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

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Difference between “strong reaction of relief” and “lassitude”

What is the difference between an expression of a strong reaction of relief and an espression of lassitude?
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“Welcome aboard” for senior cadre person

Can a team member say "welcome aboard" to his team leader or a C level exec? Will that be considered as not giving enough respect?
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Pioneers Often Die with Arrows in their Backs

What's the meaning of Pioneers Often Die with Arrows in their Backs I mean i can roughly gauge it to be the first to move dies, but why arrows in the backs ?
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When someone ruins all the good they have ever done!

Suppose you have a nice and kind friend who helps you whenever possible, but sometimes they say something to you so angrily and sarcastically that you forget about all their kindness and help, because ...
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Do you remember the English expression “content is better than…” which means “real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance”?

I remember that once upon a time I heard the expression "content is better than...", which means that real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance. But I couldn't remember the ...
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“We are familiar” improvement

I have this,"We are familiar with the sport activities", sentence but to me it's a bit awkward and I need to improve it a little bit. I need to improve "We are familiar" part, and I am kind of stuck ...
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Why is it “'s” after Let and before a verb, example “Let's go” or Let's do something"? [duplicate]

We often learn the structure “Let’s do something”, but why it there an apostrophe-s after let and before the verb? Why does we need ’s in this structure? Does ’s means is or does it mean was?
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On tense: 'realized that the number of something had been increasing'

Why does a sentence like I realized that the number of cars had been increasing sound strange? I googled "realized that the number of * had been increasing", and then I found only three exmples. ...
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What does “powerhouse” mean in ”dessert powerhouse” in a food-industry context?

I read an article where the writer uses the term dessert powerhouse. I guess dessert powerhouse must be like a big manufacture that makes a lot of desserts and wholesales them to smaller cake-shops or ...
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Does English have an expression like “nth day”?

In my native language, if today is 1st and Sunday and we want to refer to the next Sunday (on 8th) then we may say the "today's eighth day" or just "8th day". For example if you're asking when does ...
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A snappy and inoffensive alternative for “calm your tits”

I need a non-sexist, non-sexualized aternative instead of "Calm your tits." Clarification: The question comes from the parent of a pre-teen. The parent (me) needs some alternatives that will appeal ...
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Is “more general, still” an acceptable expression?

Are "more general, still", or "more general, yet" acceptable variations of "still more general"?
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Avoiding Ignorance

Is the phrase "avoid ignorance" idiomatic? In my mind something is wrong about the combination of the verb "avoid" and the noun "ignorance".
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Question/Matter of definition?

A "Definitionsfråga", as it is called in Swedish, is for instance if you talk about what's good and bad, you can remark that it depends on what you mean by good and bad. You could might as well remark ...
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How to use “glad” in a return email [on hold]

I would like to reply to an email using the word glad. I was trying the following. I am glad to receive your email. Kindly note that this is my first reply to an email I have received from that ...
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Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty [closed]

Is there a word or phrase that means crying because of beauty or crying in reaction to beauty?
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Are “on par” and “in parity” equivalent expressions?

In an unrelated reply to one of my questions, someone used the following expression type. x and y are on par while x and z are not I use a similar expression (see below). However, I'm curious if ...
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English word for superstitiously negative self assumption

Is there an English word (or psychological condition), which describes the negative, fearful, superstitious mentality of immediate self application or assumption? For example if I was to say "my ...
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Another way to write, ''Why now''? When people know it is good, but are suspicious of the timing)

Another way to write, ''Why now''? (When people know it is good, but are suspicious of the timing)
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'In the ranks' OR 'With the ranks'

Which of the following two phrases is correct? I'd put him right there in the ranks of the best anthropologists out there. OR I'd put him right there with the ranks of the best ...
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Term for referring to someone with mediocre words to describe their greatness

What is the term for describing the following sort of phrases used to humoristically, and almost affectionately, describe someone who is obviously well known to be superb in their field? Referring ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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Word for when two people type the same thing at the same time in chat

I have the distinct feeling there's a word often used when two people type the same thing at the same time in Internet chat contexts. Not necessarily exactly the same words, but closely related. ...
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What does “delinquent” mean in this context? [closed]

I'm more or less aware of the meanings of the word delinquent. However, I can't decide what it exaclty means in the following quote which is from god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and where he ...
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correct punctuation for the You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque projecft [on hold]

correct punctuation for You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque project
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What is the clearest way to describe two “kitty-corner” buildings?

How can I explain the relationship of building A to building B where building A is, e.g., on the NW corner of an intersection, and building B is on the SE corner? Which of the following (if any) is ...
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What word/phrase describes replacing an example of something with a description of it?

I am trying to explain this situation. Someone has written an example of a behavior: "When Joe goes to the grocery store he should see that it is closed". I replace this with a description of that ...
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How do I say “flexibility with time” on my CV?

Similar to this question, but slightly different. I'm trying to convey the willingness to work flexible hours. I'm translating from Spanish for a friend of mine. A literal translation of ...
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What does “sweeping phrases” mean? And How should the sentence be understood?

What is more, this ever-expanding pool of information did not start with humans, but dates back to the beginning of time. “[W]e are born from it, and it is born from us,” he writes gnostically. As ...
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Going through a hard ordeal to achieve something important?

What is a strong expression for someone going though a hard ordeal to achieve something important? For example a mother who has lost her children will _______ to get them back.
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Word for “Writing phrase on something”

Is there a word that represents the act of writing a phrase on something? In this case, I'm trying to advertise a club by "engraving" or "inking" ping pong balls with a phrase such as "Join this ...
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A word for “people who were born on the same day from different mothers”

What could be a word for people who are born on the same day but are not siblings? I am creating a website and matching my college students who were born on same day. I need an appropriate or the ...
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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Phrase/expression for “growing at my own speed”

I'm writing the acknowledgments-section of my thesis and want to thank my academic advisor for his patience and support, and for allowing me to "grow at my own speed". I'm looking for a concise way to ...
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What did the sea win?

A passage from Arthur Clarke, 2010: Odyssey Two: Floyd often wondered what Marion would have thought of his strange and beautiful home on the edge of the Pacific. She had never liked the sea, but ...
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English-language equivalent to the Russian idiom, 'Not let someone within firing distance near X'

I've been hard put to come up with the most appropriate English expression for a particular Russian one. In Russian, an expression that roughly translates as "To not let someone come near X within a ...
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who only does their job when the boss/manager is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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What is the difference between “tried closing my eyes” and “tried to close my eyes”? [duplicate]

Is there any difference in meaning? Or are they pretty much always interchangeable? ESL students are having trouble understanding when to use which expression. Thank you.
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I'm looking for a term, word or phase used to describe the important, but minute, details. Something along the lines of, “it's the little things”

Persons often say, "It's the little things". I'm looking for a word or term that would describe this feeling of a minute detail completing a whole.
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Does “open question” mean the same as “open-ended question”? [closed]

Both phrases are supposed to refer to the concept of a question with no predefined set of answers, where the person answering has no limitations in the structure of their answer. Do the two phrases ...
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What does “tend one's spinning wheel” mean?

However hard I tried I've failed to get the exact meaning of tending his spinning wheel here. It would be argued, and indeed I would argue, that Muslim intransigence would have played a ...
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Common phrase for something that changes while you are working on it [duplicate]

What are common phrases that describe something that is changing while you are working on it without you knowing. for example: you are adding comments to a doc, and when you submit them you see that ...
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Origins of “turn over in his grave”?; “turn over in her grave”? etc., etc

The best result of my google-search for the origins of the idiomatic phrase, “turn over in the grave” was this, from wikipedia: One of the earliest uses is found in William Thackeray's 1849 work ...
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How may one properly use “born by …”?

If one's mother is Jane and their father is Dave, and their name is John Smith, would they say any of the following? I was born John Smith by Jane Doe and Dave Smith I was born John Smith by ...
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“I like living by ocean” , “I like living by the ocean” or “I like living by the sea”?

Which is the correct sentence: "I like living by ocean" , "I like living by the ocean" or "I like living by the sea"? I want to say I love ocean and I like staying nearby ocean. Update: I had been ...
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Synonyms for wondering hard

Can someone help me to identify some English synonyms/idioms meaning to "wonder so hard"? The word or phrase I'm looking for could be used in a situation where somebody tries to solve a very confusing ...
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This expression is correct? [closed]

I want to buy a domain with this words: superbtourfrance.com This is correct: superb tour france ? or superb france tour ? This well use the word: superb ? Thanks for your time.
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Need native expressions for “something happened but no one wants to undertake the responsibility”

Are there native expressions in oral and formal writing English about something happened - mostly negative incidents or events, but those, who should be responsible for it , don't want to undertake ...
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word for “splitting time between various tasks”

What'd be a good word (noun) for "dividing one's time between various tasks"? E.g., when you refer to an employee that works on several projects in a given month, but not necessarily on more than one ...
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What's the English equivalent for the French expression “veille technologique”?

In French, the expression veille technologique means the act of following the current trends in technology. Is there such a phrase in English? I can only think of expressions like keeping up to date ...