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have Van Gogh's ear for music exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music

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neville:

this is a clever and cruel invention but it is not a standard expression

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exp.
the impossibility to make a good quality product using bad quality materials
exp.
have a great time; enjoy oneself
v.
have a ​difficult ​time
v.
used for saying that you think someone is spending too much money on things they do not need
exp.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
exp.
the duck's nuts, the best, the dog's bollocks
exp.
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
exp.
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
[Slang];[UK]
exp.
The duck's nuts, the best, the top.
exp.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
v.
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
v.
to have sexual intercourse with sb
exp.
what's up
sms like writing, incorrect form in English
o.
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
[Bus.]
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
v.
continue to have something; keep something
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
id.
when sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
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have

  

      vb   , has, having, had   mainly tr  
1    to be in material possession of; own  
he has two cars     
2    to possess as a characteristic quality or attribute  
he has dark hair     
3    to receive, take, or obtain  
she had a present from him, have a look     
4    to hold or entertain in the mind  
to have an idea     
5    to possess a knowledge or understanding of  
I have no German     
6    to experience or undergo  
to have a shock     
7    to be infected with or suffer from  
to have a cold     
8    to gain control of or advantage over  
you have me on that point     
9    usually passive  
Slang   to cheat or outwit  
he was had by that dishonest salesman     
10    foll by: on   to exhibit (mercy, compassion, etc., towards)  
have mercy on us, Lord     
11    to engage or take part in  
to have a conversation     
12    to arrange, carry out, or hold  
to have a party     
13    to cause, compel, or require to (be, do, or be done)  
have my shoes mended     
14    takes an infinitive with: to   used as an auxiliary to express compulsion or necessity  
I had to run quickly to escape him     
15    to eat, drink, or partake of  
to have a good meal     
16    Taboo slang   to have sexual intercourse with  
he had her on the sofa     
17    used with a negative   to tolerate or allow  
I won't have all this noise     
18    to declare, state, or assert  
rumour has it that they will marry     
19    to put or place  
I'll have the sofa in this room     
20    to receive as a guest  
to have three people to stay     
21    to beget or bear (offspring)  
she had three children     
22    takes a past participle   used as an auxiliary to form compound tenses expressing completed action  
I have gone, I shall have gone, I would have gone, I had gone     
23    had better or best   ought to: used to express compulsion, obligation, etc.  
you had better go     
24    had rather or sooner   to consider or find preferable that  
I had rather you left at once     
25    have done      See       done       3  
26    have had it  
Informal  
a    to be exhausted, defeated, or killed  
b    to have lost one's last chance  
c    to become unfashionable  
27    have it   to win a victory  
28    have it away (or off)  
Taboo     (Brit)  
slang   to have sexual intercourse  
29    have it coming  
Informal   to be about to receive or to merit punishment or retribution  
30    have it in for  
Informal   to wish or intend harm towards  
31    have it so good   to have so many benefits, esp. material benefits  
32    have to do with  
a    to have dealings or associate with  
I have nothing to do with her     
b    to be of relevance to  
this has nothing to do with you     
33    I have it  
Informal   I know the answer  
34    let (someone) have it  
Slang   to launch or deliver an attack on, esp. to discharge a firearm at (someone)  
35    not having any   foll by: of  
Informal   refusing to take part or be involved (in)  
      n  
36    usually pl   a person or group of people in possession of wealth, security, etc.  
the haves and the have-nots         See also       have at       have in       have on       have out       have up  
     (Old English habban; related to Old Norse hafa, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German haben, Latin habere)  


have-a-go  
      adj  
Informal   (of people attempting arduous or dangerous tasks) brave or spirited  
a have-a-go pensioner     
have at  
      vb   intr, prep  
Archaic   to make an opening attack on, esp. in fencing  
have in  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to ask (a person) to give a service  
we must have the electrician in to mend the fire     
2    to invite to one's home  
have-not  
      n   usually pl   a person or group of people in possession of relatively little material wealth  
have on  
      vb   tr  
1    usually adv   to wear  
2    usually adv   to have (a meeting or engagement) arranged as a commitment  
what does your boss have on this afternoon?     
3    adv  
Informal   to trick or tease (a person)  
4    prep   to have available (information or evidence, esp. when incriminating) about (a person)  
the police had nothing on him, so they let him go     
have out  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to settle (a matter) or come to (a final decision), esp. by fighting or by frank discussion (often in the phrase have it out)  
2    to have extracted or removed  
I had a tooth out     
have up  
      vb   tr, adv; usually passive   to cause to appear for trial  
he was had up for breaking and entering     
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