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

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Trying to “Think differently.” for my tattoo

I'm going to be getting a new tattoo at the end of the week, and I'm trying to decide on my desired phrasing. I've always wanted to have an Apple tattoo, and I figured a basic "Think different." ...
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Is it correct to say “I have no intention to run after you, no more!”?

Provided that "It's totally useless to run after someone who does not make the slightest effort to listen to you", e.g. when you are always there, trying to stop someone from making a mess, but he/she ...
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What does “even so” mean in the following passage?

I found it in the Preface of Kipling’s ‘Life’s Handicap.’ Here is an extended quote for context. Kipling is talking to a man named Gobind. "Even so" occurs five parapgraphs down. ‘And what,’ said ...
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what does “hold off” mean

I updated my colleague about a travel subscription confirmation. And he said "Great News! Hold off on arranging travel until I hear from Bill today." I got the point - Dont arrange any travel. But I ...
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What does “let's fold that in” mean?

One of my colleagues replied with a suggestion in the group email. I agreed with his suggestion. The other colleague in the group responded "perfect - lets fold that in Andy."
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is “over the past years” a natural sounding expression?

I have heard "over the past few years" or "over past years", but I just read a document that said "X, Y and Z have been beneficial over the past years". This strikes me as wrong, but I found the ...
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Word or phrase for someone accepting a story completely & unquestioningly

If someone accepts a version of a story completely, without questioning any part of it, they ..... what? I'm looking for a word or a phrase or a more elegant, eloquent way of saying it.
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Where one finds phrases such as “imbued with ambivalence”?

Where one finds phrases such as "imbued with ambivalence"? From Source, some other phrases : "having many commonalities emanating from their histories", "issues had a significant interplay on (her) ...
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''some theory'' vs ''some theories''

I was wondering which one of the two is correct: ''he had some interesting theory to share'' or ''he had some interesting theories to share'' The latter sounds correct, a friend backed me on ...
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Difference between “strong reaction of relief” and “lassitude” [on hold]

What is the difference between an expression of a strong reaction of relief and an espression of lassitude?
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“Welcome aboard” for senior cadre person [on hold]

Can a team member say "welcome aboard" to his team leader or a C level exec? Will that be considered as not giving enough respect?
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“We are familiar” improvement [on hold]

I have this,"We are familiar with the sport activities", sentence but to me it's a bit awkward and I need to improve it a little bit. I need to improve "We are familiar" part, and I am kind of stuck ...
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Does English have an expression like “nth day”?

In my native language, if today is 1st and Sunday and we want to refer to the next Sunday (on 8th) then we may say the "today's eighth day" or just "8th day". For example if you're asking when does ...
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How to use “glad” in a return email [on hold]

I would like to reply to an email using the word glad. I was trying the following. I am glad to receive your email. Kindly note that this is my first reply to an email I have received from that ...
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Are “on par” and “in parity” equivalent expressions?

In an unrelated reply to one of my questions, someone used the following expression type. x and y are on par while x and z are not I use a similar expression (see below). However, I'm curious if ...
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Term for referring to someone with mediocre words to describe their greatness

What is the term for describing the following sort of phrases used to humoristically, and almost affectionately, describe someone who is obviously well known to be superb in their field? Referring ...
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When someone ruins all the good they have ever done!

Suppose you have a nice and kind friend who helps you whenever possible, but sometimes they say something to you so angrily and sarcastically that you forget about all their kindness and help, because ...
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correct punctuation for the You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque projecft [closed]

correct punctuation for You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque project
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What word/phrase describes replacing an example of something with a description of it?

I am trying to explain this situation. Someone has written an example of a behavior: "When Joe goes to the grocery store he should see that it is closed". I replace this with a description of that ...
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How do I say “flexibility with time” on my CV?

Similar to this question, but slightly different. I'm trying to convey the willingness to work flexible hours. I'm translating from Spanish for a friend of mine. A literal translation of ...
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What does “sweeping phrases” mean? And How should the sentence be understood?

What is more, this ever-expanding pool of information did not start with humans, but dates back to the beginning of time. “[W]e are born from it, and it is born from us,” he writes gnostically. As ...
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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”? [closed]

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”? [duplicate]

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 that 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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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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A snappy and inoffensive alternative for “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 with Tourette Syndrome. The parent (me) needs some ...
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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'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 ...