Idioms are a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.

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phrase for being prepared for a potential challenge

There is a phrase in Malay that goes "prepare an umbrella before the rain", meaning one must be prudent and proactive of future challenges by making all the preparations necessary. I would like the ...
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To outstay vs. overstay one's welcome

I came across the expression "outstayed my welcome" in the following excerpt of a novel I glance around and see that the café has filled up with people ordering lunch and that a couple is queuing ...
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You can only do so many of them

I heard this one in a documentary about foot fetish. The woman who produces fetish videos says: A lot men like feet. But you can only do so many of them. What does this mean? I googled but ...
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Are idioms impervious to grammatical rules?

I heard someone on the radio this morning who was talking about some interest rate say, "[such and such an interest rate] will remain at one point two percent, in other words: low." Since "low" is ...
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Long trip for small reward?

There's a German idiom (I think) for a long trip for a small reward. For example, driving from New York to Boston to buy a roast beef sandwich. Has a connotation of taking a trip for the trip's sake. ...
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Idiom for being stubborn about an opinion

Is there an idiom for the action when someone holds tightly onto his opinion? Like you keep to try convincing that person again and again but he keeps that opinion? I made some research but I ...
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Is there a name for this: an idiom that ambiguously refers to itself?

Two examples I can think of: The athlete's Achilles heel was her Achilles heel. The chef's bread and butter is his bread and butter. In both cases, the order of the idiom and the thing it ...
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What is the word or idiom equivalent to henpecked?

This is the meaning of hen-pecked from urban dictionary: When a male complies to ever single demand of his girlfriend or wife, and the female is in complete control of her man. A hen-pecked male will ...
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What's the meaning of “mean” in “in the mean time”?

As I understand it "in the mean time" means "in the time between now & a specific future occurrence." What's the meaning of "mean" here? I assume it has something to do with "average" but it's ...
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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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“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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Idiom or phrase meaning

I can not find the meaning of this phrase: perished of fits. What does it mean? It is an idiom? Thanks for help and understanding.
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What does “to give a buck about” mean?

What does the expression to give a buck about mean? I could not find the definition of that expression in my dictionaries. I think it shows a lack of interest about something. Am I wrong?
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Idiom for: managing to solve a big problem only to be frustrated by a smaller problem

What would be an idiom for solving a massive problem and then only getting hindered by a small problem? So after solving a hard problem, getting stopped by the easy problem. It would not be: out of ...
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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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I'm looking for an antonym for eye opener [closed]

E.g: The movie is a real eye opener. The movie is a real ___________ .
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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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to criticize a lot without caring what others think?

I'm looking for an idiom, or part of an idiom, that means 'to criticize or complain a lot without caring what others think'. I vaguely remember it contains 'up' and 'down' or 'out' and'in'. Does ...
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Is “In any case, with 99.9% probability, …” correct?

I'm wondering whether the meaning of the idiom "in any case" still has a hint of "in every single case". I would like to say We expect an R² of 0.79 (in any case within 0.75 ± 0.15, with 99.9 % ...
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What does it mean ?

I am learning English, but I am not familiar with idioms. Could somebody explain me in plain English what does it mean "I will need to come back to you on this request."
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What does the term “coming up with something” means? [closed]

I've got a msg from a friend "did you come up with it?" That it does'nt make scene it that special dialog . Im was searching for more meaning and i just found this awesome website.
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Using Idiomatic sentence [closed]

Have these items been developed based on different age groups? Is this sentence idiomatic? If not, how can I change it?
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Is there any saying or idiom equivalent to: “Hold your own hat, so the wind don’t blow it away?”

This saying refers to an individual who is not in a stable situation themselves, and worries about other people's problems. Please give me the English/American equivalent.
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“Contribution” correct Usage

What is the correct idiom? 1) His contributions to the field of medicine? 2) His contributions in the field of medicine? Please elaborate
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Phrases similar to “one man's trash is another man's treasure” [closed]

I'm looking for a similar phrase to: "one man's trash is another man's treasure." Any help would be appreciated.
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Idiom for preparing very very thoroughly. ( take a lot of stuff for doing smth)

In Russian we have: Why did you take a lot of clothes and equipment? Are going to go to war? But what about English idiom?
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What does idiom “ thick in the head ” mean? [closed]

My understanding is that: thick in the head ... means inflexible, but I was told it means stupid. Since inflexible doesn't mean stupid all the time, what is the precise meaning of thick in ...
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Meaning of “Get … in” in “get your repetition in”? [closed]

While learning about memory, I heard this sentence, If you need to remember, you need to get your repetition in. What does "get ... in" mean in this context? I was reading through definitions ...
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Is there an idiom about “dying monkey”?

is there an idiom sounding like "monkey dies" or "monkeys died"? What does it mean? I've been wondering since I heard Robert Plant's song "Monkey": Tonight you will be mine | Tonight the monkey'll ...
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Saying or idiom that means learning a lesson from the bad or good experience

We usually get advice from a friend or books or social media or else, and it only becomes a part of our information, we might learn from it and remember it or not, but if we experience it ourselves, ...
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Do brides in church weddings go up the aisle toward the altar or down the aisle toward the altar?

Nigel Rees, The Cassell Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins (1987) has this entry regarding the question "WHY DO WE SAY ... BRIDES GO UP THE AISLE?" Sir Thomas Bazley fired off a letter to The ...
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“It has to be them”

Bit of context: In a documentary a guy finds two bears he raised the year before; at the beginning he doesn't recognize them but eventually he shouts, "It has to be them!" To my Spanish ears the ...
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Is there any English/American equivalent for the Hungarian phrase “beating the nettle with someone else's penis”?

I am trying to translate this comically vulgar Hungarian phrase, often (but not exclusively) used in a political context. It means to make someone else carry out one's rash or risky ideas, usually ...
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Meaning of “She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing” [closed]

Can you tell me what the following means? She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing.
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What does “Live in one’s own skin” mean?

There was the following passage in Vanity Fair magazine’s (January 7 issue) article under the headline, “Meryl Streep responds to Russell Crowe’s controversial comments about ageism in Hollywood”: ...
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Meaning and derivation of “so-and-so would know from X”

A couple of times I've seen a phrase much like "that's horrible coding — and I would know from horrible coding!" This seems extremely peculiar to me (if only because of how ungrammatical it is), ...
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“Can't you see the person is embroidering?” - idiomaticity and alternatives?

Two persons, who were not privy to a scene, are now observing two others who are talking: [...] [one of the former, reacting to something that was just said] -Why did she/he say that!? ...
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What is the meaning of “The backbone of something”? [closed]

Sorry for the question but I cannot find a good explanation in Google, I read it in an article of economy some days ago and I have kept in mind that doubt. Thanks for your worthy help. I think it's an ...
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What is the origin of the term “ask for her hand in marriage”?

Why does a man ask for a woman's "hand" when he is proposing? It seems he gets much more than that!
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Is it right 'up' your alley or right 'down' your alley?

What is the more appropriate term for this idiom, up or down? Right ____ your alley. According to this idiom site, either are in use, but I would like to get the opinion of this erudite crowd. ...
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I'm tired of writing out the phrase “himself or herself”. What are my options? [duplicate]

Because of English's lack of a gender neutral third person singular possessive pronoun, whenever the need for such a referent presents itself in the course of writing, we seem to be left with ...
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Idiom for “luckiest person in the world” [closed]

Could you please provide idioms for “luckiest person in the world”? I’d appreciate helpful links.
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What does the phrase: ''Let's throw a little wrench in his plans'' mean? [closed]

I've found this phrase in a game or movie. Don't remember now. What does it mean? Is it some kind of idiom?
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Why are you saying something “for” yourself when your parent asks you what you have to say for yourself?

I was listening to a podcast today and heard someone mockingly ask the guest "Well, what do you have to say for yourself?". The conversation spun off in some other direction, but I momentarily ...
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Is there a saying or idiom for “trying to get the truth from someone by lying”?

context Mary-Ann got home late from school. Asked where she had been, she said she had spent the afternoon at the library. Her father thinks she is lying and says: "I know you haven’t been there ...
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Find English idiom

In my language, there is a idiom means: One person will go fast, but many people will go further. I don't know in english, are there any idioms express this idea? If not, how to correct above ...
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What do call individuals who express their opinions as if they were facts?

We all know some individuals who don’t express their opinions as: I think this is going to happen... Instead, they express it as if it were fact or news, e.g.: Next month the price of ...
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What does it mean when you say someone or something is a “crook's charter”?

The sentence in which I've seen that is :"Non-translators should be aware that the trading conditions for dishonest translation and interpreting companies are optimum, in other words, the translation ...
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Idiom for asking for someone's knowledge of something

I am wondering if there is a word for requesting or requested someone's knowledge of something. This came up in a conversation I was having about car insurance. I had to explain to them that my ...
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What is the saying or idiom or word that means when “friends” don’t need you anymore it seems like they don’t know you anymore

there are some people who are your friend in the time of need,and they ignore you the other times,so what do you call them? a poet calls them "flies around a sweetmeat".