Here is a list of some common idiomatic expressions.
Lose one’s cachet
To lose one’s cachet is to lose the respect one used to enjoy.
- The business has lost some of its cachet.
A piece of cake
If something is a piece of cake it can be achieved easily.
- The interview was a piece of cake. I know I will get the job.
Sell like hot cakes
If something sells like hot cakes, it is sold quickly and in large amounts.
- Her latest book is selling like hot cakes.
Call for means demand for or need for.
- There is little call for pagers.
Call something off
To call something off is to cancel an event or agreement.
Julie has called off her engagement to Martin.
To call on somebody is to turn to them for help.
Call the shots / Call the tune
When you call the shots, you control a given situation.
It is my wife who calls the shots at home.
When somebody is on call, they are available to provide a service if necessary.
Give someone their cards
To give someone their cards is to dismiss them from employment.
Get your cards
When you get your cards, you are dismissed from employment.
On the cards
If something is on the cards, it is likely.
- Marriage is on the cards.