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

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Word for “Writing phrase on something”

Is there a word that represents the act of writing a phrase on something? In this case, I'm trying to advertise a club by "engraving" or "inking" ping pong balls with a phrase such as "Join this ...
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A word for “people who were born on the same day from different mothers”

What could be a word for people who are born on the same day but are not siblings? I am creating a website and matching my college students who were born on same day. I need an appropriate or the ...
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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What did the sea win?

A passage from Arthur Clarke, 2010: Odyssey Two: Floyd often wondered what Marion would have thought of his strange and beautiful home on the edge of the Pacific. She had never liked the sea, but ...
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Phrase/expression for “growing at my own speed”

I'm writing the acknowledgments-section of my thesis and want to thank my academic advisor for his patience and support, and for allowing me to "grow at my own speed". I'm looking for a concise way to ...
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Going through a hard ordeal to achieve something important?

What is a strong expression for someone going though a hard ordeal to achieve something important? For example a mother who has lost her children will _______ to get them back.
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I'm looking for a term, word or phase used to describe the important, but minute, details. Something along the lines of, “it's the little things”

Persons often say, "It's the little things". I'm looking for a word or term that would describe this feeling of a minute detail completing a whole.
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who only does their job when the boss/manager is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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Does “open question” mean the same as “open-ended question”? [on hold]

Both phrases are supposed to refer to the concept of a question with no predefined set of answers, where the person answering has no limitations in the structure of their answer. Do the two phrases ...
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Common phrase for something that changes while you are working on it [duplicate]

What are common phrases that describe something that is changing while you are working on it without you knowing. for example: you are adding comments to a doc, and when you submit them you see that ...
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What is the difference between “tried closing my eyes” and “tried to close my eyes”?

Is there any difference in meaning? Or are they pretty much always interchangeable? ESL students are having trouble understanding when to use which expression. Thank you.
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English-language equivalent to the Russian idiom, 'Not let someone within firing distance near X'

I've been hard put to come up with the most appropriate English expression for a particular Russian one. In Russian, an expression that roughly translates as "To not let someone come near X within a ...
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How may one properly use “born by …”?

If one's mother is Jane and their father is Dave, and their name is John Smith, would they say any of the following? I was born John Smith by Jane Doe and Dave Smith I was born John Smith by ...
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Do you remember the English expression “content is better than…” which means “real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance”?

I remember that once upon a time I heard the expression "content is better than..." which means "real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance". But I couldn't remember the "..." ...
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Synonyms for wondering hard

Can someone help me to identify some English synonyms/idioms meaning to "wonder so hard"? The word or phrase I'm looking for could be used in a situation where somebody tries to solve a very confusing ...
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This expression is correct? [on hold]

I want to buy a domain with this words: superbtourfrance.com This is correct: superb tour france ? or superb france tour ? This well use the word: superb ? Thanks for your time.
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word for “splitting time between various tasks”

What'd be a good word (noun) for "dividing one's time between various tasks"? E.g., when you refer to an employee that works on several projects in a given month, but not necessarily on more than one ...
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Alternative to “Calm your tits.”

I need a non-sexist, non-sexualized aternative instead of "Calm your tits." Clarification: The question comes from the parent of a pre-teen. The parent (me) needs some alternatives that will appeal ...
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what to call the previous time interval , that is equally long

I have to display some reporting data and am having a bit of trouble with naming the columns. I have: today 1 day ago (yesterday) last 7 days the 7 days before the last 7 days (so today-14 until ...
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Meaning of expression “Carry a card”

What is the meaning of carry a card in this context? Mary Webster's Sarah's carried a card for years, so's everybody's cook in this town. The place is the American South (Alabama). Sarah was a ...
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What does the author intend to convey in the sentence? [closed]

I'm unable to understand the sentence below. Could somebody please help me paraphrase it? His devotion to his career and his conviction that he was a man of destiny far outweighed any tribal ...
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What's the difference between “him/her” and “them”? [duplicate]

Consider this sentence: Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. What I'd like to understand is why and when should them be used instead of him/her?
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Can you “Build a coffee”? [closed]

Would it be valid or invalid English, to use phrases along the following lines: Can you build a coffee? I'm building a coffee I'm going to go and build a coffee I built a coffee Etc.
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“Walk off/away on someone”

I'm looking for an expression to describe the action of someone suddenly walking away in the middle of a conversation with another person, because, for instance, s/he has been offended by something ...
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What type of marker is [sic] in a text? It is not an editor's mark, so what is it?

The marker "[sic]" is used in a published work to show that a word-usage or spelling is recognised by the author to be incorrect or unconventional. On the other hand, editors' marks (proofreading ...
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What to use for 'first unimpressive but later better'?

I will explain a few situations : It is often the case that I listen to a song which doesn't impress me in the first minute or so but as it progresses, I like it A trained batsmen struggles in the ...
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What does the expression “so we can short it” means?

I was browsing the internet and found the following discussion Their rules are remarkably lax. I would fire the shit out of anyone who wrote a 60 line function, without any hesitation (barring ...
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What does expression “naked to the world” mean?

What does expression "naked to the world" mean? I've heard it in a series Suits, season 2, episode 4, at the 20th minute. Full sentence: "Give me the address and tell Donna to hurry up. I'm naked to ...
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Sporting beard Vs keeping beard [closed]

For non-native speakers of English language the usage, someone sporting beard may appear odd.They wonder as to why "someone keeping the the beard well trimmed or leaving beard matted" is not ...
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English word for superstitiously negative self assumption

Is there an English word (or psychological condition), which describes the negative, fearful, superstitious mentality of immediate self application or assumption? For example if I was to say "my ...
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What is the exact definition of “set off” in the expression “set off by (a pair of) commas?”

It seems to me that in English usage "set off" is almost irreplaceable in the collocation I refer to in the question and in similar phrases, e.g., "comma(s) set(s) off (this or that)." As if everyone ...
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Another way to say “Condolence”

I'm looking for words/phrases that can substitute the use of word "condolence" during a funeral. I'm searching for another alternative to avoid repetition of such expression in the grieving party, in ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “has some teeth to it”?

I know the phrase "has some teeth to it" refers to something that cuts and/or takes hold of something. It's used a lot in arguments / discussion of topics where serious / good counterpoints are used, ...
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Connecting sentences with “that is”

Suppose a sentence such as Let X := a and Y := b, that is X is foo and Y is bar .. Is this correct english? I try to first a give a formal mathematical definition of X and Y, and then repeat the ...
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“to take someone to task” does not mean to make someone do something?

I just looked up the translation of the German expression jemanden zur Rede stellen. The one translation for that expression I found was to take someone to task. I use the German expression to ...
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A phrase describing someone who is incredibly lazy? [closed]

Is there a phrase that would describe a person that is lazy beyond anything reasonable? Someone who almost feels entitled to everything and fails to see the laziness in himself.
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Is the expression “You the Man” gender neutral?

The expression "You The Man" is generally used to compliment a male. Can this expression be used to compliment a female? If not, what is a suitable alternative?
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How do you say “people, who unfortunately weren't fully exterminated” in English?

Imagine, there is a social group, which I think is so evil they have to be banished or exterminated. For example: Freedom Party of Austria represents not fully exterminated Nazi scum and their ...
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Could I combine “eaves-” (doing something stealthily) with other action?

As far as I know, I only know two words have "eaves-" that means "to doing something stealthily" — "eavesdrop" and "eavesread". eavesdrop (Wiktionary) "... purposefully trying to hear the ...
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Alternatives for the phrase “have disputed the use of”

Here is a random quote from the internet: American policy makers and the general public have disputed the use of aggressive interrogation methods for military intelligence. What would be some ...
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Is “moonstruck adventure” an actual term/expression? [closed]

Encountered the phrase "moonstruck adventure" repeatedly in a text i'm dealing with (in the context of bad decisions made by someone that nearly led to disastrous results) - is that a proper term or ...
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Proverbial or not

"Whenever you see a deaf man running follow him, he has seen an impending danger not just heard it."- Has anything proverbial in this sentence?
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Addressing British nobility in third person [closed]

Is it correct to say "Their Lordship"while referring to British nobility ?
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Adding website URL in reference section of report writing

I was wondering what kind of format is standard or recommended style of mentioning URL of a website in report writing. What I found in the internet after a quick search was Cameron, B (Minister ...
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Expression for when an actor has become so associated with a role that it becomes difficult to 'unsee'?

Think of Daniel Radcliffe. Is there an expression that describes his situation or state of him always being associated with Harry Potter by many people?
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Word to describe something of something of something

What is a word for recursion/nesting of an entity in English ? I'm looking for a word that replaces the colloquially used -ception suffix. A generic term that encapsulates all nested attributes. For ...
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Need polite phrases expressing disagreement with the information/conclusions of another person, especially an educator [closed]

My classmate told me I should always say, "With all due respect," or "I politely disagree," when disagreeing someone - especially an educator - in order to avoid being perceived as rude. For example: ...
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I want to know a quote of Ralph Waldo Emerson [closed]

A quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson is, Do what you know and perception is converted into character. I don't understand its meaning well. Would you convert this old sentence into modern ...
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How to correctly use the expression “safe travel(s)”?

A colleague of mine recently reached out to me. I asked if he would like to meet up sometime to which he notified me that he would be traveling the remainder of this week. In what context is it okay ...
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What is the best and most concise way to Describe a Town and its Surroundings? [closed]

I am creating a Text Based Game. When a character arrives in a Town, they are supposed to describe the town that they are in based on the buildings that are in the town. At the moment I have a very ...