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be (really) something

To be particularly noteworthy, remarkable, interesting, special, or impressive. Wow, this new car of yours is really something! A: "I hope we get a chance to meet the band after the concert." B: "Yeah, now that would be really something!"
See also: something

oh really

An interjection of interest, surprise, or irritation, usually said in response to a comment from another person. Oh really? How do you know my mom? Oh really? Well, if you don't need me telling you what to do, then I guess you don't need me cooking for you either!
See also: oh, really

(it) (really) doesn't matter to me

I have no preference. A: "Where do you want to go to dinner?" B: "It doesn't matter to me. Any place you pick is fine." A: "You like the blue or the white paint better?" B: "Doesn't matter to me. It's your house, so you choose."
See also: matter

see (one) for what (one) (really) is

To recognize one's true identity or nature. It was only after overhearing a conversation she wasn't supposed to witness that Hailey saw Doug for what he really is—a two-faced backstabber. I wish Janet would see me for who I am, and not lump me together will all those other jerks in the office.
See also: see, what

be a toss-up

To be a situation in which the outcome cannot be predicted or a decision between two things is very close. I don't know which team will win. Both have done so well this season that it's a toss-up. Should I take the entry level position, or go back to school? It's really a toss-up in my mind.

not (really) (one's) thing

Not something one particularly enjoys or is good at. A: "Do you want to come with me to the concert this Saturday?" B: "No thanks, country isn't my thing." I'll give it a try, but car repair isn't really my thing.
See also: not, thing

not (really) (one's) scene

Not something one particularly enjoys or is adept at. A: "Do you want to come with me to the concert this Saturday?" B: "No thanks, heavy metal isn't my scene." I'll give it a try, but car repair isn't really my scene.
See also: not, scene

be worked up

To be in a state of mental or emotional agitation. Often modified as "all worked up" or "really worked up." You're worked up over nothing—I'm sure the doctor will tell you it's nothing. Mom was really worked up when I spoke to her on the phone. The professor said she really needed to speak with me later, and now I'm all worked up that I might be failing the course!
See also: up, work

worked up

In a state of mental or emotional agitation. Often modified as "all worked up" or "really worked up." You're getting worked up over nothing—I'm sure the doctor will tell you it's nothing. Mom sounded really worked up when I spoke to her on the phone. The professor said she really needed to speak with me later, and now that has me all worked up that I might be failing the course!
See also: up, work

like I (really) give a shit

rude slang I don't actually care, and I have no reason to, either. A: "You can't steal that! It takes money away from the person who made it!" B: "Like I really give a shit—that's their problem, not mine." A: "Hey, we have a test tomorrow!" B: "Like I give a shit. I want to get hammered and play video games!"
See also: give, like, shit

I really must go

I truly have to depart. Used especially when one's intention to leave has already been stated. Thank you for the drink, but I really must go now. I'd love to stay longer, but I really must go now.
See also: go, must, really

that (really) burns me up

What just happened or was just said makes me really angry or irritated. A: "Kids have been spreading a lot of gossip about Kelly at school." B: "That that really burns me up. Kids can be so cruel sometimes." He said I hadn't been putting in as much effort as I could have, and that just burns me up, because I feel like I've been giving it my all lately.
See also: burn, that, up

(I) really must go.

an expression announcing or repeating one's intention to depart. Bob: It's getting late. I really must go. Jane: Good night, then. See you tomorrow. Sally: I really must go. John: Do you really have to? It's early yet.
See also: go, must, really

*worked up (over something)

 and *worked up (about something)
excited and agitated about something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; get oneself ~.) Tom is all worked up over the tax increase. Don't get so worked up about something that you can't do anything about.
See also: up, work

be a toss-up

COMMON People say that something is a toss-up when they think that two things are equally likely to happen or be chosen. She might go to Scapa. Or Rosyth. It's a toss-up really. They said it's a toss-up whether oil prices will go up or down over the days ahead. Note: When you toss a coin, there is an equal chance that the coin will land heads or tails.

be a ˈtoss-up (between A and B)

(informal, especially British English) be a situation in which either of two choices, results, etc. is equally possible: ‘Have you decided on the colour yet?’ ‘It’s a toss-up between the blue and the green.’
This expression refers to tossing a coin in order to make a decision about something.

Like I really give a shit!

and LIRGAS
exclam. & comp. abb. I really don’t care. (Usually objectionable.) You are telling me this why? LIRGAS!
See also: give, like, really

What’s really good witcha?

interrog. How are you? Mooshoo! What’s really good witcha.
See also: good, really

really and truly

Genuinely, undoubtedly. This redundancy (really and truly mean the same thing, but the repetition makes for emphasis) dates from the eighteenth century. The OED holds it is a North American children’s locution, but nearly all of its citations, ranging from Henry Fielding (1742) to the present, are from adult books. Thomas Macaulay used it in his The History of England (1849), “The king is really and truly a Catholic.”
See also: and, really, truly
References in classic literature ?
"Consider," replied this curious little man, "how you yourself really feel about such things.
"But," he ended, "he does really conceal his toilet."
"'Oh, I am so sorry,' said Hans, 'but I am really very busy to-day.
"'Well, really,' said the Miller, 'I think that, considering that I am going to give you my wheelbarrow, it is rather unfriendly of you to refuse.'
"Yes, and I say to you, if you are really strong, really superior, really pious, or impenetrable, which you were right in saying amounts to the same thing -- then be proud, sir, for that is the characteristic of predominance.
This silly boy doesn't really want it, and I really do."
Gray, and that you don't really object to being reminded that you are extremely young."
But I don't believe He could really have looked so sad or the children would have been afraid of Him."
I really felt sure he thought praying was a disagreeable duty.
It seemed to Prince Andrew that the officer's remark was just and that really no answer could be made to it.
Prince Andrew listened attentively to Bagration's colloquies with the commanding officers and the orders he gave them and, to his surprise, found that no orders were really given, but that Prince Bagration tried to make it appear that everything done by necessity, by accident, or by the will of subordinate commanders was done, if not by his direct command, at least in accord with his intentions.
Now, it would be really having Frank in their neighbourhood.
But while I realised all this, and, with a veritable aching of the heart at the loss of her, felt a curious satisfaction at the turn of events, still my own psychology became all the more a puzzle to me, and I asked myself, with some impatience, what I would be at, and what it was I really wanted.
But, really, there is no need to lecture me upon the charms and virtues of Nicolete, for I loved them from the first moment of our strange introduction, and I dream of them still.
However, the explanation is not really difficult to find.