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

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Ways of saying that “you can get A at a cost of B”

It is impossible to be perfect on everything. Sometimes if we want to do well in A, we cannot do well in B at the same time. I do know the phrase "at the cost/expense of", which can be applied to the ...
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What's an expression for “it doesn't matter where you start so long as you end up in the same place”?

Is there an expression for "it doesn't matter where you start so long as you end up in the same place"? The specific context I wish to use this in is in education: saying that it ultimately doesn't ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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“These kids I tell you” or “kids I tell you” expression meaning

I have read them in few disconnected articles and in conversations but could not understand them completely. "These kids I tell you" or "kids I tell you" expression meaning. What do they mean ?
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How would you call this kind of listing?

There are traditional classifieds where a real estate can be characterized this way: 2-bedroom apartment for rent in Leicester with an area of XX sq ft ... but the same can also be displayed ...
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“Tested Recently” or “Recently Tested”?

Is there one term that is clearly better than the other? Here is the use case: I have a computer system which shows when certain machines have been tested. The possible values are "Ready For Test", "...
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“effective and efficient estimation” or “accurate and efficient estimation”?

In math, we always need to derive some methods and strategies to estimate an unknown thing. For a good method, first it should get an estimation that is as accurate as possible, and second it should ...
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Phrase Synonymous to “Stop at nothing?”

I'm writing a paper describing a fashion designer who creates incredibly complex and EXTRAVAGANT sets for his runway shows. I want to say he "stops at nothing" or "spares no effort" or "leaves no ...
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Came “into” fruition?

My friend wrote some copy, explaining that her "company came into fruition because she realized the opportunity..." I've never used "came into fruition" -- only "came to fruition". Is "came into ...
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How to reformulate 'honor the data'

I have written sentence like this The resulting property models from cooperative inversion honor the geophysical data My Professor wants me to reformulate the sentence, in particular he raised a ...
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What is the meaning when someone say “it doesn't get much weird than Lynda?”

Lynda made a dance performance, it's very weird and many audiences couldn't understand it. Then a guy made a comment "It doesn't get much weird than Lynda?". What does he mean ? Is that "Lynda is ...
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A word for saying exactly what you meant/wanted to

It seems to me that I've heard it before but it escapes me.. If I remember correctly the definition is relating to 'saying exactly the right thing at the right time' 'saying exactly what you meant ...
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"it's a long time that.'

This question was posted here "It's a long time that" - correct or not? a few months back and an answer was selected. The answer given is hardly satisfying, and I feel that the question ...
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A word or term for extrapolation fallacy or using results beyond their context? [Solved]

I am looking for a word or term that means something like: you are using previous results outside boundaries of the original experiment/observation earlier experience/results does not apply in all ...
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Is is right to say “to do a medical exam”?

Here's the case: At the appointment the doctor asks the patient to _______ the (say) heart exam. The patient goes to the hospital to check if everything is ok, and asks the staff to ______ the exam (...
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How to avoid the word “that” in a reception history

I'm writing a reception history and find myself expressing the sources as "X said Y about Z" or "X said that Z was Y" (mainly the latter). I can vary the verb and invert the sentence, but how else can ...
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a word for “universal weltanshauung”"

Similar to "weltanshauung" or "worldview"...need to find, or create a word that designates on a cosmic or galactic scale an originated (human-species-life force) comprehensive, elemental defined ...
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What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
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Is there an expression, “to have purvey of”?

I am looking for a way to say that one "has full view of." For example: "When touring the construction site, we had ____ of the building's electrical and plumbing systems." What comes to mind is "...
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“That beats everything”

I'm aware that there is an idiom "That beats everything" which is used to express surprise. My question is whether I can say "That beats everything" about something that is way better than everything ...
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usage and example of “except on terms that…”

"He said Britain could never rejoin the EU except on terms that would not be acceptable to the country." I don't really understand the meaning of "except on terms that..." here in the sentence. ...
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“Full of spit and vinegar” meaning

I was reading a book and couldn't understand the meaning of this: After all, how many times had her father complained that she was full of more spit and vinegar than most boys? I searched, but I ...
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what is the way of ending formal mails?

what are the ways in which we can end formal mails and also let me know what kind of beginnings are appropriate for formal mails? I generally mention : Opening:Dear Sir/Madam Closing: Thanks and ...
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Correctness of “enough as” constructions

I'm not a native speaker. Sometimes, I feel like using expressions like There are lots of candidates. You should be qualified enough as to excel in the preliminary exam if you want to get in the ...
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Can anybody tell me what “the stake” in this question means?

I'm doing an assignment for my English class, and I don't understand what my instructor is asking. What are the stakes of the various objections to teaching Fun Home (promotion of a lifestyle, ...
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is “subject to change” vs. “subject to be changed” vs. “subject to being changed”

From other threads I found out the something is subject to change expression is correct and is in common use. But I also googled "subject to be changed" phrase and found a lot of mentions. For example:...
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“… he emerged on to the landing …” , what does this mean?

While reading through the Guardian, I bumped into this sentence which I think its first part may have another meaning rather than what it's literal meaning implies. "When he emerged on to the landing,...
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How to ask for the current token number of the person being served by customercare

In places like banks or other customer care centers, tokens are issued to people and based on the token number, one is served by customer care. At some places, there are automatic displays displaying ...
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Are “rent per day” and “rent per month” correct expressions?

Do determine the type of a suggestion in a real estate catalogue, besides "for sale", we must also denote real estate suggested to be rented on daily basis and on monthly basis. Is "per day" correct? ...
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Correct Phrase Between “The Art of Fighting” and “The Arts of Fighting”

Are "The Art of Fighting" and "The Arts of Fighting" both correct? If not, which one is accurate?
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What does this expression mean: Don't let him consign me to the rafters

Some once told me about someone else: "please don't let him consign me to the rafters, because he is one of those irrevocable keepsakes"
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Meaning of government-run in paragraph?

Could anyone guide me the meaning of government-run in below paragraph? Until the late 1980s, cannabis and opium were legal in India, sold in government-run shops and traded by the British East ...
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A word or phrase meaning “a question that calls for another questions that calls…”

I am looking for a word or phrase which I could to mean "a question that calls for another questions that calls another question and so on". What I want to say is a bit like a snowball effect but ...
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`average' for specific time duration

I'd like to represent the average performance of some technical method in a table. The performances were measured every hour from 2PM to 11PM. In my report, the average of those measurements will be ...
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“The next thing we know” usage in warnings

I'm aware of that phrase "The next thing I(we) know" could be used to describe "blank periods in memory" or something that happends out of a sudden, for example: We all heard this weird noise, ...
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Is the phrase “out of home” meaning “not at home” correct?

I've run across this phrase "someone is out of home most of the day" meaning "they are not home most of the day" several times. Is it correct and common way of saying "I'm not home often"? Example: ...
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Australian English for items that are discounted, on sale, or on clearance?

US English user looking for help with AusE. How would you describe to a friend something you bought that was on sale, discounted, or on clearance? Would it be with those terms, or variations on those ...
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“in a * perspective” or “from a * perspective”

Which is correct: "in a * perspective" or "from a * perspective"? So for example "Growing cucumber in a mathematical perspective" or "Growing cucumber from a mathematical perspective". Thanks, ...
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Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
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Which is better, no good at sports or not good at sports?

Which of the following sounds more natural to native ears? 1. I'm not good at sports. 2. I'm no good at sports. Is there any difference in the meaning?
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Noun clause for complement

I'd like to say following facts as short as possible. We conducted a experiment. The purpose of the experiment is testing a hypothesis The hypothesis is that all of beatle in this island is black ...
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“The last of the late brakers”

This is a common phrase in motorsports, particularly with motorcycles. Carrying speed for as long as possible, and braking as late and hard as possible into a turn, is advantages to lower overall ...
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A word to describe interest in a process related to a certain situation but not in the situation itself

The word to describe a person's interest in a process related to a certain situation but does not necessarily convey their interest in the situation itself. To provide context: Over the last 4 years ...
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“Should it go through the formality of actually happening …”

When did phrases such as go through the formality of taking place and its logical equivalents (such as going through or experiencing the formality of actually happening or existing or ...
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what do you call a visit to someone who has just beat an illness?

If I was visiting someone to wish well on them and thank God for their soundness and them overriding ailment and illness, what do you call that sort of visit? Let's go to Mark and ...... It's not ...
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“In the Last Decades” = “Over Recent Decades”?

Example: This trend has been affected by significant changes in the last decades / over recent decades. I've always believed that "in the last decades" should be followed by "of" and a period of ...
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What's a word similar to the adj. form of “elect” but for a position that was held previously?

I'm working on my CV and I'm trying to describe an elected position I held with a title. "Treasurer Elect" does not fit since I was appointed to the position in the past. "Elected Treasurer" also ...
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appropriate phrase for expressing close distances toward a person

Imagine this scenario: You are having a conversation with someone about a tropical fruit which you have seen the picture of it(on the internet or something) and you do know the name of it, but you ...
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Cracking your head to find OR Cracking your head over?

Which is the right way to say it? Got caught in a disagreement over this blog title. Example usage: Cracking your head to find the perfect Christmas gifts? Vs Cracking your head over the ...
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Meaning of expression: “at the main”

I've stumbled upon this phrase in The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse: And the next moment my fizziness was turned off at the main by the sight of a pile of telegrams on the table. I can'...