What would you like to do?
It's a Biblical reference. Not to push religious belief, but the saying comes from the story in Genesis where Abraham and Lot part ways and Lot, not believing in Abraham's knowledge of God, seeks his own future and is tortured for it. Parts ways with what God has commanded multiple times and throughout his life seeks the wrong path. Therefore, in his life he finds trouble throughout. Many in this day in age who find trouble (perceived or otherwise) in life, claim it is their "Lot" in life that they must endure.
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This expression dates back to the 1600s - its meaning is: 'a life of misery.' The image is of a poorly-treated dog, beaten and starved instead of loved and wanted.
It's a done deal - there is no chance of failure.
A crap life. Correct answer: A dog's life is without responsibilities. Eating, sleeping, scratching, barking, sniffing and licking. Pretty good, all in all.
Earsplitting scream describes an extremely loud scream, perhaps loud enough to rupture the eardrum of a listener.
been there, done that
This idiom has nearly reached cliche status. It is often offered in an eulogy as an expression that someone has died early (and usually expectantly) in life and was about to d…o great things with his or her life.
It means that whatever symptoms you are experiencing, they are imaginary. The image is of whatever it is existing only inside your head and not in reality.
The meaning is that it is the right time to do something.
This is not an idiom. "It's over" means that it is over, or finished, or done. Whatever "it" refers to has concluded.
It means never. If someone says "Not on your life!" it means they're not going to do it, whatever you may say. It refers to the old belief that you swore "on" someone's life, …and if you didn't fulfill your oath, your life was forfeit.
To have the time of your life is a very positive expression: it means to have the best or most wonderful experience. It refers to a special occasion that is so excellent you c…an not possibly forget it. (You can change the pronoun-- he had the time of his life; she had the time of her life. And there is a popular hit song called "I've had the time of my life.")
It just means you don't understand something. The image is of the other person speaking a foreign language, such as Greek, that you don't understand.
if a lot is riding on someone, they have a lot of pressure or a burden. I think the expression is a gambling term. One might say that a lot is riding on a big bet. Perhaps, …it came from betting on horses where a lot is literally riding on a horse if one has placed a big bet on him.
The idiom, "spice of life", means that you can do something to make your life more exciting. Do something that's daring, challenging, fun; something that's worth living for.
Before dogs became the pampered pets that they are today, they were fed leftovers, scraps and food that would have otherwise been discarded. Therefore, something that's "g…oing to the dogs" is deteriorating quickly and will soon be worthless, if it isn't already. (One can just imagine a medieval lady accidently dropping a bowl of stew on a dirty floor and exclaiming, "Well, that's going to the dogs!" My favorite band used to regularly turn out hit songs, but lately their music has gone to the dogs.