Lately I’ve been teaching Natalia some American sayings and idioms. I’ll absentmindedly use one in my speech and realize from her blank stare that I’ve got some explainin’ to do.

Here’s the list:

* Doesn’t make a hill of beans difference.
* running out of [books to read]
* Kill ’em with kindness.
* … and all that jazz.
* I plead the fifth.
* Spill the beans!
* throwing daggers
* Cry me a river.
* “talking smack”
* “duly noted”
* We’re in it for the long haul.