Total Phrases- 4513
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In-negative / Explaining url

Not doing work assignment on time

  1. I bit off more than I could chew.
  2. I didn’t accomplish as much as I thought I would.
  3. I took my best shot.
  4. That’s the best that I can do.
  5. It took me longer than I thought it would.
  6. I’ve been under a lot of pressure lately.
  7. I was sure I could do more in the time that I had.
  8. The whole thing blew up in my face.
  9. I promise to do better next time.
  10. I don’t know how to answer your question.
  11. It totally slipped my mind.
  12. I knew there was something I forgot to do.
  13. I have no excuse.

Not doing work assignment on time

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In-negative / Confusion url

Lost in an unfamiliar city

  1. This is driving me batty.
  2. What can I do?
  3. I don’t know what else to do.
  4. Where do we go from here?
  5. I don’t know, what do you want to do?
  6. I can’t figure it out.
  7. I’m going to need a while to get my bearings.
  8. I feel like a fish out of water.
  9. It’s driving me nuts.

Lost in an unfamiliar city

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In-positive / Determination url

Someone offered a bribe

  1. I’ll never do it, no matter what you say.
  2. Not if I can help it.
  3. It will never happen again.
  4. I’m going to put my foot down once and for all.
  5. I’ve made up my mind that - once and for all - I’m going to put a stop to this.
  6. I’m not going to let that happen.
  7. We’ll put a stop to that.
  8. I won’t hear of it.
  9. I won’t budge an inch.

Someone offered a bribe

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In-negative / Doubt url

To chemist who blew up the lab

  1. You’re supposed to know these things.
  2. What have you done?
  3. How could you do that?
  4. I can’t believe it.
  5. You certainly have had a streak of bad luck.
  6. I didn’t think that was going to happen.
  7. What were you trying to do?
  8. Well what did you expect?
  9. Is that the best you can do?
  10. Maybe you should choose a different line of work.
  11. I don’t think anyone expected this result.
  12. The less said about it the better.
  13. What have you gotten yourself into?

To chemist who blew up the lab

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Out-negative / Anger url

I am angry at you

  1. I’ve had it up to here.
  2. What is this crap?
  3. I’m fed up to here.
  4. You’re making me see red.
  5. You make my blood boil.
  6. I’m fit to be tied.
  7. You’ve got some nerve.
  8. I feel like I’ve got steam coming out of my ears.
  9. What do you think, that I’m a complete idiot?

I am angry at you

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In-neutral / Caution url

A friend giving you investment advice

  1. It’s a tough world out there.
  2. It might be worth investigating.
  3. I don’t think I should press my luck.
  4. I’m going to have to play it by ear.
  5. There’s something fishy going on here.
  6. I can just put two and two together.
  7. I feel I should just leave it well enough alone.
  8. A little birdie is whispering to me to look before I leap.
  9. I could be leaving myself wide open.
  10. I find it all hard to believe.
  11. It seems too good to be true.
  12. I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.
  13. Tell me, why is it worth the risk?
  14. There might be a fly in the ointment.
  15. If you're wrong, it could all blow sky high, and I'd be the one holding the bag.
  16. That’s all pie in the sky.

A friend giving you investment advice

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Out-neutral / Negotiating url

This is my viewpoint

  1. I hope I’m making it crystal clear.
  2. That just what I said.
  3. I rest my case.
  4. I made my point.
  5. I’ll get right to the point.
  6. You know where I stand.
  7. I meant what I said.
  8. For whatever it’s worth, here are my 2 cents.
  9. I really mean it.
  10. It’s all here in black and white.
  11. That’s my point exactly.
  12. Let’s set the record straight.
  13. If you get my drift.
  14. I’m well aware of that.
  15. There’s something you ought to know.
  16. Of course that’s what I meant.
  17. You can talk till you’re blue in the face, you still won’t convince me.
  18. I hate to be blunt.
  19. There’s no, ifs ands or buts about it.
  20. I’ll be honest with you.
  21. Take it or leave it.
  22. What you see is what you get.
  23. If you want a deal, you’re going to have to up the ante.
  24. I’m going to cut to the chase.
  25. It doesn’t make sense to do it any other way.
  26. I wanted to run this idea by you.

This is my viewpoint

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In-positive / Confidence url

After winning an election

  1. I must be doing something right.
  2. I know the ropes.
  3. That’s progress.
  4. They are behind us 100 percent.
  5. I deserve it.
  6. I like to keep tabs on things.
  7. And away we go.
  8. Everything’s coming up roses.
  9. Nothing succeeds like success.
  10. Fasten your seatbelts, because from this point on, I predict things are really going to start happening.
  11. I pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat.
  12. I’m looking forward to serving in my new position, and making a positive contribution.
  13. I knew I would win, hands down.

After winning an election

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In-positive / Realizing url

The day after a stock market crash

  1. I may not understand all the details, but I get the general idea and see the big picture.
  2. I could see it coming a mile away.
  3. It stands to reason.
  4. By process of elimination it’s the only answer that makes sense.
  5. So there you have it.
  6. I had a hunch we were getting very close to the end.
  7. We’ve been all through this before, and it’s deja-vu all over again.
  8. By the time it dawned on us, it was too late.
  9. It looks like we’re going to have to start from scratch.
  10. These things just sneak up on you.
  11. I see this as a wakeup call.
  12. This really taught me a lesson that I won’t quickly forget.
  13. I'm going to have to re-examine and think through all of my assumptions.
  14. It's very sobering.
  15. It happened when I least suspected it.
  16. I wonder why I didn't see that coming.
  17. I turned a blind eye to all the warning signals.

The day after a stock market crash

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In-positive / Surprise url

A friend wins the race for mayor

  1. Now that takes the cake!
  2. Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.
  3. In all my years of experience I’ve never seen anything like it.
  4. Wasn’t that a real kick in the pants?
  5. Oh, my goodness.
  6. It left me speechless.
  7. Isn’t that a kick in the pants?
  8. How do you like them apples?

A friend wins the race for mayor

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In-positive / Remembering url

Meeting a friend from childhood

  1. Those were the good old days.
  2. Just for old time’s sake.
  3. There’s been a lot of water under the bridge since we saw each other last.
  4. It’s been a long time.
  5. I feel just like I was a little kid again.
  6. We go back a long way.
  7. From time to time I remember the good old days, the way things used to be.
  8. Our friendship goes back for as long as I can remember.
  9. I remember you from way back when, and you haven’t changed a bit.

Meeting a friend from childhood

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In-positive / Surprise url

A friend becomes president of the company

  1. Goodness gracious.
  2. Well what do you know?
  3. It’s too good to be true.
  4. For goodness sakes.
  5. For heaven’s sake.
  6. It took us all by surprise.

A friend becomes president of the company