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To be in a good, better or pleasant situation

want for nothing

to have everything that you need

be the envy of

to have good qualities or advantages that people admire very much and would like to have themselves

emerge

verb

to stop being involved in a difficult situation or period of time

have the world at your feet

to have a lot of opportunities to do interesting and exciting things

hold/have all the cards

to be in a good position to beat or defeat someone because you have all the advantages

have your cake and eat it

to have all the benefits of a situation when, in fact, having one thing means that you cannot have the other

hold/have all the aces

to have a big advantage over other people

to have had a good innings

to have had a good life or a good career

be in/out of the firing line

to be/not be in danger

get/have the best of it

to gain an advantage in a fight, argument, game etc

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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alms

money, food, or clothes given to poor people

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to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

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