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

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Why is it “'s” after Let and before a verb, example “Let's go” or Let's do something"?

We often learn the structure Let's do something but Why it is "'s" after Let and before a verb Why does we need 's in this structure? 's =is? or was
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What is the difference between the idioms “Feeling guilty” and “State of guilt”

I was reading the meanings of 'Culpability' and 'Contrite' on Magoosh's app, which defines them as a 'State of guilt' and 'to be remorseful' respectively. I then wondered if there is a difference ...
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Which is correct? ( duplicate) [on hold]

Which is correct? a) I'm not sure where is the ball. b) I'm not sure where the ball is c) I'm not sure where do the ball is. d) I'm not sure about where is the ball.
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If I were to have or If I should have

I am not native English. My question regards the conditional form of the verb have to, must. I was wondering if I could use in interchangeable way the expressions "If I were to have" and "If I should ...
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Aphorisms that use two words in reverse order [duplicate]

I've found aphorisms often that play on the meaning of two words and their interaction and was wondering what one might call them. An example is the PJ Harvey song name: The whore hustles and ...
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What does “he is kind of big deal” mean?

What does he is kind of big deal mean? In this dictionary, it means an important person In another dictionary, it means A sarcastic way of referring to some one who has had an incredible run of ...
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Can we use the expression “1 shot kills 2 birds” to express the idea that you do 1 thing but it can have many benefits?

Ok, sometime in life you do 1 thing but that action can give 2 or more benefits. For example, before owning a car you have to wake up early everyday and have a 10 minutes walking to the station to ...
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Verbal compounds such as come-to-be, come-to-know, come-to-X

Reading about intellectual history and the history of natural science, I have very often come across the expression to come-to-be as a synonym for to come into being, to start to exist, to originate, ...
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Replacement For “Drive Someone Nuts” [on hold]

In the expression to drive someone nuts, I studied that it's possible to replace the word nuts with words like: bananas, crazy, insane, bonkers, ... I'd like to know is this expression polite? If it ...
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“Front of action” vs “action front”

Is there any distinction between "fronts of action" and "action fronts", or are these expressions equally correct and have exactly the same meaning? Here are some EXAMPLES I found in the Internet. ...
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What is a witty synonym for the phrase “waste of time?” [on hold]

Another way to express waste of time?
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Word for Secretive Marriage that is not Elope

I'm unsure if there is any term for this other than "A secretive marriage", but figured I would let you smart forum goers decide. I am aware of the word Elope: To run away secretly with the ...
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What words or expressions will sound smart? [closed]

I just learn from youtuber that using in terms of... instead of talking about can be way smarter. Just wanna learn some other usefull expressions. Idioms and slangs are welcome.
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Good expression for “things are starting to work”?

Is there a good and meaningful expression for "things are starting to work"? Italians would say "le cose stanno ingranando", where the verb "ingranare" literally translates "to gear". Can it be used ...
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Is this girl “piling on agony” or “ throwing a pity party” or what?

Is this girl"piling on agony"? ( I mean she is trying to draw attentions, while her situation is not that bad and scary, she is shedding tears falsely(?), and reacting so exaggeratedly ) What is the ...
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On tense: 'realized that the number of something had been increasing'

Why does a sentence like I realized that the number of cars had been increasing sound strange? I googled "realized that the number of * had been increasing", and then I found only three exmples. ...
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On the referent of 'during that time' / 'meanwhile'

Can during that time refer to a relatively long time? Or can during that time be used regardless of whether the span is long or short? For example, I think (1) is ok: (1) I waited for a bus for 10 ...
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Word/phrase that means a series of problems of increasing severity caused by a small error

Something small goes wrong, and this triggers something slightly bigger, which triggers something slightly bigger, and so on and so forth until you end up with a chain of problems of increasing ...
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'In the ranks' OR 'With the ranks'

Which of the following two phrases is correct? I'd put him right there in the ranks of the best anthropologists out there. OR I'd put him right there with the ranks of the best ...
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Phrase/Idiom for increasing odds of winning by placing multiple bets

I'm looking for a phrase/idiom that represents when you increase your chances of winning some sort of gamble (or event with multiple possible outcomes) by saturating the field with bets. E.g. ...
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Is there an expression or idiom for something convenient that happens right when you need it to?

Especially if it's something unlikely. Almost as if it could only happen in a movie. For instance, you're about to be robbed and a random cop on patrol arrives at that exact time. What are the chances ...
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Is there an idiom suggesting the following fact: The name of the book belies the theme in it.

E.g.: I answer a question on ELU based on the subject line, however, I realise later that the body of the question provide a different input altogether. The name of the book belies the theme in ...
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What's a word or phrase for someone who has worked hard all their life

Someone who has been worn down by a harsh working-life?
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Is there a term for someone who uses wordsl like “thee” & “thine” in their daily language?

I'm curious if there is a word for someone who uses "thee" or "thine" or other words like these in their daily language?
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Word or expression for when a person not under pressure is able to see an issue easier than the person under pressure?

Is there a word or expression for how it is easier for someone not under pressure to make a decision versus someone that is under pressure. One example is how a person looking over someone's ...
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English sentence interpretaiton [closed]

In general conditions of the works contract, it is mentioned that schedule of rates/price schedule is inluded "The costs and risks of all rents, royalties, licenses, permits, permission and other ...
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What does “delinquent” mean in this context? [closed]

I'm more or less aware of the meanings of the word delinquent. However, I can't decide what it exaclty means in the following quote which is from god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and where he ...
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“Charges levied” Actually a thing?

I am positive I've heard of "charges levied," as in "criminal charges brought against" (e.g. the sentence "The charge levied against my client is unfounded."). However, while searching for a ...
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Another way to write, ''Why now''? When people know it is good, but are suspicious of the timing)

Another way to write, ''Why now''? (When people know it is good, but are suspicious of the timing)
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English Sentence interpretation

Under the schedule of rates of a commercial contract it is specified that schedule of prices includes "All rents, royalties, licenses, permits, permissions and any other fee, duty, penalty, levy, ...
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What is the opposite for “thin-skinned”? [closed]

What is the idiom or term for describing a usually respectful and nice person who is not easily offended by others' criticism, advice, jokes, or insults? ( I know the opposite is "thin-skinned", but ...
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Meaning of “there’s a fire burning in someone's bones”

What is the meaning of the expression "there’s a fire burning in someone's bones" in below and when does it is said: there’s a fire burning in my bones And I still believe.
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Good Luck **in** all your endeavors' versus Good Luck **to** all your endeavors'

What is the difference between 'I am currently busy with family stuff so I really don't know when is a good time to catch up. Good Luck in all your endeavors' versus 'I am currently busy with family ...
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What is the job title of these municipal officers?

In some countries,( specially Asia) some vendors spread their stuffs for sale on the ground ( upper picture), and thereby cause trouble for the pedestrians comeing and going. For preventing this , ...
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What does “… which is somewhat long in tooth” mean, and what is the source of the phrase? [closed]

This is the complete sentence where I found it. It is from an online training about the Linux operating system. e4defrag is part of the e2fsprogs package and should be on all modern Linux ...
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A term for someone denying an accusation but appearing guilty as a result

The situation being when you are accused of something, and provide a logical reason why you wouldn't (not couldn't) do such a thing, and such an explanation only makes you sound more guilty. For ...
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Can we use “I can put you down..” when enlisting someone for an appointment?

For example, "I can put you down on a weekend tour." As far as i know, when you use the phrase "Put you down" it's more of embarrassing someone or it could also mean that you want to kill that ...
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How to request someone to start a process?

I am an engineer dealing with other companies(vendors). Our company has to sign a Non-Disclosure agreement(NDA) with the vendor before we start any discussion. Now, the NDA signing is a process that ...
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What are some synonymous phrases for the phrase “Turning Criminal”?

I need suggestions for different ways to say "turning criminal," as in "He began turning criminal, committing illegal acts instead of abiding by the law."
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What are some actual polite words for filthy words? [closed]

I have a habit of cussing a bit. I don't wanna use cute words for filthy words. I wanna use polite sounding words, that mean the same as the filthy sounding cuss words.
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What is the verb or expression for describing some kids in this situation?

Suppose there are some naughty kids who are playing with each other in a room, they nudge each other and wrestle and climb (?) on each other! I want to tell them to stop. Which verb should I use? ...
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Usage of “give it a read”

Is the usage of the phrase "give it a read" correct? For instance, "Hey, I have attached my essay. Do give it a read and let me know what you think".
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To be sound in doing something?

I've looked up each and every possible meanings of sound. I've reduced the options to two or so. But I still find it hard to ascertain the meaning of sound and the way its is used in this context. ...
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I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke “behind the till” [closed]

I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke behind the till. What is the meaning of "till" here ? Is it preferred to use such formations in general ...
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We will join you in an hour.We will be joining you in an hour [duplicate]

We will join you in an hour. We will be joining you in an hour. What difference in the meanings do you see in these sentences. Is it correct? We will join you=we have just decided. We will be ...
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xx is subject to hotel’s confirmation [closed]

Should I say "xx is subject to hotel's confirmation" or "xx is subject to hotel confirmation"? Thanks!
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To gain/acquire/obtain comfort with something abstract - is this idiomatic, or at least acceptable?

I am encountering the expression "to gain comfort", "to acquire comfort", and to "obtain comfort" more and more lately. Example: "This issue was looked at in depth in 2013 and we obtained comfort at ...
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Is there a one-word for an act of proactively introducing oneself?

I work for a technology company, and we are associating with another company. So this guy from the other company wrote me an email introducing himself and offering to help me out with anything I ...
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What does “I have no idea what I'm talking about” mean? [closed]

Currently I am learning English language. I found something that I don't know what it means. Some people on the internet put their disclaimer using one sentence I have no idea what I'm talking ...
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What is the opposite of “why not?”

When someone says "why not [something]?" I often want to reply with "why [that thing]?" However, if they don't actually state the "[something]" and just say "why not?" what is the correct opposite ...