Competition
Money
Negotiation
Problem
Schedule
100

to get on like a house on fire

have a very good, enjoyable relationship

100

a level playing field

a situation in which everyone has the same opportunities

100

in the driving seat

in control of a situation

100

to be neck and neck

be level with sb in a race or competition

100

flogging a dead horse

wasting your time on a hopeless situation

200

move the goalposts

to change the rules for sth, or conditions under which it is done, so that the situation becomes more difficult for sb

200

keep your eye on the ball

stay focused

200

ahead of the game

be in front of the competition

200

a one-horse race

a race or competition that only one of the competitors has a real chance of winning
=> This election has been _ ____ ____ right from the start.

200

on the ropes

having serious problems and likely to fail

300

to put one's foot in it

make a tactless comment

300

be thrown in at the deep end

to start a new and difficult job or activity without having help or preparation

300

see eye to eye

to agree on a subject

300

get into hot water

to get into trouble

300

to be a real eye-opener

something that surprises you and teaches you new facts about life, people, etc.

400

dog eat dog world

a situation in which people will do anything to be successful

400

be in the loop/be out of the loop

to have or not have the special knowledge or power that belongs to a particular group of people

400

a big picture

a wide perspective; a broad view of something

400

stand one's ground

insist on one's position

400

by the book

according to established procedure

500

back to square one

Having to start all over again

500

back to the salt mines

it's time for me to go back to work

500

have one's back against the wall

have few choices, be cornered

500

for a song

at very low cost

500

pay through the nose for something

pay a large amount of money

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