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

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Meaning of 'head screwed tightly to one's shoulders' [closed]

I came across a comment on The Economist article about hardships people working on lower wages or living off disability payments face. In one of the comments, one commentator narrates a story of a ...
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Express Emphasis without using Italics or Underline

Are there any methods to express emphasis without using italics or underline? I find that there are many cases where formatting does not allow italics, even if emphasis would add to the text greatly. ...
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When have you officially 'started' something?

To say, I started playing Violin when I was 12 years years old: Does this imply that you have played Violin regularly since you were 12 years old? Can you 'have still started playing Violin when you ...
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Expressions or phrasal verbs for very boring

In AE, how could I say something is very boring? I know teenagers would say "it sucks" but is there anything else, phrasal verbs or expressions? If it's something local, I would also ask you to say ...
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What's the oral address of “fellow student”?

I have known "fellow student" is a formal address and we used this in somewhere formally. But in oral situation, how to introduce a senior student to my friends when we face to face? If I say "this is ...
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WWI Equivalent of “Gotcha!”

I am looking for an equivalent of "Gotcha!", "Made it!" or other exclamatory phrases a World War One Airplane Pilot may use. The specific name is Frank Luke, an airplane ace. He just got out after ...
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“What if the cost of machines that think is people who don't?” — George Dyson

What does the statement "What if the cost of machines that think is people who don't?" -- George Dyson mean. Came across the quote over here https://twitter.com/JohnDCook/status/527627283256078336.
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The correct way to write “and/or” together in a sentence

What is the correct to write and/or? I have seen it written "and or" as two separate words and I think it looks odd.
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Do the following phrases mean the same? [closed]

Does "Topics created by Users" equal to "User created topics"?
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What is the meaning of Poetic Justice

What is the real meaning of the expression Poetic Justice? My dictionary (WordWeb) does not give exact definitions of the work,can any provide me with a definition, an example and the context in ...
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“Online Chinese course” or “Chinese online course”?

I intend to teach Chinese online. But I was just wondering which course title would be appropriate and if there's any difference: Online Chinese course Chinese online course They sound a bit ...
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A word that describes telling someone you are not going to tell them something but inadvertently telling them

For example: Me: So what do you do for a living? Guy: I'm a fish and game warden. Me: Interesting. Well I guess I better not tell you about all the salmon I caught yesterday. I was thinking ...
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Why not “virtual estate” instead of “screen real estate”?

In English usage in many disciplines, like articles on Web designing, people frequently use the word "screen real estate" or "viewport (browser window size) real estate" or even "mobile or browser ...
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Relationship Literary Term

What is it called in text when a character refers to someone as "son of_____" or "descendant of_____". Like when they refer to a person as the relation to someone else
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meaning of an expression in a sentence [closed]

what is the meaning of so patent a manner in the following sentence Seeing him like this, dressed just for her in so patent a manner, she could not hold back the fiery blush that rose to her face.
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Is it correct to say “Getting out of schedule” or “Going out of schedule”

Let me put some context: We have a day of tech sessions, so what I'm trying to say to a partner is that he better prepare well his time (about 60 minutes per session) so he won't run out of time ...
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meaning of the “meant by”? [closed]

I often see questions started with "what is meant by...". What is "meant by"? Any trying to Google it returns nothing helpful. Thanks in advance.
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work 'at' the weekends or work 'during' the weekends? [closed]

I wrote "Many college students work at the weekends." My colleague changed 'at' to 'during' = Many college students work during the weekends. Do you feel there is a difference, however subtle?
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How to verbalize a mathematics expression in English?

How do we express a simple mathematics equation in a way that could be understood by most people bad in mathematics? I have a formula like this: Processing Fee = Base Fee x ( Your Bid / Original ...
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A Replacement for “Free tour guide”

In France, there are people who welcome tourists into cities in a free manner, where said tourists do not need to pay for a guided visit around town, who are introduced to the local scene without ...
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A more formal way of saying “pointing out”

The goal of an edge detection algorithm is identifying pixels that belong to an edge of an object in an image ... The rest of the sentence should say something along the lines of "and point them ...
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If you're “balled up” why are you confused?

I believe the expression 'balled up' dates back to the first decade of the twentieth century and I believe it means 'confused' but I'm all balled up as to why it means 'confused'. The only ...
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'Master of the universe' or 'Nucleus of the universe'

Can I say: No one likes man thinks he is a nucleus of universe. I've just seen on some website the use of "master of the universe" I'd better use this word? And please correct my grammar.
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Old slang words for a kiss--cherry smashes and honey cooler--why?

Cherry smashes are defined as feeble kisses and a honey cooler is simply a kiss. Cherry smashes was slang from the 1920s and a honey cooler was slang from the 1930s. Any ideas why feeble kisses would ...
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What does the expression “till Saturday week” mean?

I'm a native speaker of American English. But sometimes when reading a book by an English author or watching television shows broadcast on BBC I hear unusual (to my ears) expressions and am not ...
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As it did - meaning and usage

I found this interesting topics being discussed here. I also had some time back asked similar questions in the other forum. Here is the sentence - Although his (Nirmal) detainment (in prison) ...
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How to express the skill of “thinking focused and clearly”?

Is there a word to define the skill of "thinking focused and clearly"?
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Idiomatic Expression “at a loss”

Im trying to understand the idiomatic expression "at a loss." According to this source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/at+a+loss it can either mean "Below cost" or "Perplexed; puzzled." However, I'm ...
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Where in the world does “a lift” mean “a ride in the car”?

In the United States and Canada, when someone asks you for "a lift" or you offer "a lift", you are speaking about riding in a car with them. However, in England and other places, a "lift" is an ...
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Who is watching the watchdog?

I am looking for an expression that conveys the meaning Who is watching the watchdog?
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Phrase or expression meaning “getting more than you bargained for”

I'm writing an article and I'd appreciate a more sophisticated phrase for the term "getting more than you bargained for". All help is greatly appreciated.
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What is the “material holding” in a company'?

I am working on a text and it confuses my mind. I do understand the meaning and yet can not be sure about it. It says: The arbitrator holds shares, either directly or indirectly, which by reason ...
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Is it correct to use “Please find in the following”?

I'm writing an article. At the beginning of the article, I want to write this quick introduction: We are pleased to share with you our knowledge in the network device managements. Please find in ...
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How would you say 'go round the houses' in a formal way?

I am writing a memo (quite formal) and I need to mention that the attitudes in the previous meeting were really offtopic, the team didn't focus on the important matters. Were it informal writing I ...
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What is meant by the action to ‘curl up your fingers’? Is “Curl up one’s fingers” an English idiom?

I came across the phrase “His cheeks reddened as he curled up his fingers” in the scene, a six-year-old Ruthenian boy, Lubji Hoch, who later becomes one of the world’s most powerful media moguls, ...
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What is the saying to express a certain situation? It is like, you will find nails everywhere when you have got a hammer [closed]

I am looking for a saying to express a situation that one is apt to apply anything instantly when it is at hand. I do not remember the saying. It seems to be that 'you will find nails everywhere when ...
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“in a word” vs “in a sentence”

In a word, you are wrong! In a sentence, you are wrong! Which is more natural? I feel "in a word" is more common than "in a sentence", but "you are wrong!" consists of three words rather than "...
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What's the meaning of “troop on”?

What's the meaning of troop on in this comment? Troop on, brotato. Get well soon. The comment was made in response to someone who's suddenly gotten really sick and has to stay in the hospital. ...
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“What say we [suggestion (verb phrase)]”

I would like to understand the history of the modern expression “what say we” followed immediately by a verb phrase, used to make a suggestion and common in informal speech, as attested at Oxford ...
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“Reply to this mail is _not_ necessary” - Can this be considered negative in any way?

A year back a person had once told me that he doesn't want to have any conversation with me at the moment. Today I sent him a kind of apology mail and added the sentence (in tile of this thread) at ...
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“fix me that account” or “fix that account for me”

Can we say "Did you fix me that account?" Or should it be "Did you fix that account for me?" assuming something is wrong with the account. Account represents a computer based system user id.
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Better phrase for “lengthy date” [closed]

Is there a better phrase or word to use than lengthy date? For example: We give this lengthy date to accommodate the dispute respecting the Hermas who is the author of the Pastor. This seems a ...
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“to what extent” vs. “to what level” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “to a degree” vs. “to an extent” What's the difference between "to what extent" and "to what level"? Please support your answer with examples.
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What's the best way to say: “which one is more true or more accurate”? [closed]

What's the best way to ask: Which one is more true, or more accurate? ... when talking about a choice of two words?
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“Has much nature” or “is very green”

If we want to say that Our college has a lot of trees and flowers in a somewhat abstract manner, which is better? Our college has much nature. There is much nature in our college. ...
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Meaning of Lyrics in “Diamonds on the Inside” [closed]

In Ben Harper's song, "Diamonds on the Inside", there is a verse that goes She made herself a bed of nails, And shes plannin' on puttin' it to use. I don't quite understand its meaning, ...
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Etymology of “Scantily clad”

I'm aware of the meaning of "scantily clad", the internet gives some good clues on that (Side question: Does it have erotic implications in itself?). However, what do the actual words mean ("clad" ...
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does this sentence sound right? [on hold]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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Usage of “be cut out for”

I found that the phrase "be cut out for" is used only in negative sentences (for example, "He's not cut out for teaching"). Is it true? Or can I make a statement like "I feel like I'm cut out for this ...
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Expressions or idioms that mean killing appropriate for use in a humorous context [closed]

I'm looking for expressions or idioms that sound funny/unusual and mean killing something. For example, I remember when I was playing Starcraft, there was a mission in which my marines had to kill ...