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 expression “long odds” come from? BOUNTY

In English we say an event has "long odds" if it is unlikely to happen, and "short odds" for the opposite. The question is - why? Best I have been able to get from people: Long over even (if you ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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Expressions or idioms that mean killing appropriate for use in a humorous context [closed]

I'm looking for expressions or idioms that sound funny/unusual and mean killing something. For example, I remember when I was playing Starcraft, there was a mission in which my marines had to kill ...
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What does wizardhood mean? [closed]

What does wizardhood mean and what is the common uses of this word, tks in advance.
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I will think as if I had already taken it???(as a rejection) [closed]

The situation is that somebody tries to give me something as a reward(a kind of gift?). But I don't need it, but also I don't want to say to him/her, " no thanks!" I think it's kind of rude because he/...
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“Heaven would be a drink” means?

Sounded like an exclamation, in a movie. It was used when some family members meet each other after a long while.
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“Full of spit and vinegar” meaning

I was reading a book and couldn't understand the meaning of this: After all, how many times had her father complained that she was full of more spit and vinegar than most boys? I searched, but I ...
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Meaning of 'upon which' [migrated]

I am not a native English speaker. I read this phrase in a book, '... more beloved than everything UPON WHICH the sun rises,...' Could anyone clarify what this phrase means? And what is the meaning of ...
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What word fits in this situation [closed]

When someone applied for something and reasons for the application are not enough or not subject to even consideration, how do you say in English instead of unacceptable? Does this sentence make ...
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“Consumed the marriage” typo?

I am reading a book that says a man "consumed the marriage", which I presume should be "consummated". I did find an Italian website a using the same expression, although that read like it was written ...
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What is the opposite of “damning with faint praise?” [duplicate]

I've been tempted to use "praising with faint damns" but I'm wondering if there's a common expression.
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A term for thinking that something will happen in the future because it hasn't happened yet

It can be called a false belief I guess. An example situation would be rolling a die five times and getting every number except six and then believing that the next one will be a six. But in reality ...
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Another word for (sounds like) 'manual' labor/task [duplicate]

I remember a word that is spelled something like 'meanual' labor or work. It is supposed to mean not manual (physical) but just something which requires a lot of hard work and grinding.
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The term for when it is easy to remember things that happened at the start or beginning but not the middle

It is like remembering how we started a thing and finishing it but not those in the middle. An example is a trip taken long ago about which you only remember the start and end or things near to the ...
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Promoting service word choice [closed]

If I'm a government agency, I have this public service that I'd be happy to see people use it. When promoting this, how do I phrase it properly and formally? i.e. Welcome everyone takes advantage of ...
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What do you call a person who loves nuts and bolts? [closed]

What do you call a person who has a fetish for fasteners such as bolts, nuts and screws?
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Is it okay to say “two persons in the room”? [closed]

The right way would be "two people in the room" but is that phrase okay too? Thanks and have a great day.
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What's the proper statement I should say when someone keep canceling the meetings?

have a friend I want to meet up with ; every time I ask her to meet up we scheduled a meeting then she don't show up or cancel the meeting a day before the meeting. Last week she said we going to meet ...
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What does “it just wasn't meant to be” mean? [closed]

I looked up this phrase on Google and got basically no clear results. What does this phrase mean and which context is it used in?
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What is the proper way to ask someone if we still meeting tomorrow?

I asked a friend to meet up in person. He said we can meet tomorrow. What is the correct way to ask if he still going to come to the meeting? Should I use: Is the meeting still on? Are we ...
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What is the opposite of the expression “have nothing to do with”?

Example: A policeman found a pack of cocaine next to me, but I told him that drug had nothing to do with me. What I mean is: I was not connected to the cocaine at all. On the other hand, my friend ...
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The correct usage of to and in when asking if this is a person's first time in a city [closed]

I'm not sure how to explain this to my student. He is asking which of the following sentences are correct: Is this your first time TO Tokyo? or Is this your first time IN Tokyo? I'm thinking the ...
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What is the opposite of 'brand new'? [closed]

Is there a phrase that means "very old" but using another adverb instead of "very"? like "brand" in "brand new".
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What's it called when someone does his work at client's home

People of some occupations usually do their work at the specifically equipped facilities. For example, you go to the barbershop to get a haircut or you go to the dentist, when you have a tooth pain. ...
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Shocking but not surprising [closed]

I came across this phrase on a news website: "It is shocking but not surprising," said the parliamentarian to.. and I wondered to myself if that is indeed a valid phrase in English. A google ...
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Good alternatives to “some of the” (best)?

Are there any good alternatives to "some of the best"? E.g. Some of the best minds, some of the best teams, some of the best companies. I need to write two sentences using the meaning "some of the ...
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How to interpret “one of the best”? [duplicate]

Please look at the following sentence that my friend said today This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I want to know whether this means that she has never seen any movie which was better ...
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What does the phrase “made my hair” generally imply, and do men use it commonly?

I recently came across a women who was exclaiming that she had just "made her hair" after her boyfriend pulled her hair-band off. I have never really heard of this phrase before, hence the question: ...
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“no one can do anything.” Is this a complete statement? if so, what does it mean? [closed]

if the stated is complete, could it mean any of the following options? a. Anything can be done b. Anything could not be done c. Anything is done d. Nothing can be done
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What does “working out of” mean? [duplicate]

Can you please tell me what "working out of" means in this context? "African composers working out of European-based choral and instrumental art music traditions are gaining recognition, as are the ...
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Term to describe initial investment versus long term gains

I'm looking for a word (or phrase) to describe a situation that takes a lot of time and effort to set up initially, but the initial costs are (ideally) offset by the long-term gains. Specifically I'm ...
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Word for non-community college [closed]

I am working on a persuasive paper about free college. I am trying to find the opposite of community college. Does anybody know a good word or phrase for this?
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polite synonym for obnoxious behavior [closed]

Looking for a polite/coherent way to convey someone's behavior who "copies" another person, or is "up their ass" a lot
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what is the way of ending formal mails?

what are the ways in which we can end formal mails and also let me know what kind of beginnings are appropriate for formal mails? I generally mention : Opening:Dear Sir/Madam Closing: Thanks and ...
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English equivalent for the Persian expression “To keep one's face red with slap”

In Persian we have a saying "صورت را با سیلی سرخ نگه داشتن" which literally translates to: To keep one's face red(warm) with slap It's used in a situation in which a person, if poor or ...
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Meaning of “Black Swan” [closed]

Is "Black Swan" considered as an insult depend on the context it has been used ? For a instance, using "Black Swan" as a name for a company name ?
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Generic term to describe how the lack of a normal limiting factor will allow an undesirable overuse of another resource

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe the natural forces or factors that would normally either encourage or discourage a particular course of action if that factor is either present or not ...
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Does “spot inspection” make sense?

We have a lot of machines located in many places in our site, and we need to define the activity that inspecting the machine running status regularly by plan in field, does the "spot inspection" a ...
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Just because he … he doesn't need to be

I hear sentences like Just because he is old doesn't mean he is slow a lot, and I don't like them. Is the alternative Just because he is old he doesn't need to be slow easy to parse and ...
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Is there a word or phrase referring to man's increasing realization of a humble place in the universe?

The "Copernican Shift" often refers to the shift in belief from the Earth being the center of the Universe to the Sun being the center of the Universe. As a result, it can also be used as a phrase ...
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What does “Lizard in a ruin” mean in this Paragraph?

Paragraph (Taken from here): You can watch Piaf performing ‘La Foule’ on YouTube, in a recording of a concert in the Netherlands in December 1962. It is completely mesmerising. A journalist who ...
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Correctness of “enough as” constructions

I'm not a native speaker. Sometimes, I feel like using expressions like There are lots of candidates. You should be qualified enough as to excel in the preliminary exam if you want to get in the ...
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I need a word to convey the meaning of getting a course approved w/o ever going to class

I've recently started working at the International Office at my University and I've found myself in need of an English word for succeeding in a test and getting a course approved without going to ...
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Can anybody tell me what “the stake” in this question means?

I'm doing an assignment for my English class, and I don't understand what my instructor is asking. What are the stakes of the various objections to teaching Fun Home (promotion of a lifestyle, ...
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What is the word describing impossible phenomenon such as “This page [is] intentionally left blank”?

You can find in book's pages a single sentence: This page intentionally left blank. It is interesting to note that this statement is false, since the page contains text. Here are two (somewhat) ...
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'a same matrix' or 'the same matrix'?

Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and fusion center can let the pseudo-random number generators generate the same matrix A. Or Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and ...
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Words or phrases that describe a person who knows the answer to a problem but is not believed

I'm trying to find either a word or a phrase that describes a person who knows the answer to a problem or problems but is never believed. Or ignored. The nearest I can come up with is maybe the story ...
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Can we use “nice to meet you” on the phone?

I just heard a friend of mine talking on the phone and she was like "nice to meet you". Is this commonly used through the phone?
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If something with no specific time associated with it is called timeless, what would you call something with no specific place associated with it?

I would, quite simply, like to know what the word is for something that could happen in any place; similar to the word "timeless", though that refers to something that could happen during any time. I ...
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'eat extra two apples' or 'eat additional two apples'?

Should I say 'We want to eat extra two apples' or 'We want to eat additional two apples' ? OR both are correct? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks.