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Have a stake in

Have a share, interest, or involvement in something or someone. For example, Every member had a stake in the business, or She knew that she had a stake in her children’s future. This term uses stake in the sense of “something to gain or lose,” as in gambling. [ Late 1700s ]


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  • Have a thing about

    verb phrase To be especially concerned with, in love, hate, or fascination; be strongly emotional about: She really has a thing about pyramids (1936+) Be obsessed or preoccupied with something. For example, He has a thing about disorder in the garage, or Bob has a thing about brunettes. [ ; first half of 1900s ]

  • Have a tiger by the tail

    verb phrase To be in a nasty situation, esp innocently or unexpectedly, that will get much worse before it gets better (1972+)

  • Have a time of it

    see under hard time , def. 1.

  • Have a toehold

    verb phrase To get or have a precarious grip on something; get or have an uncertain command: You’ve got a good toehold on the job; now let’s see you take over [1940s+; fr the sort of unsure footing one has when only the toes are planted and the precarious seizure one has made when only […]

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