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Idioms from A to Z  that are taken from news headlines around the world such as cnn, bbc, ny times, voa, yahoo, msn, etc.  

Letter A

 A bitter pill to swallow - something that is very unpleasant but must be accepted

Riven by political infighting, Thailand's ailing public healthcare system is facing a funding crisis. It is a bitter pill to swallow.

Letter S

social smoker - a person who only smokes in public places like bars or clubs for the purpose of fitting in because everyone else is doing it or to impress a certain cliche of people

Just a 'Social Smoker'? Toll on Your Health Still High 

(HealthDay News) -- If you think that having an occasional cigarette in social settings is less dangerous for your heart than smoking a pack a day, think again.
New research shows that social smokers have the same risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol as regular smokers do.

sucker punch - A punch that takes someone by surprise, a punch coming from out of the blue.

Sucker punch in Las Vegas kills Victorville father of 5

A sucker punch on the streets of Las Vegas led to the death of a father of five from Victorville.

square off - to get ready for an argument or a fight

French Presidential Candidates Set to Square Off in Election's Only Debate

Letter W

walk on water - to perform an impossible or godlike task

Michael Bisping Blasts His Critics, While Conor McGregor Walks on Water 

“Whatever I do, I get (expletive) off everybody. Conor McGregor can do no wrong. He is Jesus reincarnated. He can walk on water,” Bisping declared.