If something is a dime a dozen, it is extremely common, possibly too common

Death of a thousand cuts
If something is suffering the death of a thousand cuts, or death by a thousand cuts, lots of small bad things are
happening, none of which are fatal in themselves, but which add up to a slow and painful demise.
Death warmed up
(UK) If someone looks like death warmed up, they look very ill indeed. (‘death warmed over’ is the American form)
Demon weed
Tobacco is the demon weed.
Derring-do
If a person shows derring-do, they show great courage.
Devil finds work for idle hands
When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don’t have anything to do with their
time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
Devil is in the detail
When people say that the devil in the detail, they mean that small things in plans and schemes that are often
overlooked can cause serious problems later on.
Devil may care

If you live a devil-may-care life it means you are willing to take more risks than most people.

Devil’s advocate
If someone plays Devil’s advocate in an argument, they adopt a position they don’t believe in just for the sake of the
argument
Diamond in the rough
A diamond in the rough is someone or something that has great potential, but isn’t not refined and polished.
Die is cast
If the die is cast, a decision has been made that cannot be altered and fate will decide the consequences.
Different kettle of fish
If something is a different kettle of fish, it is very different from the other things referenced.
Different ropes for different folks
(USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
Different strokes for different folks
(USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
Dime a dozen
(USA) If something is a dime a dozen, it is extremely common, possibly too common.
Dip your toes in the water
If you dip your toes in the water, you try something tentatively because you are not sure whether it will work or not.
Dirty dog
A dirty dog is an untrustworthy person.
Discerning eye
If a person has a discerning eye, they are particularly good at judging the quality of something.
Discretion is the better part of valour
This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.
Dish the dirt
If you dish the dirt on something or someone, you make unpleasant or shocking information public.
Do a Devon Loch
(UK) If someone does a Devon Loch, they fail when they were very close to winning. Devon Loch was a horse that
collapsed just short of the winning line of the Grand National race.
Do a runner
(UK) If people leave a restaurant without paying, they do a runner.
Do the running
(UK) The person who has to do the running has to make sure that things get done. (‘Make the running’ is also used.)
Do their dirty work
Someone who does someone’s dirty work, carries out the unpleasant jobs that the first person doesn’t want to do.
Someone who seems to enjoy doing this is sometimes known as a ‘henchman’.
Do’s and don’t’s
The do’s and don’t’s are what is acceptable or allowed or not within an area or issue, etc.
Dog and pony show
(USA) A dog and pony show is a presentation or some marketing that has lots of style, but no real content.
Dog days
Dog days are very hot summer days.

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