Every six ways to Sunday.= Everything you can.
I always do every six ways to Sunday for success.
A star is rising.= Someone or something is becoming popular.
Young Mr. Koizumi’s star is rising.
The birds and the bees.= The facts of life.
It is a father’s duty to inform their sons about the birds and the bees.
The new normal.= Things that are abnormal (have become normal).
The stock market under Trump has become the new normal.
To catch a cold. vs. To be down with a cold. = To catch a cold is to have a runny nose and a sore throat. To be down with a cold is a heavy cold with a fever and you must stay in bed.
During Golden Week, I was down with a cold.
As dry as dust. = To be very very very dry.
After a night of drinking beer, next morning my throat is as dry as dust.
To hit the sack. = To go to bed. A military term, the mattress is the sack.
I hit the sack about midnight.
Sweater weather. = Cool weather. A sweater is needed to keep warm.
Autumn is sweater weather in Japan.
Shipshape. = In good condition, neat. A naval term which means everything in order.
My house is never in shipshape.
Tip-top. = The best.
I'm in tip-top shape.