to be on the gravy train

gravy train — a job requiring comparatively little work for good pay, benefits, etc.

«The only thing this democrat understands that he is on the gravy train. $174,000 for a part time job, pension and full benefits…»

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to know what side the bread is buttered — to be careful not to upset people who you know can help you

«I would also point out that Wayne, whatever you personally think of him, was no dummy and knew what side the bread was buttered on.»

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that’s the way the cookie crumbles — something that you say which means that bad things sometimes happen and there is nothing you can do to prevent it, so it is not worth becoming upset about it

«That, as the Americans say,» Mark told her wryly, «is how the cookie crumbles.»

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sour grapes — something that one cannot have and so disparages as if it were never desirable

«Criticisms from ex-players, in my opinion, are nothing but sour grapes.»

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to talk turkey — talk frankly

«OK,» said I. «Let’s talk turkey.»

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to have egg on one’s face — to be embarrassed by something one has done

«It isn’t the first time Ruth Kelly has had egg on her face recently and certainly won’t be the last.»

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