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

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Alternative ways to say “I am feeling pushed to the ground”

Assume a get together where a group of friends are having chit chat over tea. Suddenly they plan to pull someone's leg together. No matter what the person in the spotlight says, people are not ...
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Can you clarify the structure “impress somebody with/by something”?

I found this structure in ldoceonline.com but I am a bit confused about it. Ok, to impress somebody with/by something: to make someone feel admiration and respect about something (Source) ...
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Is 'I will bring you there' grammatically correct?

Is 'I will bring you there' grammatically correct? I am just an English beginner.Last week,my american friend told me that there was a place he wanted to visit but he didnt know how to go.I wanted to ...
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How to refer to something “demanding” which doesn't happen all of a sudden?

Looking for a verb to express something that requires some time and effort to evolve, like collecting. I want to express that collecting requires some time and the collection doesn't just come out ...
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A far away place

Is there an English idiomatic expression to indicate a place which is very far away from the speaker's location? Something like in the middle of nowhere but not necessarily implying that the ...
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Origins of “from the outside” (to mean from the beginning)

I came across a sentence that went something like this: I wish I'd known about this from the outside - I would have done a better job. I've heard "from the outside" used like this before a ...
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Proper usage of “passed” vs “passed away”

The current popular verb for someone who has died is to say they "passed." It sounds incorrect to me -- isn't the proper terminology "passed-away"? I've noticed that people on TV and people under 30 ...
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What could be an appropriate word in between long-lived event and short-lived event?

I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I ...
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Is “my class” generally understood as “the class I'm attending” or “the class I'm teaching”?

Example: I refused her invitation to join her swimming class. For a native English speaker, does it read as "I refused her invitation to join the swimming class she's attending" or "I refused ...
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Origin of the of the phrase “feeling blue”

Where did the expression "feeling blue" come from?
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Expression for Yes/No/Unclear(?) in medical score-based diagnosis

This is a repost of a question in CrossValidated which received no attention. http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/169085/yes-no-unclear-count-score-based-decision-quest-for-terminology In ...
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Expression for “dividing something with others”?

In a play, a girl finds some stolen treasure and divides it among her friends. I ask for an expression which is used to describe this heroine that wants to share with her friends. Within the dialog ...
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Could you please do X vs. Could you do X please

I'm an English teacher, and I heard a student say "could you please open the window" the other day. To my ears, "could you please open the window" as a construction sounds exasperated, even ...
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who does their job only when their boss 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 word would you use to describe a situation where words are not necessary?

Example: "Their love was so strong that it was unspoken. Words were (replace) 'not necessary' for them to display their affection towards one another.
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Is there a word for this act?

Let me give you an example where I want this "mystery" word to fit. There are two person "A" and person "B". A had installed an air conditioner in his house long ago and has called in the customer ...
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Colloquial terms for “[please do X] according to your own ethical assumptions”?

When I want to ask someone to do something that has some costs (like personal involvement, time, money), but want to leave it to that person to decide how much to spend on that - how do I express that ...
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Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves? [duplicate]

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
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Good Luck **in** all your endeavors' versus Good Luck **to** all your endeavors'

What is the difference between 'I am currently busy with family stuff so I really don't know when is a good time to catch up. Good Luck in all your endeavors' versus 'I am currently busy with ...
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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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“Calling a spade a spade”: synonymous expressions?

I'm looking for expressions that are equivalent to "calling a spade a spade." In some environments and verbal contexts, this phrase needs to be avoided -- please take my word for it. Thank ...
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What does it mean to be the 'strong, silent type'?

If someone says you're the strong, silent type is it a compliment?
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What would this sentence be considered?

"I wonder why X's don't have (insert subject) and you do" Is it a question? Statement? A question imbedded in a statement? Or would it depend on the tone that was used? Thank you in advance.
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Scottish(?) sayings: 'For any sake' and 'Not for any favour'

Are 'For any sake' and 'Not for any favour' just confined to Scotland? I have never heard them said in England.
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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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Topic sentence and controlling idea

English speakers relaxing at home,for example,may put on kimonos,which is a Japanese word.English speakers who live in a warm climate may take an afternoon siesta on an outdoor patio without realizing ...
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Usage of “so to” in the place of “to” as part of infinitive construction

Example: We make wine by hand in small lots and taste the wines constantly so to profit from its constant change. I would normally drop the "so" and phrase it like "we do it to profit" Are both ...
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“there's a powder at aspen” expression means what?

I'm reading a book where "The Advice Guy" says "Tell your boss the roport will have to wait. There's a powder in Aspen!". I got, here, what "take a powder" means, but what about "there's a powder ...
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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 express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past [closed]

how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past. examples: bad grades in freshman year, laziness, drug use. and how i have rebounded and made myself a ...
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What would you call the husband of a widow? [duplicate]

I'm confused as I've been googling a bit and have seen "dead husband", "former husband", ... and even "ex-husband"... So what would you use for ______ in polite conversation: The ______ of the ...
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Another way to write, ''Why now''? When people know it is good, but are suspicious of the timing) [on hold]

Another way to write, ''Why now''? (When people know it is good, but are suspicious of the timing)
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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what is the opposite way of an expression of “win-win situation”?

I am just trying to find out an expression that is an opposite of "win-win situation? when you are having problems or in troubles and trying to get out or to solve those problems in multiple way but ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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How to say “unavoidable problems”

There was a deadline to submit an application. But I could not submit due to holiday in our institute and again unavilability of official staffs after the holidays. So I would like to write a letter ...
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Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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“See you in the funny papers”: etymology and meaning

I've heard people saying that "See you in the funny papers" means "I'll see you later," as in "Good Bye," but I always thought that it means "Good bye," as in "I'll never see you again." I thought ...
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Where does “beat around the bush” come from?

Where does the expression "beat around the bush" come from?
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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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Thanks for help vs. Thanks for helping me

Is the sentence 'Thanks for help' easily understood? Should I use 'Thanks for helping me', or 'Thanks for help me'?
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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round of improvements?

The context here is a bank discussing a long-term project it's conducting. It has certain deadlines to adhere to, but it says that after the deadline has expired, they will need to do several rounds ...
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What is the exact definition of “set off” in the expression “set off by (a pair of) commas?”

It seems to me that in English usage "set off" is almost irreplaceable in the collocation I refer to in the question and in similar phrases, e.g., "comma(s) set(s) off (this or that)." As if everyone ...
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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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“a quiet head”? I need a more natural sounding equivalent

I am racking my brain for a solution to this. I am translating a text discussing a long-term project performed by a bank. In this case, the bank is very worried that it won't achieve all of the ...
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What is an expresion for “getting older in appearance”?

"The children in school grew up so fast. They, like their parents, went about their professional career. In a flash they became gray and grizzled, and were getting tired of life." Is there a ...
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What is the meaning of this life quote?

I am trying (but failing) to understand the meaning of this life quote: Trying is a part of failing. If you are afraid to fail then you are afraid to try. Can you explain what it means?
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Is there a neat expression for this situation?

I'm stuck for an expression that describes this example, which is similar to a "self-fulfilling prophecy" but is more complicated: Someone claims, falsely, to be a dentist. Someone who likes ...