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 “tell you love your honey” mean?

It says "You have no tomorrow promised. So, tell you love your honey." Shouldn't be "...tell your love to your honey"? https://twitter.com/eikaiwa_tw/status/685382110304010240
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The meaning of 'feel out of' and 'kick out of'

The below is an example of these expressions. The parts of the brain called the limbic system, which includes the regions of the brain that give you a rewarding feeling out of taking a risk, a kind ...
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Fear of incrimination by inaction

During the Chinese cultural revolution, students assaulted their teachers. During the French liberation, Nazi collaborators were shaved in the streets. The perpetrators are often described as being in ...
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Is there a word for “specify/determine something in terms of something else”?

I am attempting to translate a greek document and there is a concept that doesn't seem to translate to a given english word; one that I know at least. It more or less says: " Fiscus -a legal term- ...
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'Move to a new place' - different way of saying it

I want to find a way of saying something like... [...] I am willing to fund my move to [insert country's name here] myself to make up for [...] ... in a natural way. I am pretty positive a ...
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appropriate phrase for expressing close distances toward a person

Imagine this scenario: You are having a conversation with someone about a tropical fruit which you have seen the picture of it(on the internet or something) and you do know the name of it, but you ...
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Origins of “the weak are meat, and the strong do eat”

In the movie Cloud Atlas, Tom Hanks' earliest character ('Henry Goose') and Hugo Weaving's latest character ('Georgie') use the phrase The weak are meat, and the strong do eat Now, I don't think ...
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on its way to you usage [closed]

I trying to express that something has been sent but not yet delivered. Does the following sentence express this correctly for American English? Your package has not arrived, is on its way to you. ...
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How to finish a letter in a conciliatory manner [closed]

I have drafted a letter to someone who works in the same team as me, discussing some issues regarding teamworking and I want to finish the letter by saying that I hope they receive the letter in a ...
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Phrase for when someone leaves a group/place in an unusually quick manner

For some reason I remember the phrase "that sounded runny" used when someone leaves a group/place in an unusually quick manner. But apparently that is incorrect. Can anyone help me with the correct ...
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What definition of Earth is used in the expression “walk the Earth”?

Please see this question for difference in definitions and capitalisation of earth/Earth In the expression "walk the earth", e.g. "when dinosaurs walked the earth". Should earth be capitalised? I ...
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Is “anybody's guess” origin anybody's guess?

I was looking for the origin of the common expression "anybody's guess" but I couldn't find any much evidence. Checking with Ngram it appears the expression become suddenly popular during the 30's ...
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Any idiom/phrase/expression to describe this attitude?

There is this person I know who always gets excited at the slightest of the things. They give a person too much credit than they deserve for simplest of the things they do. Not that I think there is ...
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Meaning in context of “to fold something together”

“Add the option -f to fold upper and lower case together, so that case distinctions are not made during sorting; for example, a and A compare equal.” Excerpt From: Brian W. Kernighan. “The ...
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“I shoulda 'STOOD' IN BED?”

I've heard folks use "stood" as a kind of past-participle of the verb "stay" - as in: "I shoulda stood in bed". I had always thought it was some kind of uneducated regionalism... But, it's New Years, ...
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Meaning of the expression “Eat sh**”

What does the expression "eat shit" represent in the following sentences? Eat shit, I'm not going to do your dirty work. Is this similar to "I dislike doing your dirty work"? Or does it mean "Go ...
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The meanings of the expressions “big air quotes” and “might as well”

I wrote to my friend: "Are you available sometime between the 27th of January and the 3rd of February? I plan to stay in Tokyo for a week to take part in a musical event and then unwind a little." ...
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What does “Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world's famine feed.” mean?

I'm reading a book, and I came across the following quote by Horatius Bonar. Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world's famine feed. Could anybody explain what it means?
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Someone who does “mundane or repetitive work” for you?

Trying to come up with the name for a new product I am working on. This tool will help hiring managers with their repetitive or mundane work. Something related to hiring or recruitment could also work ...
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Expression/word for talking about a seemingly different subject for a while?

Let's say you give a presentation where you intent to talk about A, B and C. But before you get to talk about B you feel that since it's a subject in a field not everyone in the audience might be ...
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Replacement for “this means that …” [closed]

I often write texts where I offer an explanation of some issue followed by a paragraph discussing the implications for the reader. I generally start those paragraphs with "this means": [Longer ...
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What is the offline equivalent of “clickbait”?

There is a common Internet marketing strategy called clickbait or clickbaiting which involves: Provocative or sensationalistic headline text that entices people to click on a link to an article, ...
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Woe is me - what does it mean?

What exactly does the phrase 'Woe is me' mean? A google search returns many results ranging from FML to just having a bad day. There are many references to the phrase being grammatically incorrect and ...
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Expression “ make no mistake about it” [closed]

What is the meaning of the expression " to make no mistake about something". Thank you people.
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word or phrase for 'collective serendipity' or win-win situation

I'm looking for a word or a phrase which describes, a change in situation having positive effect or being equally beneficial to both parties involved. eg. one fears not being able to make it to a ...
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Expression/word for reading a book quickly?

Is there an expression or word that describe the action of reading a book very quickly or enthusiastically?
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Idiomatic expression for being totally off in ones statement/belief

I can put that as wading in the darkness, being totally lost or taking a shot and missing big. However, I'm looking for a far more metaphorical expression. The subject of the epithet should be ...
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Formal way of saying “I'm on it” [closed]

Want to answer to my supervisor's question about the status of a task. What come's to my mind is "I'm on it". What's a more formal way of saying that?
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Is the structure “This is because… and so…” grammatically correct?

For example, in the sentence: This is because he was smart, and he worked hard, and so he was very rich. Is this structure correct? If not, how can the sentence be corrected?
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What does “mass” signify in “Weapons of Mass Destruction”?

Since "mass" can mean either weight or large groups of people, I am suddenly confused with this phrase. Does "mass" in "weapons of mass destruction" imply: heavy (pertaining to mass), ...
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Happy Merry Christmas vs Merry Christmas [closed]

I was wondering whether it is incorrect to say, "Happy merry Christmas.". Please give some reasons.
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Less vulgar alternative to “bee up my butt”

In my corner of the world, the two exressions given in the accepted answer to this question have become conflated. Now, to "have a bee up one's butt" is to have a sudden and obsessive need to do ...
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Origin of “I fart in your general direction”

I grew up knowing the insulting phrase "I fart in your general direction", and recently saw it used by John Cleese in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (apparently its most famous usage): ...
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Is there a better word or phrase to describe a tangible and usable product?

I'm a graphic designer and I'm working on a new website. I want a category for things that you can touch, hold, and use such as booklets/books, car wrap, gift certificates, product packaging, etc. My ...
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What (if ever) is the context at which I should use the term "various and sundries? [duplicate]

My neighbor uses the term/phrase "various and sundries" all the time, but first off, it seems like he just means the word "various" alone, but adds "and sundries" to it for some reason. And then once ...
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Is “to hide gold” used with meaning of “to hide one's talents or money”?

In Brazil, the expression "to hide the gold" (Portuguese: "esconder o ouro") is used to express that someone is hiding his/her own talents or wealth, for modesty or because he/she doesn't want to be ...
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meaning of “completely satisfied”? [closed]

Sometimes people use the word "satisfied" in the following manner: I don't have what I want, but I have all that I need, so I am satisfied with everything in my life. In the case above, is the ...
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“Every interest and faith is…” vs. “Every interest and faith are…” [closed]

Please tell me which of the following options is correct: Option 1: It is also imperative to respect different beliefs, making sure every interest and faith is suitably represented at all times. ...
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Difference between “Up to you” and “As you want”

At first sight both expression can be used interchangeably. I heard that "as you want" is sexually connotated (UK). Is it right? As a consequence I have become reluctant to use "As you want" in the ...
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coming to + infinitive

We’re afraid of coming to grapple with words... Is this sentence grammatical? I can somehow infer that it's related to a progressive action, like being afraid to become to grapple with words, in ...
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What's this gesture called?

It's used to be pretty frequent in movies where I think the person after accomplishing a big task would want to convey to the viewers that "I am awesome and a hot-shot". It starts with bringing your ...
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Deal-killing surprise? [closed]

Origin : Communicate company’s positions completely and accurately to the Customer to avoid deal-killing surprises once Legal is engaged to support negotiations. Q: what does "deal-killing" mean?
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The colloquial expression “Here/There I was thinking”

While I was writing the following text, I wondered how the two slightly different expressions "here I was" and "there I was" might be nuanced in meaning. Also, is it more common to have the word "and" ...
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Is it correct to say “She hid quite a figure behind the wardrobe”? [closed]

I'm writing a story for my English class. Does the following sentence effectively mean that she had a good figure behind her dress? She hid quite a figure behind the Wardrobe. Does it apply to ...
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What's the proper response when someone says something modest and underrated about himself [closed]

Recently when I told a British colleague of mine that he sent me the right assets earlier he told me this: Wow, me being efficient? Doesn't sound right I understand that this is supposed to be ...
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What are the good expressions for “ going to school or going to work”? [closed]

I think when someone leaves home, he or she may say like this, " I am leaving" or "I am going to school" or "I am going to work" . I am wondering what phrases native speakers usually say when they ...
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To indirectly and politely ask about something “I wanted to” vs “I would like to” [closed]

When asking someone for some information indirectly which one is preferable? "I wanted to" e.g. "I wanted to ask your advice on ..." "I would like to" e.g. "I would like to ask about your advice ...
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Is it the expression “from the floor” correct?

Is it correct if I say the object loses contact from the floor meaning that the object won’t touch the floor anymore?
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Why don't we say “in bathroom”? [closed]

As shown in this answer, English speakers will often drop the article when referring to using a place for its intended use. For example: He went to school/work/church/(also in BrE: hospital). ...
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Alternates for “If quoted the words of …”

Today, I have been doing an 'as-it-is' translation of a non-English text. I have asked the same question before but I think that then I was unable to provide a context for my question to the ...