Calling the shots: = Have control, make the decisions
She was a bundle of nerves. = She was very nervous and jumpy
Bend a spoon. = Perform what looks like a magic trick.
at the latch
Where did you get the nerve talk to me like that? = I am surprised you have the courage to talk to me like that
Make out every word. = understand every word
I was chide(d) = I was teased
Compensation is a big consideration of any job = pay is a big factor of any job.
big time = lots of success
courtesy of Alex = because of Alex
I bear witness... = I give my official version of what I saw
The big picture = the overall understanding of what is important
I take my leave. = I must leave, and I am letting you know.
Difference between "pass the bridge and cross the bridge" :
Pass the bridge = go underneath the bridge
Cross the bridge = go across the bridge
Penalty clause = a statement in a contract which says that there will be money paid if the contract is not completed on time.
Niche market = small, specialty market
drop the case = stop pursuing the case in court
Are we pumped? = Are we excited?
PHD thesis = Paper or publication written to get a PHD (doctor's) degree.
off the hook with sb = sb is not longer mad at sb else.
Win a tender = win an offer of a contract