To drive one nuts = To make someone upset or irritated
People who smoke in restaurants, drive me nuts.
To clean up one's act = To improve, to change for the better
My sons had better stop playing around and clean up their acts if they intend to succeed in their lives.
To know the score = To understand completely
If you want to invest in the stock market you should know the score about investing first.
To swagger = To walk, talk and act with great confidence
Since the Yankees have won the World Series, their fans swagger around New York.
To man up = To become strong and act like a man
If you make a mistake, you man up to it and get on with your life.
Mettle = Guts
When things get tough you must show your mettle and press on.
Freewheeling = To spend money without thinking
My sons must stop their freewheeling ways and become more astute.
In the dumps = To feel bad or depressed
When the weather is dark and rainy, many people feel in the dumps.
Tapped out = Used up or out of cash
I want to shop until I drop but as I am tapped out of cash, I will have to stay home.
Out of the woods = To recover
The economy is improving but we are not out of the woods yet.