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

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“effective and efficient estimation” or “accurate and efficient estimation”?

In math, we always need to derive some methods and strategies to estimate an unknown thing. For a good method, first it should get an estimation that is as accurate as possible, and second it should ...
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What does “to reason about” mean?

Recently I saw the following sentence: "I recently began using it on a side project and it has quickly proven itself to be a great way to create fast, dynamic user interfaces with code that’s easy to ...
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What does the phrase, “ninesigma worthy,” mean?

A person whom I met recently said something that I consider a bit odd. During our conversation, the topic of lost items arose. "Personally," he said, "I'm glad that over all the years I have not lost ...
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straightforward from / by

What is the correct construction "straightforward by" or "straightforward from"? For example, in sentences below: It is straightforward by the definition... or It is straightforward from the ...
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“Is there anyone on the horizon?” What does it really mean?

It happened in a conversation between 2 girls? One girl think that the other one is freaking goregous and she was like "Is there anyone on the horizon?" And the other girl was like "I don't know. I ...
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Heard a native saying: “did you see where she had a baby??” refering to Facebook

I am Spanish and my fiancé is from the States. The other day we were hanging out with his mum and she said the following: "Did you see where Emma had a baby???" I was very confused because I hadn't ...
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How do I say that I am interested in a lot of things without coming off either as superficial or arrogant

For example: I like Math but also love History and am pretty good at sports.
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What is a colloquial and figurative expression for the pieces of luggage you carry when travelling light

I am looking for a figurative or graphic expression to describe the minimal luggage content, fast to pack, or that you always have with you, without which you would feel less safe when travelling. The ...
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Someone who exploits your feelings for them to take advantage of you

I need a word or idiom for someone who takes advantage of you because they know you like them. In relationships, I heard the word "user", as someone who uses their romantic partners for material gain. ...
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What is another phrase for one stop shop?

I am writing a small description and need a phrase to highlight a range of services. Is there another phrase for "one stop shop" which is both catchy and apt?
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I'm putting together a flyer in english [on hold]

which one is correct: Lunch in our office or Lunch at our office? Thank you.
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Can I write “…argue it sufficiently…”?

in a scientific paper written in American English, I am using the following sentence: "...we would argue that it is sufficiently established that..." Can the sentence be shortened to "...we would ...
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What do “former” and “latter” refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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Word for defining an act that is legal but not justifiable/immoral [on hold]

A word for defining an act that is legal but not justifiable/immoral. Eg: In legal terms we use - "In letter but not in Spirit" , if this can be replaced by a single word ?
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Is the sentence in the question correct? [on hold]

I want to say that "x theory and y theory are much older than z theory. However, z theory plays an important role in germination of both x and y theories." How to write the two sentences above in ...
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How to ask for the current token number of the person being served by customercare

In places like banks or other customer care centers, tokens are issued to people and based on the token number, one is served by customer care. At some places, there are automatic displays displaying ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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The best words for a person who does not accept reality? [on hold]

I am looking for some good words to describe a person who does not accept reality. I do understand deluded is one. Are there other ones? Somehow, deluded doesn't seem to exactly express what I am ...
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Meaning of: “Therefore whether it were I or they” in scripture [on hold]

In the following passage: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in ...
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How to say “As crucial as it is, it's surprising to…”

As a non-native English speaker, I'm trying to improve variety in my writing. For this particular, I want to express my feeling of surprise toward something that I always considered critical but ...
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a thousandS years tradition

A thousands year old tradition "a thousand year old" tradition, would mean only a 1000 years, but I'm not sure we could use the plural form in this expression. I'm looking for an adjective that ...
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“Are you a man or a mouse” phrase origin

Robert Burns associated the fates of mice and men in his poem "To a Mouse" (1785): The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley, But this seems to suggest that mice and men have a ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...
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Punctuation of the Expression “The Works”

I'm feeling really sick today, and I wanted to text my friend to tell him why I won't make it to our meeting. I wanted to say "I'm feeling pretty sick. Fever, headache, cough, the works.", but I've ...
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Parody of a Parody

I recently became aware of this video: What has the ECHR ever done for us Which, to me, is clearly a parody of this scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian - itself a Parody of the new testament. ...
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Does “spiritual circumstances” mean “spiritual state/condition”? [closed]

I came across an expression "spiritual circumstances" which puzzles me a lot. The text is as follows: "Our emotions also react to our spiritual circumstances. When a person, overwhelmed with guilt, ...
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Term to describe when one event cannot occur without the other

So my wife and I were just having a conversation concerning a situation at her work, and I was trying to think of a term to describe the GM's approach but it's eluding me. Here's the context: ...
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How to say “there is plenty of room for improvement.” in a more academic manner? [closed]

My last sentence in an academic assignment reads "Even in ........, there is plenty of room for improvement.", Is there anyway to say the same in a more academic manner? or is it acceptable as it is? ...
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I saw where you had not been here the last few days. vs I have seen where you have not been here the last few days [closed]

I need help in determining the proper grammar for the message I am sending.
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Usage of Too… to

In school, I learned too... to... as an expression, like I am too tired to stand or It is too early to sleep. But sometimes I want to say something like I think 30 days on trip is good, it is not ...
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Go out into the world - The Tempest?

A few years ago, we studied the London Paralympics Opening Ceremony with our English teacher. The following words (spoken by Sir Ian McKellen if I remember well) are still echoing in my mind: ...
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What does “weaker for it” mean?

What does "weaker for it" mean? Look at this context, for example: Those of us in the tourism sector have traditionally ignored this reality, and we are weaker for it. Thus, once the members of the ...
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“The sketched one” [migrated]

I'm new in the English world. This is my questions: can I say the sentence "the sketched one" to indicate a draft version of a work? Is it correct in english?
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How can something be “set in stone”?

Something could be carved in stone, or etched in stone. Or it could be set in concrete or set in mortar. But if someone asked me to set something in stone, I wouldn't know how to do it, since stone ...
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My coworker and I were trying to solve a problem — we both tried two different things at once that only worked because of the other's attempt

Each solution to the problem we were trying to solve would have independently failed. We were each trying many different solutions at the same time. We each happened to try a solution that worked, but ...
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Origin of grandmother's expressions

My grandmother was born in the village of Lilley, Hertfordshire in the 1870s. She had two expressions which I have never heard anyone else use. When frustrated in place of a swear word she would ...
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Are “rent per day” and “rent per month” correct expressions?

Do determine the type of a suggestion in a real estate catalogue, besides "for sale", we must also denote real estate suggested to be rented on daily basis and on monthly basis. Is "per day" correct? ...
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What is the correct expression? [closed]

I am trying not to laugh. Can I say,"I am trying to keep my laughter away?"
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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When a zombie groans “braaains”, what type of speech is this?

Is the zombie asking for brains? Demanding? It seems like a compulsion that they can't control, but is it an exclamation? A declaration of intent? How would you classify it?
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Use of “why” in spoken conversation

What's the exact term used to describe the "why" in some people's spoken English (somewhat rural or archaic by now, I suppose) as in "When I saw how much it cost, why, I knew I couldn't afford ...
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A swallow does not make a summer … or a spring?

The famous proverb, one swallow does not make a summer means: A single fortunate event doesn’t mean that what follows will also be good. (ODO) the origin, according to the Phrase ...
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The expression “Call off” as a meaning of “Postpone” [closed]

As a synonym of "postpone", "call off" can be used. But, I can't understand why "call off" has a meaning of "postpone". Please tell me its origin.
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In “ a picture of your memories ” Could this mean a picture that reminds you a happy moment in your life and makes you smile? [closed]

How can I make an expression with the least of words as the meaning above? I am a non-native speaker and having a trouble in writing in English. Please help me!
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Having done something so often, that it's all routine

I would like an expression that emphasizes that you've done something lots of times, that it's just routine to you. I thought "I've done it so many times, I can do it in my sleep" might work, ...
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“You are on your knees” [closed]

I found the following English expression. WHy do you say "You are on your knees"? Is it because that your weight is ON your knees?
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Is there a term for the inability to find a word which is then substituted with a “funnier” word?

Take this sentence: "If people are lost when they start out, they usually just keep getting...loster." — from "Don't Make Me Think" Obviously "loster" isn't a word, but I see this turn ...
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Correct Phrase Between “The Art of Fighting” and “The Arts of Fighting”

Are "The Art of Fighting" and "The Arts of Fighting" both correct? If not, which one is accurate?
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“Blood in our veins” meaning

In the series "The Wire" there's a conversation between the mayor and the police commander that goes like this: - Can't you have police sit on locations where the homeless gather? Monitor them ...
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Is there a phrase for “assuming facts to be correct in a statement”?

There is a kind of error or fallacy I often see, which is close to "Begging the Question", but I understand that the true meaning of "Begging the Question" is closer to "circular reasoning". The ...