To be thankful or grateful for one's good luck usually while avoiding a bad situation
You should count your lucky stars as you managed to avoid that violent car accident.
To punish someone or something harshly
He's a really strict teacher, so he'll definitely lower the boom on you if you don't do your homework.
In a bad situation, the worst possible outcome will always happen
That one subject i didnt learn was put on the test. Bread always falls on the buttered side i guest.
Used to indicate upper-class girls or women who behave in a passionate and enthusiastic way that irritates others
The most thing I don't like about her is that she is jolly hockey sticks all the time.
To cause someone to feel sad, depressed and hopeless.
He drove me to despair several times.
To suggest someone or something as something
I really recommend her as a qualified dentist.