Late In The Day

Too far along in a certain activity to attempt a certain action. For Example: “Jim thought we should kick a field goal, but it was too late in the day for that. Since we were down by 21, we had to try to go for a touchdown.”

Call It A Day

To declare the end of a day’s work. For Example: “Alright, I think we got enough orders shipped out today. Let’s call it a day and go get a beer.”

A Shot In The Dark

A wild guess. For Example: “The final question was ‘who won the World Cup in 1994?’ I didn’t have any clue, so I just took a shot in the dark and said Spain.”

In The Dark

Ignorant of a certain fact or issue. For Example: “In the debate when the Senator was asked his opinion on nuclear waste disposal, it was clear by his stuttering that he is in the dark on that issue.”

Not Cut Out For

Not fit to be a part of. For Example: “Debra thought she wanted to become a journalist, but after her first week of classes she determined she’s not cut out for that career.”

Can’t Cut The Mustard

Often shortened to “can’t cut it,” this phrase means you can’t handle a certain task or issue. For Example: “Bill thought about joining the Marines, but he eventually concluded that he just can’t cut basic training.”

Off The Cuff

Without being prepared in advance. For Example: “The President was asked to give a speech off the cuff, so he wasn’t at his best.”

A Far Cry From

One thing that is very different from another thing, usually inferior. For Example: “You can’t compare Cornell to Harvard. Cornell is a far cry from Harvard.”