Expressions are words or phrases used to convey an idea, or else a particular term used conventionally to express something.

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“largest of any mammal” vs. “largest of all mammals”

A: This animal is the largest of any mammal. vs. B: This animal is the largest of all mammals. What's the subtle differences between A and B.
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Is it correct to talk about a “lost age”?

Is it correct to talk about a "lost age"? In the sense of a long gone era, or a time where an extinct civilization was living for example.
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Why not “virtual estate” instead of “screen real estate”?

In English usage in many disciplines, like articles on Web designing, people frequently use the word "screen real estate" or "viewport (browser window size) real estate" or even "mobile or browser ...
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Gotta equivalents

I have done a bad classification of the oral use of these expressions. Been the most used 1 and the less 5. What is the most used in spoken American English? I gotta I got to I've gotta I've got ...
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the meaning of this 'knew' [on hold]

“Who was Miss Jennie?” “She was an angel straight out of Heaven,” breathed the man, fervently; “but the old master and missus knew her as their oldest daughter. She was twenty when she married ...
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I need another way of saying 'does the talking' [on hold]

I'm coming up with a tagline for my business – 'Where flavour does the talking'. I'm basically trying to get across the idea that flavour is the main focus. Any ideas?
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Dull as ditchwater (not dishwater) … specific questions thereon

(1) who specifically, or at least when specifically, did originate the phrase? {Example answer - "that was one of Shakespeare's!"} (2) why? (3) when first did someone screw up and use ...
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Idiom/expression for “responsible for what happened.”

Example: I doubt the kids are responsible for what happened. What idiom/expression can I use to replace the responsible for what happened part? Something that isn't as straight forward as the ...
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On the right path?

Suppose someone is trying to solve some math problem and he has the right idea to attack it, but still need more time to figure out details. When I want to encourage him, should I use "You are on the ...
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Why a u-turn instead of an “n-turn”?

I'm sure we all know what a "u-turn" is. However, people seem to go from the top of the U. Wouldn't an "n-turn" make more sense, because driving logistics force you to go in more the shape of a ...
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Alternative expression required [closed]

What is an alternative expression to "Keeping the lights on"
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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A word or expression that means somebody's name is not “real”

I'm interviewing someone and he doesn't want his real name showing up, so how could I rephrase the following sentence? We hide his real name under the name Luke.
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Where did the phrase “drop the hammer” come from?

Where did the phrase "drop the hammer" come from? It's what you do when you start to go balls to the wall. I've only heard it rowing.
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How do you say it when you are extremely relying on someone or something?

I want to say "I'm at the whim of X" but it just doesn't sound right. There is another word for this but for some reason I just can't think of it.
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What's the accurate meaning of “forget yourself”?

I was looking for a translation of the German expression "bevor ich mich vergesse" (lit. before I forget myself) and looked up if the literal translation could be used. In German this expression ...
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that feeling where you feel like you need to do something but can't remember what it is

You know when you feel like you need to do something but you can't remember what it is? You almost feel a little anxious because you can't remember what you were going to do / what you need to do. ...
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Portuguese native speaker

In order to be clear enough, I would say that I am a "European Portuguese native speaker" rather than a "Portuguese native speaker". - As a translator, I am expected to let potential clients know my ...
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“To bury someone twice”

Does anyone know what the expression to bury someone twice means and where it comes from?
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Use of “Drop me a line” [duplicate]

One person with whom I've emailed before said to "drop me [them] a line". I always thought the intention of this phrase is to call the person, specifically by phone (via telephone line). It seems this ...
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Is there a business phrase for whack-a-mole?

In my company, I've been asked to generate reports about accounts (for example) that have abnormal traits (less than 1%, for example). They want to know where these abnormal cases are so they can go ...
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How to distinguish between “however” and “whenever”?

I have this sentence: Even if it takes forever, I am going to speak English like a native. What I want to know is whether the first part of the sentence would be better replaced by whenever or ...
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'Given by' vs 'Given with'

Is this sentence correct? The equation of a line is given with [SOME EQUATION] ... I want to use it instead of: The equation of a line is given by [SOME EQUATION] ... Can I use 'with' ...
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A similie / metaphor for the concept that an entity is formed from a wide range of factors

I would really appreciate any help with the following. I am trying to explain that health is not simply determined by biological factors. Instead it is shaped by a whole host of variables: ...
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What is the most appropriate opposite of “Select All”?

Is it more appropriate to use "Deselect All" or "Select None" or some other phrase to indicate the opposite of "Select All"? Context: A toggle button in a piece of software that will select all items ...
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What does “Yeah, you did” mean?

This has been a question since I watched the episode Ted Mosby, Architect [HIMYM, Season 2] long time back. Yesterday I came across this again and I still don't get it. What does "Yeah, you did" ...
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Expression for 'One who likes expensive stuff, luxuries, but lacks appreciation?'

What would be an expression for: Someone who wants expensive stuff; someone who wants luxuries, and who lacks in appreciation.
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Expression for 'One who cares about one's social rank'

What is a word or expression for someone who cares about what social rank they're in. Someone who wants to have money, something similar to ambitious? Vain is not the word I'm looking for.
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How would a king have phrased “I need to use the bathroom”? [closed]

With literary or historical references, what phrase would an English-speaking monarch have used to indicate to either their attendants or to their court that they were in need of using the toilet ...
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Most number of items vs Most items [closed]

Consider this phrase, would you write this: The bucket containing the most items or in this form: The bucket containing the most number of items Some information here: ...
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What does “in the middle of the/a pack” mean? [closed]

Does this expression mean something like "in the middle of some score list", or "average level"?
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Why do we say 'He is Fred to a t'? [duplicate]

I used to think it was only a British idiom. But I read an article in the New York Times stressing how important tea was to the British army in Iraq. Apparently there is even a special attachment on ...
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is 'on submit ' grammatically correct? [migrated]

Can we use on submit in the meaning of after validation ? On submit value a notification will be displayed
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use of “not on purpose”

I was told that "not on purpose" cannot be used in the middle of a sentence. For example: I was showering and, not on purpose, I participated in the #icebucketchallenge. I am aware of the fact ...
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What does “bodded ill” mean? [closed]

Quoted from here: "Not to make an impression but anyone that bodded ill with the Duchess, did not sit with with Ealora" I was wondering what the expression "bodded ill" means. Thank you. P.S. As ...
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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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Meaning of “to be Accounts Receivable for someone”

I understand what accounts receivable are, and I understand what factoring is. But I don't understand what the phrase "to be accounts receivable for someone" means, e.g. "I'm accounts receivable for ...
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Is there one word for knowledge and wisdom that has been obtained from different sources and from experience?

Is there one word for "gathered wisdom", meaning knowledge and wisdom that has been obtained from different sources and from experience?
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What is the meaning of the phrase “cut five sides in [something]”?

I was browsing the Elvis Presley page on Wikipedia when I read a strange sentence: During a two-week leave in early June, Presley cut five sides in Nashville. I've never heard this phrase ...
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Women and children

I keep seeing and hearing the expression women and children in print and on NPR when referring to a set of people in a war zone. Do they literally mean women and children? Or has that become an ...
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“In my younger years, early days, early years, and earlier years”?

I just wanted to express the period from when I was born to my recent days until I realized something. I initially put "in my earlier years." Then I wasn't sure if the meaning of the phrase that I ...
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How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?

Is there a one word substitute for the scenario below, and what is the politest way of saying it to another person or colleague? I drink water from my bottle by touching my mouth When someone ...
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Does the word “out” carry sexual-minority flavour?

My NGO and partners are producing a feature film about Russian speakers in the world, and to explain its point as bias-breaking, we came up with the name out, that's nicely expanded in the slogan as ...
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precede versus take precedence of

I would like to describe the relationship between two start dates. I have been repeatedly using "start date of A precede the start date of B." I am wondering if an alternative expression "start date ...
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Other ways to say a project is ahead of schedule?

I'm looking for ways to say a business project is (or will be) completed ahead of schedule. Obviously, there are plenty of phrases for delayed or on-time statuses, but what are some phrases for ...
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How to say that something doesn't take a lot of memory [closed]

I'm working in small marketing company, and we got a task to promote mobile app, we usually work only with our native language which is Bulgarian, but the client insisted to translate promo text on ...
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What is the meaning of “all zero at the bone”? I can't make it out

From The Shining, by Stephen King: Jack turned back, all zero at the bone. What is the meaning of this expression?
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Usage of “Revised Document”

I offer two Word templates and recommend to use one of them in order to get a well-designed document. Using the expression revised document is correct in this case? For example: It is ...
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Anticipation with a positive tone

I am looking for a word or phrase that means I am happy that something will be happening. Existing phrases along this line already exist in popular writing: Movie Y is the most anticipated since ...
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Similar idioms to “When the cat's away, the mice will play”

I wonder if there is any similar idioms to "When the cat's away, the mice will play." I searched on a few websites (the free dictionary, dictionary.com, and cambridge.) but there was no suggestions ...