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

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What can I say instead of [go miles]

I want to say in my personal statement "At the time, it gave me hope, optimism and certainty that this is what I want to do and that I’m going to [go miles] in my career.
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How can we describe a broad sense of taste?

How can we describe a broad sense of taste? Can we say that we have a versatile taste? Or is it more correct to say that we have a diverse taste? Taste here is with reference to food.
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what is the opposite way of an expression of “win-win situation”?

I am just trying to find out an expression that is an opposite of "win-win situation? when you are having problems or in troubles and trying to get out or to solve those problems in multiple way but ...
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Use of “I called myself” + gerund/participle

Is anyone familiar with this construction and its origin? Is it standard or non-standard? "I called myself taking a nap but ended up sleeping half the day." "I called myself cooking dinner, ...
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What rhetorical gain is expected by saying “Do they really not understand why?” instead of “Don’t they really understand why?”

There was the following passage in the New York Times (August 14) article written by Paul Krugman under the title, “Bungling Beijing’s Stock Markets.”: These (occasional intervention to prop up ...
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What the fox say? nothing

Someone already posted this question. My question is basically the same but I also found another music video "Iggy Azalea - Black Widow ft. Rita Ora". In the beginning of the music video the diner ...
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What does it mean when people tell you “You have a good head”?

How good is this compliment? When should you use it instead of saying you are smart or clever?
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How do you say when you let miss a letter in the middle of the word?

Example: somone (as a misstype for 'someone') Whey I write I say 'misstype', but if I talk missing a letter, how do I say? (in my native language, portuguese, there's an expression 'to eat the ...
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I've been working “in Linux” or “on Linux”?

I have this question, how should I say: I been working in linux. I been working on linux. I know that "in" implies something is inside another thing, and "on" is like something is over the other ...
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Use of the adjective “ape” to describe similar objects

I recently got a mail from a customer saying that something went wrong on his "ape computer". As a non-native english speaker, I know that the verb "to ape" exists with the meaning of "to mimic". I ...
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Source of the cliche “[these] diminished times”?

I believe the phrase "diminished times" is a common expression or cliche, maybe a quotation, but I haven't been able to find the source. Is it a cliche, and where does it come from? P.S. After ...
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How to express this idea of travel back in time naturally?

Ok, English is not my mother tongue so sometimes I create some sentences that do not sound naturally. SO here is the idea I want to say. If time travel were possible, I would want to come back 7 ...
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What is the English equivalent of a vulgar expression for continuous nagging?

In more than one language I know, when someone keeps nagging about a subject that you do not want to hear about but you have to because that person is your boss or your wife and their talking goes on ...
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Question about the use of “in this spirit” expression

Is the use of "In this spirit" correct in the following context? Marcel Proust wrote ``Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom". ...
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What do you call the latter part of the afternoon when parents are scrambling to pick up children, shop, clean up and cook?

What do you call the latter part of the afternoon when parents are scrambling to pick up children, shop, clean up and cook? In Danish we call it the hour of the wolf, knowing, that it also refers to ...
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“Double Clicking” to mean, going in depth

I have been recently hearing the expression "double clicking" to mean 'going in depth'. For example: We will double click on this topic later on when required. I have never heard of such a usage ...
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How do you say that you want to “recover” the hours you were not at work?

I want to take two days off from work, but I want to work over the weekend to compensate for the missing days. So I have to send an email to my client and I don't know what the correct expression for ...
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Antonym for 'serial', as in 'a serial publication'

I'm looking for a word that signifies the opposite of a serial publication, where a serial publication is described like: The first novella in a three-part series. Or: A quarterly ...
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'I badly need to _' and 'I want to _ so bad' [duplicate]

I am trying to explain to my Korean friend in the best way possible, I've got a good idea but am wondering if anyone can give me their perspective on the use of bad and badly here. I want to go ...
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Do harbour cranes lay dormant?

I am trying to construct 'alternate text' for a photograph I am submitting for evaluation. The photo is in the 'cityscape' category and depicts the harbour at dawn with cranes that are normally busy - ...
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Term to define a specific tactic used when engaged in an argument

As a tactic to "win" an argument, when one party has accepted responsibility for a specific action, the insatiable second party repeatedly finds/adds/remembers another infraction for the first party ...
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“See figure below” for besides?

In a textbook, to refer to a figure below the text you would say "See figure below." What about for figures beside the text?
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How to use a “not” while requesting?

I am getting confused to use a "not" while requesting. e.g. I request you not to think in this way. I am not sure whether it is correct? But, I need to be clear how to use "not" in such situations.
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Could you explain the structure of the highlighted sentence,please!. The passage is from the reading section in Toefl test of Barron [closed]

Could you explain the structure of the highlighted sentence,please!. The passage is from the reading section in Toefl test of Barron. Thanks in advance. The status of women in a society depends in ...
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What could be an appropriate word in between long-lived event and short-lived event?

I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I ...
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Phrase for a child moving around — “ritching around”?

Whenever a child was fidgeting or moving around, my grandmother would tell them "stop ritching around!" When I used this phrase recently, my wife told me that it was not an English expression, and I ...
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Is it correct to say “I have no intention to run after you, no more!”?

Provided that "It's totally useless to run after someone who does not make the slightest effort to listen to you", e.g. when you are always there, trying to stop someone from making a mess, but he/she ...
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What does “even so” mean in the following passage?

I found it in the Preface of Kipling’s ‘Life’s Handicap,’ and it appears not to have the standard meaning of nevertheless as discussed in How to use 'even so'? Here is an extended quote for ...
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what does “hold off” mean [closed]

I updated my colleague about a travel subscription confirmation. And he said "Great News! Hold off on arranging travel until I hear from Bill today." I got the point - Dont arrange any travel. But I ...
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What does “let's fold that in” mean?

One of my colleagues replied with a suggestion in the group email. I agreed with his suggestion. The other colleague in the group responded "perfect - lets fold that in Andy."
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is “over the past years” a natural sounding expression?

I have heard "over the past few years" or "over past years", but I just read a document that said "X, Y and Z have been beneficial over the past years". This strikes me as wrong, but I found the ...
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Word or phrase for someone accepting a story completely & unquestioningly

If someone accepts a version of a story completely, without questioning any part of it, they ..... what? I'm looking for a word or a phrase or a more elegant, eloquent way of saying it.
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Where one finds phrases such as “imbued with ambivalence”?

Where one finds phrases such as "imbued with ambivalence"? From Source, some other phrases : "having many commonalities emanating from their histories", "issues had a significant interplay on (her) ...
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''some theory'' vs ''some theories''

I was wondering which one of the two is correct: ''he had some interesting theory to share'' or ''he had some interesting theories to share'' The latter sounds correct, a friend backed me on ...
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“We are familiar” improvement [closed]

I have this,"We are familiar with the sport activities", sentence but to me it's a bit awkward and I need to improve it a little bit. I need to improve "We are familiar" part, and I am kind of stuck ...
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Does English have an expression like “nth day”?

In my native language, if today is 1st and Sunday and we want to refer to the next Sunday (on 8th) then we may say the "today's eighth day" or just "8th day". For example if you're asking when does ...
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Are “on par” and “in parity” equivalent expressions?

In an unrelated reply to one of my questions, someone used the following expression type. x and y are on par while x and z are not I use a similar expression (see below). However, I'm curious if ...
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Term for referring to someone with mediocre words to describe their greatness

What is the term for describing the following sort of phrases used to humoristically, and almost affectionately, describe someone who is obviously well known to be superb in their field? Referring ...
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When someone ruins all the good they have ever done!

Suppose you have a nice and kind friend who helps you whenever possible, but sometimes they say something to you so angrily and sarcastically that you forget about all their kindness and help, because ...
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What word/phrase describes replacing an example of something with a description of it?

I am trying to explain this situation. Someone has written an example of a behavior: "When Joe goes to the grocery store he should see that it is closed". I replace this with a description of that ...
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How do I say “flexibility with time” on my CV?

Similar to this question, but slightly different. I'm trying to convey the willingness to work flexible hours. I'm translating from Spanish for a friend of mine. A literal translation of ...
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What does “sweeping phrases” mean? And How should the sentence be understood?

What is more, this ever-expanding pool of information did not start with humans, but dates back to the beginning of time. “[W]e are born from it, and it is born from us,” he writes gnostically. As ...
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Word for “Writing phrase on something”

Is there a word that represents the act of writing a phrase on something? In this case, I'm trying to advertise a club by "engraving" or "inking" ping pong balls with a phrase such as "Join this ...
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A word for “people who were born on the same day from different mothers”

What could be a word for people who are born on the same day but are not siblings? I am creating a website and matching my college students who were born on same day. I need an appropriate or the ...
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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What did the sea win? [closed]

A passage from Arthur Clarke, 2010: Odyssey Two: Floyd often wondered what Marion would have thought of his strange and beautiful home on the edge of the Pacific. She had never liked the sea, but ...
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Phrase/expression for “growing at my own speed”

I'm writing the acknowledgments-section of my thesis and want to thank my academic advisor for his patience and support, and for allowing me to "grow at my own speed". I'm looking for a concise way to ...
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Going through a hard ordeal to achieve something important?

What is a strong expression for someone going though a hard ordeal to achieve something important? For example a mother who has lost her children will _______ to get them back.
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I'm looking for a term, word or phase used to describe the important, but minute, details. Something along the lines of, “it's the little things”

Persons often say, "It's the little things". I'm looking for a word or term that would describe this feeling of a minute detail completing a whole.
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who does their job only when their boss is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...