Truth is a rock large enough for us all to stand upon is an expression I first came across on the internet. It seems worth including here. Another blogger was asking about truth recently.
A slow fuse is not found in an electric plug, but could be used to set off an explosive charge. I have written elsewhere about tools being used for good or evil purposes. Explosives are useful in quarries, for example.
A live wire could cause an electric shock or even death by electrocution. A person may be descried as a live wire, meaning lively, energetic and determined.
Add fuel to the fire is often used figuratively meaning making a difficult situation worse.
Too hot to handle is used both literally and as a metaphor. A controversial issue could be described in this way.
A lazy wind doesn’t go round you, it goes through you.
Strictly this expression would have fitted in one of my posts about the weather. It is one I have heard in a particular part of England. Perhaps you, my readers, would be kind enough to tell me whether its use is widespread.
A biting wind hurts.
Starved usually means desperately short of food. Someone may look half-starved. In some areas I have heard the expression starved with cold.
Rock solid may describe the arguments in a case for or against something or a person’s character.
Idée fixe is a French expression, which has found its way into the English language, to describe a set idea, which someone is not prepared to reconsider.
Not set in stone is an expression about flexibility perhaps by contrast to the commandments received by Moses. (Exodus 24:12)