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8. Idioms: Out on a Limb
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1. Out on a Limb
The mayor went out on a limb when he opposed the new sports center.

Meaning: taking a chance; in a dangerous position from which it is hard to withdraw or change

Origin: This American saying dates from the late 1800s, when hunting animals in the woods was a more common activity than it is today.  It probably referred to a hunted animal that climbed a tree and got itself stranded out on a limb where it could easily be shot.  Later the idiom grew to describe any person who takes a risk that might lead to trouble.

2. No Skin off Your Nose
He doesn't care if I make the football team or not.  It's no skin off his nose.

Meaning: of totally no concern to you whatsoever; it doesn't matter to you one way or the other

Origin: This American idiom dates to the 1920s.  Originally, the expression was "no skin off my back."  "Nose" is more suitable because if you stick your nose into somebody's business, you can get it hurt.


3. Let Your Hair Down
At my sleep-over party, Nina really let her hair down.

Meaning: to behave freely and naturally; to relax and show your true self

Origin: This idiom started in the 1800s when many women wore their long hair pinned up in public and only let it down in private, especially just before they went to bed.


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