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

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To what extent do 'earn income' and 'generate income' differ?

I've had a short search on this but may have overlooked an easily-accessible source that differentiates the two. They don't seem synonymous, but I can't yet point to a definition of the two. To me, ...
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what does “I think it was par for the course” mean [on hold]

In an interview ElonMusk says the following about steve jobs(http://www.freshdialogues.com/2013/02/25/elon-musk-on-steve-jobs-innovation-critics-transcript/). I think it was par for the course ...
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Similar to “burning a hole in my pocket” but for www shopping cart?

I like this: "Got three dollars burning a hole in my pocket". Are there other expressions or phrases with similar meaning? Actually, I want to know what the creative English speakers will write ...
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What is a word or expression to describe a person as entertainment to pass the time?

If someone is being used or employed as entertainment to help someone else pass their time at work, but only in this capacity, what word or expression can be used to describe this? This other ...
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What is a word that means “created out of nothing”

I am writing an article and I am having trouble finding a word for "to create out of nothing." The following are slightly different forms to show you the general 'feel' of the word that I am looking ...
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Why is it “Divide by 0” instead of “Divide 0”? [on hold]

When I read "by" it feels to me that the target to be divided is the number that comes before the 0, not the 0 itself. For example, "1 divided by 0", 1 is the target of the division, and 0 is what 1 ...
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What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either?

What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either? I know the word exists, it refers to greetings such as "How are you" and similar. ...
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Is there a way to say “It Starts With You”? [on hold]

I'm looking to try to find a phrase or a much more simpler way to say "It Starts With You". Is there any other way? Even if it's in another language!
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Life as these little kids know it [on hold]

I have taken some photographs of some poor innocent kids, and want to create an album. Can I title it as "Life as these little kids know it"... any suggestions please.
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Term for “unnecessary diversity”?

I am looking for a word or phrase to capture the notion that too much diversity can backfire. Here's the context. In some technical fields (such as programming), there may be hundreds of possible ways ...
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“A healthy amount” of sugar… so… no sugar? =( [closed]

I've always heard and used the expression "a healthy amount" to mean "a lot". But as I stirred my coffee this morning, I realized that's exactly how I described the sugar that goes in my coffee, and ...
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“withdraw the question” in less formal way

I'm trying to find more common way to say that I would like to withdraw/cancel/recall off (?) my question I sent few days ago. Can you suggest something? Thank you Hubert
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What's the word describing a person who's multi-racial? [duplicate]

I met a girl who has a diverse ethnic heritage. Part German, part Central American, part African-American, part some other European country that I forget. What word can be used to describe her? ...
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More general version of “finger on the pulse”

From my understanding when someone is "keeping a finger on the pulse of x" that person is keeping a close watch on and has a detailed understanding of the subject or situation. What would be an ...
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OK, here's a weird one: “I appreciate ya”

Say you do something simple and nice for someone. A normal reply would be " I appreciate that, thank you." (phrased in either order) But for the past year or two, down here in the southern US, I've ...
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What is a self-contained, rhetoric phrase? (Brevity is soul of wit)

This related question touched on redundancy which appeared as a strict upgrade from an autological "word" to a "phrase" to me. It would be enlightening to find more instances that provokes a string ...
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Is this expression a well-established proverb or just a slight variation of a well-established one?

I'm referring to this one: Any man who is his own translator has a fool for an editor. The resemblance that this expression bears to the one about any individual who chooses to represent ...
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What's the origin of “Copycat”?

I called one of my friends "copycat" the other day, and suddenly thought about it. Why is it a "cat"? Where did this expression come from? Does anyone have any information regarding how this phrase ...
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Having an IV or being on a drip

I had an IV last night because my blood pressure dropped too low. I was given an IV (Fluids) last night... I was put on a drip last night... I got a drip last night... I was on a drip last night ... ...
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Is there a word or a phrase which compares with the best tools available? [on hold]

Sorry for a confusing title. I am looking for a word to describe the following situation: "our algorithm showed an accuracy worse than [other best algorithm developed by competitors]". I do not want ...
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How do I translate this italian locution? [on hold]

Often in Italian we use this locution: venire meno Now I wanted to translate it and I didn't come with an 'immediate' translation. Somebody knows the English equivalent?
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Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?

I know for heaven's sake, for Pete's sake, for God's sake and for Christ's sake. All of those, however are religious references. The only non-religious equivalent phrases I know are for fuck's sake ...
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What does the phrase “in you” mean in a Christian context? [on hold]

I have heard phrases such as "love in you" or "live in you" (with "you" meaning God) in Christian settings, such a prayers as well as Christian pop songs. What does this mean?
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What does “I'm *just* glad” mean?

The emphasis of adding "just" in the phrase "I'm just glad" is lost on me. What makes it different from just "I'm glad"?
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What's the best way to say: “which one is more true or more accurate”? [closed]

What's the best way to ask: Which one is more true, or more accurate? ... when talking about a choice of two words?
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How to express the trend in this graph using the appropriate phrases?

I have this graph and I want to describe the difference in the take off trajectory of two patterns in the figure below. The first pattern is seen in the first two parameters over the years from the ...
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The “it-seems-better-than-it-actually-is-because-it-comes-from-a-famous-place” effect?

It is far easier to provide an example for what I am trying to describe than to try and articulate it: Example: Scholar A: "Wow. That new study from University X is getting a lot of attention." ...
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word ...
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A simile / metaphor for the concept that an entity is formed from a wide range of factors

I would really appreciate any help with the following. I am trying to explain that health is not simply determined by biological factors. Instead it is shaped by a whole host of variables: ...
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Is “not worth to do” an acceptable alternative to “not worth doing”?

Basically what the title says, nothing more to add. I've encountered the former form on the Internet more than once, hence the question. Thanks!
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Priscilla--a girl who prefers to stay home? Who could this term be resultant of?

From Flappers to Rappers, a book of American youth slang, records "Priscilla" as a 1920s slang word for a girl who prefers to stay home. I'm curious to know why they've chosen that name. Is there any ...
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'Master of the universe' or 'Nucleus of the universe'

Can I say: No one likes man thinks he is a nucleus of universe. I've just seen on some website the use of "master of the universe" I'd better use this word? And please correct my grammar.
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Word for someone seeming deep and intelligent, but not really being that

What is the word for someone trying to seem/be deep and intelligent, but really they are shallow, and not at all being insightful. Pedant is about rules, so that is disqualified, the closest I could ...
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“Tightly connected to” or “Highly connected to”

What if I want to say topic 1 is tightly connected to topic 2? It's like to say quantum theory is "tightly connected" to applications like nuclear bombs etc.
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“To bury someone twice”

Does anyone know what the expression to bury someone twice means and where it comes from?
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what does “in quiet sophistication” mean here?

"it strikes me as the last word in quiet sophistication." I have two questions here. First, I do not understand the meaning of "quiet sophistication." I know that sophistication is a trait ...
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Word or phrase for someone who annoys you as soon as they walk in and start talking

Looking for both a journalistic and perhaps playful term. In a journalistic sense, how would I describe a CEO figure who holds a company meeting and the employees are either annoyed, bored, or rolling ...
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What's the meaning of “out of the blue”? [closed]

What's the meaning of "out of the blue" and what's the story of it? Some examples: Sorry for emailing out of the blue Forgive this email out of the blue
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which verb is the most correct in the following sentence?

When children want to feel important and loved confident by their parents, do they want to be accepted/ approved/ acknowledged/ recognized by their parents?
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Is the expression “Say your piece” or “Say your peace”?

I have googled this one and seen arguments for both sides. Say your piece would imply that you've had the opportunity to make your part of the statement on the subject. Say your peace would imply ...
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Meaning of “seeing as”, “the business”, “in quiet sophistication”?

They had cooks and drivers, and guards who occupied a gatehouse, armed with machetes. Seeing as I had regularly petitioned my parents for an electric fence, the business with the guards strikes me ...
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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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“largest of any mammal” vs. “largest of all mammals”

A: This animal is the largest of any mammal. vs. B: This animal is the largest of all mammals. What are the subtle differences between A and B?
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What are notable uses of the phrase “living hand to mouth”

I would like to use the phrase "living hand to mouth" as a title of an art piece. However, just looking for the phrase mostly results in uses where the origin is explained. What are notable uses of ...
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What is the origin and sense of the phrase “put up or shut up”?

In researching the recent EL&U question Origins and Interpretations of "Put your money where your mouth is", I repeatedly came across the seemingly related but older phrase “put up or ...
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turn right backward or turn slightly right backward?

Please see the image. When giving directions, how should I describe what the arrow indicates on the road? My ideas are turn right backward turn slightly right backward I'm not sure if they ...
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What does it mean “to work out of our Atlanta headquarters”…?

English is not my first language, so I'm in a bit of trouble with the idiomatic meaning of this phrase: "All Web Developers must work out of our Atlanta Headquarters" .Does it mean that the developers ...
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Which grade/class are you?

In our country, Turkey, when someone wants to know if you're a freshman, or sophomore, or w/e (knowing if you're in high school, or in university) he/she usually says: (making a literal translation ...
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Is there a generic expression for a “universal product”?

In Lucky Luke vol 38, some character named Doc Doxey tries to sell a product that works for almost everything (elixir) like a Swiss army knife with very general reported usage. Is there a name for ...
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“As was his habit” what does it mean?

"As was his habit, he planned to spend the month of August in Normandy, visiting friends and working on his house." I often see this kind of structure:As was his habit. But I do not understand what ...