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

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Contractors becoming part of company they are working for

What's the term when a contractor (or other person) who is technically employed by company A but works so much/closely with company B, that they feel more loyal to company B or assimilate better with ...
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“Should it go through the formality of actually happening …”

When did phrases such as go through the formality of taking place and its logical equivalents (such as going through or experiencing the formality of actually happening or existing or ...
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Is there any equivalent to this Persian proverb? “A bad or faulty item should inevitably be kept by its owner”

We use a proverb that implies "A bad property (i.e., a thing belonging to someone) or item should inevitably be tolerated/kept by its owner" when we want to say "This bad item won't be accepted by ...
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The phrase “the reason has to be because XXX” [duplicate]

Husband asked, "Do you think it's true that men use 15,000 words a day and women use double?" The wife replied, "I think so, The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to ...
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Great God in boots!

In a letter of Bertrand Russell there is this sentence: I threw the tin in the air and exclaimed out loud 'Great God in boots, the ontological argument is sound.' What's the meaning of 'Great ...
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Can 'no-brainer' mean 'so we don't have to use our brains'?

Real life example: at work (software) we decided to use a tool (StyleCop) to ensure all coders conformed to the same set of coding style rules, using all the supplied rules out of the box. So, while ...
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As long as… which version is better? [closed]

I want to express the following: As long as A exists, B exists. As long as B exists, C exists. It does not sound smooth to me. I was considering this version too: As long as A exists, so ...
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what do you call a visit to someone who has just beat an illness?

If I was visiting someone to wish well on them and thank God for their soundness and them overriding ailment and illness, what do you call that sort of visit? Let's go to Mark and ...... It's not ...
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What single term or expression is used to rename a type of name for an object?

I am seeking guidance on alternate words or grammatical rule for renaming a type of name that an object might have. As an example you might refer to you cell phone with a number of different types of ...
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Origin of 'Dutch Courage'

I was wondering if anyone could shed some more definite light on the origin of the phrase 'Dutch Courage.' I have found two, almost certainly apocryphal, origins: 1: From the Thirty Years War in ...
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Substitute “Pop the roof”?

What phrase can I use instead of "pop the roof" to mean revitalizing, enhancing and expanding a building? I need to convey this idea without referencing a roof.
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What is the expression for the process of getting over the loss of a loved person?

The term mourning usually refers to the sorrow felt because of the death of a person: Great ​sadness ​felt because someone has ​died: Shops were ​closed as a ​sign of mourning for the ...
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What is the expression/slang to describe that you suddenly decided to go [travel, change environment]?

For example you get tired of your job and saying: Oh,[expression, meaning to go] overseas/bar? I'm translating songs from Russian..
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What is the expression to describe that you are surrounded and have few ways to act?

Something like "circle is narrow" (just total random)? For example I'm trapped by circumstances and don't know how to get away with that. Because every way of acting seems not to be good. Thank you ...
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Meaning of the phrase “Relax Into The Pain”

Quite often I have come across this phrase - Relax into the pain. We can treat a pain but how does one relax into the pain, especially if it's an emotional pain, for example grief? Can anyone please ...
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Is there a gender neutral phrase or expression to replace “old woman”?

There are people who behave like the stereotypical old woman who frets over the smallest concern and is constantly cautioning others about physical dangers. Such people can be either sex and barely ...
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Non-drug synonym for “gack”

I do not and have never used "meth" or any of its variants. It is horrible stuff. Imo, drugs should only be prescribed by a doctor to resolve a health-related need. One of my very nerdly friends ...
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Origin and usage of “stay the course”

The popular expression stay the course means: Hold or persevere to the end, as in: "No, he's not resigning; he's going to stay the course." According the AHD this metaphoric expression, ...
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Can I use “Engage List” instead of “Engagement List”? [closed]

In a sales context, can I use "Engage List" for a list of prospects instead of "Engagement List", which sounds more like a wedding list? This is to be used in a web service to define a list of ...
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How many fish heads?

I am wondering about the origin of the common non sequitur "How many fish heads?". Is it an oblique reference to Douglas Adams'"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" where when the dolphins leave they say ...
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Single word for “make someone cry” [closed]

Is there a single word for "make someone cry"? I checked a translation dictionary, but it just referred me to the word "cry."
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“In the Last Decades” = “Over Recent Decades”?

Example: This trend has been affected by significant changes in the last decades / over recent decades. I've always believed that "in the last decades" should be followed by "of" and a period of ...
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Informal of “Fixing problem is in progress” [closed]

We have comical picture which we show when video signal is lost. The text below should be sort of that: "No signal. Fixing is in progress". But in more informal way. One alternative is: "No signal. We ...
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Not hourly but …?

The local radio station says they will give an "hour-by-hour" or "hourly" weather forecast, but then gives what the expected temperatures and weather will be at 8am, 12pm, 4pm and 8pm rather than a ...
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What is the specific meaning of “Smoking crater?”

I'm suddenly seeing and hearing the phrase "smoking crater." It's always used in a derogatory fashion, but what's the specific meaning?
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question about the word 'repeat'

If any word is written thrice, how many times is it repeated? Twice or thrice? For example: shantih shantih shantih (from The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot)
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What's a similar word to 'precocious' with a positive connotation?

Precocious, per its definition, describes a child in a positive light. But in practice, many tend to use it in a negative way, and I feel the negative connotation outweighs the positive. So even when ...
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Can you make the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go' explicit?

I think most native speakers have an implicit understanding of the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go', although the difference in use between these expressions is small. I'm not a ...
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How to say “the same below” in academic papers?

Simply put, if I use a notation and do not want to repeat noting that again and again in the rest of the paper, what should I write? The meaning I want to express is that this notation carries the ...
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Any particular meaning to the expression 'stuck still'?

Stuck still, I would like to know what the exact meaning of this expression is. I think it's something like 'frozen in place' by a certain shocking or surprising occurrence or situation.
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What's a word similar to the adj. form of “elect” but for a position that was held previously?

I'm working on my CV and I'm trying to describe an elected position I held with a title. "Treasurer Elect" does not fit since I was appointed to the position in the past. "Elected Treasurer" also ...
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Word to describe the sound of an utterance that has an undertone of being disgruntled

I am looking for a verb to explain a tone that implies that the speaker is disgruntled, similar to what an employer would sound like while firing an employee for a stupid mistake that has caused a lot ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “prospect for a residential tenant seeking office/retail accommodation plus storage”? [closed]

Based on the following description of a "shop + dwelling" (commercial milkbar with attached residential section) published in a rental advertisement would you say that it implies that the property is: ...
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meaning of “Plague it!”

I found this expression ("Plague it!") in a correspondence between two people. One of them starts her reply to the other one with this. The other person had expressed his despair to her. I've found ...
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Succeed in survival?

If you can start a campfire, you will 50% succeed in survival. Can someone say if the sentence above is gramatically correct or not?
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What is the figurative meaning of “cold pizza”?

I've always thought that "cold pizza" was an expression used mainly to refer to a boring, uninteresting person or an unexciting event whose images call to mind that of an unappetising cold pizza. ...
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Why are there two “to”s in “from … to … to …”?

To denote that something applies to a wide range of items you can use the phrase "from ... to ... to ...", e.g. Animals can live anywhere, from forests to deserts to deepest pits of the oceans. ...
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Ways to ask “save the date” [closed]

Does it sound better if I say: ... hope you have marked your calendars instead of : ... hope you have blocked the date for a certain event in the future for which they have already been ...
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Word for start (like catalyst) of something forming

Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me. I thought there was a word for the "imperfections" where water bubbles form in a glass. Or the instigation of the nucleus forming for a crystal formation. ...
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What does “I am parked out back” mean in this paragraph?

I don't get the meaning of the example expression "I am parked out back." in bold below. Does this mean "I'm in my car and somebody parked just behind me?" In linguistics, predicate transfer[1] is ...
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how to say that the ring has a stone [closed]

I want to tell in the story something like "Every ring had either red or blue stone in it". But I don't like that facility. Is there a way to say it better? The full set of sentences looks like ...
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How to go to the station or how to get to the station

When you don't know where the nearest station is and ask a passer-by for directions, which of the following questions is appropriate and why? Could you tell me how to go to the nearest station? ...
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Expressions for someone who likes doing things alone and doesn't like help

What expressions are there for someone who likes to be alone and independent? "Lone runner" is what comes to my mind, but I don't think I've really heard it, to be honest. Could anyone help?
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How to say that a research topic is applicable for different purposes?

I want to say that my research topic is applicable for different purposes, or I can do a lot of things with my research work, or I have worked on a research topic which has a lot of application. How ...
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How closely is the Queen's English linked to British royalty?

According to Wikipedia, the Queen's English refers not just to pronunciation, but also "matters such as grammar, vocabulary and style". The term has also been referenced numerous times on ELU. Of the ...
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Term or Phrase for “Listening without Understanding”

Is there a word or a phrase that describes someone listening to somebody else speak to him without understanding what is being said while acting like he's getting it?
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What is the first known use of the proverb “out of sight is out of mind”?

It is said that Shakespeare and Hopkins used ‘out of sight is out of mind’. But when was this phrase first used?
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Why is “now and then” used to mean the opposite of its logical meaning?

Why and when did the expression "now and then" come to mean sometimes or occasionally? Logically it means just the opposite! "Now" and "then" means "presently" and "in the past", the future will soon ...
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Word or phrase for the ability to put yourself in the visual perspective of another?

We're all flying drones here in the office right now. When a drone is facing us, we have to press left to go right, so we got into a discussion about how we have to imagine ourselves in the "pilot's ...
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What is a non-awkward way of referencing your child[ren] to a 3rd party of the opposite gender as yourself?

Here's the situation: You and your spouse are talking with a third person who is of the opposite gender as yourself. e.g., my wife and I are talking with a woman named - let's call her Joan. If I'm ...