1. go up in smoke 成为泡影
Peter’s vacation plans went up in smoke when a crisis arose in the office.
2. hit the road 上路
We should probably hit the road. It’s going to take us two hours to get home.
3. shape up 表现良好，乖
You’d better shape up if you want to stay on.
4. scare the shit out of someone 吓死某人了
Don’t sneak up behind me like that. You scared the shit out of me.
5. pull strings 运用关系 （源于“拉木偶的线”）
He pulled some strings and managed to get us front row seats for the concert.
6. come again 再说一遍
Come again? I didn't quite understand what you said.
7. come clean 全盘托出，招供
The criminal decided to come clean.
8. spring for 请客
Let me spring for dinner.
9. spill the beans 泄漏秘密
Don't spill the beans. It's supposed to be a secret.
10. stick in the mud 保守的人
Cathy is such a stick in the mud. She never wants to try anything new.