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I will offer up a few bits of advice (???) [closed]

I think that this means simply "I'll give you a few of advice." My question is how "offer up" and "offer" are different. In the dictionary, "offer up" is to worship or present as an act of worship, ...
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Is the phrase “Icy slush” redundant?

It's winter here in New York, and my driveway was a sheet of ice yesterday. Today, the ice is softer, and a bit slushier. Is it an icy slush? or a slush that is icy? Or just a slush, indicating that ...
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Is there any relationship between this “a can of whoop ass” and the really whoop ass can? [closed]

I’m gonna open a can of whoop ass on you if you don’t come with me now! I know that "whoop someone's ass" means to beat someone's ass And "open a can of whoop ass" means to beat someone Is ...
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What is the exact meaning of “You've got yourself a deal”? Is it only an American slang?

I came across the phrase, ‘got yourself a deal’ being introduced as a vulgar American English by a character in Jeffery Archer’s, fiction “The Fourth Estate.” In the scene Keith Townsend, Australian ...
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“the writing is on the wall” vs. “the handwriting is on the wall”

This morning I heard on NPR someone mention that: "The handwriting is on the wall". I had a notion that it was a biblical allusion, which was confirmed by: ...