“To hit the hay” – English idiom

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Another way to say it is TO HIT THE SACK ;-).

This is a nice comic on this idiom made by Ploopikoosy:


More example sentences from the web:

  • I have a busy day tomorrow, so I think I’ll hit the hay.
  • Time to go home and hit the hay!
  • I’m tired, I’m gonna hit the hay.
  • Well, I’m going to hit the hay, I’m feeling pretty tired. Good night!

Here, you can read about the origin of this idiom: The meaning and origin of the expression: Hit the hay


“Night owl” – English idiom

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Some articles on this topic:

Early Bird or Night Owl? It May Be in Your Genes

The Dark Side of Being a Night Owl

“A problem shared is a problem halved” – English idiom

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“Be worlds apart” – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • You are worlds apart from those men in the desert.
  • Your ideas and mine are worlds apart.
  • They are worlds apart in their political views.

“Be worlds apart” in the news: 

Two schools worlds apart in Lancashire

“To drop the ball” – English idiom

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More example sentences from the web:

  • You can’t trust Monica to do the job right. She‘s always dropping the ball.

  • Honey, I totally dropped the ball on Chuck’s present to Sarah.

  • Every time I depend on you, you drop the ball.

drop the ball synonyms

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“To sit on a fence” – English idiom



Example sentences from the web:

  • No one knows which of the candidates Joan will vote for. She is sitting on the fence.

  • I am sitting on a fence here, to go or not to go?

  • Many customers are still on the fence waiting to see if a better, less expensive computer will come along.

As you can see in the last example sentence, a variation of this idiom is “to be on a/the fence“, with the same meaning.

Examples from the news:

  • Bond Market Just Sitting On The Fence – (New York Times, August 19, 1995)

  • In fact, I would think that he would get even more votes – from people who were sitting on the fence before […] (Yushchenko sitting pretty, BBC News, December 4, 2004).

  • “It is not a question of sitting on the fence,” he said. “This is an important decision and it’s important we get it right.” (Simon Wright in a corner on tuition fees, BBC News , November 3, 2010).