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a little (hard) work never hurt anybody
Doing hard, arduous work won't have any ill effects on a person, and, in fact, it is often beneficial to them. I told Mrs. Smith that you would help clean out her attic, and I don't want to hear any complaints about it—a little work never hurt anybody. I think it would be good for Sarah to get a job this summer. A little hard work never hurt anybody, after all.
a little (hard) work never killed anybody
Doing hard, arduous work won't have any ill effects on a person, and, in fact, it is often beneficial to them. I told Mrs. Smith that you would help clean out her attic, and I don't want to hear any complaints about it—a little work never killed anybody. I think it would be good for Sarah to get a job this summer. A little hard work never killed anybody, after all.
anybody who is anybody
Anyone of fame or high social status. If we want to find a financial backer, we have to go to the gala tonight—anybody who is anybody will be there.
Uncertain or unknown. Why dogs and cats hate each other is anybody's guess. No one has been able to determine why my daughter has been having nightmares—apparently, it's anybody's guess.
anyone I know?
Who? The phrase can be an innocent question or have a suggestive or coy undertone. A: "Some guys from class will be at the party tonight." B: "Oh really? Anyone I know?" A: "I hear you've begun dating again. Anyone I know?" B: "You know Stan and I are back together, stop pretending you don't."
See also: anyone
anyone in their right mind
Anyone of a sound, rational mind. Usually used to set up a context in which any sane person would or could do, say, or think a certain thing. Anyone in their right mind can see that poverty affects the entire world.
anyone who is anybody
All the most famous or important people in society. Usually used to indicate something as being glamorous, trendy, or chic, which all such famous people have, do, or are attending. I hear that the gala in New York City is going to be a star-studded event. Anyone who is anybody will be there!
A game that anyone could potentially win (because neither person or side has an advantage). It's anyone's game—all we need is one goal to get the win!
See also: game
Uncertain and difficult to predict. The top three competitors are so evenly matched that I really don't know who will win this race—it's anyone's call. At this point it remains anybody's call who will win the Science Fair. We'll just have to see what the judges say.
be anybody's/anyone's guess
To be uncertain or unknown. Why dogs and cats hate each other is anybody's guess. No one has been able to determine why my daughter has been having nightmares—apparently, it's anybody's guess.
be anyone's/anybody's call
To be difficult or impossible to predict, as of an outcome. The top three competitors are so evenly matched that I really don't know who will win this race—it's anyone's call. Who will win the Science Fair is anybody's call—we'll have to see what the judges say.
Does anybody remember laughter?
A phrase suggestive of a grim reality or situation. It was famously said by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant during a live performance of "Stairway to Heaven" in 1976. Yeah, she's been acting like a total weirdo lately, wearing all black and walking around saying eerie things like, "Does anybody remember laughter?" A: "So, as you can see, our sales forecasts for this quarter are… well, once again, they're not very good." B: "Wow. Does anybody remember laughter?"
it's anybody's/anyone's guess
It is uncertain or unknown. Why do dogs and cats hate each other? Well, it's anybody's guess. No one has been able to determine why my daughter has been having nightmares—apparently, it's anyone's guess.
it's anyone's/anybody's call
Said of situations in which an outcome is difficult or impossible to predict. The top three competitors are so evenly matched that I really don't know who will win this race—it's anyone's call. At this point it's anybody's call who will win the Science Fair. We'll just have to see what the judges say.
1. verb To hoist or raise something, especially a flag. A noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "up." Make sure the flag does not touch the ground as you run it up in the mornings.
2. verb To accumulate a large bill or debt that one is obliged to pay. We ran up a huge bill staying in that luxury resort in Las Vegas, but Jake insisted on paying for it. Apparently, he ran up a lot of credit card debts that he couldn't pay off, so he slipped across the border to Canada.
3. verb To cause the value of something to increase. A noun or pronoun can be used between "run" and "up." News of the company doubling production of their very popular tablet device has run their shares up to record highs.
4. verb To run and stop in front of someone or something. I just saw the neighbor kid run up and ring our doorbell. She ran up to me and gave me a huge hug.
5. verb In sports, to continue adding to one's score despite an assured victory due to a large lead, a practice considered poor sportsmanship. They're already ahead by 30, and now they're just running up the score.
6. noun An increase, perhaps a rapid or sudden one. Experts are attributing the run-up in price to a sudden surge in demand.
7. noun The period of time before an event or occurrence. There was no shortage of predictions in the run-up to the election.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Anyone I know?and Anybody I know?
a coy way of asking who? Sally: Where were you last night? Jane: I had a date. Sally: Anyone I know? Bill: I've got a date for the formal next month. Henry: Anybody I know?
See also: anyone
It's anybody's guess
No one knows, so anyone's guess is as good as anyone else's. A: When will the messenger be here? B: It's anybody's guess.
run something up
1. Lit. to raise or hoist something, such as a flag. Harry ran the flag up the flagpole each morning. Will you please run up the flag today?
2. Fig. to cause something to go higher, such as the price of stocks or commodities. A rumor about higher earnings ran the price of the computer stocks up early in the afternoon. They ran up the price too high.
3. Fig. to accumulate indebtedness. I ran up a huge phone bill last month. Walter ran up a bar bill at the hotel that made his boss angry.
4. to stitch something together quickly. She's very clever. I'm sure she can run up a costume for you. The seamstress ran up a party dress in one afternoon.
run up (to someone or something)
to run as far as someone or something and stop; to run to the front of someone or something. I ran up to the mailman and said hello to him. I ran up and said hello.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Make or become greater or larger, as in That offer will run up the price of the stock. [Late 1500s]
2. Accumulate, as in She ran up huge bills at the florist. [First half of 1700s]
3. Sew rapidly, as in I can run up some new curtains for the kitchen. [Mid-1800s]
4. Raise a flag, as in Let's run up the flag in time for the holiday. This usage, originating in the navy about 1900, gave rise to the slangy phrase, Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes, meaning, "Let's try this out." The latter originated about 1960 as advertising jargon.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
be anybody's guessor
be anyone's guess
If you say that something is anybody's guess or is anyone's guess, you mean that it is impossible to know what is true or what will happen. How she managed to stay there for an entire month was anybody's guess. How long the fuel would last was anyone's guess.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
anyone's gamean evenly balanced contest.
See also: game
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
ˈanybody’s/ˈanyone’s guess(informal) nobody knows: Who will win the next game is anybody’s guess.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
1. To cause some debt to accumulate: Don't run up such a big bill next time you go out to eat! He has been running a large debt up for months.
2. To increase some value: The craze for this company's stock will run up its price. The bidders ran the price up to $100.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a little (hard) work never hurt anybody
- a little (hard) work never hurt anyone
- a little (hard) work never killed anybody
- a little (hard) work never killed anyone
- little work never hurt anyone
- make hard work of (something)
- make hard work of something
- tout (someone or something) as
- tout as
- too much like hard work