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Hang by a thread If something hangs by a thread, there is a very small chance indeed of it being successful or surviving. Hang in the balance If an outcome is hanging in the balance, there are at least two possibilities and it is impossible to predict which will win out. Hang out to dry If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble. Hangdog expression A hangdog expression is one where the person's showing their emotions very clearly, maybe a little too clearly for your liking.

Hot button (USA) A hot button is a topic or issue that people feel very strongly about. Hot foot If you hot foot it out of a place, you leave very quickly, often running. Hot ticket (USA) A hot ticket is something that is very much in demand at the moment. Hot under the collar If you're hot under the collar, you're feeling angry or bothered. Hot water If you get into hot water, you get into trouble. Hot-blooded Someone who is hot-blooded is easily excitable or passionate. Hot-headed A hot-headed person gets angry very easily.

Knock your socks off If something knocks your socks off, it amazes and surprises you, usually in a positive way. Know a hawk from a handsaw If someone knows a hawk from a handsaw, they are able to distinguish things and assess them. Know full well When you know full well, you are absolutely sure that you know. Know the ropes Someone who is experienced and knows how the system works know the ropes. Know which side one's bread is buttered on If you know which side one's bread is buttered on, you know where your interests lie and will act accordingly to protect or further them.

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