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

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Institutionalised - Human Emotions

Most of us would be aware of the term Institutionalised, from the movie The ShawShank Redemption. They generally define it as in Wikipedia: Institutional syndrome. While it refers to something in ...
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Does “within the same day” make sense? [closed]

Does the expression "within the same day" make sense? I want to say something like "if I go today, I can't come back within the same day," or "I if I get banned from a forum, I can't log in within the ...
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Expression for desire to feel superior to others [closed]

I am looking for an expression which is somewhat of a merger of "any port in a storm" and "can't beat the ass so he/she beats the saddle" Examples of when you would use it include: UFC ...
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“traipse up the steps” just synonym of walking? [closed]

Is the expression "traipse up the steps" just synonym of walking up the steps? Is there any other connotation to the verb traipse?
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Meaning and origin of “dressed like a slob”

What does the expression "dressed like a slob" mean? Where does it come from?
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English word for this specific behavior [closed]

behavior of a girl friend when she suddenly stops talking, did not reply and ignore you. what word we can use for her this behavior?
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Formal way to say “doesn't work”? [closed]

I am writing a paper and I feel as if I need a more formal way of writing "doesn't work". Any thoughts? Thanks :)
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“To which”, “by which”, “on which” etc [closed]

I have come across the phrases like "to which","for which", "by which", "on which" and so on(using a preposition with a relative pronoun). e.g. The chair on which the body was found.. Could someone ...
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Times the expression “why me” is used and origin [closed]

Whether it be lightheartedly or in a bout of depression. Please share stories of times you have said this as well as any definitions you know based on how the word is used and any history you know of ...
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How would a king have phrased “I need to use the bathroom”? [closed]

With literary or historical references, what phrase would an English-speaking monarch have used to indicate to either their attendants or to their court that they were in need of using the toilet ...
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What to use : “that” or “who”? [duplicate]

Consider this sentence : "I was going down the hill and on my step down I saw a guy who appeared to be disguised". "I was going down the hill and on my step down I saw a guy that appeared to be ...
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Have a sexed up weekend ahead! - is this correct [closed]

Have a sexed-up weekend ahead! This is what my friend told me. He wanted to convey that I have a good/crazy/exciting weekend. Does it make sense?
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Beneath/Behind his innocent looks, he is an aggressive person/ lies an aggressive person [closed]

[Beneath/Behind] his innocent looks, [he is/lies] an aggressive person Is there a better way to frame this sentence and are there better adjectives?
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replacement for expression “there are.” [duplicate]

So my writing teacher hates the expression "there are" in essays. Does anybody know some good substitutes for this overused expression? Thanx ya'll, much appreciated!
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Sorry to muck you about [closed]

what is the meaning of the expression "Sorry to muck you about?" Is it informal? Thanks
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What is the meaning of “Startup guy”? [closed]

I read the expression Startup guy very frequently, especially in public profiles like the one at https://twitter.com/alexisohanian What does this mean?
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The meaning of “crime and grime” [closed]

What does the expression crime and grime mean? It was mentioned from this comment: My dad's SUV got jacked when I was living in Saga Bay. Don't live in FL anymore. Too much f-king crime and grime. ...
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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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Time reference and express attractivness of a fitting job role in cover letter?

I found a job ad of a job which is perfect for me. I have the following sentences: After my studies and acquiring the IBM certificates I am now searching for a position as an programmer. The ...
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How to express “Help someone secretly”

One of my friend always helps me but does not want me to know that he helps me. Is there a word or phrase to describe this secret helping? Also, if someone wanted to thank the secret helper, is there ...
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what do we call the way women tie up their hair [closed]

Different word or phrases to describe the way the way women tie up their hair in a bundle on top of their head.
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English phrases/expressions and their meanings [closed]

In English we have expressions/phrases that come from the combination of two or more words, conjunctions, etc. These expressions have their own metaphorical meanings, which could be used in specific ...
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Build a house, plant a tree, father a son

What is the origin of the phrase (and the principle) "build a house/home, plant a tree, father/raise a son/child" and its derivation (perhaps) "write a book, plant..."?
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Can I say get someone rid of something? [closed]

Sometimes I want to tell someone stop from doing something, can I just say: I want to get Jack rid from smoking.
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How to Reply That PASSPORT NUMBER is not in my remembrance at the moment [closed]

If somebody called me over phone and asked to give your Passport number / Pan card / Roll number something. If it is not in my remembrance , how can I apologies in best way for this ? NOTE -Please do ...
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squeezed every drop of meaning and enjoyment? [closed]

I'd like to know what 'squeeze every drop of meaning and enjoyment' means in the following. B is said to be a more specific version of A, but I suspect that 'squeeze every drop of meaning' is not a ...
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I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke “behind the till” [closed]

I lost my temper in Domino's pizza the other day and ended up pushing the bloke behind the till. What is the meaning of "till" here ? Is it preferred to use such formations in general ...
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Is it considered plaigerism to use a well known quote [closed]

Would it be considered plagiarism to use quotes such as "You are what you eat" by Jean Savarin or "Elementary my dear Watson." in Sherlock Holmes without the corresponding names?
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Most common (and correct) expression for going (driving) past something? [closed]

We just walked/drove past a speed limit sign. We just passed a speed limit sign. We just went by a speed limit sign. We just passed by a speed limit sign.
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a nonrestrictive appositive with a restrictive clause [closed]

Jim's cousin, an olympic athlete, who lives in Boston did X. The nonrestrictive appositive "an olympic athlete" is combined with a restrictive clause "who lives in Boston." Since the comma ...
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Adj + Noun + Verb to be + Same Adj

Is this a natural grammar or some kind of joke/internet meme? Cute girl is cute. Poor child is poor. Troll topic is troll.
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he pregnate my daughter and he pregnated my daughter [closed]

i have being trying endlessly to think up something positive about this expression which of these is correct? He pregnate my daughter He pregnated my daughter
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What does James Joyce in Ulysses mean by “blood and ouns”? [closed]

...body and soul and blood and ouns.
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Is it grammatically correct to say “John, good morning to you” [duplicate]

Two hosts on the Today Show constantly say "John, good morning to you" when starting to speak with someone on air. The others usually stick with "John, good morning". Adding the "to you" seems to ...
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How can I describe the use of “you” when referring to a group of people rather than the second party? [closed]

I have used the pronoun "you" instead of the more appropriate word "one" in the position of the pronoun when referring to a generic group. Then when realizing the slip, I've qualified the statement ...
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origin and uses of expression “teach one's grandmother how to suck eggs” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Etymology of 'teaching grandma to suck eggs'? I found out about this expression that puzzles me. What is the origin and uses of the expression "teach one's ...
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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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On the subject of “bring up” and “raise”

When you use the verbs to bring up and to raise, can those verbs take university as their subject? For example, (1) This university brought me up. (2) This university raised those students. ...