Under the Table
Without being officially recorded
- They offered ME500 pounds under the table if I would vote against the government's plans.
An inexpensive restaurant that fries foods on a grill
- Several years ago, that cafe served fairly decent food, but now it's just a greasy spoon.
Go to the Mattresses
To go into battle
In the Toilet
In disastrous condition
- It was in the beginning, when we were still ironing out problems.
Storm in a Teacup
A commotion that dies down quickly, about something unimportant
- Both are trying to present the disagreement as a storm in a teacup.
Sweep Under the Rug
Attempt to temporarily conceal a problem or error
- They are trying to sweep the real issue under the rug.
Turn the Tables
Reverse a situation
- The only question is whether the President can use his extraordinary political skills to turn the tables on his opponents.
Someone who dampens a festive occasion
- The weatherman threw a wet blanket on our picnic plan when he forecast rain.