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

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What's the meaning of the expression “[something] much?”

I see this often. I don't understand what it means. Just a noun followed by "much?". What would something like that mean? Maybe it's not "real English". I don't know. For example, some of the titles ...
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“Without whom…” or “whom … without”?

Is it more grammatically correct to move the preposition without to the end of its clause, or use without whom? Does the "in no particular order" change matters? I wish to express my sincere ...
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Help! A more elegant way of writing “attempt to replicate them” for Teaching Statement

Help! I'm writing up my Teaching Statement for an Assistant Professor position in the sciences. Because all I do is read and write science, I have no elegance in my writing at all! I'm trying to make ...
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Word meaning: “The act of taking/obtaining that of which is rightly yours, but you've never had.”

Other examples include: "Liberating oneself by obtaining a right or value one deserves, but has never had." "To have the ability to do something for the first time." Something like secure, capture, ...
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Meaning of “desperate picnic”

I've seen the expression "desperate picnic" whose exact meaning I've been unable to find in the Internet. I thought it could be a common expression in English. The full sentence was: Dwarika's ...
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What is the similar expression of “the young go-getters” in BE?

Could anyone help me? If I am asking the UK expression that is similar with this US colloquialism “the young go getters”, would I learn something from you?
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What does the phrase “woman on the go” mean?

I came across the expression woman on the go but even after I have searched in various dictionaries I could not find a definition. Can one please let me know what it means and in which ...
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how to communicate effectively with the person [on hold]

I want to know about deep description about communicate effectively with the person. It is very important to analyze them and understand them. If any body given me the steps it will be very useful ...
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Expression for (wrong) 'common knowledge'. A set of common misconceptions

When some knowledge is available to most of us, quite evident and widely accepted, we say it's 'common knowledge'. Let's think about the same situation, except that this so-called knowledge is ...
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Quote: 'stand in great wisdom'

I came across this expression while I was reading "Asgard Stories". This is a dialogue between Heimdall, guardian of Bifrost, the "trembling bridge", and Odin. Because of his good work, Odin says very ...
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Is “I wish I had one of those …” correctly used in the following sentence?

Sex Education Club? I wish I had one of those when I was a student. The bolded part actually means, I wish my university had had one of those so I could have joined . . . But I picked I wish I ...
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What is the word describes walk with joy?

Two good friends seeing each other after years. They are happy and have lots to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate verb to picture their ...
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news for nose meaning

I had heard the expression "have a nose for news" but when I was watching a tv show (web of lies) the expression was "news for nose". The exact quote goes like this: GEORGE WEBER NOT ONLY HAD A ...
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“Thought of” vs. “thought about”. What's the difference? [duplicate]

What's the difference between "thought of" and "thought about"? One difference I'm aware of is that you use "thought of" when something comes to mind but you don't analyze it, and "thought about" if ...
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“You gotta do what you gotta do” and similar expressions

You gotta do what you gotta do. It's there because it's there. Stuff, because stuff. Does this pattern of expression have a name? Existential assertion, maybe?
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weighted sum of values VS sum of weighted values,

I studied Neural Network, and there occurs following formula. S = Sum ( weight of N * value of N ) In the text book and other references, they indicate S as 'an weighted sum of values'. I have some ...
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“Kinda figured it out ” vs “kinda figured out”

Example: Speaker A: Were you surprised about my confession? Speaker B: Not really. Kinda figured (it) out when you held my hand last night." Kinda figured it out has 180 hits on Google ...
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“Similarly to” at the beginning of a sentence

I have a follow up question to using "Similarly to" at the beginning of a sentence. "similarly to" in the sentence beginning suggests to use "As in". Does "as in" mean "equally" or just ...
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Is the following ungrammatical expression common in speech?

Don't be ashamed. It was cute, like a shy teenager. I'm not very sure if this is a grammatical mistake, but I think the correct version would look like this: Don't be ashamed. It was cute, ...
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What's the word for 'new yet old'? [on hold]

I am trying to think of the word that describes something that is new yet old, contemporary yet classic, progressive yet traditional or any other similar meanings. The word is used to describe a ...
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A more vernacular way of saying “adopt an alternative approach”?

I'm trying find a more vernacular way to express "adopt an alternative approach". The context is "Looks like a bit of a challenge there. Perhaps I should adopt an alternative approach?" and the ...
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Formalities calling work colleagues, clients an partners as Pal/Pals

In my work we have a collaborative tool for work interaction where we debate things like workflow and issues. I'm in a interaction with workmates, client employees and partners. I thought to reference ...
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What is the word for an amused surprise?

You tell your friend about a person's funny habit and that person shows it right away without knowing. You tell your friend "See!". You are surprised but you were right. What is the verb for that kind ...
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“Put on a show” vs. “put on an act”. What's the difference?

What's the difference between "put on a show" and "put on an act"? Are they interchangeable? They look similar in meaning to me. Is there any nuanced difference? Examples sentences from ...
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Listen to it rain and look at it snow

Do the following sentences make sense and are they used commonly? 1) Listen to it rain. 2) Look at it snow.
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point the note OR note the point? [migrated]

If I want to thank someone because mntioned a good subject, which one would be the best and why? Thanks for pointig great note. Thanks for noting great point. Or are these basically the ...
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Word for a sudden flow of ideas? Is 'brainwave' good enough?

Imagine you are thinking about a problem you need to solve, nothing's coming to mind, and all of a sudden you get a dozen different ideas at once. Is there a word that expresses this sudden flow of ...
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Lost In Punctuation

Usually, when a piece of text is translated from one language to some other language, and (due to slightly different idioms, phrases, words, etc.) the end meaning is changed, then it is attributed to ...
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closing words for e-mail to person with incurable disease [on hold]

What kind of closing words as an alternative to We wish you full and quick recovery can be used in a formal letter when writing to a person with an incurable disease. I/We wish you all the ...
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Another way to say “it never hurts”

It wouldn't hurt you to be a bit more serious. Wouldn't/won't/never hurts make perfect sense in this example. I'm wondering if there's any alternative way to preserve the meaning of this phrase in a ...
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“Patch up holes along the way.” Is this idiom common?

I'm not a native English speaker so I have no idea. Example: "I think I should I start my story from the beginning. That way you don't have to patch up holes along the way." I worry that the ...
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Is “Interpose Model” the correct term

I have a question in context of electrical engineering. Imagine a schematic of electrical components or a netlist, where I want to change the behavior of one part by cutting the wiring and adding a ...
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What is a “moorland farmer”?

I came across the phrase "moorland farmer" yesterday while reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Google shows that the phrase has some currency. [link] We don't have moors in the U.S. — or ...
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Make something great out of a bad situation

I'm looking for an expression similar to "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." This phrase means to make the best out of a bad situation. I am looking for a phrase for when someone did do ...
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From/Since time immemorial

Which is correct? 'From' or 'Since' when applied to 'time immemorial'? I have seen both around, and have a feeling it might be 'from', but would like to check.
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word for someone who laughs things off? [closed]

Is there a word for someone who laughs things off? In other words, someone who does no work but when told to do something they just laugh it off.
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Word meaning “someone who does all the work” [on hold]

Is there a word for someone who does all of the work? Or for the person who is exploited when someone else steals the credit?
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Is this an acceptable way of claiming emphasis?

I proposed this edit to a Stack Exchange answer. Because there were three rather lengthy block quotes, I thought bolding the most relevant sentences would be helpful to readers, especially if they ...
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On the use of “is not so […] but”

Is it proper English to say: "With method A, the goal is not so to perform task B but (rather) to address problem C." Are there other more appropriate/elegant ways to convey the same meaning?
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Meaning of the phrase “empty your pipe against the heel of your boot” [closed]

Not being a native English speaker, I'm reading What to Talk About to improve my communication skills. While reading, I came across this phrase: empty your pipe against the heel of your boot. I ...
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I don't understand the difference between slightly and a bit? [closed]

What is the difference in meaning or usage between slightly and a bit? For example, the sentence: I thought she was younger than me, but in fact she proved to be even slightly older. Is ...
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Why do programmers say: “Did you meet the Spartans?” [on hold]

English is not my maternal language and on development/IT forums, I've found the expressions "Did you meet the spartans?" or "I've met the spartans?". To set the context, they are speaking about a new ...
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What is the correct visualization of “first left down the hallway”?

I hear a lot of native speakers say something like this: Once in the arena take first left down the hallway Take your first left down the hallway. When you come to the second floor, make a left and ...
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When advertisers say product X has N times less 'thing' than product Y, what do they mean [duplicate]

Here is an example: NESTLÉ a+ SLIM Milk has 15 times less fat than regular toned milk. Source:http://www.nestle.in/brands/nestleaplusslim So the question is this: say regular toned milk has 100 ...
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Question on using the phrase “draw on” in context.

Is this a proper use? "He is an icon in that he acts as a symbol to draw on."
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“Correct” way to describe “looking at someone with new eyes” or similar?

I'm not a native English-speaker, so I'm not sure how to "correctly" phrase the following... When you learn something new about a person, than makes you look at him "with new eyes" - and perhaps ...
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Does “is potentially faster” imply “is not slower”?

Someone said to me, "X is potentially faster than Y". Without any clarification at that point, I immediately assumed that the speaker thought that X was at least not slower than Y. It was revealed in ...
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What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair or sofa - in a way that you can be approached from behind?

What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair of sofa - in a way that you can be apporached from behind ? I've heard several times that you should place all the sofas and tables that ...
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Is it possible to use “ every second Saturday” instead of “every other Saturday”?

Is it possible to use " every second Saturday" instead of "every other Saturday"? What about "every two Saturdays"? Is it same as "every other Saturday"?
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Is it correct/idiomatic to omit “once” in some cases?

Example: Once again, I traveled three hours just to sit alone. Again, I traveled three hours just to sit alone. We decided to go to the balcony. Once there, we leaned on the ...