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

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Whats the word for an missed event?

I am looking for a fitting end to this sentence: With so many members around I refrained from speaking up and now my wish/plan to have a private conversation with the leader remains ...
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expressions using body parts

'Hands' of a clock, 'Arms' of a chair, 'Nose' of a plane, 'Mouth' of a river. In these expressions human body parts are used.What are such expressions called?
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How can “in touch with” be used figuratively?

I am sure that we can say “get in touch with someone”, to mean figuratively that we are in good contact. Can I go further to use it more figuratively, e.g., to say that “my brother is not in touch ...
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What does “give sufficient notice” means? [on hold]

Could anyone please explain to me what the expression "give sufficient notice" means ? and in which situation this expression is used ? I cannot find it on any dictionary except ...
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How to express “prefer in order”

Let say, I am a little boy and my mother had several fruits (orange, apple, banana,...) and she asked me which one which I like, but she was not sure if she could give me that fruit ( I don't know why ...
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“X and I were doing Y” vs “I was doing Y with X”

Which structure is more common/grammatical? Example: There was someone peeking through the window. My first guess was my little bother—checking if my boyfriend and I were doing something ...
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Who was “Toody Hotpot”?

My late mother (born in the 1920s in London, where she lived all her life) was fond of saying of anyone who wasn't helping in any particular job or activity that they were "Just standing around, like ...
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An appropriate adjective

I am writing a report and it should tell all the stakeholders that "the target for all product categories, including Over Payments to customers has either been met or exceeded (by a very small ...
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Is there a word that describes disliking a food or drink after vomiting it?

I'm finding it particularly hard to google this, but want to know if there's a word or expression used that describes the scenario when a person stops liking a food or drink after they have vomited ...
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What's the origin of “throwing someone under the bus”?

What's the origin of the phrase "to throw someone under the bus" or "so-and-so threw me under the bus?" (in the sense of betrayal)? It seems like a very specific phrase not to come from some specific ...
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A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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alternatives to “bucket list of kate”

I want to say: "kate's bucket list" but we need to have "kate" at the end of the sentence (that is the requirement). So I thought of "bucket list of kate" but it sounded a bit.... I don't know... bad ...
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“She do not look like” [duplicate]

I have heard this phrase in "True Detective". What's the background? (It was used by police detective, 2nd episode, the dialog in a car.) update: Because of the discussion, I found that scene and ...
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Opposite of “out of date”? [on hold]

Can anyone think of a phrase we would use to describe a situation where something is the opposite of "out of date"; that is, it's "too new"? For example, a banana that's been sitting around for ages ...
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“Short for” vs. “Stands for”

A. US stands for "the United States". B. US is short for "the United States". What are the subtle differences between them?
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“As for me” in the beginning of the sentence

Could I use "As for me" in the beginning of the sentence? For example, when somebody asks the whole group of people what was done, and one in that group answers what he did: "As for me, I did that ...
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When have you officially 'started' something?

To say, I started playing Violin when I was 12 years years old: Does this imply that you have played Violin regularly since you were 12 years old? Can you 'have still started playing Violin when you ...
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A direct, ironic response to “How are you?” indicating that the person is in a bad mood [on hold]

Imagine person A asks person B, how B is doing. B is doing bad and he or she is upset with the question (after all, nobody wants to admit that he or she is screwing his or her life up). What kind of ...
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Word for “to wrong by treating the same?”

I was wondering if there is a word for treating a group the same as another, even though they have different needs. It would be a bit like an antonym of discrimination, but most antonyms of ...
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Help understanding a sentence/reference

The introductory paragraph of the book An Introduction to Mathematics, written for general audience by the great British mathematician Alfred North Whitehead goes like this: Chapter 1: THE ...
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What's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?

This is the context : "For most projectors however, including SONY projectors that have been used for a few months, or more and the bulb has aged, there is not a good reference for use in calibrating ...
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Riches-to-Rags Emotion? Is there a word for when people get accustomed to a higher quality and then have to go back to less? [closed]

Searching for a (preferably) single word or expression that describes when a person used to "better" things (in life) has to live with less. For example: if someone gets used to fine dining/wine or ...
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Why do we call cinema The Seventh Art?

Why do we call cinema The Seventh Art? Why not sixth or fifth?
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What the right expression for “pursue a requirement”?

I have the following sentence in my essay. "We pursue a unique requirement, that is, how to optimally utilize the space for.......". I feel like "pursue a requirement" is a little odd. Any ...
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What's a good adjective or phrase to describe your feeling when confronted with absurdity? [on hold]

Say, you're supposed to be very angry at something but the situation is SO ABSURD that it becomes funny and you end up laughing at it instead. It cannot be having mixed or ambivalent feelings about ...
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A good term for something that sustains itself via a positive feedback loop?

So just for context, I would like to pose the hypothesis that the US dollar is the strongest currency because it is the global reserve currency and is the global reserve currency because it is the ...
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A saying indicating how some professionals don't apply their skills for themselves

Some made-up examples: Architect's house is always crooked. Mechanic's car is leaking Chef's breakfast is as plain as boiled eggs Is there an established saying for these situations?
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Is there a phrase for - “making hard work of easy stuff”

I am looking for a phrase or a flowery way to say that he made hard work of what should have been a cakewalk. To give more context - sometimes the commentator says that the team should have finished ...
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What is the meaning of “He's got his quiver full”?

It was part of a dialogue I read some time ago: A. "His wife is pregnant again." B. "Really? He's got his quiver full, hasn't he?" A. "He has, and I tell you, he should know better." ...
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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The “expressions without prepositions” [closed]

We do not normally use prepositions in some common expressions. Let’s discuss your plans. She married a rich business man. The baby resembles its father Is there a rule ...
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Does it sound right in English? [closed]

After being put at a crossroad (I would say: when someone puts another in a situation that he/she has to decide what to do)
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What does it mean to be in an advanced stage [closed]

I sent an email to a professor expressing my wish to be his student. He replied me that the selection is now "in a very advanced stage". He saw my application but hasn't got updated yet. What does ...
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What is the meaning of the expression “We can table this”?

This came up in an email discussion - we are arguing about the merits and demerits of a certain approach, and I mentioned what I thought was a drawback to a scheme. To that, my colleague replied : ...
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a jargon word for administrative [closed]

I am looking for a definition and jargon word for administrative. I have looked all over the internet with no luck. This is for a writing technology class.
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“Don't fall in anger”, I heard you say

If the phrase rang a bell, it's because the actual Oasis song lyric is "Don't look back in anger", I heard you say. But did my question title sound very strange or only slightly off? I might argue ...
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outside vs out of the box [duplicate]

As a non native english speaker i wonder which one is the correct form to use ? to think outside the box ? to think out of the box ? is there any difference in meaning ?
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requirements about or requirements for [closed]

i try to build a phrase in the context of Master application : We said : let me know if there are further requirements for my application . or let me know if there are further ...
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A word that describes stories with negative and unfulfilling endings?

I'm trying to find a word or phrase that describes the ending to a story where the outcome is generally negative and unfulfilling. At the end of these stories, the protagonist usually makes a decision ...
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Build a house, plant a tree, father a son

What is the origin of the phrase (and the principle) "build a house/home, plant a tree, father/raise a son/child" and its derivation (perhaps) "write a book, plant..."?
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Martini, Extra Dirty

This expression is from the show "True Detective" (Session 1 Episode 6) A guy buys a woman a drink when they have just met, then she asks waiter to "martini, extra dirty". This is the first time I've ...
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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here [migrated]

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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Does being described as a “Whirling Dervish” have a positive or negative connotation? [closed]

In an email I received from an extended family member, she remarked that she had "heard through the grapevine" that I was quite the "home-making whirling dervish." This person and I have a (distant ...
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Where do all the fox references come from? [closed]

A person can be crazy like a fox, and attractive lady is foxy or even a fox, an old book might have foxing, to outsmart someone is to outfox them, if you are confused you are foxed, and there are ...
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Is “prove the advantages of ” right?

I have designed two algorithms, say, A and B. Is it right if I say The following experiments prove the advantages of A over B? Or is there some better method to express the idea that "the ...
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Does this “look out for” and “look in for” make sense?

He looks out for all the possible support he can gain from the villagers, and at the same time looks in for inner courage that will prepares him for the worst result. (He wants to be elected by ...
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Could you guys point out if I did any mistakes on this amateur fiction book? [closed]

this is my first time posting here and before of anything, I want to apologize for any mistakes I make on this post. I am new to reading fantasy and fiction books. I am writing one which is called ...
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Meaning of “kick him off his feet”

Can anyone help me find the meaning of the sentence "kick him off his feet"? This is the context of it... Send him to school. Force him to crawl. Teach him how to cheat. Kick him off his ...