All That (and a Bag of Chips)

I need a handbook of American metaphors, clichés, sayings, and euphemisms. My imagination "goes wild" with confusion when someone is speaking to me and they say something like:

"...we need to tighten our belts!"
"...we need to go out before the camels!"
"...how do you like them apples?"
or "Do I look like a turnip that just fell off of the turnip truck?"


Metaphors are supposed to help "drive a point home", but many times, you end up losing me completely, speaker.

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