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sing off the same songsheet

To have the same understanding of something as someone else; to say the same things about something as other people, especially in public. Primarily heard in UK. I think we should have a meeting with everyone who's involved in the project. That way, we'll all be singing off the same songsheet before we begin. Make sure everyone on the campaign is singing off the same songsheet before we release any kind of statement to the press.
See also: off, same, sing, songsheet

sing off the same songbook

To have the same understanding of something as someone else; to say the same things about something as other people, especially in public. Primarily heard in UK. I think we should have a meeting with everyone who's involved in the project. That way, we'll all be singing off the same songbook before we begin. Make sure everyone on the campaign is singing off the same songbook before we release any kind of statement to the press.
See also: off, same, sing, songbook

sing from the same songsheet

To have the same understanding of something as someone else; to say the same things about something as other people, especially in public. Primarily heard in UK. I think we should have a meeting with everyone who's involved in the project. That way, we'll all be singing from the same songsheet before we begin. Make sure everyone from the campaign is singing from the same songsheet before we release any kind of statement to the press.
See also: same, sing, songsheet

sing from the same songbook

To have the same understanding of something as someone else; to say the same things about something as other people, especially in public. Primarily heard in UK. I think we should have a meeting with everyone who's involved in the project. That way, we'll all be singing from the same songbook before we begin. Make sure everyone from the campaign is singing from the same songbook before we release any kind of statement to the press.
See also: same, sing, songbook

sing from the same hymn sheet

To have the same understanding of something as someone else; to say the same things about something as other people, especially in public. Primarily heard in UK. I think we should have a meeting with everyone who's involved in the project. That way, we'll all be singing from the same hymn sheet before we begin. Make sure everyone from the campaign is singing from the same hymn sheet before we release any kind of statement to the press.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing

siren song

Something that is seductive, enticing, or appealing, but that is or may prove to be dangerous, destructive, or disastrous. Alludes to the Sirens of Greek mythology, beautiful sea creatures who lured sailors to their deaths with enchanting music and voices. Even though most people see the risks of gambling, it's possible rewards remain a siren song to many. After his hit single brought the singer overnight fame and fortune, he was quickly lured by the siren song of drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous sexual activity.
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go for a song

To be sold for a very (and perhaps surprisingly) low price. Wow, I can't believe they let so many things at their yard sale go for a song. I would have marked up the prices a bit.
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song and dance

1. A long and elaborate explanation or presentation. Primarily heard in US. The whole song and dance to introduce the keynote speaker lasted longer than her speech!
2. A long and elaborate explanation told with the intent to deceive someone or justify something. When I questioned her about her tardiness, she gave me some song and dance about her car breaking down.
See also: and, dance, song

be on song

To be performing very well. Primarily heard in UK. After that terrible rehearsal, it's a miracle that the band was on song during the concert. It seems that their goalie is on song again after that serious injury last season.
See also: on, song

make a song and dance about (something)

To exaggerate or build up the importance of something more than necessary. Usually used in the negative. Look, I would really just rather not make a song and dance about my birthday, please. We just had a little kiss, but now he's making this whole song and dance about it.
See also: and, dance, make, song

for a song

For a very (and perhaps surprisingly) low price. Wow, I can't believe they let so many things at their yard sale go for a song. I would have marked up the prices a bit.
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on song

Performing, working, or functioning especially well. Hyphenated if used before a noun. After that terrible rehearsal, it's a miracle that we were so on song for the concert. It seems that their goalie is on song again after that serious injury last season.
See also: on, song

wine, women, and song

Hedonistic pleasures and vices, specifically drinking alcohol, having or pursuing sex with women, and seeking general entertainment like singing or dancing. Usually said of and by men. The year after I finished my bachelor degree (and finally had a bit of spare cash and spare time to spend) was mostly just a haze of wine, women, and song. When asked what was the secret to being a successful writer, he responded dryly, "Wine, women and song."
See also: and, song

a song in (one's) heart

An intense, euphoric feeling of happiness and contentment. Even though he left school when he was 16, my dad still found a career that he could do with a smile on his face and a song in his heart. There's nothing like driving along a sunny coast in the sunshine to put a song in your heart.
See also: heart, song

swan song

A final performance, product, or accomplishment before someone or something stops creating work or products, as due to death, retirement, closure, etc. From the ancient belief that swans issue a beautiful song-like sound just before they die. Reaching, and often surpassing, the dizzying heights of her first novel, this is a remarkable swan song for the accomplished author. Their latest album, the swan song of the legendary rock group, is unfortunately not one of their best.
See also: song, swan

sing a different tune

To change one's opinion, behavior, or attitude, especially suddenly or abruptly. He never used to support that political candidate, but he's singing a different tune all of a sudden. I used to be very cynical about the world, but ever since surviving that car wreck, I've been singing a different tune! They'll be singing a different tune after they see what we've come up with.
See also: different, sing, tune

sing a different song

To change one's opinion, behavior, or attitude, especially suddenly or abruptly. He never used to support that political candidate, but he's singing a different song all of a sudden. I used to be very cynical about the world, but ever since surviving that car wreck, I've been singing a different song! They'll be singing a different song after they see what we've come up with.
See also: different, sing, song

*for a song

Fig. cheaply. (As if the singing of a song were payment. *Typically: buy something ~; get something ~; pick up someone ~.) No one else wanted it, so I picked it up for a song. I could buy this house for a song, because it's so ugly.
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go into a song and dance (about something)

 and go into the same old song and dance about something
Fig. to start repeating excuses or stories about something. Please don't go into your song and dance about how you always tried to do what was right. John went into his song and dance about how he won the war all by himself. He always goes into the same old song and dance every time he makes a mistake.
See also: and, dance, song

sell something for a song

Fig. to sell something for very little money. (As in trading something of value for the singing of a song.) I had to sell my car for a song because I needed the money in a hurry. I have two geometry books and I would sell one of them for a song.
See also: sell, song

sing a different tune

 and sing another tune
Fig. to change one's manner, usually from bad to good. (Almost the same as dance to another tune.) When she learned that I was a bank director, she began to sing a different tune. You will sing another tune as soon as you find out how right I am!
See also: different, sing, tune

swan song

Fig. the last work or performance of a playwright, musician, actor, etc., before death or retirement. His portrayal of Lear was the actor's swan song. We didn't know that her performance last night was the singer's swan song.
See also: song, swan

burst into

1. Also, burst out in or into . Break out into sudden activity. For example, burst into flames means "break out in a fire," as in This dry woodpile may well burst into flames. A version of this term, which dates from the 16th century, was used figuratively by John Milton: "Fame is the spur ... But the fair guerdon [reward] when we hope to find, and think to burst out into sudden blaze" ( Lycidas, 1637).
2. Also, burst out. Give sudden utterance to. For example, burst into tears or laughter or song or speech or burst out crying or laughing or singing , etc. mean "begin suddenly to weep, laugh, sing," and so on, as in When she saw him, she burst into tears, or I burst out laughing when I saw their outfits, or When they brought in the cake, we all burst into song. These terms have been so used since the late 1300s.
See also: burst

for a song

Very cheaply, for little money, especially for less than something is worth. For example, "I know a man ... sold a goodly manor for a song" (Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, 3:2). This idiom alludes to the pennies given to street singers or to the small cost of sheet music. [Late 1500s]
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sing a different tune

Also, sing another tune. See change one's tune.
See also: different, sing, tune

song and dance

An elaborate story or effort to explain and justify something, or to deceive and mislead someone. For example, Do you really believe his song and dance about the alarm not going off, being stopped for speeding, and then the car breaking down? or At every annual meeting the chairman goes through the same song and dance about the company's great future plans . This term originally referred to a vaudeville act featuring song and dance. [Late 1800s]
See also: and, dance, song

swan song

A final accomplishment or performance, one's last work. For example, I'm resigning tomorrow; this project was my swan song. This term alludes to the old belief that swans normally are mute but burst into beautiful song moments before they die. Although the idea is much older, the term was first recorded in English only in 1890.
See also: song, swan

sing a different tune

or

sing a different song

1. If someone sings a different tune or sings a different song, they express an opinion which is the opposite of the opinion that they expressed a short time ago. Only a week ago, Peters was insisting that the minister resign yet suddenly, for no apparent reason, he is singing a different tune. Note: You can also say that someone sings the same tune or sings the same song, meaning that they continue to express the same opinion. The president basically sent the signal that he's going to keep singing the same tune he's been singing.
2. If people sing a different tune or sing a different song, they express different opinions about the same subject. The problem of homelessness is very serious and it doesn't help that two Government departments are singing different songs. Note: You can also say that people sing the same tune or sing the same song, to mean that they express the same opinion about something. The party were at last united, all singing the same tune.
See also: different, sing, tune

sing from the same hymn sheet

or

sing from the same song sheet

BRITISH
If two or more people sing from the same hymn sheet or sing from the same song sheet, they express the same opinions about a subject in public. The important thing is to bring together the departments so that we're all singing from the same hymn sheet. As she and her husband deal with the latest scandal, they can at least be relied on to sing from the same song sheet.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing

for a song

COMMON If you buy something for a song, you buy it for very little money. She was wearing a beautiful hat which she'd picked up for a song in Camden Market. She wore a lot of costume jewellery which she bought for a song off second-hand stalls. Note: You can also say that something goes for a song or is sold for a song, meaning that it is sold very cheaply. In the early nineties their shares went for a song. I know of good, solid, stone-built houses which have been sold by councils for a song. Note: This expression may be a reference to printed song sheets, which were very cheap. Alternatively, it may refer to small amounts of money that passers-by give to someone who is singing in the street.
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make a song and dance about something

mainly BRITISH
If someone makes a song and dance about something, they react in a very anxious, excited, or angry way to something that is not important. They're unhappy about the extra hours they've been asked to work and they're making a real song and dance about it. People have to deal with problems like this every day and they don't go around making a song and dance about it. Note: You can also just talk about a song and dance. They sorted the matter out without any song and dance.
See also: and, dance, make, something, song

on song

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
COMMON If a sports player is on song, they are playing very well. When I was on song, I knew my opponents couldn't stop me. The whole team was on song.
See also: on, song

a swan song

A swan song is the last performance or piece of work that someone does in their career. He had made up his mind that this show was going to be his swan song. Note: This expression developed from a belief that a dying swan sings.
See also: song, swan

sing a different tune (or song)

change your opinion about or attitude towards someone or something.
See also: different, sing, tune

sing from the same hymn (or song) sheet

present a united front in public by not disagreeing with one another. British informal
2000 South China Morning Post We're all singing from the same hymn sheet and there is a real will to clean up the game, though it may take a life ban to restore cricket's credibility.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing

siren song (or call)

the appeal of something that is also considered to be harmful or dangerous.
In classical mythology, the Sirens were sea nymphs whose beautiful singing lured sailors to their doom on submerged rocks.
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for a song

very cheaply. informal
The ultimate origin of this phrase is probably the practice, in former times, of selling written copies of ballads very cheaply at fairs. The expression was in common use by the mid 17th century.
1985 Nini Herman My Kleinian Home The place was going for a song, since anyone in his right mind would have steered well clear of it.
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on song

performing well; in good form. British informal
1996 Times The horse is in pretty good shape. I rode him out at Haydock and he felt on song.
See also: on, song

song and dance

1 a fuss or commotion. informal 2 a long explanation that is pointless or deliberately evasive. North American informal
See also: and, dance, song

a song in your heart

a feeling of great or euphoric happiness.
The expression originated in the title of a song, ‘With a song in my heart’ ( 1929 ), by Lorenz Hart .
See also: heart, song

wine, women, and song

the hedonistic life of drinking, sexual pleasure, and carefree entertainment proverbially required by men.
See also: and, song

sing a different ˈsong/ˈtune

(be forced to) change your opinion: Anne says she wants a large family but I’m sure she’ll be singing a different tune when she’s had one or two children.
See also: different, sing, song, tune

sing from the same ˈsong/ˈhymn sheet

(informal) say the same things and agree about a subject, especially in public: We really need to make sure we are all singing from the same hymn sheet before the press conference.
See also: hymn, same, sheet, sing, song

(buy something, go, etc.) for a ˈsong

(informal) (buy something, be sold, etc.) for much less money than its real value: I bought this car for a song.
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make a song and ˈdance about something

(informal, disapproving) worry or be excited about something which is not very important: My aunt makes a real song and dance about people arriving late, so hurry up.
See also: and, dance, make, something, song

on ˈsong

(informal) working or performing well: The whole team was on song.
See also: on, song

burst into

v.
1. To enter some place suddenly and forcefully: The police burst into the room and conducted a raid.
2. To start doing something suddenly: Sometimes we burst into song while we're hiking in the mountains.
See also: burst

for a song

Informal
At a low price: bought the antique tray for a song.
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swan song

Last effort. An ancient belief held that swans, who are usually silent, burst into beautiful song with their dying breaths. As a phrase, “swan song” connotes a last burst of energy before expiring.
See also: song, swan
References in classic literature ?
Pianist, thereupon, starts prelude to the Admiral's song, and Harris, seizing what he considers to be a favourable opening in the music, begins.
He honestly imagines that he has given them a treat, and says he will sing another comic song after supper.
And then those two young men got up, and asked us if we had ever heard Herr Slossenn Boschen (who had just arrived, and was then down in the supper-room) sing his great German comic song.
The young men said it was the funniest song that had ever been written, and that, if we liked, they would get Herr Slossenn Boschen, whom they knew very well, to sing it.
I noticed, as the song progressed, that a good many other people seemed to have their eye fixed on the two young men, as well as myself.
He glowered round upon us with a look of such concentrated ferocity that, but for our being forewarned as to the German method of comic singing, we should have been nervous; and he threw such a wailing note of agony into the weird music that, if we had not known it was a funny song, we might have wept.
And we asked the Professor why he didn't translate the song into English, so that the common people could understand it, and hear what a real comic song was like.
It appeared that the song was not a comic song at all.
We looked around for the two young men who had done this thing, but they had left the house in an unostentatious manner immediately after the end of the song.
Serve `em all jolly well right, and I'd go and sing comic songs on the ruins.
He went to live with the Meat-Eaters and to be a singer of songs to the king.
But this I do know, that it is an ill thing to do to check the flow of a good song.
Nay, Little John," said Robin, "be not vexed, I prythee; but I have been watching him coming along, bent beneath that great bag over his shoulder, ever since thou didst begin thy song.
Truly," quoth he, after a time, "I think yon fellow is a certain young miller I have seen now and then around the edge of Sherwood; a poor wight, methinks, to spoil a good song about.
Thus with songs and jesting and laughter that echoed through the deeper and more silent nooks of the forest, the night passed quickly along, as such merry times are wont to do, until at last each man sought his couch and silence fell on all things and all things seemed to sleep.