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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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“Walk the walk” vs. “talk the talk” vs. “walk the talk”

Normally the idiom is as follows: He walks the walk and talks the talk. Should it not be "he walks the talk", meaning "he does what he says"?
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101 views

not-quite-honest public service

In a noun or idiom, what are public servants who only seek public office for the sake of income called?
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Does “shake his booty” mean “shake his butt”? And does it make it more attractive?

I seem to see the phrase "shake his booty" being used to say something is good and attractive. But does it mean "shake his butt"? And if they are the same, why does "shake his butt" seem a somewhat ...
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0answers
51 views

Difference between “idiom” and “proverb”? [duplicate]

What are the differences between idioms and proverbs?
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2answers
422 views

Meaning of “top” in “to sleep as sound as a top”

From "The Early Bird", by George MacDonald. A little bird sat on the edge of her nest; Her yellow-beaks slept as sound as tops; Day-long she had worked almost without rest, And had ...
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3answers
551 views

''Honey'' Usage Question

my friend (he's from Europe, white in his 20s) was in the U.S. a while ago and went to a diner a few times. A woman there (in her late 40s, most likely), kept calling him ''honey'' and ''sweetie'' ...
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Word for “getting careless and slacking”

Can you suggest some words which can describe a person who is starting to get careless and who slacks, or the very action of becoming careless? A person who was efficiently and elaborately doing their ...
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2answers
3k views

“two kinds of” or “two kind of”

In the sentence: The two methods require two different kinds of prior information a colleague of mine suggests that it should be "kind of" instead. I was quite certain that the first form was ...
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576 views

Meaning of “I'm a disaster” [closed]

What does disaster mean in the following sentence? I'm a disaster.
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2answers
291 views

What is the meaning of “gather way” in “The idea gathered way”?

As far as I know "gather way" means "to attain headway" in navigation. So I believe this is a kind of idiom or something like that. I just found this sentence with no context, so I don't know if you ...
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1answer
685 views

Meaning of “Blunt instrument” [closed]

I am having difficulties trying to understand this sentence: In some respects, Courses of Action are the more basic of the two. In and of themselves, however, Courses of Action tend to be rather ...
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4answers
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“A […] of riches” — what word is missing?

There is a phrase that goes "a X of riches" which suggests that one had so much to choose from, lots of good choices. What is the missing word?
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What's the difference between a proverb and an idiom?

I think I have a notion what is what but maybe you know a good definition what is what? For example "Hindsight is always 20:20" — is that a proverb or an idiom?
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1answer
288 views

How come “John is friends with Jane”?

The usage in the question title seems common enough to me, though it may be more common in Britain. But I can't exactly see what "part of speech" the word friends is here, and I can't come up with ...
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1answer
452 views

Chicks - Girls, Cats - Boys?

The 1950's song Fever (covered, among others, by Elvis Presley) contains the following lines: Now you've listened to my story Here's the point that I have made Cats were born to give chicks ...
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Does “anything man” exist?

Is anything man a word (noun)? Is there a synonym or a better word? Context (my emphasis): After college he was working for Fawcette Technical Publications (as anything man - design, editing, ...
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2answers
467 views

What are a stag's comrades called?

Before a man gets married he is referred to as the 'stag'; what are his comrades called?
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2answers
2k views

What does it mean to be “in suspense”?

What does it actually mean to be "in suspense"? It's not a place, or a verb. How would you define "suspense"?
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2answers
4k views

What is the origin of the phrase “you've got another thing/think coming”?

What is the origin of the phrase "you've got another thing coming"? And — perhaps more importantly — is it more correct than the alternative "you've got another think coming"?