– Prepositional Phrasal-Nouns – Letter S –
(a) Chip On (one’s) Shoulder – See: Phrasal Nouns – Letter “C”, for “Chip”
(a) Run-Away Success – This is an Idiomatic and Adjectival Noun Phrase which is used to describe something which is so successful, it is like a race-horse who – as soon as the gates are opened – runs away and wins the race.
“The release of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!’s TOEFL Preparation Course is a run-away success. It seems that everyone in the world has signed up for it”
(a) Setback – This is a noun phrase that is used to describe something that causes you troubles which halts or slows your progressive momentum… “George Bush becoming president was a real *set-back* for the entire planet.”
(the) Situation At Hand – This is an idiomatic noun phrase which just describes the situation that one is dealing with at present (“at hand”)… “I Am FULLY confident that, very soon in third-dimensional time, I Will become the Superstar-Millionaire-Superhero-Magician that I have always been destined to be – but *the situation at hand* is that I am still living in Bulgaria, I’m about 30 pounds over-weight, and I have to teach English to pay for food to feed my wife and three cats… (but this will all change very soon) ;)”
(a) Snake In The Grass – This is an idiomatic noun phrase which, besides being an insult to real snakes everywhere, is a term used to describe a person who pretends to be a friend or a good person but will eventually find some way to completely take advantage of anyone that he or she is involved with in order to advance him or her self, but to the detriment of the person being taken advantage of. The reason this phrase is an insult to snakes is that human have the idea that it is in the snake’s nature to strike whenever there is a chance… just because. Which is a quality which is uniquely human and found almost nowhere else in nature.
(a) Straight Answer – See: Phrasal Nouns – Letter“A”, for “Answer”
(a) Straight Face – See: Phrasal Nouns – Letter “F”, for “Face”