To kick-start = To start abruptly without warm-up
A strong cup of coffee kick-starts my day.
To pull out all the stops = To make every possible effort
If one wants to learn English quickly, they must pull out all the stops when studying.
By a whisker = By a very small margin
Mrs. Clinton won the election by a very few votes. She won by a whisker.
Grandstanding = To put on big, showy display
Shinjo was known for grandstanding in the major leagues as well as Japanese baseball.
To go easy on = To cut back not to make too difficult or to relax
If you want to keep your body in good shape, you should go easy on ice-cream and potato chips.
Tune out = Not to listen to
When people talk about the world economy, I tune out.
On the verge of = Just about, almost or to happen soon
The oil prices are on the verge of collapse.
Adversary = Opponent
The Tigers and the Giants are fierce adversaries.
To Thwart = To frustrate
Delicious ice cream thwarts my ability to diet.
To be short on = Not enough
Since oil prices have increased, my car is short on gasoline and I'm short on cash.