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A Katzensprung

In English, we say that something that’s not too distant is a stone’s throw away. In German, that kind of distance can be described as a Katzensprung, or “cat’s jump.” This is part of a complete episode.

Do It Up Brown

The phrase do it up brown can have two very different meanings: to “do something to perfection,” as in something that is perfectly cooked, and “to swindle” someone or beat them at their own game — metaphorically leaving them...

To Give a Wide Berth

To give someone a wide berth means to provide ample room. This phrase is nautical in origin, where it means “the distance ships give each other to avoid crashing.” This is part of a complete episode.

Spur of the Moment

To do something on the spur of the moment, or to act spontaneously, comes from the idea of using a sharp device to urge on a horse. This is part of a complete episode.