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7 COMMON EXPRESSIONS EXPLAINED

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  1. "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" means that it's better to have a small but real advantage than a slight possibility of a greater one. 00:18

  2. In medieval Europe, unwanted guests were served cold beef shoulder until they left—hence the expression "giving the cold shoulder." 01:24

  3. Gramophones did not have volume control knobs, so putting a sock in the opening was the only way to mute them. 02:23