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

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Idiom/expression that means “canceling” an event from your calendar?

This is a bit tricky because checking off and crossing out could mean that I marked those items as finished. What I want to convey is that I changed my mind and decided not to do those items. ...
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What is a good pejorative term for people incapable of analytical thinking?

What do you call a person, who can't think logically, and - as a result - tells you how to fix symptom X without even trying to analyze its causes (your computer doesn't work - restart it, if it ...
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Other phrases for “burst through the door”

I'm writing a story and I want my character to burst through the door, not literally through the door, however, I didn't want to use the phrase "burst through the door" but am stuck as to another ...
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“Sir,' I said to the universe, 'I exist.' 'That,' said the universe, 'creates no sense of obligation in me whatsoever.” [closed]

'Sir,' I said to the universe, 'I exist.' 'That,' said the universe, 'creates no sense of obligation in me whatsoever.' Does the statement mean the universe does not care about you existing ...
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Positive or negative statement? [closed]

"Good, now only tell me about mom story. Waiting for 10 years for it." I know there's grammar problem, I heard this statement is blaming. I want to know how positive or negative or neutral?
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What does “tend one's spinning wheel” mean?

However hard I tried I've failed to get the exact meaning of tending his spinning wheel here. It would be argued, and indeed I would argue, that Muslim intransigence would have played a ...
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Can I say “Stars dot the sky”? [closed]

Can I say "Stars dot the sky" when there are lots of stars in the sky? Is it grammatically correct (the present simple tense)?
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Where does the phrase “thats not a kick in the shirt away from…” come from?

Do we know the etymology of the above phrase? Myself and a colleague know that it means "not far away from" but we are unsure where it comes from.
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Correct way to ask something

I'd like to know if 'How are you and your family?' and 'How are you and yours?' are both right?
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What do “attention problems” mean in this context?

I read an abstract from this article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16180285 Unfortunately I don't have access to the whole content. In the end of abstract we read that: However, ...
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“To get enough feet”? [closed]

I can't tell what is meant by "to get enough feet". Here is an example quotation: Aug 6, 2014 - But some how not managing to get enough feet through our doors. I don't have a budget for marketing ...
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In any but the most vestigial and nostalgic way…?

Once again, here I am with a question raised by the highly unintelligable Hitchens... It can be equally useful and instructive to take a glimpse at the closing of religions, or religious movements. ...
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About “talking X”

I have come across normal usage like "let us talk about science" or "he is talking funny". In the first case, what we are going to talk about is science. In the second case, he is not talking about ...
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“What makes… ” and “Why is…” : How different are they?

In a book we are reading there is a sentence that goes "What makes his face so strange?" As non-native speakers we are wondering if there is any difference in meaning if you say "Why is his face so ...
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Noun or Adjective for someone who is good in managing resources and/or money

I am looking to describe someone who is good at keeping track of hir resource use and goods usage behaviour. This can be either for monetary currencies, but also for food, material or other ...
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An alternative word for “non-evaluativeness”

I'm looking for an alternative word to use instead of "non-evaluativeness" which is long and not very common. Any ideas are appreciated. Example: Non-evaluativeness: Abstract should report the ...
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Is there a word for words with specific meaning? [duplicate]

A word that group words that give the impression "There is a word for that!" and "Mot juste" is what I inquire. I can't find any term for it, and my search of the list only leads to a website like ...
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English equivalent of two popular Chinese slangs: 学霸 (academic overlord) and 学婊 (academic bitch)

In popular Chinese language, especially in Internet Chinese language, we use the word "学霸" (literally meaning "academic overlord") to refer to someone who does very well in his/her study and who ...
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What does “I called him mine” mean? [closed]

In a popular song, "My Baby Shot Me Down", the text contains this expression: When I grew up I called him mine What does it mean?
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Is there a name for this type of sentence: “The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure”? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this type of sentence: "The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure"? Such a word grouping is generally accepted as a sentence in science.
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A better way to say “too busy to become more productive”?

I am looking for a clear way to describe a situation in which someone is genuinely interested in becoming more skilled, but is so overburdened with obligations that they have no time to learn how to ...
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meaning of “I'm so in my head” [closed]

Does the phrase "I'm so in my head", that I have heard in multiple songs, have a special meaning?
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What is specific usage of “to be of service”? [closed]

Can you let me know specific usage of that expression?
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Expression for “a place where you could settle and live without having to ask for permission, pay taxes, …” [closed]

On the History Stack Exchange they were talking about “white spots”. Is there a proper expression, a single word, or a phrase for such a place? By "white spot" I mean a place where you (if you ...
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How to express this feeling?

I am looking for a phrase to express a feeling. Here it is. A song was out in the market a couple of years ago and it was a huge hit at that time. Today, I heard that song which reminded me all ...
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Are there good English expressions for “raison d’être” and “joie de vivre”? [closed]

I know the two phrases have been adopted into the English lexicon, but raison d’être and joie de vivre are phrases, not words. As phrases they certainly sound better in French than would their ...
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Repeated phrases such as 'four times it stopped on the very threshold of the gate, four times the armour clanged' [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a phrase or word for this language technique. Virgil, and other classical poets use it quite a lot. For example 'three times she lifted herself on her elbow. Three ...
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what is that sentence?

Here is part of a transcript of a Benazir Bhutto interview: You look at motive ... you look at people who are suffering ... who are facing attacks ever single month and you know they haven't done ...
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What to do now- Is the statement incorrect

A novice to this "learning forum". I was working on sth that was a solution to a SQL query and it did not work out. So I uttered- What to do now. My manager, who is from Italy and whose ...
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“Take something as read” - very old meaning of read?

Take (something) as read is described as an idiomatic expression. But I am wondering if read has its original meaning of advise, interpret here? Is there any etymological evidence for how this ...
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“Calling a spade a spade”: synonymous expressions?

I'm looking for expressions that are equivalent to "calling a spade a spade." In some environments and verbal contexts, this phrase needs to be avoided -- please take my word for it. Thank ...
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What is the origin and meaning of “Save some for Jehoshaphat”?

Back in the late 1950's, during Sunday dinner (here in Tennessee), my mom would often exclaim "save some for Jehoshaphat". What is the origin and meaning of that phrase?
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little thud, thud, tap, tap

What do you mean or express by this expression Sometimes you'll get a little thud, thud, tap, tap I tried to translate "..thud, thud, tap, tap" and failed!
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Feminine version of colloquial use 'hi man'

When a man greets another man, he often says 'hi man', 'thanks man', etc. I am wondering whether these expressions have feminine use. I never heard a woman greeting another woman with 'hi woman'. Any ...
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Correct punctuation to accompany 'I' and 'we' in this example?

I am writing a poem and I want to know how to punctuate this line in relation to people's individual motives and not doing anything with a sense of togetherness. --When everyone uses 'I's' but never ...
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Is “school is off” correct [closed]

Is the expression "Today school is off" correct? I only know the expression "Today school is closed".
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Are they “in a good mood“ or ”in good moods"?

Just now I was walking my dogs down S St. in Sacramento. We were gaining on a woman walking in front of us, when she turned around to see who was behind her. "Sorry," I said. "We aren't going to ...
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Term for an item that is both selected and visible

I have an HTML table of items. Items can be hidden, filtered or selected, so I am currently using the terms "selected", "visible", "filtered" and "all" to indicate which items the user wants to ...
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“Up and at 'em with a heart that's full of glee!”

My mother used to wake us with this phrase, "Up and at 'em with a heart that's full of glee!" I've seen the use of "Up and at 'em!" before, but not with the addition that my mom used. Has anyone else ...
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Is it right “Smile in love”? [closed]

If a person is in love with someone, can I say that she has got a smile in love? I need it in a sentence where smile (or a synonymous) is the subject and "in love" (or a synonymous) is the attribute. ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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“dollar rebounds biggest falls”

I found the sentence like the below. "Dollar rebounds biggest falls" Does this sentence make any sense? I guess it should be "dollar rebounds after its biggest falls" instead.
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preposition choice: on; close the gap on

"Wal-Mart says it wants to double its stores in China by the end of 2006 to close the gap on its rival Carrefour. -CNN I'm unsure if the preposition 'on' was properly used in the line quoted ...
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Names for different forms of “command” sentences and their parts [closed]

Edit: I'm rewording the question, so as to maybe make it more answerable. My goal: I'd like to create a parser that allows my program to accept certain types of english sentences. In particular, I ...
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Is the expression 'What's one say?' corrent?

I've just heard an unfamiliar phrase from a video: What's the driver say? At first, I thought I just couldn't follow what the actor said but I confirmed that what I had heard was right from the ...
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Obtain permission to do something or obtain a permit allowing somebody to do something

Could you tell me if these sentence is appropriate ? I know it is correct though. But, sounds to me odd. "the Jewish community in Parczew managed to obtain a permit allowing them to transport the 200 ...
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I need a big word for 'steady', if it exists [closed]

I'm looking for some "big words" to use in a set of gifts that relate directly to the giftees and their personalities. I was able to find jocular for playful and scrupulous for diligent pretty easily, ...
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How to “quote” for a discount

Often on advertising material, one will see instructions to "quote (phrase) for a discount", for example when booking a hotel or other service. Examples here, here and here. How would one be ...
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Plugging one's ears

can somebody share with me their knowledge? How to call in the best way the action of puting fingers in one's ears in order not to hear sth or sb. I know there is "to plug one's ears" but I also ...
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Polite/professional auto-acknowledgment email for support inquries

I am trying to create an auto acknowledgment email for support requests we receive. I want it to look polite and professional, but I find it a bit difficult to word properly since I am not a native ...