3. absent-minded - forgetful
Example: My grandfather is very absent-minded and often forgets his key.
4. add up - seem sonsistent or reasonable
Example: The things that he said about his boss don't really add up.
5. ahead of time - early
Example: We started the meeting ahead of time so we could go home early.
6. air one's dirty laundry (linen) in public - make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret
Example: The dinner party became uncomfortable whent the host began to air his colleagues' dirty laundry in public.
7. all along - all the time
Example: I kew all along that he would not get the promotion.
8. all at once - suddenly, without warning
Example: All at once the fire alarm rang so we had to leave the building.
9. all day long - the whole day
Example: She has been sitting and waiting for the mail to arrive all day long.
10. all ears - eager to listen to someone.
Example: Okay, I'm all ears, please tell me about the party.
11. all in all - in summary, after considering everything
Example: We had a few problems but all in all the meeting was successful.
12. all of a sudden - suddenly, without advance warning
Example: All of a sudden it became cloudy and began to rain.
13. all right - okay, satisfactory
Example: She said that it would be all rigt for me to bring my friend to the party.
14. all te time - continually
Example: She asks for money all the time but I don't like to give it to her.
15. all thumbs - have difficulty fixing things or working wit one's hands, clumsy
Example: He is all thumbs when it comes to fixing things around the house.
16. an arm and a leg - (cost) a large amount of money
Example: His new car must have cost him an arm and a leg.
17. apple of one's eye - one's favorite
Example: His yongest daughter is the apple of his eye.
18. as a rule - usually, as a habit.
Example: As a rule I usually get up at 7:00 AM every morning.
19. as far as - to the extent or degree that
Example: As far as I know he will be here in a few minutes.
20. ask for trouble-behave in a way that trouble is likely
Example: He is asking for trouble if he misses another class.
21. asleep at the switch - not alert to an opportunity
Example: I thing he was asleep at the witch. He didn't even know that the job was available so he never applied for it.
22. as long as - provided that, on condition that
Example: As long as you promise to be careful you can borrow my car.
23. as te crow flies - by the most direct way, alon a straight line between two places.
Example: As te crow flies it is about 6 kilometers between my house and my company.
24. as usual - most of the time, as is the custom
Example: As usual, she forgot to bring her book to class.
25. as well as - in addition to
Example: Please bring your swimming suit as well as your towel.
26. as yet - until now, up to the present
Example: As yet, she has not told me about her plans to leave the company.
27.at cross purposes - have opposite ways to do something, opposing goals
Example: They are at cross purposes and are always arguing about what to do.
28. at fault - be responsible or to blame for something
Example: The truck driver was at fault in te terrible accident.
29. at first - at the beginning
Example: At first she didn't want to go to a movie but later she changed her mind.
30. at first blush - when first seen, without careful study
Example: At first blush he seemed like a good worker but later we had many problems with him.
31. at heart - basically, fundamentally
Example: She is a ver nice person at heart although many people dislike her.
32. at home - in one's house.
Example: I'm sorry but I left my noney at home. Can you lend me some money ?
33. at last - finally, after a long time
Example: I was waiting all morning for her call but at last it came.
34. at loggerheads - having a quarrel, opposing each other
Example: We have been at loggerheads over their plans to build a new office complex.
35. at odds - in disagreement
Example: He has been at odds wit his boss over the new sales territory.
36. at someone's beck and call - always ready to serve somebody
Example: Hos eldest daghter is always at his beck and call when he spends an evening at home.
37. at the end of one's rope - at the limit of one's abilit to cope
Example: I am at the end of my rope about what to do about my current situation at work.
38. attend to someone - take care or deal with someone
Example: The doctor attended to the other patient before he got to my mother.