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to be more Catholic than the Pope
To be no more
To be of acquaintance
To be of opinion
To be off
To be off color
To be off one's food
To be off one's rocker
To be off the hinges
To be on a foundation
To be on edge
To be on foot
To be on her beam ends
To be on one's back
To be on short commons
To be on speaking terms
-- To be on the anvil --
To be on the carpet
To be on the defensive
To be on the fence
To be on the mending hand
To be on the move
To be on the qui vive
To be on the rack
To be on the stretch
To be on the tenters
To be on the watch
To be one flesh
To be one's own man
To be one's own master
To be one's own mistress
To be out at the heels
To be out of her reckoning

To be on the anvil

to be in a state of discussion, formation, or preparation, as when a scheme or measure is forming, but not matured.
- Swift.

See also: Anvil

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