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TO LOSE YOUR SHIRT
= to lose all of or most of your money

I lost my shirt at the casino!
Joe lost his shirt betting on the horses

Put a lid on it!
= Be quiet!!!

This idiom means: to relax; to take time out of one’s busy schedule to enjoy or appreciate the beauty of life.

How often are you late for work, or in a rush to get somewhere, and so busy concentrating on getting there, that you arrive with no recollection of the journey? We do this on a larger scale in life too; we’re so busy going after our dream, chasing that mythical day in the future when we’ll achieve our goal… that we forget to enjoy the journey.

This stopping to think is the very essence of yoga; the aim is to be present in the moment and to detach ourselves from the human need to grasp at things out there. We always seem to be in such a rush, trying to catch the next thing and the next thing and the next thing. If we could only start to make stillness a part of our lives, we would become much happier.

Mammon is the god of riches. You must choose between godliness and
worldliness. The source is Matthew, vi, 24, which is quoted under No man can
serve two masters.

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* A door must be either shut or open
* No man can serve two masters
* You cannot burn the candle at both ends
* You cannot have it both ways
* You cannot have your cake and eat it
* You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
* You cannot sell the cow and drink the milk

You cannot easily make people change their usual habits, especially when
people have been doing something for a long time. As people get older they
grow more set in their ways and do not welcome much innovation.

> My father refuses to use a computer and there is nothing I can do about it.

> You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, can you?

The quality of the contents of a sack of corn, flour, etc., may be judged by
the quality of a sample. Putting it another way, we do not have to eat the
whole egg to know that it is bad.

The proverb means that we can judge a person’s character on very small
evidence. For example, a generous action suggests a kindly nature, and a
callous remark a hard, unfeeling heart.

You may be acting in the best interests of the horse by taking him to the
trough, but if he doesn’t want to drink is not going to – and that’s that.
Similarly, you can do your utmost to make a person share your views, yet there
is a point beyond which he will not go.

> ‘I’ve listened to your arguments with the closest attention, Professor, and
I have read carefully all the books you recommended, but I still can’t agree
with you.’

This does not necessarily mean that you should endure misfortunes or
difficulties with a broad smile, but rather that you should put up with them
philosophically.

> ‘My wife has just flown out to Canada to stay with her sister for a month.
I’m not looking forward to having the kids on my hands and trying to keep the
home going while she’s away, but I’ll have to grin and bear it.’

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* What can’t be cured must be endured

It is worth sacrificing a little in order to gain a great deal more. Here the
fly is the bait on the angler’s hook. This proverbs means the same as Throw
out a sprat to catch a mackerel.

Don’t be a faint-heart and say, ‘I’ll never mange to do it’. Have a go, and
you will be surprised at your own ability.