Dennis the Menace
After the notorious television character played by a young boy who always creates trouble for the grownups. Any hyperactive little boy who needs calming down.
"Your son, Joey, is becoming a regular 'Dennis the Menace'," Jane said to Elvira.
The joyful spirit of Christmas; Santa Claus.
English children look forward to the visit of Father Christmas.
The third Sunday in June set aside especially to honor fathers whether living or dead.
The children gave nice presents to their father on Father's Day.
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb
A person who is already helpless will not have more trouble; you will not have more trouble than you can bear.
After Mr. Smith lost his job, the Smith's house caught fire, but the fire was put out before much harm was done. Mr. Smith said, "God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb."
At the right place when needed; present and ready to help; very prompt; on time.
A good waterboy is always Johnny-on-the-spot.
The firemen were Johnny-on-the-spot and put out the fire in the house soon after it started.
A policeman; a patrol car; frequently abbreviated as Smokey.
Slow down, Smokey's ahead!
A Smokey is on the move, heading east.
That's about the size of it!
Informal way to say: What you said is true or the rumor or the news is true.
"I am told you're leaving our firm for Japan," Fred said to Tom. "That's about the size of it," Tom replied with a grin.
That's the story of my life...
Usually spoken when something goes wrong.
I spent seven years writing a novel, but no publisher wants to accept it. That's the story of my life.