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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.
See also: anyone, mind, right

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!
See also: anybody, anyone, who

burst the bubble of (someone)

To upset or destroy someone's belief, conviction, or mood by delivering news that runs contrary to what they hold to be true. I hate to burst the bubble of everyone here, but this period of economic success will not last long.
See also: bubble, burst, of

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.
See also: anybody, who

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

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.
See also: guess

run up

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.
See also: run, up

anyone's game

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

anybody's/anyone's guess

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.
See also: guess

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.
See also: 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.
See also: run, up

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.
See also: run, up

run up

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.
See also: run, up

be anybody's guess


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.
See also: guess

anyone's game

an evenly balanced contest.
See also: game

ˈanybody’s/ˈanyone’s guess

(informal) nobody knows: Who will win the next game is anybody’s guess.
See also: guess

run up

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.
See also: run, up
References in classic literature ?
Not one, however, started with rapturous wonder on beholding her, no whisper of eager inquiry ran round the room, nor was she once called a divinity by anybody.
No," he continues thoughtfully; "I shouldn't believe it myself if anybody told it to me, but it's a fact, for all that.
Police want to hear from anybody who has since her since Friday and who may know where she is.
Monica Jones, who has lived next door for more than 16 years, said she did not know her neighbour and was not aware of anybody living at the house.
I'm not threatening anybody; I'm not intimidating anybody; I'm not insulting anybody.
The minister said sending notice to Hamza Ali Abbasi never meant to target anybody but to make him realize that his post created sensationalism and panic and had serious repercussions for parents.
It would have been incredibly bright, so bright in fact that anybody within the universe wouldn't be able to see anybody else because light emitted from one object would instantly be engulfed in the firestorm.
If anybody rings me, then I will talk to anybody, and we will work it out from there.
Does anybody know what happened to the panels after that?
He said: "I honestly do not believe that anybody in this society can condemn or condone on the issue of violence in our society.
Summary: Boris Johnson asks, "How could anybody elect a prat who gets stuck in a zip wire?
On the surface, the answer appears to be, "Yes, anybody is out there.
You can't afford to treat anybody lightly in this league," he said.
A GOLF club is putting on a free day for golfers and for anybody who wants to have a go at the sport.
I am not close to anybody and cannot say I have got anybody lined up.