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Tighten your belt
you try to spend less money because you haven't got as much to spend as you did before
On the tip of my tongue
I know something but I can't quite remember it right now
A tough nut to crack
it is a problem that's hard to deal with, or a person who is difficult to understand
To use a sledgehammer to crack a nut
to use more force than is necessary to achieve a goal
To go under the knife
to have an operation
Put to the sword
to kill something
Get cold feet
to lack the confidence or courage to do something
stick your neck out
you take a risk by saying or doing something that other people might not like
up to your neck
you are really busy with something or heavily involved in it
the writing is on the wall
it looks likely that it will soon go wrong or come to an end altogether
wall to wall
it is completely filling a space or time
Off the back of a lorry
About something that it was received in suspicious circumstances. It was probably stolen