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Is there an idiomatic way to say “go to the path of no way out”?

It seems that only "no way out" or "there's no way out" is common used, but I want to emphasize the action of entrapping/entangling oneself in the path of no way out. "Down to the rabbit hole" is ...
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Proverbs similar to “We're not rich enough to buy cheap things”

I'm looking for other proverbs similar to "We're not rich enough to buy cheap things". This is because I want to use it for a similar but a little bit different purpose. I want it to be meant that to ...
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Sarcastic Idioms for being slow to notice something

The scenario: The power was out but it came back up. However, a friend or family member noticed that late and said: Oh, the power is back up! You noticed that long before they did (sometimes ...
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Is there an English equivalent for the Italian saying “It's another pair of sleeves”?

In a meeting an Italian told a puzzled English audience: "It's another pair of sleeves". It's an Italian way of saying: "it's another thing", or "this new argument is something different or off topic"...
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Is there an idiom that means that you are in a very strong negotiation position in a negotiation?

Is there an idiom that means that you are in a very strong negotiation position in a negotiation? If there's no such idiom can you think of an idiom that means that you are in a stronger position than ...
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Is there an idiom that means “revealing a secret unintentionally”?

I am thinking there could be an idiom that states that you or someone revealed a secret unintentionally? Can you think of an idiom like that? I am looking for an idiom I can use to write a blog post ...
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Does the sentence sound “I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things” natural?

I am an introvert with a bit pessimistic views of things. As pointed out by @Tᴚoɯɐuo in this thread, the part "with a bit pessimistic views of things" doesn't look idiomatic. I am an introvert, ...
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About the idiom in Hindi (चुल्लू भर पानी में डूब जा) that literally translate 'Go, commit suicide"!

There's an idiom in Hindi चुल्लू भर पानी में डूब जा This literally translates - go, die/commit suicide! The context where it is used - This phrase is always used in a sarcastic way advising ...
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Idiom to describe a text (or speech) which is too long

Let's say I ask someone to write a very short text, but I want to insist humorously that it should not be too long (less than 50 words). Could be something like "Don't write the Bible" or "Don't make ...
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A more positive term than “obsessed”

Below are four different situations describing people's obsessions A friend who loves everything and anything to do with cats. She has five cats at home, and there's more cat food in the house than "...
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What are other ways to say “going down the path leading nowhere”?

There are many good answers in Is there a way to say "go to the path of no way out"?, but most of them imply that the subject is aware of the situation after making the mistake (like "Oh shit! I've ...