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(be) careful what you wish for(, (because) you just might get it)

A warning that something that one desires might prove to problematic or undesirable were it to happen or come true. A: "I just wish they would give me a promotion with more responsibilities in work." B: "Be careful what you wish for. You might end up regretting how much more stressful your job becomes." A: "I don't know what to do with her—she's totally infatuated with Kevin and doesn't see what a jerk he can be." B: "Well, if they ever date, she'll figure it out. You know what they say—be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."
See also: careful, get, just, might, what, wish

because is why

cliché I do not need to give you any further explanation or reasoning for my decision. Used especially as a retort to children in order to end an argument over something. A: "I don't want to go to bed! The sun is still shining!" B: "Too bad, it's your bedtime." B: "But why do I have to go to sleep if the sun is still out?" A: "Because is why!"
See also: because, why

because of

Due to. This phrase typically precedes the reason that something else has happened. I just found out that the event has been canceled because of the snow.
See also: because, of

because reasons

cliché I do not need to give you any further explanation or reasoning for my decision. Used as a vague and dismissive retort meant to end an argument one cannot or does not want to provide evidence for. A: "But why on earth can't we just do this a different way?" B: "Because reasons, Phil! Now can you just drop it, please?"
See also: because, reason

because you touch yourself at night

vulgar slang A glib response used humorously or contemptuously to deflect any "why" question, especially one deemed boring, impertinent, stupid, etc. Popularized by and widely attributed to the animated television show Family Guy. A: "Why on earth did you name the dog Balthazar?" B: "Because you touch yourself at night, dweeb!" A: "Wow, real mature."
See also: because, night, touch

early money is like yeast(, because it helps to raise the dough)

Early investments can help generate the growth of large amounts of money in the future. Used especially as a maxim in political fundraising. You've got to have an attitude of "early money is like yeast" as we raise money for our candidates. If we don't get the jump on fundraising now, we won't have a chance of making gains in the Senate. You really ought to start investing as soon as you can. Just remember, early money is like yeast, because it helps to raise the dough!
See also: because, early, help, like, money, raise

talk to the hand

A rude interjection meant to interrupt and dismiss what another person is saying. (Sometimes written or spoken in longer forms, such as, "talk to the hand, because the face isn't listening," or the like.) Dad: "Sarah, would you mind cleaning up the—" Sarah: "Talk to the hand, Dad! I've got too much going on to be dealing with chores around the house!" All of us were aghast when Jonathan turned to the police officer and said, "Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't interested!"
See also: hand, talk

watch what you wish for(, (because) you just might get it)

A warning that something that one desires might prove to problematic or undesirable were it to come true. A: "I just wish they would give me a promotion with more responsibilities in work." B: "Watch what you wish for. You might end up regretting how much more stressful your job becomes." A: "Sarah's totally infatuated with Kevin and doesn't see what a jerk he can be." B: "Well, if they ever date, she'll figure it out. You know what they say—watch what you wish for, you just might get it."
See also: get, just, might, watch, what, wish

you must be tired, because you've been running through my mind all day

A corny pick-up line used to convey one's (typically a male's) romantic interest in someone else. A pun on the word "running." (If something is running through one's mind, they are thinking about it, while the physical act of running would cause tiredness.) A: "Baby, you must be tired, because you've been running through my mind all day!" B: "Oh boy. Yeah, I'm not interested."
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

disappointed at someone or something

 and disappointed in someone or something
becoming sad because of someone or something. I am really disappointed at what you did. I am very disappointed in you. That was a terrible thing to do. They were disappointed in the outcome.
See also: disappointed
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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