English Idiom: Let’s not waste our breath : Michael is a brain. I’m sure he’s gonna get the job. I read all the applications; and he’s unquestionably the cream of the crop.
Emily: But there’s something fishy about him. I just can’t put my finger on it.
Sarah: Come on! Aren’t you judging a book by its cover?
Emily: I just can’t put up with people who are full of themselves.
Sarah: We can’t turn him down anyway. You know he’s Mary’s cousin and she’ll pull some stings to get him hired.
Emily: As long as our hands are tied, let’s not waste our breath.
Sarah: Obviously; You can hardly ever find a person who has made their own way these days. It’s all favoritism and patronage.
A brain: an intelligent person.
The cream of the crop: the best among others.
Fishy: (adj) arousing feelings of doubt or suspicion.
To put one’s finger on (something): to discover the exact reason why a situation is the way it is, especially when something is wrong.
Judge a book by its cover: make judgments depending on appearances.
Put up with: to tolerate; to endure.
Full of oneself: very self-satisfied and with an exaggerated sense of self-worth.
Pull strings: secretly use influence or power.
Hands are tied: unable to act freely.
Waste one’s breath: to speak or argue without result.
Make one’s own way: to rely on one’s own abilities.
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