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coach (someone) for (something)

To help someone to prepare for something. My daughter struggles with public speaking, so I coached her for the debate.
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coach up

To improve someone's skills or abilities by coaching or instructing them. A noun or pronoun can be used between "coach" and "up." I could tell she had a ton of raw talent. She just needed someone to coach her up. They hired me to coach up their managers on conversational English.
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drive a coach and horses through (something)

To expose the flaws in something, such as a statement, argument, or belief. Primarily heard in UK. The suspect had said he wasn't there that night but then drove a coach and horses through that idea with today's contradictory statement.
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life coach

A professional who helps and motivates clients to make positive changes in their lives. I've been stuck in a funk for so long that I think I'm finally ready to hire a life coach. A: "I can't believe Stacy actually quit her terrible job and went back to school to study her passion, art." B: "Me neither. I hear her life coach played a big role in it all."
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roach coach

slang A food truck, a truck or van outfitted to be a mobile kitchen used to prepare and sell food at various locations. Everyone in the office likes to get food from the roach coach that parks outside at lunchtime, but I don't really care for anything they serve. There's a roach coach that always comes around to the dorms and frats in the evening to sell munchies to the stoned college students.
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coach someone for something

to train or drill someone in preparation for doing something. Elliott coached his roommate every night for the contest. Juan coached Alice for the play.
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drive a coach and horses through something

Fig. to expose weak points or "holes" in an argument, alibi, or criminal case by [figuratively] driving a horse and carriage through them. (Formal. Emphasizes the large size of the holes or gaps in the argument.) The barrister drove a horse and carnage through the witness's testimony. The opposition will drive a coach and horses through the wording of that government bill.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

drive a coach and horses through something

mainly BRITISH
If you drive a coach and horses through an agreement or an established way of doing something, you destroy it or change it completely. The judgment appeared to drive a coach and horses through the Hague agreement. Ministers are driving a coach and horses through the plans.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

drive a coach and horses through

make something entirely useless or ineffective. British
An early example of this idiom is found in this statement by the Irish lawyer Stephen Rice ( 1637–1715 ): ‘I will drive a coach and six horses through the Act of Settlement’. Early versions of the phrase also refer to a space big enough to turn a coach and six (or four ) (i.e. horses) in, but the context, following Rice's declaration, is very often that of rendering a law or regulation ineffective.
1997 Spectator A coach and horses was driven through one of the guiding principles of American statecraft.
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drive a coach and ˈhorses through something

succeed in avoiding certain rules, conditions, etc. in an obvious and important way, without being punished: The wage increase we’ve been given is three times the government’s limit. We’ve driven a coach and horses right through their pay policy.
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n. a mobile snack truck. (The term was revived in the Persian Gulf War.) The roach-coach pulled up in front of the dorm every night about eleven.
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* Girls Basketball: Head Coach Mike Manfredo; Assistant Coaches Jaime Clark-Verbeck, Marty Manfredo, Laura Hobbie; Volunteer Coach Ted Odle.
Foreign coaches can fetch as high as $2,500 depending on their credentials, plus free board and lodging.
Whereas many people who call themselves executive coaches believe they shouldn't give any advice; they feel their job is just to ask questions.
As mentioned earlier, some international sports federations provide coach education programmes to qualify and accredit their coaches. However, there are other global international coaching programmes.
In a recent survey conducted by Dr Peter Hawkins and Gil Schwenk, of the Bath Consultancy Group, 525 coaches were asked: 'Do you think coaching supervision is important?' Eighty-six per cent said: 'Yes'.
Perhaps best known as the person who converted Byron Leftwich from a wideout to a quarterback, Coach Headen garnered a 629-83 career record at Woodson High, and was named 2002 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year.
At many such institutions, a natural tension can develop between Athletics and Financial Aid as coaches try to take as much advantage as possible of other institutional aid resources to leverage athletic dollars, and financial aid counselors try to include athletic aid before considering a student for need-based grants.
* But, for the most part, coaches report that the competitive element enhances learning in several ways.
* Coaches assign specific exercises (with time frames) related to goals and desired benchmarks.
"Many life coaches begin with diagnostics intended to yield a reasonably valid personality profile of the customer," explains Salerno.
A new virtual coaching service is being set up in the Tees Valley to help women coaches brush up their coaching skills.
Many coaches use assessments to provide personal data for the client to consider.
Chapters include: the history and evolution of life coaching; therapy and coaching: distinctions and similarities; getting started as a life coach; the basic life coaching model; developing and marketing your life coaching practice; and self-care for life coaches.
Anyone interested in culling the collective wisdom of dozens of renowned executive coaches could do a lot worse than pick up Coaching for Leadership.
Currently there are no openly lesbian Division I coaches, and few players are out, even on campus, says Griffin, a national expert on homophobia in women's sports.
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