cross one's fingers
keep one's fingers crossed
keep your fingers crossed
To cross two fingers of one hand for good luck. To wish for good luck.
Скрестить пальцы на удачу; надеяться что все пройдет гладко. Желать удачи.
Mary crossed her fingers during the race so that Tom would win.
I have a job interview today. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?
У меня сегодня собеседование на работу. Скрестишь пальцы на удачу, хорошо?
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we got passing grades on that college entrance exam.
Jerry kept his fingers crossed that the good weather would hold up for the picnic he was planning for the coming weekend.
Keep your fingers crossed while I take the test.
I crossed my fingers for you.
Я держала кулаки за тебя.
To cross two fingers of one hand to excuse an untruth that you are telling.
Johnny crossed his fingers when he told his mother the lie.
ear to the ground
have an ear to the ground
keep an ear to the ground
Attention directed to the way things are going, or seem likely to go, or to the way people feel and think.
The city manager kept an ear to the ground for a while before deciding to raise the city employees' pay.
Reporters keep an ear to the ground so as to know as soon as possible what will happen.
earn one's keep
To merit one's salary or keep by performing the labor or chores that are expected of one.
John earned his keep at the music conservatory by dusting off all the musical instruments every day.
have an eye out
keep an eye out
keep an eye out for
Careful watch or attention; guard. Used after keep, have or with. Usually used with for.
Keep an eye out. We're close to Joe's house.
Mary has her eye out for bargains.
They went through the woods very quietly, with an eye out for Indians.
keep one's eyes open
Careful watch or attention; readiness to see. Usually used with for.
Keep your eyes open for a boy in a red cap and sweater.
The hunter had his eyes open for rabbits.
They drove on with their eyes open for a gas station.
Full knowledge; especially of consequences; understanding of what will or might result. Used with have or with.
Automobile racing is dangerous. Bob went into it with his eyes open.
Betty had her eyes open when she got married.
feet on the ground
get one's feet on the ground
keep one's feet on the ground
have one's feet planted firmly in the ground
An understanding of what can be done; sensible ideas. Used with a possessive.
John has his feet on the ground; he knows he cannot learn everything at once.
Ted dreams of sudden riches, but Henry keeps his feet on the ground and expects to work for his money.
Mrs. Smith was a dreamer, but her husband was a man with his feet on the ground.
finders keepers, losers weepers
Those who find lost things can keep them. Used usually by children to claim the right to keep something they have found.
I don't have to give it back; it's finders keepers.
Finders keepers, losers weepers! It's my knife now!
For the winner to keep.
They played marbles for keeps.
For always; forever.
He left town for keeps.
Seriously, not just for fun. Often used in the phrase play for keeps.
This is not a joke, it's for keeps.
The policeman knew that the robber was trying to shoot him. He was playing for keeps.