all over the place
completely disorganized or confused
●TPO13L2 – Ecology
Yeah,well, there used to be beavers all over the place,something like 200 million beavers, just in the continental United States.
all the rage
popular or fashionable at the moment
●TPO30L4 – Music History
Before long, Hawaiian steel guitar music was all the rage in the mainland US.
cannot agree or argue with someone
●TPOT4L2 – Literature
They try to fit in with the rest of the world even though it’s at odds with their beliefs and their identities.
be that as it may
even so, even now
●TPO3L3 – Art History
But be that as it may, whatever the exact date, whether it's 15,000, 20,000or 30,000 years ago, the Chauvet paintings are from the dawn of art.
do the trick
go places, make a hit
●TPO19C1 – Student & Professor
Yeah,I can see how that might do the trick. But, anyway, what I wanted to ask was, when you started talking about game theory.Well, I know a little bit about it, but I am not clear about its use in biology.
down the drain
wasted or produces no results
●TPO4C2 – Student & Professor
I know, but I didn’t want to risk the project going down the drain.
drop in the bucket
something is so small that it won't make any noticeable difference.
●TPO12L4 – Environmental Science
It can generate 194 megawatts of electric power, but that’s just a drop in the bucket.
from the beginning
●TPO4C2 – Student & Professor
But we've got all the sources and its due next week. We don’t have time to start from scratch.
get a handle on
get something under control
●TPO25L4 – Animal Behavior
Apparently,it also contributes to the development of a brain that's flexible, a brain that's quickly able to get a handle on unfamiliar situations.
●TPO18L1 – Astronomy
That's because of their belief at the time that the heavenly bodies, the Sun,Moon,Stars and Planets, were perfect, without any flaws or blemishes.
high and low
●TPO5C1–Student & Counselor at the University Counseling Center
And it so happened that the cellist graduated last year. They’ve been searching high and low for a replacement, someone with experience.
disbelief or surprise
●TPO26L3 – Astronomy
I mean, how come Halley’s is still there? After four and a half billion years. How could it be?
to say nothing of…
●TPO22L2 – Astronomy
we know the Sun’s current rate of mass loss, but if we assume that this rate has been steady over the last four billion years, the young Sun wouldn’t have been massive enough to have warmed Earth, let alone Mars, not enough to have caused liquid water.
off the hook
And that's supposed to be a quiet environment? Not exactly. My brother and parents try to keep it down when I am studying, but the phone pretty much rings off the hook, so ...
pros and cons
advantages & disadvantages
The question is how. I mean no one really thinks that, say a bee goes through weighing the pros and cons of pollinating this flower or that flower.
put two and two together
reach a correct conclusion from the evidence; making inference
●TPO3L4 – Astronomy
So he put two and two together, and decided there was an element in the sun that hadn’t been discovered here on the earth yet.
rule of thumb
●T2C1 – Student & Professor
.. like your parents. That’s usually my rule of thumb: would my parents understand this?
●TPO29L4 – Structural Engineering
There’s a reason I mentioned that figure of 36,000 kilometers. That’s about how high an object would have to be orbiting straight up from the equator to constantly remain directly above the exact same spot on the rotating planet Earth.
take for granted
assume sth.Is real for sure
●TPO24L3 – Archeology
Today we take for granted that there horizontal bands of plant communities.
hard to achieve or fulfill
●TPO5C2 – Student & Professor
It's still a pretty tall order,and we will be moving right along, so you will really need to stay on top of it.
tongue in cheek
●TPO12L1 – Biology
That's the so-called JUNK DNA. Though the word junk is used sort of tongue in cheek.