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

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'I thought', 'I would think', 'I would have thought'

I'm going to show you three examples. 1. A - Have you got any change?     B - Do I have change? What for?     A - For the vending machine! ...
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What is the meaning of these phrases in the given context?

I was reading a novel, and came across a couple of sentences which I couldn't really get the meaning of. The particular sentences are marked in bold, and I've added some background, for the context. ...
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What's it called when someone forms a general conclusion from something which is aberrant?

I'm trying to think of a phrase that describes someone who is in a certain situation and when an outcome out of the norm comes up then he takes the aberrant outcome and generalizes it, believing it to ...
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What does this line mean : “The man's high tone spread throughout the spacious bar”

I am reading this light novel called GGO and in it I came across these lines: "AGI (Agility) being all powerful is just an illusion." The man's high tones spread throughout the spacious ...
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Meaning of “hinder parts” in the 17th century

While reading the works of William Laud in the edition by William Scott, I came across a description (No 2 on page 345) where it seems the Scots are upset about a ritual in which a priest turns his ...
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It can be happened.. is it false to utter it?

is it wrong to use this expression " It can be happened...". In fact many of colleagues said that the right expression is " It can happen". Do you have any comments on this?
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which one is correct: Internship activities or Internship headlines?

I am a trainee. I want to draw a table on my report to describe the main activities that I did during my internship period. So I put as a title for this table :Internship headlines. My question: is ...
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Replacement for the annoying habit of saying “I was like”

I am new here, so my first question would be to ask about an annoying habit that I, as well as many other people out there, seem to have... During the telling of a story I will often say this one ...
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Do “in a black study” and “in a brown study” mean the same?

I encountered relatively often the expression "to be in a brown study" but I can find nothing about the "black" version of the same expression. I found it in William Hope Hodgson's The Island of the ...
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A simple question about syntax [on hold]

I guess this would be a pretty simple question to answer. Is this sentence correct: The player appears to have not connected. I am having my doubts about the appears to have not part. P.S.: Not ...
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How to express “Help someone secretly”

One of my friend always helps me but does not want me to know that he helps me. Is there a word or phrase to describe this secret helping? Also, if someone wanted to thank the secret helper, is there ...
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What is the correct expression: “the estimate number” or “the estimated number?”

I have been looking for a place that tells me which expression is correct, but I didn't get any satisfactory answer. Google returns 2,060,000 results for "the estimate number of *", and 73,200,000 ...
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Describing a group of people who lie down in a public place to send a political message

I was walking through the square, and I came upon a group of people all lying on the ground. Each had a print out on their chest with a political message, and nobody was moving. What word or phrase ...
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Noun to describe a “typo-filled” letter

I am changing my e-mail signature on my phone to read: Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4. Please do not mistake my brevity and/or misspellings for apathy and/or ignorance. I am looking for a ...
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Professional term for “Apples to apples” comparison

Is there a term which would sound more fitting in an academic or professional setting for describing a comparison between two things highlighting the similarity of the measurement/comparison process?
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What is meant by “same difference”?

Unless you are comparing two different sets of items to then have a couple of differences and the differences are the same, I do not get it. This would be analogous to: 12-9=3, 7-4=3. Here we have ...
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What's the point in saying “I could care less”? [duplicate]

To care less would mean the caring is more, having room to care less.
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Is this proper use

I was watching the movie Man of Steel and in it is this passage: "There's only one way this ends Cal; either you die, or I do." Now this sounds wrong to me. There's two outcomes. "There's only on ...
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Words describing extent/ degree of 'jeopardy?' [closed]

I am writing a letter to describe the future of a country is in serious jeopardy, in the sense that all cultures, economies, rules of games and so on will be lost in a second. Which adjectives I can ...
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meaning of “weeds” in english phrase [closed]

i read this in "calvin and hobbes", calvin said: he'd pay us a dollar to pull weeds out of the front walk. (note: i don't think if it is a same weed of marijuana.) what is weeds here? and what is ...
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Is there a word or phrase meaning to plant my idea in someone else’s mind?

Is there a word or phrase that means to plant my idea in someone else’s mind so they think it is their own idea? Just like what happened in the movie Inception.
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Meaning of “balls to the wall” [duplicate]

According to this article's first two sentences (which I find a bit confusingly formulated), there are two different meanings to the expression. No way out and no options other than a single, not ...
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What does “One can easily give it a miss” mean?

I read this in a movie review: One can easily give it a miss. What does it mean? And what is this type of construction called? (I'd like to investigate it on Google.)
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Name for setup and reversal style of writing?

What is the name of an expression where two noun/verb sentences are reversed in the second half of the expression? Here's an example: People were created to be loved. Things were created to be ...
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English idiom equivalent to “Like a deaf man at a wedding procession”

I have been trying laboriously to find an equivalent idiom or a catchy phrase to the one we have in Arabic مثل الأطرش بالزقة which simply means, “He is like a deaf man at a wedding procession”. It is ...
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An expression meaning the feeling you get seeing something so beautiful it hurts [closed]

I'm trying to find an expression (a single word, not a phrase) that means simply that! I'm sure I can't be the only person to feel this. I'm sure I heard it mentioned in a radio programme once but ...
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The true meaning of “did not immediately respond to requests for comment” [closed]

This expression is included in almost any negative news story - stock price decline, corporate scandal, criminality, you name it - but to me, it's frustratingly vague. I see these as "weasel words" - ...
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Words or phrases for 'credit takers'

Let say, A and B work in the same office. Every time A talks to B about his idea or working style, B always takes that idea to his boss and acts as if it was his own idea. What are words, phrases or ...
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What does “tearing your résumé apart” mean? [closed]

I gave my résumé to a person and she replied back as follows: When you look at the below list of issues, you’ll probably think I'm tearing your résumé apart. I guess I am, in a way. But, I ...
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What does 'quiet laughter' refer to?

Abraham Lincoln in his famous letter to his son's teacher asks the teacher to teach his son the secret of quiet laughter. Is this expression an oxymoron (like deafening silence)?
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Word or expression for someone who intentionally says false statements to bring someone else down?

Someone who intentionally says false statements and/or facts about someone else (directly related to and/or about them) with whom that person is in a conversation (with or without other people ...
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Better formulation of “technology helps us to create a better world” [closed]

If we (as mankind) want to achieve something like: Eliminating poverty Allowing as many people as possible to live their lives how they want to then, in my opinion, technology offers many ...
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What do you call someone who always puts blame on others?

No matter what had really happened, this person will always blame and find an appearing logical/thought out way/strategy to it that, fundamentally, it's the other person who was the cause for all the ...
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“Word for word” or “word by word”? [closed]

I have an idiom that is used in a sentence; which is correct? You are asked to copy this letter word by word. You are asked to copy this letter word for word. Which is correct?
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Expression and phrase [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to say "I do not have as much optimism as I'd like to have."? - A statement issued by Speaker Joehner and reported by the Hill on 7/18/2014.
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Does this expression makes sense? [closed]

W : I'm impressed at how expertly you played that piano sonata. M : Sorry. I'm still just an apprentice. When the man says "sorry", what does this exactly mean in this circumstances? Is it ...
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A word that comes close to “something that needs to improve/would benefit the end result if you'd do it differently/more efficiently”

Is there a better word to describe what the supervisor says in this examle? Someone has just finished a, by materials built, project and is presenting it to his supervisor. This person is very proud ...
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What’s the original version of “I see, said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw”? [duplicate]

What is the original saying of I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw.
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Are “to flee from” and “to run away from” interchangeable?

The verb "to flee" means "to run away" but are they interchangeable in every aspect? I'm kind of confused which one to use. It seems to me that the use of the verb flee could be more elaborate when ...
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I am cutting it kinda close here!

I have heard the phrase "I am cutting it kinda close!". Why say "cutting it"? When we are not cutting anything here. Why can't we just say "I am getting late" and its like?
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What is the origional saying of I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw [duplicate]

How does the original saying go... "I see said the blind man, ...?" Is it: As he picked up his hammer and saw Or To the deaf dog Or As he waved his wooden leg Or something else?
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Word for “quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price”?

I'm looking for a word or expression that means "the act of quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price"?
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What's is the meaning of the phrase “Read it like you've written it”? [closed]

Does the meaning of the phrase changes on its usage? If it changes, how? I am hoping an answer based on how it changes with what people are concerned, like for an example: 1) If I have written an ...
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dressed in tails [closed]

What is dressed in tails? Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town As long as I can dream it's hard to slow this swinger down ...
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What to call it or someone who easily laughs about something which isn't funny? [closed]

This kind of person always or easily laughs, not because something is so funny, but because that person is easily e.g. nervous, agitated, has a short attention span, bit retarded and hasn't really got ...
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What does it mean “off one's look”

I've come across the following passage in a script. PERSON 1: And tomatoes are actually berries! The others look at him with annoyed confusion. PERSON 1: (off their looks) What? It’s ...
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What does expression “speak up to the point” mean?

I just used the expression speak up to the point as a way of saying: Express without blathering Get directly to the actualy point Have I used this expression correctly? Are there any other better ...
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Single word for attributing inappropriate motives to others' actions?

Is there a single word to describe someone who often attributes inappropriately trivial/cheap motives to another person's actions? I'm thinking along the lines of someone who puts himself briefly in ...
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Term or expression which best describes a problem that goes away when an expert attempts to diagnose it?

There is a phenomenon which I've seen happen across many circumstances. Generally, it goes something like this: The complainant has a recurring observable problem. The complainant contacts an ...
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Born into the right house [closed]

What does it mean to be "born into the right house". Sample: "He is born into the right house".