to be willing to give something of great value for someone or something
I'd give my right arm for a nice cool drink
to avoid becoming connected with someone or something
She doesn't talk much about it because she needs to hold these painful experiences at arm's length.
with happiness or enthusiasm
I know I'm not going to be greeted with open arms.
to do something without letting them know about it
We've taught our kids that it's impolite to talk about people behind their backs
to be pleased when someone leaves or when something ends because you did not like them
She was an absolute pain when she stayed with us and we were both really pleased to see the back of her
to make someone get angry
Now, now, don't get your back up. I didn't mean any harm.
Make a strenuous effort
If you put your back into that report, you'll soon be done.
to hate something
It gets my blood up to see how bad behaved those children are.
to be inside, to be in the genes
She´s really good at dancing. It must be in her blood.
to say clearly what you think or feel although you may embarrass or offend someone
She makes no bones about wanting John to leave.
something that you say when you want to talk to someone about something they have done that has annoyed you
I have a bone to pick with you. Did you eat that chocolate mousse I was saving for my tea?