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 does this expression mean: Don't let him consign me to the rafters

Some once told me about someone else: "please don't let him consign me to the rafters, because he is one of those irrevocable keepsakes"
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Another verb for “speaks to”

I often hear the phrase 'speak to' used as a verb. For example, "This event speaks to the need for good communication" or "Samantha, can you please speak to these dot points?" It seems appropriate ...
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What does “couldn't happen to a better person” mean?

It seems like it should mean "if they were any better of a person, this wouldn't have happened to them" (which is quite negative), but it's always used in a way that implies a meaning of "no person is ...
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How to say “a man who has a good reputation”

Despite its hole-in-the-wall appearance, its bartender/owner, Gene Stewart, is ____. In that blank, I want something like "a man of mild reputation". I entertained the thought of using "the talk of ...
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'Learn of' vs 'learn off'

I couldn't find a thread on this, so I'm asking. When you're learning facts for an exam, are you 'learning of' the facts, or 'learning off' the facts? It is possible that it may be an English or ...
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Meaning of government-run in paragraph?

Could anyone guide me the meaning of government-run in below paragraph? Until the late 1980s, cannabis and opium were legal in India, sold in government-run shops and traded by the British East ...
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A word or phrase meaning “a question that calls for another questions that calls…”

I am looking for a word or phrase which I could to mean "a question that calls for another questions that calls another question and so on". What I want to say is a bit like a snowball effect but ...
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running into someone after vacation

for the question 16, I don't know either using "How was your break?" or "What's going on". And Q20,"what about you?" and "what are you up to?" seem able to use? Could someone explain their usages?
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To pretend that a mistake was intentionally done so as to save face

I am looking for a expression, phrase or word that describes a person or behavior that pretends a mistake made was intentionally done so as to save face. There is a phrase in my language saying "To ...
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Why is exactly the verb “to throw” used when an error occurs in the program?

Why don't we use "to generate" or "to get"? E.g.: "External component has thrown an exception", "JavaScript had just thrown an error straight away", "Instances of Error objects are thrown when ...
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Accepting criticism [closed]

What are some words or phrases that say that we will accept criticism or any words thrown at us? I want to respond in a way so the bond between us is never broken. I don't want to take things ...
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Phrases and Expressions that mean “sorting out someone's mess” [closed]

what are some of the phrases or expressions that mean "sorting out someone's mess"
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Looking for a word to describe ineffectual people who would like to be effective

I need to create names for four categories of people - people who score either high or low on measures of environmental concern and pro-environmental behaviour. I have three sorted so far: High ...
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A word to represent the most rapidly changed index in a multi-dimensional array [closed]

I know there is a word that represents the most rapidly changed index which starts with "M...", but I can not recall the word even after searching through the internet. So I come here to ask for your ...
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Never Meet Your Heroes - Is this expression an adage?

When the expression "Never Meet Your Heroes" is used, is it used as an adage? If yes, what is its origin? In other words, why should we not meet our heroes?
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What is the proper expression of anglewise comparison?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, so please correct me if I should post it somewhere else. I compare my data, along the angle. That is, I collect data in 10-20, 20-30, 30-40 ... ...
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At the end of the day And By the end of the day [closed]

At the end of the day And By the end of the day I am confusing to use this words What is the differents between these words, Could your please some scenario of this two words Thanks
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What term or phrase could be used to describe everything that is necessary for a successful product, except for the product itself?

I work for a company that manufactures and sells vehicles. When we talk about a product, we are talking about the vehicle itself; the physical object that the customer will own. In order to sell ...
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Phrase Synonymous to “Stop at nothing?”

I'm writing a paper describing a fashion designer who creates incredibly complex and EXTRAVAGANT sets for his runway shows. I want to say he "stops at nothing" or "spares no effort" or "leaves no ...
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Abbreviation for “no size” (clothing)

In Spanish, when you buy some types of complementary articles of clothing you say that article has no size (sin talla). This can be shortened as "s/t"; a well-known abbreviation in Spanish (at least ...
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A word for how much of a sales target has been acomplished

Imagine the user interface of a sales commission management system. You have clearly labeled Goal showing the amount in sales the sales representative has to sell in order to reach it. Then there is ...
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What's going on with the word “fail” in “without fail?”

Calling something "a fail" has bothered me as it becomes more commonplace, until one day the phrase "without fail" occurred to me as an example of an established niche usage of "fail" as a noun. I'm ...
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Saying for “don't talk about things you don't understand”

Is there a (relatively) common phrase, preferably using a metaphor, which means one should not talk about things one does not really understand? I have the impression of some such phrase floating ...
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“Amiable sex” meaning?

Certain it is, that he was a great favorite among all the good wives of the village, who, as usual, with the amiable sex, took his part in all family squabbles; and never failed, whenever they ...
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How should I interpret 'come evening' in this long sentence?

How should I interpret come evening in this long sentence? This ensures that, come evening, you've remembered whether or not you followed through in the morning. This is a new grammar that I ...
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Has anyone heard the expression, to stack on a turn? [closed]

Has anyone heard the saying, to stack on a turn?
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`average' for specific time duration

I'd like to represent the average performance of some technical method in a table. The performances were measured every hour from 2PM to 11PM. In my report, the average of those measurements will be ...
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Came “into” fruition?

My friend wrote some copy, explaining that her "company came into fruition because she realized the opportunity..." I've never used "came into fruition" -- only "came to fruition". Is "came into ...
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Who coined the term “baseball diplomacy” (and when)?

President Obama's recent visit to Cuba has prompted some news sources to dust off the term "baseball diplomacy" (one example here). According to a paper I found on the topic, "the ... term ...
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Idiom or Expression related to Nepotism

I'm looking for an idiom or expression that relates to someone who is promoted to get them out of a department because they can't be fired due to politics, possibly nepotism. The promotion is not ...
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What is an appropriate expression/idiom for “adding argument/point to a discussion”

I am searching for an expression/idiom describing a situation of adding an argument or a valid point to a heated discussion. For example: I have read an article about something that relates to a ...
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Word or Phrase for Smart and Difficult to work with [closed]

A coworker and I are having a discussion about a very smart person we work with who is also very difficult to deal with. We both feel like there is a word or phrase out there to describe this type ...
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Colorful idiom/phrase equivalent to French “s'en fourrer jusque là/plein la panse”

Is there an expression/idiom in English that comes anywhere close in flavor to the colorful French expression, s'en mettre (or fourrer or foutre) jusque là s'en mettre (or fourrer or foutre) ...
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“be so kind to to sg” [closed]

I would like to ask somebody politely to accept an invitation. Which is the correct form "please be so kind to accept it" or "be so kind and accept it"
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“I want this so bad I'll do anything for it!”

When someone says this, we know he obviously doesn't mean he'll "do anything". In this case, what kind of statement is this? It isn't a literal statement too, right?
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Colorful English equivalent for the French expression “mine de capitaine”

Is there a colorful expression in English which equates to the French [avoir] une mine de capitaine? (Literally, to sport skipper's [glowing, healthy] looks) It is something that we say to someone ...
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What is the right way to say: “I like this author's writing style” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and have a difficult time putting this idea into one sentence. I read one research paper and I really enjoy his writing style. How can I say that in one sentence? ...
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The word noggin [duplicate]

Where did the word "noggin" originate? My daughter was talking to her friend and the expression "your noggin" was used. Then one had asked the other, "where did that phrase come from originally?"
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Simple representation for “under the condition that”

I'm writing a academic paper, and would like to represent "under the condition that" more simply. In (very redundant) representation, what I'd like to say is: We determined the observation points ...
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Difference between “wants to be you” and “wants to become you”

I've been watching the latest season of House of Cards and in the latest episode I saw there is a line that I think is supposed to convey an image, but I can't quite understand it. It is about the US ...
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How to reformulate 'honor the data'

I have written sentence like this The resulting property models from cooperative inversion honor the geophysical data My Professor wants me to reformulate the sentence, in particular he raised a ...
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Is “Never mind” a phrasal verb?

When we say "never mind that" to mean disregard or don't worry about, is it a verb altogether (a phrasal verb) or is "mind" the verb that's modified by the adverb never? Examples: Never mind what he ...
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What is the meaning when someone say “it doesn't get much weird than Lynda?”

Lynda made a dance performance, it's very weird and many audiences couldn't understand it. Then a guy made a comment "It doesn't get much weird than Lynda?". What does he mean ? Is that "Lynda is ...
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Movement of fingers expressing shyness

What is name of the action for when your fingers "caress" one another because you're shy?
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Conjunction And to express one idea

Please take a look at this sentence: There is a philosophical question and an issue of humanity "what are aliens?". In this one, I want to express "philosophical question"(a) and "issue of ...
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“Set of the day” and “this is my line” [closed]

For those who watched Point Break , I fished out two idioms I haven't met before. The set of the day. Context: two guys are surfing, one of them points out a big wave and says: 'It is the set ...
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What is the significance of “single” in “single greatest” (or similar)?

People always say "The single greatest ...". But I think "The greatest ..." is also correct. Is the latter correct? If yes, what's the significance of adding "single"? By definition "greatest" is ...
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Is there a word to describe when someone has super-sensitive hearing?

What word or phrase could be used to accurately describe when someone has excellent or super-sensitive hearing far beyond that of most people, where they might have, for example: the ability to hear ...
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Why does “fair” mean “quite big”?

Fair is a word that suggests the idea of something right, proper, correct or reasonable, but in the following case it has a different connotation: Fair - (adjective): (before noun) ​quite ...