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

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where does the phrase “all of a 2 'n 8” originate from?

where does the phrase "all of a 2 'n 8" originate from? It means - not knowing what to do - confused - unsettled
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The “wrought /wreaked havoc” misunderstanding

According to the American Heritage Dictionary:. the past tense and past participle of the verb to wreak is wreaked, not wrought, which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work. ...
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English (UK) - does “an enraged expression” make sense?

I am writing a book and one of my characters is angry but I feel like angry doesn't fit in and that enraged makes more sense and also makes the language of the book better but I'm not sure if it makes ...
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A powerful idiom for “low exposure”

Imagine someone creates a piece of art, but nobody notices it. Like a great book, which nobody reads because nobody knows that it exists. What are some powerful words or metaphors for this condition? ...
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Is there a word for when you run into someone and both of you try to avoid each other and fail, repeatedly? [duplicate]

It has most certainly happened to all of us at least once: Two people walking along the same narrow pathway in opposite directions walk into each other. There is room for both to pass each other, ...
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Is “She is under the shower” a proper English sentence? [migrated]

There is currently a debate on Duolingo about the proper translation of a sentence to English (the original language isn't the point of this question). The sentence, literally translates to "She is ...
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What words can express the act of sharing in a collective sense, as opposed to a distributive sense

I would like words or very concise statements that express the act of working together and sharing items/resources to a common location for the benefit of a group of people that the items are being ...
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What made the “worst case scenario” a popular expression?

A worst-case scenario is a cliché that refers to: the worse possible future outcome. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms) Though the meaning is quite intuitive, the ...
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Preposition usage: “10% off on” vs. “10% off” [on hold]

Which one is correct? Enjoy 10% off regular priced item or Enjoy 10% off on regular priced item
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Term for choosing by not choosing [duplicate]

Is there a term for rejecting a proposal by not actively endorsing/confirming/voting for it? Like a veto, but by abstention, rather than active participation. Alternatively, a term for "A choice ...
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Difference: 'leave somebody wondering' vs. 'make somebody wonder'? [migrated]

Is there a difference between (a) 'leave somebody wondering' and (b) 'make somebody wonder'? If so, what difference? Is there some difference in aspect? For example, does 'leave somebody wondering' ...
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Does this expression such as This contribution explores reduplication' sound natural? [on hold]

I got puzzled at using contribution and exploration when writing academic abstract. As for me, it seems that either 'this contribution explore....' or 'this exploration contributes to .....' is ...
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Set X to v? or Set X as v?

I'm writing an academic paper, and would like to say that the value of X is v using imperative form. (Specifically in the algorithm section. That's why I need to use imperative.) Which among the ...
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'Go to sleep' vs 'Go and sleep'?

I just had a linguistics test (it's called UKLO) that measures you're ability to problem solve and translate languages you know nothing about. For one of my translation answers I wrote 'Don't go and ...
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Is it “visit at the doctor” or “visit at the doctor's”? What's the difference? [duplicate]

Are both expressions OK? Why/ why not? Why do we say "at the doctor's"?
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What does “crack around the door” mean?

Can I use "crack around the door" in the following situation? If I am wrong, could you give me the correct expression? Thank you. The door of Dad's room was half-open. Through the crack around the ...
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Is is correct to use this expression in an e-mail: “I have also attached…”

Is it grammatical to use the expression "I have also attached ..." in an email? For example: "I have also attached the screenshot of the faculty list at University which I was on." And if it's ...
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Noun clause for complement

I'd like to say following facts as short as possible. We conducted a experiment. The purpose of the experiment is testing a hypothesis The hypothesis is that all of beatle in this island is black ...
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“The last of the late brakers”

This is a common phrase in motorsports, particularly with motorcycles. Carrying speed for as long as possible, and braking as late and hard as possible into a turn, is advantages to lower overall ...
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What's the more common way to refer to a road with 180° curves?

A hairpin road is a road with hairpin turns or bends. According to Wikipedia: A hairpin bend , named for its resemblance to a hairpin/bobby pin, is a bend in a road with a very acute ...
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A word for this kind of intimate action [duplicate]

When somebody touches you in some sensitive areas of your body, like armpits, "it will make you laugh in some kind of way". When you want to tell somebody that you are not going to touch them in that ...
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Safety First or Safety's first? [closed]

Is Expression "Safety First" grammatically correct, or " Safety's first"? Also,There is a website called TED "ideas worth spreading".. I think it should be ideas are worth spreading because worth ...
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A word to describe interest in a process related to a certain situation but not in the situation itself

The word to describe a person's interest in a process related to a certain situation but does not necessarily convey their interest in the situation itself. To provide context: Over the last 4 years ...
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What does plaster in “plaster saint” refer to?

The saying plaster saint is used to refer to: A person who makes a show of being without moral faults or human weakness, especially in a hypocritical way. (ODO) The expression is ...
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About a mail reply [closed]

Please could you get the resources to share the resumes at the earliest. what reply want to give
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Contractors becoming part of company they are working for

What's the term when a contractor (or other person) who is technically employed by company A but works so much/closely with company B, that they feel more loyal to company B or assimilate better with ...
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“Should it go through the formality of actually happening …”

When did phrases such as go through the formality of taking place and its logical equivalents (such as going through or experiencing the formality of actually happening or existing or ...
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Is there any equivalent to this Persian proverb? “A bad or faulty item should inevitably be kept by its owner”

We use a proverb that implies "A bad property (i.e., a thing belonging to someone) or item should inevitably be tolerated/kept by its owner" when we want to say "This bad item won't be accepted by ...
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The phrase “the reason has to be because XXX” [duplicate]

Husband asked, "Do you think it's true that men use 15,000 words a day and women use double?" The wife replied, "I think so, The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to ...
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Great God in boots!

In a letter of Bertrand Russell there is this sentence: I threw the tin in the air and exclaimed out loud 'Great God in boots, the ontological argument is sound.' What's the meaning of 'Great ...
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Can 'no-brainer' mean 'so we don't have to use our brains'?

Real life example: at work (software) we decided to use a tool (StyleCop) to ensure all coders conformed to the same set of coding style rules, using all the supplied rules out of the box. So, while ...
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As long as… which version is better? [closed]

I want to express the following: As long as A exists, B exists. As long as B exists, C exists. It does not sound smooth to me. I was considering this version too: As long as A exists, so ...
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what do you call a visit to someone who has just beat an illness?

If I was visiting someone to wish well on them and thank God for their soundness and them overriding ailment and illness, what do you call that sort of visit? Let's go to Mark and ...... It's not ...
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What single term or expression is used to rename a type of name for an object?

I am seeking guidance on alternate words or grammatical rule for renaming a type of name that an object might have. As an example you might refer to you cell phone with a number of different types of ...
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Origin of 'Dutch Courage'

I was wondering if anyone could shed some more definite light on the origin of the phrase 'Dutch Courage.' I have found two, almost certainly apocryphal, origins: 1: From the Thirty Years War in ...
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Substitute “Pop the roof”?

What phrase can I use instead of "pop the roof" to mean revitalizing, enhancing and expanding a building? I need to convey this idea without referencing a roof.
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What is the expression for the process of getting over the loss of a loved person?

The term mourning usually refers to the sorrow felt because of the death of a person: Great ​sadness ​felt because someone has ​died: Shops were ​closed as a ​sign of mourning for the ...
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What is the expression/slang to describe that you suddenly decided to go [travel, change environment]?

For example you get tired of your job and saying: Oh,[expression, meaning to go] overseas/bar? I'm translating songs from Russian..
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What is the expression to describe that you are surrounded and have few ways to act?

Something like "circle is narrow" (just total random)? For example I'm trapped by circumstances and don't know how to get away with that. Because every way of acting seems not to be good. Thank you ...
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Meaning of the phrase “Relax Into The Pain”

Quite often I have come across this phrase - Relax into the pain. We can treat a pain but how does one relax into the pain, especially if it's an emotional pain, for example grief? Can anyone please ...
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Is there a gender neutral phrase or expression to replace “old woman”?

There are people who behave like the stereotypical old woman who frets over the smallest concern and is constantly cautioning others about physical dangers. Such people can be either sex and barely ...
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Is this grammatically correct/sound ok? “I hope you live your life in the very heart of your ignorance. ”

This is a sentence in an English essay I'm writing, it's a creative assignment and I'm wondering if this makes sense and sounds good: "I hope you live your life in the very heart of your ignorance."
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Non-drug synonym for “gack”

I do not and have never used "meth" or any of its variants. It is horrible stuff. Imo, drugs should only be prescribed by a doctor to resolve a health-related need. One of my very nerdly friends ...
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Origin and usage of “stay the course”

The popular expression stay the course means: Hold or persevere to the end, as in: "No, he's not resigning; he's going to stay the course." According the AHD this metaphoric expression, ...
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Can I use “Engage List” instead of “Engagement List”? [closed]

In a sales context, can I use "Engage List" for a list of prospects instead of "Engagement List", which sounds more like a wedding list? This is to be used in a web service to define a list of ...
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How many fish heads?

I am wondering about the origin of the common non sequitur "How many fish heads?". Is it an oblique reference to Douglas Adams'"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" where when the dolphins leave they say ...
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Single word for “make someone cry” [closed]

Is there a single word for "make someone cry"? I checked a translation dictionary, but it just referred me to the word "cry."
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“In the Last Decades” = “Over Recent Decades”?

Example: This trend has been affected by significant changes in the last decades / over recent decades. I've always believed that "in the last decades" should be followed by "of" and a period of ...
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Informal of “Fixing problem is in progress” [closed]

We have comical picture which we show when video signal is lost. The text below should be sort of that: "No signal. Fixing is in progress". But in more informal way. One alternative is: "No signal. We ...