|short fuse||When someone has a short fuse, they are likely to become angry easily or quickly.
Be careful how you explain the situation. The boss has a short fuse these days!
|short shrift||If someone or something gets short shrift, they are given little attention or sympathy.
When the boss is very busy, he gives short shrift to anyone who bothers him.
|shot in the dark||A sequence of connected ideas is called a train of thought.
I was considering the different options when the noise outside broke my train of thought.
|call the shots||If you call the shots, you are in command of the situation and make all the important decisions.
Ask Julie - she's the one who calls the shots around here.
|shotgun approach||If you use a shotgun approach, you cover a wide range in a non-selective, haphazard and inefficient manner.
Identifying a specific segment of the market as our target will be more effective than a shotgun approach.
|shoulder surfing||The practice of looking over somebody's shoulder when they are using a computer, cash dispenser or other electronic device, in order to obtain personal information (identification, account number, password, etc.) is called shoulder surfing.|
|chip on the shoulder||If someone has a chip on their shoulder, the feel resentful because they feel they are being treated unfairly, especially because of their background, their sex or their colour.
He's got a chip on his shoulder because he's from a working-class family.
|give the cold shoulder||To give someone the cold shoulder means to deliberately ignore them.
After giving my opinion, he gave me the cold shoulder.
|shouting match||An argument or debate where people shout loudly at each other is called a shouting match.
The debate between the two politicians turned into a shouting match which spoiled the event for viewers.
|show of hands||A show of hands is a method of voting where people give their opinion by raising a hand.
How many people agree? Could we have a show of hands please?
|show one's true colours||When a person shows their true colours, their behaviour reveals their real nature, with their qualities and/or weaknesses.
In times of crisis people show their true colours.
|show someone the ropes||If you show someone the ropes, you teach or explain to them how to do a particular job.
The manager is busy showing the ropes to two new trainees.
|get the show on the road||If you manage to put a plan or idea into action, you get the show on the road.
OK, we've got all we need, so let's get the show on the road.
|shrinking violet||A person referred to as a shrinking violet is a timid or shy person.
The witness was a shrinking violet who had difficulty expressing herself.
|shrug something off||If your shrug something off, you dismiss it as being unimportant.
He was aware of the danger but he just shrugged it off.
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