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

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“Tightly connected to” or “Highly connected to”

What if I want to say topic 1 is tightly connected to topic 2? It's like to say quantum theory is "tightly connected" to applications like nuclear bombs etc.
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Word for someone seeming deep and intelligent, but not really being that

What is the word for someone trying to seem/be deep and intelligent, but really they are shallow, and not at all being insightful. Pedant is about rules, so that is disqualified, the closest I could ...
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What's the meaning of “out of the blue”? [closed]

What's the meaning of "out of the blue" and what's the story of it? Some examples: Sorry for emailing out of the blue Forgive this email out of the blue
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what does “in quiet sophistication” mean here?

"it strikes me as the last word in quiet sophistication." I have two questions here. First, I do not understand the meaning of "quiet sophistication." I know that sophistication is a trait ...
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which verb is the most correct in the following sentence?

When children want to feel important and loved confident by their parents, do they want to be accepted/ approved/ acknowledged/ recognized by their parents?
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Meaning of “seeing as”, “the business”, “in quiet sophistication”?

They had cooks and drivers, and guards who occupied a gatehouse, armed with machetes. Seeing as I had regularly petitioned my parents for an electric fence, the business with the guards strikes me ...
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“As was his habit” what does it mean?

"As was his habit, he planned to spend the month of August in Normandy, visiting friends and working on his house." I often see this kind of structure:As was his habit. But I do not understand what ...
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“crying to George Jones albums” what does “to” mean here?

"Like me, Hugh was single, which came as no great surprise, considering that he spent his leisure time rolling out dough and crying to George Jones albums." This is an excerpt from a book I have been ...
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Which grade/class are you?

In our country, Turkey, when someone wants to know if you're a freshman, or sophomore, or w/e (knowing if you're in high school, or in university) he/she usually says: (making a literal translation ...
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What does it mean “to work out of our Atlanta headquarters”…?

English is not my first language, so I'm in a bit of trouble with the idiomatic meaning of this phrase: "All Web Developers must work out of our Atlanta Headquarters" .Does it mean that the developers ...
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What does the phrase “fence building” mean?

What does the English phrase "fence building" mean? Ex. usage: "You're gonna have to do some fence building.", which, from the context I heard it in (relationships between friends), seems to have the ...
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Different sounds of “s” at the end of a word

Here is a sentence: This is a pen. Why do we pronounce 's' at the end of this and 'z' sound with is? By sound this sentence could be pronounce such as "dis iz a pen". Could anyone tell me the ...
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“Comfort me in accomplishing my task”

In a formal letter, can one say comfort me in accomplishing my task as in Your presence will significantly enhance this scientific event and comfort me in accomplishing my task. ...
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Use of the expression “have to” in a sentence

Tasting Mediterranean cuisine is a “have to” plan in Oia Is that expresion correctly used in this sentence, or is it wrong?
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Saying about good and bad [duplicate]

Is there a saying or a quote, when something good happen thanks to something bad ? Like you meet someone because you've lost someone else ?
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Word or expression for guys who slept with the same woman(prostitute)?

Embarrassingly, in Korean, there is a slang word for this kind of relationship between guys. Might be translated as, "the husband of my wife's sister but only by the hole" ? I don't know how can I ...
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Beyond help or beyond helpless?

Beyond help is an expression meaning "beyond the help of anything" or "not able to be fixed". However, I have also seen the expression beyond helpless being used, for example, here and here. My ...
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How can you say you realize something from someone's look?

What is a word or phrase that means you understand something from someone's look, e.g. you realize from their look that you should stop talking?
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Is “come from” the right choice for part of a file? [closed]

Good morning, everyone. I have a file and I divided it into three parts, say file F is divided into three parts A, B and C. Is it right if I say "Part A comes from file F" or "Part A is derived from ...
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What is the one word to describe something that has no beginning nor an end?

What is the grammatically accurate word or short phrase to describe a thing that has no beginning nor an end ? Not looking for metaphors here.
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“A qualified teacher” vs. “A credentialed teacher”

What's the clear-cut difference between "A qualified teacher" and "A credentialed teacher"?
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What does “Way beyond seeking” mean?

I do not understand this phrase, which is actually the title of the book. Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking. Is it "more than seeking" or something else?
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Laundry (noun) is the washing of clothing and linens. what do we call the laundry after laundering?

While reading a chapter on laundry and the various techniques associated with it, it reflected that the clothes lined for washing were termed as laundry and so were the washed/ironed clothes. Could ...
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Why do you “cut” a check?

It's not the end of the deal, right? It's not just you cut a check and you walk away. In this sentence, why does one say "cut" a check? How and when did this comes to be? Is it a popular idiom ...
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“Shouldn't have to ”

"People shouldn't have to know that they are leaving digital footprints all over the place" What does "shouldn't have to know" mean? Does it mean that "they do not need to know"? or "they should ...
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Formal version of “as and when needed”

Is there any formal version of "as and when needed" for written English? Thanks
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is the phrase “long time later” correct?

I have come across this weirdly formed phrase in a book , but i am not sure of its correctness. If this is correct, what would be its proper usage? Is saying "I met you a long time later" correct?
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“put as much effort as he could” vs “put effort as much as he could”

Is there any difference in meaning between the following two sentences? "He put as much effort as he could into his work because he eagerly wanted to change the world with computers." "He put effort ...
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Meaning of “my pleasure” [closed]

If someone says "Let's have lunch; my pleasure." does that mean that they would be happy to do it or they want to pay?
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Meaning of Roll sevens or Rolling sevens

What is the meaning of the phrase " you rolled them sevens with nothing to lose " ? In the song entitled " The weary kind " which is a sound track of the "Crazy heart" movie , there is a line that i ...
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Does “to be on the surface” mean to make something known to the public?

Can I use the expression "be on the surface" to mean that somebody finally makes himself known to the general public? For example They have been ignored so far by the public, but they are now ...
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Is there a generic expression for a “universal product”?

In Lucky Luke vol 38, some character named Doc Doxey tries to sell a product that works for almost everything (elixir) like a Swiss army knife with very general reported usage. Is there a name for ...
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to be a bit more together

Is this sentence grammatical? You'll have to be a bit more together when you have kids. .................................. Together : Being a 'together' person can mean having well-organised ideas, ...
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Is this expression a well-established proverb or just a slight variation of a well-established one?

I'm referring to this one: Any man who is his own translator has a fool for an editor. The resemblance that this expression bears to the one about any individual who chooses to represent ...
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Is “eclectic combination” a pleonasm?

Doesn't the term eclectic also describe a mix/combination? Is it correct to use this expression?
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Do the following phrases mean the same? [closed]

Does "Topics created by Users" equal to "User created topics"?
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Question/Matter of definition?

A "Definitionsfråga", as it is called in Swedish, is for instance if you talk about what's good and bad, you can remark that it depends on what you mean by good and bad. You could might as well remark ...
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What is the meaning of Poetic Justice

What is the real meaning of the expression Poetic Justice? My dictionary (WordWeb) does not give exact definitions of the work,can any provide me with a definition, an example and the context in ...
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Hookah is Alive/Dead [closed]

Is it OK to use Alive/dead to say Hookah is alive or dead meaning: (I’m/not) getting enough smoke. (not) getting thick smoke. (It) makes thick smoke. (It)doesn't make thick smoke. Hookah is/isn't ...
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what does “number one guy on a number two job” mean

I just heard today someone saying "I was a number one guy on a number two job". I did not get what that means exactly.
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If a character is boring and predictable, is he one-dimensional, or two-dimensional?

Let's suppose you have a character that's cliche, boring, and uninspired. Would you call the character one-dimensional, or two-dimensional? Both uses seem to make sense to me. For example, if a ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “trouble in paradise”?

Does anyone know where the phrase "trouble in paradise" comes from? The earliest usage I can find of the phrase is the title of the 1923 movie Trouble in Paradise, based on a Hungarian play called The ...
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A phrase or a word for not practising what you are preaching [closed]

Can you please tell me the word, term or phrase for not practising what you are preaching. Also, if possible, the word, term or phrase for someone who does so. I am not looking for hypocrisy or ...
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Why is the expression “bodily fluids” and not “body fluids”?

A Ph.d in anatomy asked me this question: Why is the expression "bodily fluids" and not "body fluids"?
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Expression denoting exclusivity

Can anyone think of an idiomatic expression in English to show how exclusive something is? What I'm looking for is an expression that will instantly communicate to a native English speaker that only ...
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idiom for unintended consequences

I am looking for a phrase/idiom that expresses the risk of unforeseen consequences of an action. Fake context: someone develops a treatment for cancer that is later found to cause Alzheimer's. So far, ...
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Trendy fashion phrases in press releases

How appropriate is it to use trendy fashion words in a press release? A fresh season truly requires a new wardrobe for the fashion-forward style setter. The surest bets? Stripes, lace, leather, ...
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What does the phrase “make up the cash” mean?

"A puts M as apprentice to B, and gives a guarantee to B for M's fidelity. B promises on his part that he will, at least once a month, see M make up the cash. B omits to see this done as promised, and ...
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“Online Chinese course” or “Chinese online course”?

I intend to teach Chinese online. But I was just wondering which course title would be appropriate and if there's any difference: Online Chinese course Chinese online course They sound a bit ...
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It's all downhill from here

The phrase "it was all downhill from there" seems to have two, contradictory meanings. The first indicates that things have since gotten a lot worse. For example (from ...