Thrifty.= To spend money or time wisely. To watch every penny.
I'm the most thrifty person I know, I buy everything on sale.
Half-assed.= Not to do a good job. To work without enthusiasm.
The cleaners did a half-assed job pressing my suit so I asked them to do it again.
The heavy lifting.= To do the most difficult task.
When paper work is concerned, my secretary does the heavy lifting.
To let off steam.= To release stress.
When I feel stress out, I go for a run to let off steam.
Dapper.= Well dressed, usually for a man.
He is a very dapper gentleman. He works in the fashion industry.
To knock'em dead. To knock them dead.= To do your best.
My daughter is a professional ballerina. Sometimes after a performance, she calls me and tells me, "I really knocked'em dead tonight."
To cut it. = To make it or to make a success.
Unless you study at home, you won't cut it in English class.
To be puzzled. = Not to understand.
I am always puzzled by the actions of my eldest son.
Sweet. = Taste, something good or cool.
Ichiro has a sweet swing.
Gifted.= Skilled, special or a special talent.
My daughter is a gifted ballerina.