Idiom: to be hard-nosed

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Definition: to attract a lot of attention; to get noticed Examples: Everyone is talking about the new movie. It really made a splash. That new book is really popular. The author is on all the talk shows. She really made a splash.  

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Definition: to create a significant impression; to cause trouble, to be disruptive Examples: At your new job, be sure to speak up at meetings. You want to make waves right from the start. I didn't know anyone at the dinner party, so I kept quiet. I didn't want to make...

Idiom: to put one’s foot in one’s mouth

Definition: to say something awkward or inappropriate Examples: I saw my boss on the street yesterday. He was with a woman. I said I loved his wife's dress, but she wasn't his wife. She was his girlfriend. I definitely put my foot in my mouth that time. I thought the...