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

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Is there a word or phrase referring to man's increasing realization of a humble place in the universe?

The "Copernican Shift" often refers to the shift in belief from the Earth being the center of the Universe to the Sun being the center of the Universe. As a result, it can also be used as a phrase ...
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What's the correct form?

Which is a correct answer? I'll be there in a ... time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Does “spot inspection” make sense?

We have a lot of machines located in many places in our site, and we need to define the activity that inspecting the machine running status regularly by plan in field, does the "spot inspection" a ...
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Word or Phrase for Smart and Difficult to work with [closed]

A coworker and I are having a discussion about a very smart person we work with who is also very difficult to deal with. We both feel like there is a word or phrase out there to describe this type ...
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Is it possible to use “ every second Saturday” instead of “every other Saturday”?

Is it possible to use " every second Saturday" instead of "every other Saturday"? What about "every two Saturdays"? Is it same as "every other Saturday"?
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What does (Death comes as the end) mean?

My friend and I are having a debate on what does the title of the book (Death comes as the end) actually mean. Since both of us are not native English speakers, we can't reach a definitive answer. ...
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What is the adjective for this kind of presentation of data?

For example, one can state Jane is a student. She is 20 years old. Jane likes swimming and reading. Jane's closest friends are Carmen, Mia and Alison. Otherwise, this can be stated as Name: ...
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Just because he … he doesn't need to be

I hear sentences like Just because he is old doesn't mean he is slow a lot, and I don't like them. Is the alternative Just because he is old he doesn't need to be slow easy to parse and ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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When a zombie groans “braaains”, what type of speech is this?

Is the zombie asking for brains? Demanding? It seems like a compulsion that they can't control, but is it an exclamation? A declaration of intent? How would you classify it?
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What does “Lizard in a ruin” mean in this Paragraph?

Paragraph (Taken from here): You can watch Piaf performing ‘La Foule’ on YouTube, in a recording of a concert in the Netherlands in December 1962. It is completely mesmerising. A journalist who ...
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Definitions of the word “delete” vs. public understanding of the word?

I just asked a question on User Experience SE, involving the word delete. This English question is based on that UX question, so its motive can be understood better by reading both questions. It ...
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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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Is this correct? : “Tenji that was, died in his sisters arms.” (Kind of like 'powers that be') Also is 'have a claim to' correct' or 'hold a claim to'

Full quote for context "I have no claim to life, yet I walk. I have no claim to valor, yet I fight. I have no claim to love, yet I mourn. I am not the dragon, for Tenji Minamoto that was, died in his ...
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“take the initiative” vs “make the initiative”

What is the difference between "taking the initiative" and "making the initiative"? Context : I recently sent an email asking advice on whether I should "take the initiative to contact X". The person ...
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Correctness of “enough as” constructions

I'm not a native speaker. Sometimes, I feel like using expressions like There are lots of candidates. You should be qualified enough as to excel in the preliminary exam if you want to get in the ...
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I need a word to convey the meaning of getting a course approved w/o ever going to class

I've recently started working at the International Office at my University and I've found myself in need of an English word for succeeding in a test and getting a course approved without going to ...
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Words or phrases that describe a person who knows the answer to a problem but is not believed

I'm trying to find either a word or a phrase that describes a person who knows the answer to a problem or problems but is never believed. Or ignored. The nearest I can come up with is maybe the story ...
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Around how old is “a woman of a certain age”?

"A woman of a certain age" is a common saying. It means more than "a woman of a given age", "a woman who could be any age" or "female, without respect to age". It's usage instead seems to suggest a ...
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how could I announce my confirmation of compliance with something! [on hold]

I'm a member of upwork.com , recently they ask me to reply their ticket with "my confirmation of compliance with their User Agreement and policies in general". I cannot understand what they need and ...
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Can anybody tell me what “the stake” in this question means?

I'm doing an assignment for my English class, and I don't understand what my instructor is asking. What are the stakes of the various objections to teaching Fun Home (promotion of a lifestyle, ...
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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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What is the word describing impossible phenomenon such as “This page [is] intentionally left blank”?

You can find in book's pages a single sentence: This page intentionally left blank. It is interesting to note that this statement is false, since the page contains text. Here are two (somewhat) ...
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Origin of the saying “X wears the pants”

I just heard this saying recently in this conversation: No.1 : Why aren't you telling him to shut up? No. 2 : Mr. Palm is going to do that. No. 1 : Oh! So Mr. Palm wears the pants!" What ...
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A swallow does not make a summer … or a spring?

The famous proverb, one swallow does not make a summer means: A single fortunate event doesn’t mean that what follows will also be good. (ODO) the origin, according to the Phrase ...
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'a same matrix' or 'the same matrix'?

Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and fusion center can let the pseudo-random number generators generate the same matrix A. Or Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and ...
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How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?

How should you understand the expression: "flatter to deceive"? The Oxford Dictionaries defines flatter to deceive as: Appear promising but ultimately disappoint. Which is all nice and ...
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What would I call this 'attitude'?

A friend of mine has a bad habit of undermining people who are not the best in their respective fields. If in a car-race, player A wins out of 26 players (A,B,C...Z). He would claim 'A' to be the ...
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Can we use “nice to meet you” on the phone?

I just heard a friend of mine talking on the phone and she was like "nice to meet you". Is this commonly used through the phone?
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similar between or similar for?

For a research project I have a question about the correctness of the following phrases The mean activities were similar between group A and group B. The study demonstrated similarity in terms of ...
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If something with no specific time associated with it is called timeless, what would you call something with no specific place associated with it?

I would, quite simply, like to know what the word is for something that could happen in any place; similar to the word "timeless", though that refers to something that could happen during any time. I ...
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Single word for attributing inappropriate motives to others' actions?

Is there a single word to describe someone who often attributes inappropriately trivial/cheap motives to another person's actions? I'm thinking along the lines of someone who puts himself briefly in ...
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'eat extra two apples' or 'eat additional two apples'?

Should I say 'We want to eat extra two apples' or 'We want to eat additional two apples' ? OR both are correct? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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Making a sentence feel more welcoming and less stressful

I have the following sentence: Increase your rating as you develop your coding skills while you evaluate the skills of other developers. However, I now realize that this sentence is a bit off ...
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How do you call someone who know where is going? [closed]

How do you call someone who know where is going, i.e., defined a path and is determined to follow it? Cheers
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“These kids I tell you” or “kids I tell you” expression meaning

I have read them in few disconnected articles and in conversations but could not understand them completely. "These kids I tell you" or "kids I tell you" expression meaning. What do they mean ?
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What is the hand gesture called when you knock down your opponent in a fight?

Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which ...
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What is the word for object that take lots of time to prepare, and then you can only use them for a very little time? (like Drones)

What is the word for things that take lots of time to prepare (or charge) and then you are able to use them for a short time until you have to prepare (or charge) them again? For example, Drones take ...
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How do you call..? vs. What do you call…?

It seems an open-and-shut case, the correct version for asking the word of something in English is What do you call ... ? And yet the sheer number of second-language speakers of English who ask ...
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When did ‘swipe’ change from meaning “to steal” to being used in transactions?

If I had said, "He swiped my card!" long ago, everyone would have been looking for a thief. Now it is synonymous with a sale transaction. (Can you swipe your own card? Yes, in fact you do!) I guess if ...
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Is there a phrase for “assuming facts to be correct in a statement”?

There is a kind of error or fallacy I often see, which is close to "Begging the Question", but I understand that the true meaning of "Begging the Question" is closer to "circular reasoning". The ...
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Words or phrases for 'credit takers'

Let say, A and B work in the same office. Every time A talks to B about his idea or working style, B always takes that idea to his boss and acts as if it was his own idea. What are words, phrases or ...
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English equivalent of Polish “An ox forgot [how it was] when it was a calf”

"An ox forgot [how it was] when it was a calf" is used to describe a person that has no mercy/is severe for someone younger when he makes a mistake. Generally speaking, the older one pretends to be ...
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Use of “I believe” [on hold]

Is the grammar correct? I believe I am an excellent candidate to attend the workshop.
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Can I use the possessive to indicate the origin of products? [duplicate]

Suppose an apple is produced in a place called Gotham. Can I call it Gotham's apple to indicate the place of its orign? I guess it is natural to call it an apple from Gotham or a Gotham apple by ...
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what does “to which it is a party” mean in this setence?

I have a statement here and I dont get the meaning exactly "Each of the Members agrees to make an annual report to the International Labour Office on the measures which it has taken to give effect to ...
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a word for functionalism as decoration

a word for an element of a design, or an object, that appears overtly functional but is decorative. ie, 4x4 rugged styling that is not functional; plastic bull bars. Lots of buckles or oversized, ...
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Can I say “glad to be treated normally” to express my gratitude?

Someone writes back to me, consoling me that everyone has low-emotion periods and there's nothing wrong about that. I feel quite relieved since she doesn't show excessive worry or view me as someone ...
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A word for a 3 D image that moves or changes depending on view

I know it is not a trompe l'oeil. Something else maybe, because 3D image seems ambiguous.
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Where quality matters vs Where quality is of the essence [closed]

Hello English language gurus. I just established a new company here in the U.S. named Peter's Building Services. I have been working on a tagline for a few days and have come up with a couple of them. ...