someone who can tolerate gruesome or nauseating conditions without vomiting.

Stubborn as a mule. An expression meaning refusing to change one's mind or course of action despite pressure to do so, unyielding or resolute. Stuck-up or snotty. Describing someone who acts superior, thinks they are more important than others. An expression of encouragement meaning to persevere and endure the discomfort or pain. Sugar daddy. A description of a rich older man who lavishes gifts on a young woman in return for her company or sexual favors. Sweep something under the rug or carpet.

An expression meaning to hide or ignore something damaging or unpleasant so it won't be seen. Tag along or tail along. Tail waging the dog. The less dominant or minor factor controls the situation, the roles are reversed. Take a page from someone's book or take a leaf out of someone's book. Take care of the little things. An expression suggesting to take care of little things before they turn into big things.

Take it easy. Take it with a grain of salt. An expression meaning to treat the information as exaggerated, believe only part of something. You've got to take that with a grain of salt, they lost eight before that. Take one for the team. An expression meaning to sacrifice one's personal position for the benefit of others. Take the plunge. Take what one can get. An expression meaning to be content with a sure-thing, rather than a promise of something that may never come to fruition. Talk is cheap. Talk the talk, walk the walk. Tap-dance around. An expression meaning to improvise to avoid confronting an uncomfortable issue or person.

Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. A Chinese proverb and referenced in The Bible meaning to teach self-sufficiency, rather than rely on charity. Teacher's pet. Tell-tale or telltale. Test the waters. Thank your lucky stars. An expression meaning to be grateful for one's circumstances, based on a superstition that by wishing on the first or a falling star, one will receive good luck.

That's all she wrote. An expression used to convey that there is or was nothing more to be said about a matter. That's the way the cookie crumbles. Think twice. An expression meaning to consider a course of action carefully before embarking upon it. Third time's a charm. A superstitious observation about the number three, sometimes it takes three times to complete something successfully. Opposite of "three strikes, you're out! Thorn in one's side. An expression meaning something or someone that continually causes problems and won't go away. Three strikes, you're out!

A baseball reference, if you don't get something done in three attempts, it is time to stop. Opposite of "third time's a charm". Three strikes, you're out. Time to hire a plumber. Through the roof. Throw down the gauntlet. Throw one's hat in the ring. Ticking crocodile. A Peter Pan reference from the Captain Hook character symbolizing time, alternatively, "the croc is ticking". Time is chasing after all of us. Tiger by the tail. Time flies when you are having fun!

An expression meaning that time seems to pass more quickly than normal while engaging a particularly busy or fun activity. My shift was six hours but we were so busy it felt like only an hour.