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

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Expression “ make no mistake about it” [closed]

What is the meaning of the expression " to make no mistake about something". Thank you people.
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word or phrase for 'collective serendipity' or win-win situation

I'm looking for a word or a phrase which describes, a change in situation having positive effect or being equally beneficial to both parties involved. eg. one fears not being able to make it to a ...
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Expression/word for reading a book quickly?

Is there an expression or word that describe the action of reading a book very quickly or enthusiastically?
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Idiomatic expression for being totally off in ones statement/belief

I can put that as wading in the darkness, being totally lost or taking a shot and missing big. However, I'm looking for a far more metaphorical expression. The subject of the epithet should be ...
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Formal way of saying “I'm on it” [closed]

Want to answer to my supervisor's question about the status of a task. What come's to my mind is "I'm on it". What's a more formal way of saying that?
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Is the structure “This is because… and so…” grammatically correct?

For example, in the sentence: This is because he was smart, and he worked hard, and so he was very rich. Is this structure correct? If not, how can the sentence be corrected?
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What does “mass” signify in “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?

Since "mass" can mean either weight or large groups of people, I am suddenly confused with this phrase. Does "mass" in "weapons of mass destruction" imply: heavy (pertaining to mass), ...
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How can I use “with the tools in hand”? [closed]

"With the tools in hand" Can I use this expression to say that, with the new learning I have received, I have the means to do something...?
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Happy Merry Christmas vs Merry Christmas [closed]

I was wondering whether it is incorrect to say, "Happy merry Christmas.". Please give some reasons.
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Less vulgar alternative to “bee up my butt”

In my corner of the world, the two exressions given in the accepted answer to this question have become conflated. Now, to "have a bee up one's butt" is to have a sudden and obsessive need to do ...
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Origin of “I fart in your general direction”

I grew up knowing the insulting phrase "I fart in your general direction", and recently saw it used by John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (apparently its most famous usage): ...
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Is there a better word or phrase to describe a tangible and usable product?

I'm a graphic designer and I'm working on a new website. I want a category for things that you can touch, hold, and use such as booklets/books, car wrap, gift certificates, product packaging, etc. My ...
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What (if ever) is the context at which I should use the term "various and sundries? [duplicate]

My neighbor uses the term/phrase "various and sundries" all the time, but first off, it seems like he just means the word "various" alone, but adds "and sundries" to it for some reason. And then once ...
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Is “to hide gold” used with meaning of “to hide one's talents or money”?

In Brazil, the expression "to hide the gold" (Portuguese: "esconder o ouro") is used to express that someone is hiding his/her own talents or wealth, for modesty or because he/she doesn't want to be ...
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meaning of “completely satisfied”? [closed]

Sometimes people use the word "satisfied" in the following manner: I don't have what I want, but I have all that I need, so I am satisfied with everything in my life. In the case above, is the ...
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“Every interest and faith is…” vs. “Every interest and faith are…” [closed]

Please tell me which of the following options is correct: Option 1: It is also imperative to respect different beliefs, making sure every interest and faith is suitably represented at all times. ...
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Difference between “Up to you” and “As you want”

At first sight both expression can be used interchangeably. I heard that "as you want" is sexually connotated (UK). Is it right? As a consequence I have become reluctant to use "As you want" in the ...
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coming to + infinitive

We’re afraid of coming to grapple with words... Is this sentence grammatical? I can somehow infer that it's related to a progressive action, like being afraid to become to grapple with words, in ...
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What's this gesture called?

It's used to be pretty frequent in movies where I think the person after accomplishing a big task would want to convey to the viewers that "I am awesome and a hot-shot". It starts with bringing your ...
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Deal-killing surprise? [closed]

Origin : Communicate company’s positions completely and accurately to the Customer to avoid deal-killing surprises once Legal is engaged to support negotiations. Q: what does "deal-killing" mean?
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The colloquial expression “Here/There I was thinking”

While I was writing the following text, I wondered how the two slightly different expressions "here I was" and "there I was" might be nuanced in meaning. Also, is it more common to have the word "and" ...
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Is it correct to say “She hid quite a figure behind the wardrobe”? [closed]

I'm writing a story for my English class. Does the following sentence effectively mean that she had a good figure behind her dress? She hid quite a figure behind the Wardrobe. Does it apply to ...
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What's the proper response when someone says something modest and underrated about himself [closed]

Recently when I told a British colleague of mine that he sent me the right assets earlier he told me this: Wow, me being efficient? Doesn't sound right I understand that this is supposed to be ...
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What are the good expressions for “ going to school or going to work”? [closed]

I think when someone leaves home, he or she may say like this, " I am leaving" or "I am going to school" or "I am going to work" . I am wondering what phrases native speakers usually say when they ...
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To indirectly and politely ask about something “I wanted to” vs “I would like to” [closed]

When asking someone for some information indirectly which one is preferable? "I wanted to" e.g. "I wanted to ask your advice on ..." "I would like to" e.g. "I would like to ask about your advice ...
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Is it the expression “from the floor” correct?

Is it correct if I say the object loses contact from the floor meaning that the object won’t touch the floor anymore?
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Why don't we say “in bathroom”? [closed]

As shown in this answer, English speakers will often drop the article when referring to using a place for its intended use. For example: He went to school/work/church/(also in BrE: hospital). ...
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Alternates for “If quoted the words of …”

Today, I have been doing an 'as-it-is' translation of a non-English text. I have asked the same question before but I think that then I was unable to provide a context for my question to the ...
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How about yourself or what about yourself

Does the following conversation make sense? "How are you?" "Great. What about yourself?" My question is whether "What about youself?" works instead of "How about youself?"
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Etymology of “Horsengoggle”

(Note to the dyslexic: be sure NOT to confuse this with “Google”.) Horse and goggle --> Horse 'n' goggle --> Horsengoggle There is a Wikipedia entry for this hand game: a kind of ...
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Is there a positive connotation for “along came [someone]”?

As far as I understand, along came is used when one needs to describe an event of less importance. However, can I use this phrase with a positive connotation? Example: I want to state that it is ...
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How do you use the expression “among others”?

I know that you can say the following: "Einstein, among others, thought the sun revolves around the earth". Can you say, "Einstein went to school with Dirac and Heisenberg, among others ...
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Is it awkward to say “to play to / till exhaustion”?

I'm trying to translate the Japanese phrase 「遊び疲れる」 which is composed of two verbs, 「遊ぶ」 (to play) and 「疲れる」 (to be exhausted). Literally, the combined form 「遊び疲れる」 means "to be exhausted due to ...
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How «cool confidence» could be understood?

Context: We'll help you answer those questions and others with cool confidence. I can guess that 'confidence' is like 'certainty', isn't it? But it's unclear is 'cool' about calm or cold mind? ...
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Why do we say “I do not like that” instead of “I dislike that”?

I've noticed that when people dislike something (myself included), they often say they "do not like" it. "I don't like that car." "I don't care for hip-hop music." "No, I don't really like ...
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Word/Idiom/Phrase to describe a stage in a project's life-cycle when you are stuck and thus no progress is happening?

Sometimes while working on a project, we get stuck. We run into a problem which we are not able to solve despite of trying for some time (a few days or weeks). Sometimes we don't even know what is ...
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Is it okay to use “to have a picture of something” when you mean having an idea and a qualitative understanding of sth?

I want to use "to have a picture of ..." in a sentence like this: to have a picture of this process we applied some theory to the system ... Which by "to have a picture" i mean to have a ...
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Is it really possible to be “half dead”?

It is not all-too-rare to hear of someone being "half-dead," but is that logical, or possible? If so, how do you determine just how dead, percentage-wise, a person is? If it's possible to be 50% ...
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Expression for talking pseudo-smart, but not saying something of value?

What do you say when someone uses many words, without getting to the point and without saying something really of value with regard to a particular topic? I'd like to emphasize that it's really a ...
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What's the definition for real estate in neighbourhoods that add value to people’s societal activities and social life?

In Dutch we know 'Maatschappelijk Vastgoed' but I can't find the right translation to English. If the phenomenon even exists at all in other countries. I'm looking for a word that summarizes the ...
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What does the phrase to have one's clock wiped mean?

Example: "That war has raged, since 1987, 20 years after the Satan got its clocked wiped" It's a quote from a facebook post. What was intended is most probably "got its clock wiped" and it is merely ...
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re using 'better' “You had better do that” (meaning you should do that) or “You better do that”? [duplicate]

re using 'better' "You had better do that" (meaning you should do that) or "You better do that": are they both correct? If so, what part of speech is the word 'better' in each case?
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Adjective for not knowing any better

I can't think of a word that would describe the feeling of not knowing any better. The description is for a child, and the sentence would go like: He was young and an adjective with this meaning ...
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Cracking your head to find OR Cracking your head over?

Which is the right way to say it? Got caught in a disagreement over this blog title. Example usage: Cracking your head to find the perfect Christmas gifts? Vs Cracking your head over the ...
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Meaning of “I think so” or “I guess so” in answer to “Don't you think…”

When I asked someone, "Don't you think he is nice?" and the person answered "I think so" (or "I guess so") did the person mean "I think he is nice" or "I don't think he is nice"? Thank ...
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A specific expression that means “a child is the exact opposite of his parent(s)”

I am looking for a specific expression or phrase that means "a child is the exact opposite of his parent(s)" Is there an opposite idiom, phrase or expression of the saying: Like father, like ...
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Meaning of expression: “at the main”

I've stumbled upon this phrase in The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse: And the next moment my fizziness was turned off at the main by the sight of a pile of telegrams on the table. I ...
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Why do we say “it's not even funny” after something that is not funny at all?

"My head hurts so bad, it's not even funny." Why would my head hurting be funny in the first place? It's already clearly not a joking matter. Why "guard" it from being a laughing matter, then? I get ...
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How to describe lists with different ordering schemes?

I'm helping someone copy a list of lines a certain number of times into a new list, and I don't know how to describe the list that we're creating. For example, let's copy a list composed of 1, 2, and ...
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What is the word for trying to do someone else's job, to get them fired eventually?

I have been searching a lot for this, but can't find the expression. I'm wondering if there is a phrase that is used a lot for this. At work, it happens a lot in many organizations that people try to ...