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

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“Bucket and chuck it” origin

Used in this sentence (by a friend): Well, if it doesn't work, just bucket and chuck it.
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The phrase “Thank you kindly”

If the phrase "Thank you kindly,..." is considered archaic, could someone suggest an alternative? Thanks Bill
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Synonyms for “big deal”

I have read on The Free Dictionary that the expression big deal may be used as an interjection to answer ironically "to indicate that something is unimportant or unimpressive". If it is the case, what ...
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What does “to have something to them” mean?

I've been reading god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens which is from time to time hard to understand for me. I came across a sentence majority of which makes sense to me, but I lose the track at ...
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Formal alternative to the phrase 'Not taken seriously'

I'm writing a legal essay and the sentence is For example, a young person’s reluctance to seek redress, and that youth are often not taken seriously, their words often not repeated in court rooms. ...
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“To put into relation to each other”

I would like to ask if the phrase to put into relation to each other is correct English. I only found a few hits in the Internet and it looks like many of these sources were written in German. I do ...
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Straight from the horse's mouth

I want to use the phrase "Horse's Mouth" in one of the applications that I am creating to refer to a group that have the original story. In the same application, there is another group of people, who ...
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The use of “among” in subject construction

I came across the following sentence in the newspaper yesterday: "Among the questions is who fired the fatal shots that killed nine." This construction just doesn't seem right to me. Is there some ...
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Is there a linguistic term for “word pairs” where the masculine term is positive but its feminine equivalent is not?

The feminine form usually has a neutral to negative range of meanings. e.g. master (“a man who controls things”) x mistress (“a woman who is having sex with a married man”) governor (“the chief ...
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What is the name of a favorite springtime mushroom? [closed]

What is the name of a favorite springtime mushroom? begins with m and ends with l ?
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NEED HELP PHRASING COWORKERS TAKING MY PERSONAL HIGHEND SUPPLIES [closed]

Coworkers are taking my personal items/supplies off my desk. How can I phrase: Personal Property of _____________. Please do not remove anything from this workstation. Thanks
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“Conceal Carry” vs. “Concealed Carry”

I have been doing some research on firearms law lately, and have run across a lot of people using the phrase "conceal carry" to describe people carrying a concealed firearm. In my opinion, this should ...
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When to use “pain in ass” and “pain in boobs” [closed]

First of all I'm sorry if this title and words are seen as offensive/obscene. I've been using "pain in ass" from years while saying something bad tiring instance happened. Ex: I was stuck in traffic ...
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The phase used: its a good day to die [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes a meaning that is oviously not meant, i.e. "it's a good day to die" Without doubt its never a good day to cease to exist, but is there a word that describes ...
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Is “scant little” redundant?

I have seen this written (and have used it myself as well) but never really bothered to notice the meaning before. However, upon further inspection, "scant" is defined as "barely sufficient or ...
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One word for someone “excessively sentimental” in everything [closed]

Someone who makes you sick with his sentimental blabber. I have a colleague who cribs and complains at almost everything. He would always get sentimental while describing his misadventures or ...
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what does hard copy subscription mean?

I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ? full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price ...
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From Avocadoes to Asparagus, from kangaroos to koalas

What is the name of this literary saying? People use this figure of speech in order to express a wide coverage or variety of a certain class, such as vegetable species available in a market for ...
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My Apologies usage [closed]

When you write a letter, and mention the phrase my apologies. How is this phrase used in a sentence.
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Is there a term for a product having the same name as its place of origin?

Several trade products, especially food, have been named after their places of origin throughout the centuries. To mention just a few, champagne, after Champagne, France. calico, after Calicut, ...
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“Solutions offered” or “offered solutions”? [closed]

Which of these two is more grammatically correct? Defining customer needs and advising on solutions offered. Defining customer needs and advising on offered solutions.
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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Is “communicate through writing” correct? [duplicate]

If they communicate primarily through writing on social networks, teenagers can lose the feeling of real friendship.
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Connotation of 'after which'

I would like to learn whether or not there is any connotation held by the phrase 'after which' when used to start a sentence. I recently read 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window ...
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“Dance it out” or “dance it off”? [closed]

If the one wanted to, for example, dance to forget about problems/to unload, should we colloquially say 'dance it off' or 'dance it out'?
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“…words had been too many…”

Example: His words had been too many to fit into a notecard. (I'm using had been instead of were because it's a past-tense narrative. And the person is already dead.) What puzzles me is that ...
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Is appeal correctly said in this sentence? [closed]

Is appeal correctly said in this sentence "I have appeal equipment experience"? What is a better word I can use? PS: I really went with "broad experience" Thanks duskn
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Is there a phrase, word or saying when one 'has the thought or feeling of causing hurt of mischief" despite never dreaming of acting on it?

For example I was assisting my sister in photographing a wedding. We were taking pictures as the bride was getting ready and I noticed a ketchup bottle on the kitchen table and the following popped in ...
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Is there a word or phrase for a nursing mother not biologically related to the baby she breastfeeds?

Nowadays he have human milk banks. In the olden days, however, it was not unusual to see a woman nurse the child of another mother who couldn't produce her own milk. Is there a word or phrase for a ...
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meaning of this sentence?

consider the sentence below: "During this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me. In this hour, you can obtain everything for yourself and for the others for the asking". ...
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“This type of element” or “This type of elements”

I hope this question is not too basic. I recently edited a question and was accused of correcting a phrase that was grammatically correct to a phrase that is now wrong. The context is: I have ...
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Is there a word for someone who is not aware of how pretty or handsome he/she is? [closed]

Is there a word or an idiom that describes someone who is beautiful but unaware of it?
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Everything but nothing

Hey guys does this phrase 'Everything but nothing' make sense? An example use: I know everything but nothing. This may sound slightly philosophical perhaps, but will that phrase be technically ...
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Saying the date as a phrase

It has been strongly suggested to me today that the following phrase .... 'Sunday the 24th of May' is incorrect and it should be 'Sunday the 24th May'. Both are very understandable so it probably ...
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Is there a specific term for when you get offended by a criticism which wasn't meant for you?

For example, person A says something not directed towards anyone in particular, but it was a criticism nonetheless, and it was intentionally meant to indirectly tell off some people. Person B takes ...
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Word for an additional period of time allowed for something

I don't know what word, idiom or phrase to use if I want to say "I want to be allowed to use some specific offers for additional period of time." For example I am allowed to use software for one month ...
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Synonym for “worse” with no negative connotation

Say there are two records in a band's discography and neither of them is bad. What's a better term than "worse" to refer to one record not being as great as the other record? Since both records are ...
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When is an event so old that the phrase “the other day” no longer applies?

I went to the dentist half a year ago, but when I mentioned that to my girlfriend, I said that I went there "the other day." She said that events which happened such a long time ago definitely did not ...
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“another … than” is a correct usage?

There is a document basically written in English, but sometimes written in other languages exceptionally. In that case, to identify the document not written in English, (a document) written in ...
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Is there a word for lying on the bed peacefully, all your muscles relaxed?

Is there a word or an idiom for lying on the bed peacefully and happy? Throwing yourself down on bed arms wide open, all your muscles relaxed and staring at the ceiling with a happy smile like ...
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How to phrase a request so “no” means “yes”, and vice versa

How can I phrase a request so an answer of "no" actually accepts the request, and "yes" declines the request?
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Short phrase to convey “but consider the source”

Is there a short phrase (one to three words), Latin or otherwise, that conveys "but consider the source"? For example, "I heard that pigs fly on television (your phrase here)." I'm thinking perhaps ...
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What is the hand gesture called when you knock down your opponent in a fight?

Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which ...
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What is the difference (if any) between common interests and interests in common?

Is there any difference between "common interests" and "interests in common"? One can certainly ask: "Do you have any interests in common?" Can you also ask: "Do you, guys, have any ...
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How to describe an amount of data in the introduction

I'm writing a thesis, mostly about computer science (cloud computing, mostly). In the introduction I'd like to give the reader a vague idea about how much data we are talking about (4.5 TB if I ...
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How to shorten “Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home” to 40 characters [closed]

I'm looking for a shorter way to state the phrase "Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home", it's 45 characters, which is too long for a Facebook tagline.
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How is the phrase “if not for…” used at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

His works were brilliant in their understandability -- if not their wordiness. How would you structure a sentence if you wanted to say, that the understandability was brilliant but if you don't ...
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How is the phrase “if not for…” used at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Example: His works were brilliant in their understandability -- if not their wordiness.
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What is the opposite of “in name only”?

I want to describe a player who is not officially the captain of a team but shoulders as much responsibility. I have read the phrase in name only being used when a person holds a title, but doesn't ...
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Who uses the term Hail the King?

Looking for information on who or what time in history the phrase "Hail the King" was used, not hail to the king. When this phrase was said it was followed by what sounds like a foot stomping on the ...