Anxiety = To be in a worried and stressful state
Due to the economic meltdown, there is a great deal of financial anxiety among working people.
Nonchalant = Casual, collected and cool
His nonchalant attitude to life infuriates many of his friends.
High on the hog = To live extravagantly or richly
It seems that the Wall Street bankers are living high on the hog.
Peaks and valleys = The ups and downs in life
With the economic system in such strange condition, everyone's life has peaks and valleys.
Surefire = Absolutely
To step on someone's toes is a surefire way to make him angry.
Backtrack = To go in reverse, to retract a statement
He stated that he would quit smoking but he had to backtrack after a few days.
Back against the wall = To be in a difficult position with no place to go
If your back is against the wall never, never, never, never give up.
To beat the drum = To advertise to talk about or cheer
Most Japanese are beating the drum about the Samurai in the W.B.C.
Out of the blue = To come from nowhere
The idea to buy new shoes came from out of the blue.
Whammy = Curse
The Tigers hope Colonel Sanders will take the whammy off them.