A phrase is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function.

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Informal phrase for finally doing something pending - very specific

What would be an informal saying of phrase for finally doing some chore or running some errand that was pending for some time? It maybe something you are avoiding, or something you forget all the ...
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meaning of “fallen little short of a mother in affection” in Jane Austen's Emma, Chapter I

She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; ad had, in consequence of her sister's marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early peroid. Her mother ...
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What is the meaning of “gassed for”?

I was reading a comment on ELU and it is... ... when you've been gassed for your oral surgery. Is it an idiomatic thing to say "gassed for or gassed up"?
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What is the difference between “Whatever/What ever happened to Sandra?” and “What happened to Sandra?”

Sandra's been missing for a while, so we ask: Whatever/What ever happened to Sandra? What happened to Sandra? Is there any difference between these two questions and the situation to ask them in?
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Is there any difference between “told to” and “told to do so”

I will release a new version when I'm told to. I will release a new version when I'm told to do so. Is there any difference in the meaning of the two sentences and which one would I use in an ...
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Is it correct/idiomatic to say “got informed there?”

I thought the phrase was common/idiomatic. So I was surprised when I got 0 results on Google Books. The school was filled with gossip. So Anna probably got informed there (about someone's ...
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What's the meaning of “off to an early start” in this context? [on hold]

The context as below: but violent clashes between riot police and students at the end of September got the action off to an early start
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Help understanding a sentence/reference

The introductory paragraph of the book An Introduction to Mathematics, written for general audience by the great British mathematician Alfred North Whitehead goes like this: Chapter 1: THE ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “John, good morning to you” [duplicate]

Two hosts on the Today Show constantly say "John, good morning to you" when starting to speak with someone on air. The others usually stick with "John, good morning". Adding the "to you" seems to ...
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Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'

I'm looking for a phrase which essentially means questioning a belief you share with someone, but that other person has an almost unshakable faith in that belief, so your misgivings fall on deaf ears ...
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Sentence interpretation

I have been accused of a lack of reading comprehension in the following statement: Irgun later on became part of the "Jewish authorities", specifically the IDF by a self-professed wordsmith. To me, it ...
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Origin of 'the new normal' as a freestanding phrase

This morning, in a New York Times article called “Waters Warm, and Cod Catch Ebbs in Maine,” the following sentence appears: Fishermen, scientists and regulators often disagree over whether the ...
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Who originated “Merry Christmas”?

The first reference I can find in the OED to "Merry Christmas" is from 1534. This date very roughly corresponds with the English Reformation and Henry VIII's breach with Rome. From that time the ...
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I’m looking for a word or phrase that describes the feeling that something very bad or catastrophic is about to happen

It may be something that will happen to the person who is having the feeling but it may also be to several persons, as might occur with a highly destructive earthquake, for instance. The word or ...
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Is there any phrase 'use to" in english [duplicate]

phrase use to I want to know is there any phrase use to in english if yes then how to use it
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What is the difference between “extended from” and “extending from”?

Scenario 1: part A is extended from part B Scenario 2: part A is extending from part B Is there any difference between these two descriptions? Would any one so kind to help me about this? Thanks in ...
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Arts workshop or Art workshop? [closed]

I googled this one quite a bit but still haven't managed to come up with a concrete answer. A little help would be greatly appreciated. Which one sounds more natural (and is more commonly-used)? ...
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How would you phrase this sentence?

If I'm talking about, say, an exhibition, and it's going to last for a few months, which one would you say? "The exhibition will continue through to May." "The exhibition will continue through May." ...
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19th century American English “slang”?

As I was doing a bit of research online I stumbled on this Children's Corner page 311 from the American Farmers' Magazine 1858. And, frankly, there are a lot of words that look totally foreign to me. ...
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What is the best phrase to say when something good happens to your friend? [closed]

One of my friend finally graduated from college and I want to tell him something but I don't know what is the best phrase. I want to tell him that I am happy for him because he finally got a degree ...
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Care about and Care for

Whats the difference between "care for something" and "care about something". English is not my first language so just looking for clarity. Can i use them interchangeably?
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This is note my responsibility [closed]

What is a better way to say, "Who, what and when issue can best be address within a more reasonable amount of time by the Loss Mitigation department."
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Events calendar/activities calendar or event calendar/activity calendar? [duplicate]

Which is correct (or more commonly-used) Events calendar/activities calendar or event calendar/activity calendar? Thanks!
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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“To tell the truth” vs “to tell you the truth.” [closed]

What's the difference between the two? Which one is more common? When should I use the former and then the latter?
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“Kick off tracking time in the notepad” means start making notes or stop making notes

I'm not sure for 100% if "Kick off tracking time in the notepad" means to start or, otherwise, to stop tracking time in the notepad. Could anybody explain? Thank you.
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What's the origin of the phrase “men are pigs”?

I believe every man and woman has either read about or heard this phrase been spoken at least once in their lifetime. Besides the obvious connotation ascribing men to pigs, what is the reasoning ...
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Close by or nearby? [closed]

The cops traced residential address of his relatives who lived close by. Close up/down, close off, close in are terms well understood, I have not seen such usage of close + by. Would it be ...
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Old timers referring to a “bad penny”

What is the source and meaning of "turning up like a bad penny?"
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Synonymous idiom for: You can't run before you can walk

I'm looking for an alternative way of saying "You can't run before you can walk." This is equivalent to saying "you can't take on higher level things before you have mastered the basics". I am ...
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Any compact ways to say “reduce the model to less than 25% of its original size”?

As the title of the question requests, are there any compact ways to say to reduce the model to less than 25% of its original size? The original phrase looks weird.
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“I think she is not right” - is this sentence correct?

I know you can say "I don't think she's right" but I was wondering whether there is another way to say that.
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What can I use to replace the expression “Since the dawn of time”? [closed]

What should I replace the clichéd expression "since the dawn of time" with?
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Integrate socially

I want to highlight the aspect of socially integrating with a team as well as integrating with the team's work flow. Personally I think that when using 'integrate' in regards to 'integrating with a ...
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Which word or phrase describes a situation where the answer is both a pro and a con?

Sometimes when people are enumerating the good and bad aspects of something, the same thing comes up in both the pros and cons. For example, a certain policy may be considered good because it ...
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who always tries to get more than he needs or deserves?

This person always tries to get more than he/she needs, especially gratuities, gifts and souvenirs. Looking or sounding ridiculous is no barrier for him/her.
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Is there a general name for this: “The more you X the more you'll Y”

Some more examples: "The more you want the more you need." "The sooner you mow the lawn the sooner you'll be able to relax." Maybe there's not a name for this specifically, but is there a name ...
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What is a word, or phrase, for something that is so obscure that you no longer want to do it?

My coworkers and I are using an internal request site and we are trying to figure out the correct word, phrase, or expression for our feelings. The site, and it's instructions, are so obscure that it ...
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Thinking way ahead and into unnecessary details

Is there any expression/phrase which means 'thinking way ahead and into unnecessary details'. An example would be a person thinking about the what color the doormat would be even before buying a ...
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Times the expression “why me” is used and origin [closed]

Whether it be lightheartedly or in a bout of depression. Please share stories of times you have said this as well as any definitions you know based on how the word is used and any history you know of ...
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Alternative for Under the Guidance of

I am writing a statement of purpose and want an alternative for "under the guidance of Professor". I has been used many times in the SOP and I want to avoid using it as much as possible. One ...
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Opposite of Candid Photograph?

What’s the opposite of a candid photo? staged photo posed photo Neither staged photo nor posed photo sounds right though.
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who has difficulty telling his right side from his left side?

For some neurologic reason such person can't tell right side from left side. He may have a ribbon round his wrists to save him trouble.
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Another way of saying “even with this considered”

Basically, the second sentence seems horribly clumsy to me. I've spent so long looking at it that I have a mental block of how to change it. So, an act could be seen as wrong owing to a different ...
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Shortening a frequently used phrase in a paper

What is the correct term for referring to something as X throughout the remainder of a paper/article? For instance, I'm writing a mock memorandum to a client in a tax class I'm taking and I would like ...
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Omitting linking verbs

In the following sentence, is it grammatically correct to omit "being"? Cross-reference [being] impossible, we must but rely on this sole documentarian, as any other ways of accessing the ...
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Article usage and of phrase

Here are two examples: A: I heard there were those in this town who collect the LP. B: Yes, over there, Tom and Gina. They are the collectors of the LP you are looking for. In general, the ...
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The release stage in 'set down 'big pan'.

My question is: 'Set down' - /t/ is inaudibly released because of the 'plosive + plosive' combination. So /d/ in a word 'down' also should be inaudibly released, right? 'Big pan' - during my classes ...
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Word or phrase designating the consensus reached at the last conversation about a topic

I vaguely remember hearing a term for this, but can't remember what it was. The word or phrase refers to the consensus reached at the end of the last conversation about a topic, just before the group ...
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How do you use the phrase “all about” in terms of location? [closed]

There's a line in Dropkick Murphys' song "Going out in style" saying "take my urn to Fenways spread my ashes all about" I suppose this means "all over the place"? I tried searching for all ...