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

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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'? [on hold]

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.
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Making a sentence feel more welcoming and less stressful

I have the following sentence: Increase your rating as you develop your coding skills while you evaluate the skills of other developers. However, I now realize that this sentence is a bit off ...
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Definitions of the word “delete” vs. public understanding of the word?

I just asked a question on User Experience SE, involving the word delete. This English question is based on that UX question, so its motive can be understood better by reading both questions. It ...
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“These kids I tell you” or “kids I tell you” expression meaning

I have read them in few disconnected articles and in conversations but could not understand them completely. "These kids I tell you" or "kids I tell you" expression meaning. What do they mean ?
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What is the word for object that take lots of time to prepare, and then you can only use them for a very little time? (like Drones)

What is the word for things that take lots of time to prepare (or charge) and then you are able to use them for a short time until you have to prepare (or charge) them again? For example, Drones take ...
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Around how old is “a woman of a certain age”?

"A woman of a certain age" is a common saying. It means more than "a woman of a given age", "a woman who could be any age" or "female, without respect to age". It's usage instead seems to suggest a ...
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When did ‘swipe’ change from meaning “to steal” to being used in transactions?

If I had said, "He swiped my card!" long ago, everyone would have been looking for a thief. Now it is synonymous with a sale transaction. (Can you swipe your own card? Yes, in fact you do!) I guess if ...
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Can I use the possessive to indicate the origin of products? [duplicate]

Suppose an apple is produced in a place called Gotham. Can I call it Gotham's apple to indicate the place of its orign? I guess it is natural to call it an apple from Gotham or a Gotham apple by ...
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What does (Death comes as the end) mean? [closed]

My friend and I are having a debate on what does the title of the book (Death comes as the end) actually mean. Since both of us are not native English speakers, we can't reach a definitive answer. ...
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A word for a 3 D image that moves or changes depending on view

I know it is not a trompe l'oeil. Something else maybe, because 3D image seems ambiguous.
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Can I say “glad to be treated normally” to express my gratitude?

Someone writes back to me, consoling me that everyone has low-emotion periods and there's nothing wrong about that. I feel quite relieved since she doesn't show excessive worry or view me as someone ...
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How would you call this kind of listing?

There are traditional classifieds where a real estate can be characterized this way: 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Leicester with an area of XX sq ft ... but the same can also be displayed ...
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What is the adjective for this kind of presentation of data?

For example, one can state Jane is a student. She is 20 years old. Jane likes swimming and reading. Jane's closest friends are Carmen, Mia and Alison. Otherwise, this can be stated as Name: ...
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a word for functionalism as decoration

a word for an element of a design, or an object, that appears overtly functional but is decorative. ie, 4x4 rugged styling that is not functional; plastic bull bars. Lots of buckles or oversized, ...
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How to use “Come true”

I'm from Italy and my mother-tongue is not English,so sorry in advance for my mistakes. This is my question: I know the sentence "Wish my dreams come true", but can I use "come true" in other ...
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is “subject to change” vs. “subject to be changed” vs. “subject to being changed”

From other threads I found out the something is subject to change expression is correct and is in common use. But I also googled "subject to be changed" phrase and found a lot of mentions. For example:...
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“… he emerged on to the landing …” , what does this mean?

While reading through the Guardian, I bumped into this sentence which I think its first part may have another meaning rather than what it's literal meaning implies. "When he emerged on to the landing,...
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Tennis: when score is even they say: thirty (ou) or five games (ou)

Tennis: when score is even they say: thirty (ou) or five games (ou). Not sure about the right spelling for what is inside the brackets. I believe this is something came from French. Any ideas?
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Exact one word for “Eligible for modification in future”

I was writing a kind-of technical document for commercial company. The product/item which we are writing about may or may not undergo some changes and we needed to document this point clearly in our ...
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English equivalent of Polish “An ox forgot [how it was] when it was a calf”

"An ox forgot [how it was] when it was a calf" is used to describe a person that has no mercy/is severe for someone younger when he makes a mistake. Generally speaking, the older one pretends to be Mr....
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Word for different office/work “cultures”

I am looking for a word to describe differences between two groups of professional fields. Our small company is having a competition for best outside-of-work pictures. There are about 10 people in ...
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“In Failover” or “Failed over”

Failover is defined as: "A backup operational mode in which the functions of a system component are assumed by secondary system components when the primary component becomes unavailable through either ...
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“Tested Recently” or “Recently Tested”?

Is there one term that is clearly better than the other? Here is the use case: I have a computer system which shows when certain machines have been tested. The possible values are "Ready For Test", "...
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Can starting with: “The bottom line is” be considered redundant if the reader can clearly see that's, in fact the bottom line

My questions is, can the expression "the bottom line is" be considered redundant in an example like so: "[A long, detailed text or answer.] The bottom line is, it doesn't really matter." ...
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How would you term a person who gives you a job opportunity and then reminds you to be grateful that he's given you that opportunity

How would you term a person who gives you a job opportunity and then reminds you to be grateful that he's given you that opportunity....
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Does the phrase “present company excepted” exclude the speaker as well as the listener?

A common idiom is, when speaking to someone, to raise a general criticism and then amend it by saying "present company excepted". This is taken to mean that the criticism is not intended to apply to ...
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How do you call..? vs. What do you call…?

It seems an open-and-shut case, the correct version for asking the word of something in English is What do you call ... ? And yet the sheer number of second-language speakers of English who ask ...
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What is wrong with expressions like “leave no stone unturned”?

In George Orwell's Politics and the English Language he says: Silly words and expressions have often disappeared, not through any evolutionary process but owing to the conscious action of a ...
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Looking for a word or phrase that describes the “flattening” or “smoothing” of a learning curve

A word or phrase that describes the process of making something more easily comprehensible. (I would actually like to exclude the 'learning curve' idiom) Examples; "How might we make this topic more ...