Busy as a one-armed paper hanger

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Grinning like a shot fox

If someone is grinning like a shot fox, they are smiling uncomprehendingly or smugly, looking stupid while smiling, showing that they don’t really understand what’s going on, like the bared teeth on the corpse of a fox.

First up, best dressed

First up, best dressed comes from big families; the first child awake wore the best clothes, so if you are first to do something, you are ahead or have an advantage. Similar to the early bird catches the worm. (First in, best dressed is also used.)

Fine-tooth comb

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Like to died

This is regional southern Midwest American English, and may extend to other areas in the U.S. South. In the phrase, “like to” means “almost,” and “died” is hyperbole, expressing the extreme effect on the speaker. Here’s an example: “That job was so hard, I like to died”.

Out of the goodness of your heart

If you do something out of the kindess of your heart, you do because you are kind, not for any benefit or out of duty.(‘Out of the kindness of your heart’ is also used.)

It is what it is

This is used when a person, place or thing is behaving in accordance with their nature, so that behavior should be accepted or expected even if it is not what you would like.

On the off-chance

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

This expression means that people need time off from working and if they don’t get it, they will become bored and lack interest and enthusiasm.(It is often shortened to All work and no play.)

Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs

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