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

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In what context can the phrase “good for you” sound genuine and not sarcastic?

It seems that certain expressions no matter how one tries to say them, will always sound sarcastic. The expression good for you is one of these. An example of this: During the show American Idol, a ...
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To what extent do 'earn income' and 'generate income' differ? [on hold]

I've had a short search on this but may have overlooked an easily-accessible source that differentiates the two. They don't seem synonymous, but I can't yet point to a definition of the two. To me, ...
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what does “I think it was par for the course” mean [on hold]

In an interview ElonMusk says the following about steve jobs(http://www.freshdialogues.com/2013/02/25/elon-musk-on-steve-jobs-innovation-critics-transcript/). I think it was par for the course ...
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Similar to “burning a hole in my pocket” but for www shopping cart?

I like this: "Got three dollars burning a hole in my pocket". Are there other expressions or phrases with similar meaning? Actually, I want to know what the creative English speakers will write ...
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Why is it “Divide by 0” instead of “Divide 0”? [on hold]

When I read "by" it feels to me that the target to be divided is the number that comes before the 0, not the 0 itself. For example, "1 divided by 0", 1 is the target of the division, and 0 is what 1 ...
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What is a word or expression to describe a person as entertainment to pass the time?

If someone is being used or employed as entertainment to help someone else pass their time at work, but only in this capacity, what word or expression can be used to describe this? This other ...
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Is there a way to say “It Starts With You”? [on hold]

I'm looking to try to find a phrase or a much more simpler way to say "It Starts With You". Is there any other way? Even if it's in another language!
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Life as these little kids know it [on hold]

I have taken some photographs of some poor innocent kids, and want to create an album. Can I title it as "Life as these little kids know it"... any suggestions please.
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What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either?

What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either? I know the word exists, it refers to greetings such as "How are you" and similar. ...
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More general version of “finger on the pulse”

From my understanding when someone is "keeping a finger on the pulse of x" that person is keeping a close watch on and has a detailed understanding of the subject or situation. What would be an ...
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Term for “unnecessary diversity”?

I am looking for a word or phrase to capture the notion that too much diversity can backfire. Here's the context. In some technical fields (such as programming), there may be hundreds of possible ways ...
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How do I translate this italian locution? [closed]

Often in Italian we use this locution: venire meno Now I wanted to translate it and I didn't come with an 'immediate' translation. Somebody knows the English equivalent?
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Is there a word or a phrase which compares with the best tools available? [on hold]

Sorry for a confusing title. I am looking for a word to describe the following situation: "our algorithm showed an accuracy worse than [other best algorithm developed by competitors]". I do not want ...
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“withdraw the question” in less formal way

I'm trying to find more common way to say that I would like to withdraw/cancel/recall off (?) my question I sent few days ago. Can you suggest something? Thank you Hubert
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What does “I'm *just* glad” mean?

The emphasis of adding "just" in the phrase "I'm just glad" is lost on me. What makes it different from just "I'm glad"?
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What does the phrase “in you” mean in a Christian context? [on hold]

I have heard phrases such as "love in you" or "live in you" (with "you" meaning God) in Christian settings, such a prayers as well as Christian pop songs. What does this mean?
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Having an IV or being on a drip

I had an IV last night because my blood pressure dropped too low. I was given an IV (Fluids) last night... I was put on a drip last night... I got a drip last night... I was on a drip last night ... ...
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The “it-seems-better-than-it-actually-is-because-it-comes-from-a-famous-place” effect?

It is far easier to provide an example for what I am trying to describe than to try and articulate it: Example: Scholar A: "Wow. That new study from University X is getting a lot of attention." ...
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word ...
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Is “not worth to do” an acceptable alternative to “not worth doing”?

Basically what the title says, nothing more to add. I've encountered the former form on the Internet more than once, hence the question. Thanks!
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“Tightly connected to” or “Highly connected to”

What if I want to say topic 1 is tightly connected to topic 2? It's like to say quantum theory is "tightly connected" to applications like nuclear bombs etc.
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Word for someone seeming deep and intelligent, but not really being that

What is the word for someone trying to seem/be deep and intelligent, but really they are shallow, and not at all being insightful. Pedant is about rules, so that is disqualified, the closest I could ...
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What's the meaning of “out of the blue”? [closed]

What's the meaning of "out of the blue" and what's the story of it? Some examples: Sorry for emailing out of the blue Forgive this email out of the blue
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what does “in quiet sophistication” mean here?

"it strikes me as the last word in quiet sophistication." I have two questions here. First, I do not understand the meaning of "quiet sophistication." I know that sophistication is a trait ...
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which verb is the most correct in the following sentence?

When children want to feel important and loved confident by their parents, do they want to be accepted/ approved/ acknowledged/ recognized by their parents?
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Meaning of “seeing as”, “the business”, “in quiet sophistication”?

They had cooks and drivers, and guards who occupied a gatehouse, armed with machetes. Seeing as I had regularly petitioned my parents for an electric fence, the business with the guards strikes me ...
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“As was his habit” what does it mean?

"As was his habit, he planned to spend the month of August in Normandy, visiting friends and working on his house." I often see this kind of structure:As was his habit. But I do not understand what ...
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“crying to George Jones albums” what does “to” mean here?

"Like me, Hugh was single, which came as no great surprise, considering that he spent his leisure time rolling out dough and crying to George Jones albums." This is an excerpt from a book I have been ...
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Which grade/class are you?

In our country, Turkey, when someone wants to know if you're a freshman, or sophomore, or w/e (knowing if you're in high school, or in university) he/she usually says: (making a literal translation ...
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What does it mean “to work out of our Atlanta headquarters”…?

English is not my first language, so I'm in a bit of trouble with the idiomatic meaning of this phrase: "All Web Developers must work out of our Atlanta Headquarters" .Does it mean that the developers ...
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What does the phrase “fence building” mean?

What does the English phrase "fence building" mean? Ex. usage: "You're gonna have to do some fence building.", which, from the context I heard it in (relationships between friends), seems to have the ...
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Different sounds of “s” at the end of a word

Here is a sentence: This is a pen. Why do we pronounce 's' at the end of this and 'z' sound with is? By sound this sentence could be pronounce such as "dis iz a pen". Could anyone tell me the ...
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“Comfort me in accomplishing my task”

In a formal letter, can one say comfort me in accomplishing my task as in Your presence will significantly enhance this scientific event and comfort me in accomplishing my task. ...
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Use of the expression “have to” in a sentence

Tasting Mediterranean cuisine is a “have to” plan in Oia Is that expresion correctly used in this sentence, or is it wrong?
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Saying about good and bad [duplicate]

Is there a saying or a quote, when something good happen thanks to something bad ? Like you meet someone because you've lost someone else ?
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Word or expression for guys who slept with the same woman(prostitute)?

Embarrassingly, in Korean, there is a slang word for this kind of relationship between guys. Might be translated as, "the husband of my wife's sister but only by the hole" ? I don't know how can I ...
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Beyond help or beyond helpless?

Beyond help is an expression meaning "beyond the help of anything" or "not able to be fixed". However, I have also seen the expression beyond helpless being used, for example, here and here. My ...
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How can you say you realize something from someone's look?

What is a word or phrase that means you understand something from someone's look, e.g. you realize from their look that you should stop talking?
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Is “come from” the right choice for part of a file?

Good morning, everyone. I have a file and I divided it into three parts, say file F is divided into three parts A, B and C. Is it right if I say "Part A comes from file F" or "Part A is derived from ...
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What is the one word to describe something that has no beginning nor an end?

What is the grammatically accurate word or short phrase to describe a thing that has no beginning nor an end ? Not looking for metaphors here.
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“A qualified teacher” vs. “A credentialed teacher”

What's the clear-cut difference between "A qualified teacher" and "A credentialed teacher"?
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What does “Way beyond seeking” mean?

I do not understand this phrase, which is actually the title of the book. Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking. Is it "more than seeking" or something else?
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Laundry (noun) is the washing of clothing and linens. what do we call the laundry after laundering?

While reading a chapter on laundry and the various techniques associated with it, it reflected that the clothes lined for washing were termed as laundry and so were the washed/ironed clothes. Could ...
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Why do you “cut” a check?

It's not the end of the deal, right? It's not just you cut a check and you walk away. In this sentence, why does one say "cut" a check? How and when did this comes to be? Is it a popular idiom ...
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“Shouldn't have to ”

"People shouldn't have to know that they are leaving digital footprints all over the place" What does "shouldn't have to know" mean? Does it mean that "they do not need to know"? or "they should ...
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Formal version of “as and when needed”

Is there any formal version of "as and when needed" for written English? Thanks
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is the phrase “long time later” correct?

I have come across this weirdly formed phrase in a book , but i am not sure of its correctness. If this is correct, what would be its proper usage? Is saying "I met you a long time later" correct?
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“put as much effort as he could” vs “put effort as much as he could”

Is there any difference in meaning between the following two sentences? "He put as much effort as he could into his work because he eagerly wanted to change the world with computers." "He put effort ...
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“the more… the more…” structure [migrated]

I have a difficulty with "the more... the more..." structure. I am not sure the following sentence is the right use of the structure. The more satisfied you are with your job, the more effort ...
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Meaning of “my pleasure” [closed]

If someone says "Let's have lunch; my pleasure." does that mean that they would be happy to do it or they want to pay?