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American English Idioms

Dead Wood

Dead Wood – people in a group, work place, government or organization that are not needed anymore or don't really do anything

  • There is a lot of dead wood in the government. People get paid, and they don't do anything.
  • We have to get rid of the dead wood that works in the company. There are some people that get a pay check to sit around and do nothing.
  • The university has a lot of dead wood. I would like to see them retire.
  • Do you think there is dead wood in the local housing organization?
  • The company can save a lot of money, if they get rid of the dead wood.
  • I work with a lot of dead wood. I wish the boss would find them something to do.

Can Not Make Heads Or Tails

Can Not Stand It

Carry On

Cash Cow

Cat Nap

Catch On

Chew Out

Chicken Out

Chil Out

Clam Up

Coffee Break

Cold Feet

Cool As A Cucumber


Cost An Arm & A Leg

Couch Potato

Crack Up

Cry Over Spilt Milk

Cup Of Joe

Cut Corners

Dead Tired

Dead Wood

Dirt Cheap

Doggie Bag

Do Not Bug Me

Do Not Judge A Book By It's Cover

Double Edge Sword

Double Standard

Drag Me Down

Drive Crazy

Drive Someone Up a Wall

Drop The Ball

Drown Out

Dry Run

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