Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight
Underequipped or unprepared
- If you haven't studied law, representing yourself in court is like bringing a knife to a gunfight.
A good shooter, a good marksman
- The sniper's a dead eye, he got me again.
Fall on One’s Sword
To accept blame; to sacrifice oneself
- After more than 30 years with the Australian Taxation Office — in a career recently described as “illustrious” by its chief — deputy commissioner Michael Cranston fell on his sword yesterday and resigned.
Use an extreme measure; because extremely angry
- There was nothing I could do. I had to go nuclear.
Jump the Gun
Start doing something too soon
- They've only just met - isn't it jumping the gun to be talking about marriage already?
Indisputable evidence of a crime
- The tape recordings provided prosecutors with the smoking gun they needed to prove he'd been involved in the conspiracy.
Sword of Damocles
Something that causes a feeling of constant threat.
- The threat of a cut in funding is hanging over the Opera House like a sword of Damocles.
An honest, trustworthy person
- Friends described Menendez as a straight arrow who rarely drank and was close to his family.
Twist/Turn the Knife (in Deeper)
Make someone’s suffering worse
- Just to turn the knife a little, he told me he'd seen my old girlfriend with her new man.