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 “weaker for it” mean?

What does "weaker for it" mean? Look at this context, for example: Those of us in the tourism sector have traditionally ignored this reality, and we are weaker for it. Thus, once the members of the ...
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How can something be “set in stone”?

Something could be carved in stone, or etched in stone. Or it could be set in concrete or set in mortar. But if someone asked me to set something in stone, I wouldn't know how to do it, since stone ...
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My coworker and I were trying to solve a problem — we both tried two different things at once that only worked because of the other's attempt

Each solution to the problem we were trying to solve would have independently failed. We were each trying many different solutions at the same time. We each happened to try a solution that worked, but ...
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Origin of grandmother's expressions

My grandmother was born in the village of Lilley, Hertfordshire in the 1870s. She had two expressions which I have never heard anyone else use. When frustrated in place of a swear word she would say,...
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Are “rent per day” and “rent per month” correct expressions?

Do determine the type of a suggestion in a real estate catalogue, besides "for sale", we must also denote real estate suggested to be rented on daily basis and on monthly basis. Is "per day" correct? ...
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What is the correct expression? [closed]

I am trying not to laugh. Can I say,"I am trying to keep my laughter away?"
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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When a zombie groans “braaains”, what type of speech is this?

Is the zombie asking for brains? Demanding? It seems like a compulsion that they can't control, but is it an exclamation? A declaration of intent? How would you classify it?
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Use of “why” in spoken conversation

What's the exact term used to describe the "why" in some people's spoken English (somewhat rural or archaic by now, I suppose) as in "When I saw how much it cost, why, I knew I couldn't afford it"........
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A swallow does not make a summer … or a spring?

The famous proverb, one swallow does not make a summer means: A single fortunate event doesn’t mean that what follows will also be good. (ODO) the origin, according to the Phrase ...
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The expression “Call off” as a meaning of “Postpone” [closed]

As a synonym of "postpone", "call off" can be used. But, I can't understand why "call off" has a meaning of "postpone". Please tell me its origin.
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In “ a picture of your memories ” Could this mean a picture that reminds you a happy moment in your life and makes you smile? [closed]

How can I make an expression with the least of words as the meaning above? I am a non-native speaker and having a trouble in writing in English. Please help me!
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Having done something so often, that it's all routine

I would like an expression that emphasizes that you've done something lots of times, that it's just routine to you. I thought "I've done it so many times, I can do it in my sleep" might work, ...
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“You are on your knees” [closed]

I found the following English expression. WHy do you say "You are on your knees"? Is it because that your weight is ON your knees?
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Is there a term for the inability to find a word which is then substituted with a “funnier” word?

Take this sentence: "If people are lost when they start out, they usually just keep getting...loster." — from "Don't Make Me Think" Obviously "loster" isn't a word, but I see this turn ...
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Correct Phrase Between “The Art of Fighting” and “The Arts of Fighting”

Are "The Art of Fighting" and "The Arts of Fighting" both correct? If not, which one is accurate?
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“Blood in our veins” meaning

In the series "The Wire" there's a conversation between the mayor and the police commander that goes like this: - Can't you have police sit on locations where the homeless gather? Monitor them ...
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Is there a phrase for “assuming facts to be correct in a statement”?

There is a kind of error or fallacy I often see, which is close to "Begging the Question", but I understand that the true meaning of "Begging the Question" is closer to "circular reasoning". The ...
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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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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 talked ...
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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 ...