To share information publicly about illegal or harmful actions, often committed by a corporation. Example Sentence:
After seeing the pollution created by the corporation I worked for I decided to blow the whistle.
To finish something, like your career or your life, in a dramatic or spectacular way. Example Sentence:
On the very last game of his career, the baseball player scored three home runs and went out in a blaze of glory.
When it is hard to choose between two choices. This idiom refers to when you toss a coin up the air to decide which to choose based on how the coin lands. Example Sentence:
There are two movies I really want to see but I can’t decide which one to go see first, it is a toss-up.
The last thing or person mentioned is no less important than what was mentioned earlier. Example Sentence:
At the end of her award acceptance speech, Michelle said “last but not least, I would like to thank my parents for all of their support”.
To be receiving a lot of criticism. Flack was originally used as a military term for bullets being fired at an aircraft. Example:
Lately I have been taking a lot of flack at work from my boss and I don’t know why.
To get rid of unpleasant air and replace it with fresh air. To discuss an unpleasant situation with the intention to make it better. Example Sentence:
I can tell me wife is upset with me but I don’t know why, we really need to clear the air.
To make things fair for everyone. To give everyone the same chance at success. Example Sentence:
The older kids really had an advantage in the football game so we mixed up the teams to level the playing field.
To continue discussing or doing something when it is a waste of effort. Example Sentence:
Everyday our instructor tells us several times to take good notes but at this point he is just beating a dead horse, we already got the message.
To stop focusing on negative things that have happened in the past. Example Sentence:
My boyfriend always brings up bad things that happened in his past but I think it is better to let bygones be bygones
The last in a series of unpleasant events that results in not being able to tolerate the situation any longer. Example Sentence:
I had to tell me employee if she came in late one more time it would be the last straw.