Be one’s downfall, as in His heavy drinking may well be the end of him, or That math assignment will be the end of me. This phrase originally alluded to something that would cause someone’s death. Today, while it may be used seriously (as in the first example), it more often is used more lightly (as in the second).
- Be there
be there verb phrase To have the experience; learn firsthand: You have to be there to know what I mean/ I can tell you, because I’ve been there myself (1880s+)
- Be there for
verb phrase be available to help or support someone in a difficult circumstance
- Be there or be square
be there or be square sentence One should attend an event or one will be considered an outsider: The party? Be there or be square!
- Be there with bells on
be there with bells on sentence An expression of happiness about being someplace; I am eager and happy to be here: I will be there with bells on