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 do you call the habit of looking into smartphone while walking?

The habit of looking into and texting on a smartphone is becoming a prevailing social phenomena in Japan these days. We call this habit “歩きスマホ – aruki sumaho – using a smart-phone while walking” in ...
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What does “of or relating to” mean?

Looked up the definition of "epistemic." The definition is "of or relating to knowledge or knowing." ...Which seems rather vague to me. I'm not sure what "of or relating to" means, exactly. Please ...
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What is a common English term for products sold and bought as a set?

In case the price is not considered, then what are the products called? (For example, toothpaste and a toothbrush; a cleasning cream, facial mask pack, and a skin nourishing cream) In South Korea, ...
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Stative verbs, “to be in labour”

I was wondering if in the construction to be in labour, the verb be is stative, and for this reason we can't use it in the progressive aspect. Or, is this next construction grammatically correct: she ...
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A word that means “being protected from other people's TMI” [closed]

What I mean is the flip side to 'privacy'. If having your own personal information protected from strangers' eyes is 'privacy', then being protected from unwanted exposure to strangers' secrets, ...
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Can I face a university programme? [closed]

Is the phrase "When I got admitted to the X University Department, I faced a truly interdisciplinary programme" correct?
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Expressions that mean it's OK to fail or failing is part of success? [closed]

Is there a list of expressions (about 3 words, longer or shorter) that mean "it's OK to fail"? I'm asking for a list of expressions because I am looking for a domain name and most good domain names ...
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Big Picture vs Long run vs Long Term

When people talk about things in the future like plans for instance, what is the difference between these 3? So let's say you were talking about smoking. In the big picture, smoking will cause ...
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“What might have appalled us when we'd started our trip just a few days ago no longer impressed us much”

I came across this sentence from a book about a journalist: What might have appalled us when we'd started our trip just a few days ago no longer impressed us much. It is confusing for two ...
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How to express “not in dealing scope”?

For example, I send A,B,C,D,E to let computer program deal with it. A,B,C are in program job scope; the program will do it D,E are not in the job scope I want to express this to let the ...
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Grammaticality of “I was not alive”

I have been corrected twice in the sentence I was not alive, at that point in time. We were having a discussion involving life in the 1980s, and at some point I said I was not alive so I would ...
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How to say “I want the beer to never end” correctly? [duplicate]

I've come across this expression and am not quite sure what it actually should be. Is it "I want the beer to never end" or "I want the beer never ends" or something else? Which is the correct way?
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Can I say, “He goes on to say” in an academic paper?

I have already used, "He states/asserts/postulates" in my paper quite a bit and I don't want to repeat myself again. I want to add another quote by the same author, but I'm not sure if this is ...
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A protest to fight against racism

Is a protest intended to fight against racism an anti-racism protest or a racism protest? I maintain that it is the latter, but am curious to know and am having trouble finding an answer with ...
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What adjective would you choose if you want to elevate a workaholic to a higher degree?

I want to refer a hard-working person something far more than referring him a mere "workaholic". What adjective should I choose with "workaholic", if I want to refer him as someone working even harder ...
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Meaning of “There is no better time to be happy than now.”

Does it mean that the timing to be happy is rare, so that we should seize the day and be happy? Could anyone help clarify, please?
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Pretty specific, but is “with your plate in your lap” a common expression in English?

In Dutch we use it to refer to (the airtime of) tv-shows that start around dinner. Is there an equivalent to it? I suppose it's sort of an idiom, but probably too specific to be considered so.
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more concise way to describe a system that is doomed to fail, inherently flawed, temporary/transient [closed]

I'm trying to describe, in one or two words, a system which is set up so that it cannot be long lasting; it is destined to collapse. "Marx and Engels finish their overview of Marxist theory by ...
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“I have been Jessica” shouldn't it be “My name is Jessica”

We went to an electronics showroom, where we chatted with a sales girl. She explained some technical stuff about the things we were interested in. When she had finished explaining, she said "By ...
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What's a word meaning “at the expense of”?

What's a word meaning "at the expense of" so I can shorten the following sentence: Due to the influence of money in politics, concessions are made at the expense of citizenry.
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What word or phrase describes a person whose role in a social group is to make others look good?

I'm thinking of a person who is accepted as part of a social group despite being annoying, awkward, slow, or otherwise undesirable. As a trope, this person tends to fall victim to the whims of others ...
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What does the phrase “spell out the zeros” mean?

I was reading the back cover of Donald Trump's book The Art Of The Deal and found these lines: He isolates the common elements in his greatest deals; he shatters myths; he names names, spells ...
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“engineer of” or “Engineer in”

What is the correct expression when we want to say :The Grade of someone is: Engineer of Applied Sciences & Information Technology. or Engineer in Applied Sciences & Information ...
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Suitable saying for “different people like/dislike different things”?

Suppose I have some problem when someone takes an action 'X' on me which I find highly offensive and which makes me feel bad but it may/may not effect other individuals if used on them. A friend of ...
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How do you use the phrase “as … as can be”?

I know you can say " happy as can be," but can you us any adjective before "as can be"? Can I say " I was as American as can be"? or " He was as excited as can be"?
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Is there a group called 'meaningless sentences'?

Some sentences, like I am dead, I am lying, I am sleeping etc. do not convey a meaning. Is there a grammatical class or any other grouping for such expressions?
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Origin and meaning of “money isn't money isn't money”

I have recently encountered the expression "money isn't money isn't money" twice. Though I can guess at what it implies, it still seems to me a bit convoluted. One recent instance was by Chris Sacca ...
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Is using the expression “pain in the ass” considered rude [closed]

Is using the expression "pain in the ass" considered rude ? I'd like to use this expression in a public talk about diffucult outdoor activities, like for instance: "crossing this river was a major ...
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Idioms similar to “crocodile tears” [duplicate]

What idiom would one use to show fake sympathy other than crocodile tears
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“An advantage given a handicapped person at the beginning of a competition to make them draw even”

I'm looking for a single-word or set-phrase defining the advantage given a handicapped person at a competition. I know that most competitions, including the Olympic Games, don't do that as they have ...
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Word to describe someone who allows himself to be ill?

I am looking for a word to describe a person who allows himself to become ill. Example: They can sense that depression is settling in again, they know how to stave it off, yet they allow it to ...
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What is the importance of just in comparative sentence?

Do these two statements mean the same thing? Pizza tastes as good as pasta. Pizza tastes just as good as pasta. To me, 1 sounds like pizza tastes at least like pasta or better while 2 ...
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Good term for remaining items after filtering

I am working on an research app that allows user to specify topics that he is interested in. Say the user is interested in Sports. I have built a filter, that automatically classifies news articles ...
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Usage of 'Ohh stop it, you!'

Heard it quite a few times in television series episodes but find it hard to use it in real life. I have found this question 'Use of the expression "Stop it! You are too cute"' which I think ...
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What is the difference between 'ad hoc' and 'heuristic'? [closed]

In engineering people tend to (at least in my mind) use these two terms pretty loosely. Now I don't care about the informal slang usage of the term, I just wish to know what is the difference in their ...
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What is an alternative expression to “minority and women ran businesses”? [closed]

I'm looking for another way to say minority and women ran businesses
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Is there a word for tremendous happiness coupled with relief?

I'm looking for a single word that would describe the feeling of say, getting a happy ending at the end of a tragic movie--like 'glad', but stronger. Feels like it exists but I just can't recall ...
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“That's just part of it” vs “that's just a part of it”

Which version is more correct/common? Example: Speaker A: Why did you leave the party? Because some guys made fun of you? Speaker B: Just (a) part of it. Speaker A: What's the other? ...
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Why do we 'cut' a deal?

I hired a private detective to see if I could cut a deal In the above sentence, why do we cut a deal? Should I replace it with make a deal? Is it a popular idiom in the native English world?
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What do you call a “schizophrenia attack”?

Attack as in panic attack. I don't know the term for it.
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How can I describe the status which indicates that it's not the time to start the scheduled task

Suppose there is a task scheduled to be started at 15:00, and now it's 14:50. How can I describe this status which indicates that it's not the time to start the scheduled task, and still need to await ...
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What word describes the relationship between words like “art” and “artist?”

An example sentence: The word "art," and its ______ "artist," are used too liberally in our culture. I suppose "derivative" would work there but I'm wondering if there's a more specific one. ...
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Usage of “brought from”

I've come across this sentence: A sudden rap at the door **brought her from** her reverie. I think it should have been written as: A sudden rap at the door **brought her back from** her ...
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Is 'getting more used to' bad use of english? [closed]

Is it correct to say 'She is getting more used to me visiting'? I am just wondering about the use of 'more'.
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Break the awkwardness

I was wondering if it is okay to use "break the awkwardness" in place of "break the silence" or "break the ice" to describe an action leading to a social interchange/conversation. If not, then what ...
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All's okay except when you make a little mistake [duplicate]

What's this situation called when you work at a place where you are never appreciated for what you do until one particular day you forget to do something which attracts all the negative sentiments ...
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How to use “have an impact”?

I was wondering whether saying "have an impact" instead of "have an impact on" is idiomatically correct. "He aspired to have an impact through education and hard work."
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Where does “X-factor” meaning: “noteworthy, special talent or quality” come from?

X-factor refers to: a noteworthy special talent or quality, or a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome: (ODO) The first ...
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Is there an expression for cutting ties or calling off something that is ultimately unfavorable to both parties?

In particular, ending something that one of the parties is still attached to. For instance, in a relationship, if one person doesn't want to go through the short term struggle of a breakup (and is ...
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A single idiom or phrase that means “ I didn't feel sleepy anymore”

Is there any idiom/phrase that convey this meaning: "someone or something caused me not to feel sleepy anymore at a specific moment or situation"? Please read these scenarios: Last night ​​I was ...