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Difference between 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines'

I came across the phrases 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines' several times. Please enlighten me about the origin of these two phrases and the difference between them.
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Wages and Salaries [closed]

What is the difference between Wages and Salaries? Is it a question of manual vs intellectual jobs or more a question of how frequently payments are made, weekly or monthly?
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Difference between “whereby” and “in which”?

Are there any differences between them? For example, Conversion is the process whereby a value of one type is transformed into a value of another type.
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Definite article usage: “I'm going to mosque” Or “I'm going to the mosque”?

AS Hornby says in one of his books that we should always use the before mosque, and temple unlike church. When we go to a church for prayer, we say I am going to church while we say I am ...
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sensible, sensitive, and sentient

Despite the apparently same meanings of the three words (which I looked up in Wiktionary), I would like to know if my interpretation is correct regarding their differences. "sensible" is used to ...
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When did speakers/writers of AE begin to replace the noun “quotations” with the verb “quotes”?

Not being particularly adept at using Google's Ngram viewer, I put the two words (quotes and quotations) into the viewer and it displayed a result, with the two lines staying pretty close together ...
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What are the differences between “amalgam” and “hodgepodge”/“hedgepodge”? [closed]

What are the differences between amalgam and hodgepodge/hedgepodge? I see people using them in their sentences, which seems to mean mixture of many things. Are they subtly different?
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Difference between “meaning of life” and “purpose of life”

I have seen and heard both, but I cannot tell the difference between "meaning of life" and "purpose of life". Could anybody explain it to me? When to use which?
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Morrow vs. Tomorrow [closed]

What's the difference between morrow and tomorrow? Why are there two similar words for the same meaning? I noticed it in the title of a song of Michael Nyman, "Second Morrow", on Gattaca OST. ...
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Difference in the implied meaning when different words for “cheating” used?

Please consider the sentences below: He chiseled me out of my dues. He swindled me out of dues. He cheated me out of my dues. Below are the definitions given by Dictionary Chisel = ...
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What is the difference between “left/right side” and “left/right-hand side”?

This question arose in the context of referring to locations in a figure, e.g.: A dot is added to the left(-hand) side of the diagram. What is the difference in meaning (if there is one)? What ...
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Difference between “synopsis” and “plot”

After commenting on this question, I started wondering what the difference between a plot and a synopsis is, or if they are exactly the same. I'm mainly looking for common usage, but anything else ...
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What is the difference between “no” and “not”? [closed]

What is the difference between "no" and "not"? We know that "no" and "not" have the same meaning. I'm studying English. I hope to get help. Sorry for my language.
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What's the difference between “distributors” and “resellers”?

I saw this in VMware's annual report: We sell and market our products largely through a network of channel partners, which includes distributors, resellers, system vendors, and systems ...
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Difference between “substantive” and “substantial”

My professor has asked us to give a substantive presentation in order to complete a course. I needed to look up the dictionary as this was a new word for me. Dictionaries do not point to a clear ...
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Difference between “at someone's face” vs “in someone's face” vs “to someone's face”

What is the difference between 'to my face', 'at my face' and 'in my face'? I searched it on google books and got results for all of them with various hits. Does one seem more accurate over the other? ...
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How do hyphens modify the meaning of “n-month-old”?

I see three different ways of hyphenating the phrase "six month old". Six-month old: A six-month old poses with a machine gun owned by supporters of the Free Syrian Army. Six-month-old: ...
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“Appear” and “seem”

Which of these verbs should I use to better support my opinion about a status of someone when I am convinced about what I am saying? The president of Czech Republic seems/appears arrogant to me.
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“On Mac OS X” vs. “in Mac OS X”

The NY Times uses both "on Mac OS X" and "in Mac OS X". Can someone explain which one seems more appropriate if there is no difference?
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“Myself” vs. “by myself”

I get confused with the following. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated. I can't do it myself. I can't do it by myself.
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Video, picture, or image?

How do I clearly distinguish between: Moving images only Moving images and audio Using as few words as possible, without it sounding 'awkward' of course. Black Hat Guy:   "I was watching ...
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Difference between “normal person” and “average person”

Is there any difference between normal person and average person? Can I use these interchangeably?
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“Shepherding” vs. “sheepherding”

What is the difference between shepherding and sheepherding (sheep herding?)? What is the difference between shepherd and sheepherder? I had only heard shepherd until I found sheepherder on a page ...
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As a color name, would “chili” or “chile” be the same as “chilli”?

The South African flag Wikipedia article consistently refers to the reddish color in the SA flag as chilli, both outside of and within quotes from SA's official interim heraldic description and the SA ...
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“To be elected chairman” vs. “to be elected the chairman”

I have a question regarding the correct use of the definite article "the": One of my books says: Definite article the is used before nouns denoting a position that can be held by one person ...
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“Managing of something” or “managing something”

Which is the correct usage? My responsibilities include managing of employee data. or My responsibilities include managing employee data. If both are correct, can they be used ...
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What's the difference between “abbreviation” and “abbreviature”?

What's the difference between these two words, abbreviation and abbreviature?
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“In the news” or “on the news”

I found this question in a textbook: Q: The company's stock tumbled _____ the news that it would have to recall over 30,000 tires that were produced in 2004. A: in B: for C: on Should ...
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Repute vs. Impute?

In our vocabulary book, the definition for impute is: tr. v.: To attribute or ascribe a quality, especially a fault, to a person The definition of repute is: tr. v.: To assign a reputation ...
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“reported no …” vs. “did not report …” [closed]

Is there a difference in meaning between "John reported no symptoms" and "John did not report any symptoms"? I always felt that there is a subtle difference between the two, former implying that John ...
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Not really sure vs. really not sure

Is there any difference between saying "I am not really sure where the noise is from" and "I am really not sure where the noise is from"? are they interchangeable?
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Shipping costs or shipment costs?

shipping costs or shipment costs? I want to know the correct form and the difference between them, if there is one. Thank you!
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What is the usage difference between dilemma and quandary

Between dilemma and quandary, what are the various denotations and connotations. A dilemma is a difficult choice, not just any difficulty or problem. The dictionaries put them as synonyms. ...
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wrinkle vs. crease

What is the difference between 'wrinkle' and 'crease' talking about skin? Can we say 'wrinkles' form as you get old, and 'creases' form when you move part of your face? Like when you laugh and laugh ...
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Is there a difference between “tongue-tied” and “speechless”?

Earlier today, a student of mine was telling me a story about how his colleague, upon seeing him wearing an over-the-top jacket, was so surprised that she couldn't say anything. Question: Which ...
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Difference between “exercise” and “workout”

We can say: I will do exercise today or I will do workout today. Is there any difference between them?
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Difference between elucidate and explicate

I read the definitions of these two terms rendered by various dictionaries and concluded that elucidate denotes 'to make perspicuous or intelligible (especially by explanation)'; whereas, explicate ...
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Difference between mug, jug, jar, etc [closed]

When I try to translate the German word "Krug" into English, LEO shows me without further distinction: flagon jar jug mug tankard pitcher But as far as I know, they cannot always used ...
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What is the difference between a variant and a variation?

I designed a logo for a client. He liked the idea it presented, but wanted to see alternative ways to represent its idea, so I came up with several new designs of similar concept. I now have to ...
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“Have you gone” vs. “have you ever gone” [duplicate]

When talking about past experience, what is the difference between these two sentences? Have you gone to Hong Kong? Have you ever gone to Hong Kong?
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Is 'Mochup' the same as 'Mock-up'?

I recently came across the word 'mochup'. I am unsure if this is simply a spelling mistake of the term 'mock-up', or if it is a technical neologism with a slightly different meaning. Searching on ...
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“Skim” vs “Scan”

I've looked up the words in a bunch of dictionaries and each one says something different. As I understand they're a kind of synonyms. I scanned the article for his name. - meaning, I read it ...
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“Decide on” vs. “decide for”

What's the difference between "decide on something" and "decide for something"? For example, which preposition would you use in the following passage? After more than a decade of disagreement, ...
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“Hitler will send no warning” vs “Hitler won't send warnings”

As in this WWII poster: Are they the same thing, or are there differences in expression? Why do native speakers choose the first one?
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Meaning of various valedictions or closing expressions

Related to, but I believe distinct from, the following questions: What does the "yours" in "yours sincerely" mean? What are some expressions that can be used to end an email? ...
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“Cut into halves” vs. “cut in half”

It’s easy to cut a rectangle into halves. This will cut both rectangles in half. What is the difference between halves and half? There are two answers, and it’s best to get both. "It’s ...
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How does “among” vs “between” affect the meaning of this sentence from the Times?

I realize that this has been discussed elsewhere on the site, but I was interested in the use of the preposition "among" in a sentence from a story in yesterday's New York Times: Research done by ...
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Difference between “mad” and “angry” [closed]

Are there any differences between mad and angry and when should you use one instead of the other?
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“Existence” in English and Persian

In Persian, things "have" existence, for example To vojod dari = You have existence In English existing is not something to have, it's something to be, You exist Am I wrong in saying ...
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“Firehouse” vs. “fire station”

In the United States, is firehouse used specifically to refer to the fire station in small town?