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

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Meaning of expression “take contingency on someone”

What exactly does a phrase 'we need to take contingency on them' mean? This is an expression I heard from a project manager so I presume it has to do smth with risk mitigation. However, I'd rather not ...
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usage of the verb to bridge in “Bridging someone to something”

My friend suggested a tag line for our project: "Bridging you to your dream higher education online" and I have doubts that "bridging you to smth." is a proper word usage. I've never heard this ...
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When did “out of” come to mean “in”?

When I was a child, I learned that the term "out of" could be used to apply to a person or thing to describe where he, she or it was from. For example, a ship docked in Miami could be described as ...
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Why do the words ducky and jake mean fine or satisfactory?

Even the Merriam-Webster dictionary acknowledges both ducky and jake as acceptable terms meaning fine or satisfactory and it dates the word ducky back to 1897 and jake to 1914. Does anyone know how ...
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Is a blushing violet the opposite of a shrinking violet?

I understand that "shrinking violet" is used to describe an excessively shy individual. Recently, I encountered the similar-sounding phrase "blushing violet", but the definition given was the very ...
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How does the word “gas” relate to cheating and deception?

According to A Collection of College Words & Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall, written in 1856 I believe, gas is defined as cheating or deceiving someone. Any ideas why that may be?
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How do we use 'Stockholm syndrome' in a sentence?

How do we use 'Stockholm Syndrome' in a sentence? Can it be used for the things we hate?
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What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. ...
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' when we hold': usage

The daily judge assignments are posted on the Clerk of Court site – see side bar. I have an attorney going tomorrow to research the records for the name of the judge responsible on February 5 ...
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Looking for an expression that means “I'm at an event right now”

Is there any simple and frequently used expression that means "I'm at an event right now", like "I'm here", or "I'm present"?
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by the way of our thinking Vs. by the way we think

Is it correct to say Everything changes by the way of our thinking. or should I say: Everything changes by the way we think. And how different are they in meaning?
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What is the status of SALER?

Is SALER (as in "one who conducts an improvised sale, such as a garage sale") an emerging word? Apparently so, since it is used on the web (as you can see if you google for "garage saler"), but it has ...
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If someone is feeling despondent are they “in the bushes”?

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the expression "down in the dumps" which I believe dates back to the late 18th century; however, From Flappers to Rappers: A Study of American Youth Slang cites ...