Been out of the dating game for a while
, , the cowboy kicked the bucket, the cowboy will kick the bucket, the cowboy has kicked the bucket .. /Crows all but destroyed a farmers field of corn./ /The hikers were exhausted and all but frozen when they were found./ [all ears], Very eager to hear; very attentive. /Go ahead with your story; we are all ears./ /When John told about the circus, the boys were all ears./ [alley] See: BLIND ALLEY, DOWN ONES ALLEY or UP ONES ALLEY. /We used to travel a lot, but, alas, those days are all gone./ [all here] See: ALL THERE. /The boys mother said he must stop coming home for meals at all hours./ /He stayed up till all hours of the night to finish his school work./ [all in], Very tired; exhausted.
[all better] Fully recovered; all well again; no longer painful. /"All better now," he kept repeating to the little girl./ [all but] Very nearly; almost. /Youll have no problem dating her; shes a regular alley cat./ [all eyes], Wide-eyed with surprise or curiosity; watching very closely. /At the circus the children were all eyes./ [all gone] Used up; exhausted (said of supplies); done with; over with.
The dating game is like a fun love quiz or a love question game.
or [all of a sudden] Without warning; abruptly; suddenly; unexpectedly.
/Even though it was an accident, Johns fathers death has been an albatross around Johns neck./ Compare: MONKEY ON ONES BACK. We say /"We thought that the paper was all gone, but a little was left."/ But we say, /"We thought we still had a bag of flour, but little was left."/ Also, we say, /"Bob was sick yesterday, but he is a little better today."/ But we say, /"Bob was sick yesterday, and he is little better today."/ Sometimes "a little" is used with "only", and then it is negative. "A little bird told me," Jim answered./ [a little knowledge is a dangerous thing] A person who knows a little about something may think he knows it all and make bad mistakes. /John has read a book on driving a car and now he thinks he can drive.
/Billy played ball like a champion today, a la the professional ball players./ /Joe wanted to shoot an apple off my head a la William Tell./ (From French "a la", in the manner of.) [albatross around ones neck], Guilt, the haunting past, an unforgettable problem. Usually "a little" is different in meaning from "little", which emphasizes the negative; "a little" means "some"; but "little" means "not much".
, , : to be a (real) cool cat " " to blow ones stack " , " to fly off the handle " " whats more " , " to get away with something ", " of course "" to be getting on "" pepper and salt " " to make up for something " -" lost time " " to take it easy " " to get up " " to work out " " to turn in " " to lake care of something " -" like a breeze ", , " time off " " to have got it made " , , " this is it " , " . /Johns father was terribly concerned when his son was sent to war as a pilot, but he came home all in one piece./ [all kinds of], Plenty of. Fox has all kinds of money./ /When Kathy was sick, she had all kinds of company./ Compare: GREAT DEAL. Usually used in negative sentences, /Joe acted queerly and talked wildly, so we thought he was not all there./ [all the same(1)] or [all one] Something that makes no difference; a choice that you dont care about.
/Counting the balls on the green, we have six golf balls in all./ [all in good time] Some time soon, when the time is ripe for an event to take place. "All in good time, Son," answered his father./ [all in one piece] Safely; without damage or harm. / [all there] or [all here] , Understanding well; thinking clearly; not crazy.