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 (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 ...
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How do I use the verb confined correctly? [closed]

Example: "Intelligence is usually confined to the ability to process information fast." Is that a correct use of the verb confined?
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What can be a single word for a “valuable learning experience”.?

I am looking for a word or two that elegantly expresses the idea that the projects I did were a valuable learning experience. Here's the sentence: While I was doing my bachelor's I was a part of some ....
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“effective and efficient estimation” or “accurate and efficient estimation”?

In math, we always need to derive some methods and strategies to estimate an unknown thing. For a good method, first it should get an estimation that is as accurate as possible, and second it should ...
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What does “to reason about” mean? [duplicate]

Recently I saw the following sentence: "I recently began using it on a side project and it has quickly proven itself to be a great way to create fast, dynamic user interfaces with code that’s easy to ...
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What does the phrase, “ninesigma worthy,” mean?

A person whom I met recently said something that I consider a bit odd. During our conversation, the topic of lost items arose. "Personally," he said, "I'm glad that over all the years I have not lost ...
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“Is there anyone on the horizon?” What does it really mean?

It happened in a conversation between 2 girls? One girl think that the other one is freaking goregous and she was like "Is there anyone on the horizon?" And the other girl was like "I don't know. I ...
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Heard a native saying: “did you see where she had a baby??” refering to Facebook

I am Spanish and my fiancé is from the States. The other day we were hanging out with his mum and she said the following: "Did you see where Emma had a baby???" I was very confused because I hadn't ...
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How do I say that I am interested in a lot of things without coming off either as superficial or arrogant

For example: I like Math but also love History and am pretty good at sports. This is for my Statement of Purpose.
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What is a colloquial and figurative expression for the pieces of luggage you carry when travelling light

I am looking for a figurative or graphic expression to describe the minimal luggage content, fast to pack, or that you always have with you, without which you would feel less safe when travelling. The ...
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Someone who exploits your feelings for them to take advantage of you

I need a word or idiom for someone who takes advantage of you because they know you like them. In relationships, I heard the word "user", as someone who uses their romantic partners for material gain. ...
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What is another phrase for one stop shop?

I am writing a small description and need a phrase to highlight a range of services. Is there another phrase for "one stop shop" which is both catchy and apt?
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Can I write “…argue it sufficiently…”?

in a scientific paper written in American English, I am using the following sentence: "...we would argue that it is sufficiently established that..." Can the sentence be shortened to "...we would ...
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What do “former” and “latter” refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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How to ask for the current token number of the person being served by customercare

In places like banks or other customer care centers, tokens are issued to people and based on the token number, one is served by customer care. At some places, there are automatic displays displaying ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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Meaning of: “Therefore whether it were I or they” in scripture [closed]

In the following passage: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in ...
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How to say “As crucial as it is, it's surprising to…” [closed]

As a non-native English speaker, I'm trying to improve variety in my writing. For this particular, I want to express my feeling of surprise toward something that I always considered critical but ...
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a thousandS years tradition

A thousands year old tradition "a thousand year old" tradition, would mean only a 1000 years, but I'm not sure we could use the plural form in this expression. I'm looking for an adjective that ...
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“Are you a man or a mouse” phrase origin

Robert Burns associated the fates of mice and men in his poem "To a Mouse" (1785): The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley, But this seems to suggest that mice and men have a ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...
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Punctuation of the Expression “The Works”

I'm feeling really sick today, and I wanted to text my friend to tell him why I won't make it to our meeting. I wanted to say "I'm feeling pretty sick. Fever, headache, cough, the works.", but I've ...
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Parody of a Parody

I recently became aware of this video: What has the ECHR ever done for us Which, to me, is clearly a parody of this scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian - itself a Parody of the new testament. ...
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Term to describe when one event cannot occur without the other

So my wife and I were just having a conversation concerning a situation at her work, and I was trying to think of a term to describe the GM's approach but it's eluding me. Here's the context: ...
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How to say “there is plenty of room for improvement.” in a more academic manner? [closed]

My last sentence in an academic assignment reads "Even in ........, there is plenty of room for improvement.", Is there anyway to say the same in a more academic manner? or is it acceptable as it is? ...
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Go out into the world - The Tempest?

A few years ago, we studied the London Paralympics Opening Ceremony with our English teacher. The following words (spoken by Sir Ian McKellen if I remember well) are still echoing in my mind: ...
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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,...