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in the circumstances

Due to the conditions or particular situation; such as the case is. Of course we wish that we could pay each employee a proper Christmas bonus, but in the circumstances, that is just not feasible. I'm sorry for my sudden resignation, but I'm afraid that, in the circumstances, I just can't work here any longer.
See also: circumstance

along those lines

Similar to something else. I really liked the cake we had at your birthday party; I want to get something along those lines for mine. Did you see the princess's wedding gown? I want a style along those lines for my own wedding.
See also: line, those

along those lines

 and along these lines; along similar lines
similarly; in nearly the same way. We will deal with the other students along similar lines.
See also: line, those

between you (and) me and the bedpost

 and between you and me and these four walls
Fig. a somewhat affected way of signaling that you are about to tell a secret. Alan: What's wrong with Ellen these days? She seems so touchy. Jane: Between you and me and the bedpost, I've heard that her boyfriend is seeing someone else. Jill: How much did you get for your used car? Jane: Wellbetween you and me and these four walls—five thousand dollars.
See also: and, bedpost

in these parts

Rur. around here; in this area. There aren't any big hospitals in these parts. Joe's the richest man in these parts.
See also: part, these

one of these days

someday; in some situation like this one. One of these days, someone is going to steal your purse if you don't take better care of it. You're going to get in trouble one of these days.
See also: days, of, one, these

One of these days is none of these days.

Prov. If you say you will do something "one of these days," you probably do not seriously intend to do it, and therefore it will not get done. Alan: When are you going to fix the garage door? Jane: One of these days. Alan: One of these days is none of these days. Jill: One of these days, I'll pay you the money I owe you. Jane: One of these days is none of these days.
See also: days, none, of, one, these

one of these days

Also, one day; some day. On some day in the future, as in One of these days I'm going to clean out my desk, or One day you'll see what it's like to have your child insult you, or They hoped to buy a brand-new car some day. [Mid-1500s] Also see one of those days.
See also: days, of, one, these

ˈone of these days

at some unspecified time in the future; before a long time has passed: It’s been nice talking to you. We must meet up again one of these days.One of these fine days you’ll find that you have no friends left, and who’ll help you then?
See also: days, of, one, these

ˈthese days

at the present time, as compared with an earlier time; nowadays: Divorce is getting more and more common these days.
See also: days, these

these four ˈwalls

used when you are talking about keeping something secret: Don’t let this go further than these four walls (= don’t tell anyone else who is not in the room now).
See also: four, these, wall

round/in ˌthese ˈparts

(old-fashioned) in this area: We don’t see many tourists round these parts.What are the food specialities in these parts?
See also: part, round, these

these ˌthings are sent to ˈtry us

(saying) used to say that you should accept an unpleasant situation or event because you cannot change it: ‘My car broke down again.’ ‘Oh well, these things are sent to try us.’
See also: sent, these, thing, try

ˌthese things ˈhappen

used to tell somebody not to worry about something they have done: ‘Sorry — I’ve spilt some wine.’ ‘Never mind, these things happen.’
See also: happen, these, thing

one of these days

See also: days, of, one, these

these days

At present; nowadays.
See also: days, these