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 the phrase “none too dissimilar” mean?

I have heard the phrase none too dissimilar used many times. Based on context, it seems to mean similar, or perhaps very similar. Does none too dissimilar have a different meaning that I am missing? ...
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Origin of the expression “Get stoned”

My daughter asked me a question in the car the other day, and I didn't have an answer. She asked me about the origin of the expression "get stoned" (i.e. with regards to drug use), and how it might be ...
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Fell out of the car

The following is taken from a website: Sir, do you realize your wife fell out of the car several miles back? The expression fell out here, as I checked in the dictionary, doesn't make any sense. ...
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Neither do I / Nor do I / Me neither / Me either

In this circumstance, which would be the most correct / natural answer? Person 1: I don't eat meat Person 2: Neither do I / Nor do I / Me neither / Me either This says both neither do I and Me ...
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What is a more refined & formal way to say 'we eat our own dog-food'?

In some formal communication, I would like to use that phrase to indicate how reliable my product is, because we use it on a regular basis, and thus serve as a reassurance.
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“Process of Shipment” vs “Process of Shipping”

Which one of the two expressions "Process of shipment" and "Process of shipping" seem correct? The NyTimes seems to be using both of them: ...
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How do you call a “Director's cut/minority report/dissenting opinion” if it regards a report/book?

There is "Director's cut" for movies and "minority report/dissenting opinion" for legal issues. What do you call a (longer) report, where the author states some things a little (or very) different ...
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Two word phrase to refer to community of people who come together to exchange knowledge [closed]

I need a two word phrase to refer to a community of people (academia + non-academia) who come together to share/exchange their knowledge/ideas openly on topics of their interests/ specializations. I ...
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When you want to refer to “family” in general, which should be used: “family” or “families”?

I want to confirm the general rule on expressions which refer to generality. Many reference books say that "you should use "zero article + plural noun" to refer to generality. For example, (1) is ...
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What does “minute maid” mean? [closed]

I understand the meaning of both words, but I can't figure out what the expression means.
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An expression with the meaning of “don't care” and “do not make a ceremony of”

I wanted to explain to a seller on online auction to pack the item with care because it can be damaged in transit. I looked for the right expression to say that our postal workers sometimes don't care ...
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Comma use: “from the ground up” or “from the ground, up”?

Is it appropriate to use a comma in the expression: ..."from the ground, up" or should there be no comma? Without a comma, the expression seems strange to me. I've been criticized by a non-native ...
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Meaning of “next weekend” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to? I got a fortune cookie with the message you will have lots of fun next weekend on a Wednesday. Which weekend does ...
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“Related work” or “related works”

Which expression should be used as a section heading of an academic paper: related work or related works? This is a question that has been bothering me for years, as googling shows that both have a ...
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Interchangeability of idiomatic “wavelength” and “frequency” [closed]

Do these sentences mean the same? We don't have the same wavelength. We are not in the same frequency.
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When did ironic use of “as in” start?

As far as I (as non-native speaker) understand the words as in, this is short for for instance, as in: Understanding “that” as in this statement It's my impression that at some point in time ...
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What does “like being drowned in Skittles” mean?

From here: http://www.loper-os.org/?p=568 Using Squeak is “like being drowned in Skittles.” I understand that it is a monumentally great thing if one is able to see past that, but I suspect that ...
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Do you know the term “She is a people's person”?

Do you know the term "She is a people's person."? I cannot find it in a dictionary. My husband says he knows it from Washington, D.C.
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Shorthand label

I can't find a definition, synonym or an alternative way, to say "shorthand label" in the following text: The Unit describes social exclusion as a shorthand label for what can happen when ...
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On expressions about “false accusation” and “death penalty” [closed]

I want to say the following content: "If, after a death penalty is carried out, the case is shown to be false, there is no mending." Which expression is the most appropriate? (1) If, after a death ...
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Is there any difference between “a … sense of purpose” and “a sense of … purpose”?

There’s an English-Japanese dictionary giving identical Japanese words for “a common sense of purpose” and “a sense of common purpose.” I’m wondering if both of the expressions are the same in ...
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Résumé formality: “Struck a deal that resulted in savings of XXX”? [closed]

I am not sure if the paragraph below is a bit too casual for a résumé: Responsible for negotiating the purchase of XXX. Struck a business deal that resulted in savings of 12,000 EUR/month ...
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What does “the darkest of nights” mean?

Over at German.SE we have a question involving "the darkest of nights". I would like to know what this expression actually means, but I didn't find it in an online dictionary (e.g. leo.org, dict.cc, ...
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What does “To-may-to, to-mah-to” mean?

What does "to-may-to, to-mah-to" mean? I've seen this expression a few times and it seems to indicate some sort of equality. But what does it really mean?
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What does “we were both clunks” mean?

I am reading a book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character" where an author wrote So I could never understand why Tamara always went to the trouble of introducing ...
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“Strike gold” but without the implication of searching?

Whenever I hear the phrase I struck gold the fact the person had to have done a certain search is implied to me. Is this correct? For example, if I say: Janet loves sex so much! I've struck gold ...
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What is a better way to say “computer person with a lot of experience in multiple parts of computer-related areas”?

I am trying to create a concise 'title' for my experience working in the computer field. I have experience in multiple programming languages and multiple roles (manager, technician, programmer) and ...
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What is the meaning of the expression “we have a ball game”? [closed]

I've heard the phrase, "We gotta ball game". It could also be "We have a ball game". But I don't understand the meaning of "having a ball game". If anyone has heard this expression before, please ...
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What is the meaning, history, and current popularity of “of a Monday” (or Tuesday, or Wednesday, etc.)?

I was watching a 1934 Hollywood film today and one of the American characters used the phrase, Of a Tuesday. I don't think I'd ever heard an American use this in real life or in a film before then, ...
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What is the origin of the term “throw the book”? [closed]

I'm curious if "the book" in question is the bible? Does anyone know where this term first entered the lexicon?
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“Without any problem” or “without any problems”

What is the correct form: "Without any problem" or "Without any problems"?
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“the comparative, the comparative” vs. “as-clause”

"The longer you work, the more you earn" can be paraphrased as "As you work longer, you earn more." Is this paraphrase always possible? For example, given "As the birthrate declines, the workforce ...
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“The punch card was data processing back then”

I find it difficult to understand the sentence as shown in the title. Is the card data? Is the card processing? Is the card a method (or style) to process data? I'm Chinese. If I express the ...
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Meaning of “dress style”

Does dress style mean attire, or is it specifically a style of dress worn by women? For example: "What is the proper dress style for the interview?"
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The implication of “turn the mattress”

The following sentences are from Agatha Christie: She had at one time been their housemaid. Such a nice girl, Mrs. Hargraves always said–thoroughly to be relied upon to turn the mattresses every ...
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Origin of “Make someday today” [closed]

What is the origin of "Make someday today"? There are other variations for this expression that one can google on the Internet such as "Make today your someday" and "Make that someday today". ...
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What does “our Mayan moment” mean here?

In a brief article I read, it is stated that: For civil libertarians, the NDAA is our Mayan moment: 2012 is when the nation embraced authoritarian powers with little more than a pause between ...
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Does “I want to bid farewell to you” imply the giving of a farewell party?

Does "I want to bid farewell to you" imply the giving of a farewell party? Or can we say it in another way?
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Why “Speak of the devil”?

Why is the expression "Speak of the devil" and not "Speaking of the devil"? For me, the -ing would make more sense because you're currently talking about someone, when he/she appears. For example, if ...
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“Mic” as an abbreviation for microwave

Last week, I was among a group of friends and commented on the fact that someone had removed a sticker from their microwave. I used the word "mic" to abbreviate microwave, and people thought I was ...
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Why do some people say “Happy New Years” with an “s” at the end of “years”?

Why do some people say "Happy New Years" (with an "s" at the end of "years")? Here are some examples on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/search/%22happy%20new%20years%22 It seems like "year" should be ...
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The meaning of the phrase “make-believe”

In a recent Facebook post for a friend of mine, he used the phrase make-believe in the sentence to indicate a bad pretending habit of some institute. His usage was similar to saying: Just keep ...
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When did we start talking about “going viral”?

I am trying to determine when the phrase "going viral" was first used. Similarly, when did the phrases "viral video" and "viral marketing" get their start? I have looked online at various sites, but ...
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After losing weight, how do I say I can wear my belt tighter?

So, yes, I have been losing weight, so far down 4kg and 2 to 3 inches in waist. I am happy and when I was trying to say to someone that now I can wear my belt tighter, I don't know how to say it ...
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Is the sentence “We're done” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I'm done or I've done When the class is over, our lecturer always says "OK, we're done." Is this sentence grammatically correct? Isn't it a passive form, which ...
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what does as many as (two hundred pizza) mean? [closed]

I read an article saying: I delivered as many as two hundred pizzas! Is this correct? What does it mean, as many as two? Is is similar to about, maximum, or almost?
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Are there any Ramadan greetings? [closed]

Is there a traditional or common greeting for Ramadan? People who celebrate Christmas routinely wish each other "Merry Christmas". At Hanukkah we say "Happy Hanukkah," etc. Do Moslems have a greeting ...
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Meaning and origin of “That dog don't hunt”

Is That dog don't hunt an American slang expression? What does it mean exactly and where does it originate? If possible, please give some examples.
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Full of (piss|pith) and vinegar

Re: the expression: "Full of (piss|pith) and vinegar" Are both correct/acceptable? Is one preferred?
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How to describe someone who doesn't listen well [closed]

How would you describe someone who doesn't listen well? I don't mean someone who has hearing problems. I mean someone who doesn't finish listening and starts interrupting the conversation.