Ingenious. = Very smart, clever.
She has an ingenious way of keeping track of appointments in her office.
As the crow flies. = A straight path, no diversions.
It's about 15 miles by highway or 10 miles as the crow flies.
Dog days. = Very very hot days when dogs seldom move or simply sleep the whole day.
In these recent dog days of August, it is best to stay inside and chill out with a cool drink.
In safe hands. = To be in a protected and trusted situation.
Even though that's a pretty tough neighborhood, you are in safe hands if you go there with him.
To be sick and tired. = A distasteful situation.
I stopped drinking because I was sick and tired of waking up in the morning and feeling ill.
Figure out. = understand.
I can't figure out why the Tigers are doing so badly this year.
Drawback.= Problem or disadvantage.
Crime,noise and pollution are some of the drawbacks of living in the city.
Take heart. = Be encouraged.
Take heart the economy is recovering.
Have a heart. = To be kind or generous.
Have a heart and donate to the red cross.
To get going. = To start or to begin.
In the winter I find it hard to get going in the mornings.