|(fight) tooth and nail||If you fight tooth and nail for something, you fight with all your energy.
The Transport Minister fought tooth and nail to have the proposed road safety law accepted.
|top dog||To say that a person, group or country is top dog means that they are better or more powerful than others.
She's top dog in cosmetics today.
|top of your lungs||If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
The place was so noisy that I had to shout at the top of my lungs to be heard.
|top notch||To say that something is top notch means that it is of the highest possible quality or standard.
The hotel was wonderful and the service was top notch.
|on top of the world||If you feel on top of the world, you are extremely happy because everything is going well for you.
It's been such a good year for Amy that she feels on top of the world.
|toss up||When there are two options or possibilities to choose from, and both are equally good, the choice between the two is called a toss-up (like tossing a coin).
Both boxers are in excellent condition. It's a toss-up which of them will win.
|touch base||If you touch base with someone, you make contact or renew communication with them.
I'll try to touch base with you next week in London.
|(at the) touch of a button||If you can do something at the touch of a button, you can do it very easily, often thanks to technology.
From now on the nursing staff can be alerted at the touch of a button.
|touch wood / knock on wood||This humorous expression, based on superstition, is used to avoid bad luck, often while touching something made of wood.
The order will be confirmed shortly - touch wood!
|(not) touch with a ten-foot pole||If you decide not to touch something with a ten-foot pole, you prefer to stay far away from it.
I wouldn't touch politics with a ten-foot pole!
|touch and go||If something is touch-and-go, the outcome or result is uncertain.
Dave's life is out of danger now, but it was touch-and-go after the operation.
|tough as old boots||If something, specially meat, is (as) tough as old boots, it is hard to cut and difficult to chew. (This can also refer to a person who is strong either physically or in character.)
I was served a steak as tough as old boots.
|tough cookie||A person who is a tough cookie is one who is self-confident and ambitious and will do what is necessary to get what they want.
I'm not worried about Jason's future - he's a tough cookie!
|tower of strength||The term tower of strength is used to describe a person who is very helpful and supportive during difficult times.
All during my illness, my sister was a tower of strength.
|toy with the idea||If you consider something without giving it serious thought, you toy with the idea.
Sally has often toyed with the idea of moving abroad, but she's still here!
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