a fifth wheel
Since my girlfriend didn't come, I was a fifth wheel at the party.
spin one's wheels
After realizing we were just spinning our wheels, we quitted the project.
the die is cast
这里的 die 不是“死亡”，而是作名词意为“骰子”，相当于 dice。短语意思是“大局已定，木已成舟”。
From the moment she closed the door behind her, the die was cast and a divorce was inevitable.
a shot in the arm
The reform will provide a shot in the arm for thousands of small businesses.
whistle in the dark
To claim this as such a glorious record is whistling in the dark.
put on the dog
He borrowed a new suit to put on the dog for his girlfriend.
out of the window
When people start drinking, sense goes out of the window.
two left feet
When they danced together, she discovered he had two left feet.
It's a case of Hobson's choice, because if Idon't accept this salary, I'll lose this job.
hem and haw
We hemmed and hawed for months before actually deciding to buy the car.
out of the frying pan into the fire
He thought his old job was stressful, but his new one is 10 times worse. It's like going out of the frying pan and into the fire.
right as rain
He just needs a goodnight's sleep, and then he'll be right as rain again.
in a nutshell
He had put the whole situation in a nutshell.
full steam ahead
The government was determined to go full steam ahead with its economic reform.
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