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Define “God's Acre” [on hold]

What is meant by the phrase God's acre? I searched and it was about location names. I'd like short description for it.
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Is there a way to tell whether a “long face” is sad or just long?

Obviously, it is impossible to cover all cases, but how do you usually decide whether the "long face" reflects negative emotion or just has the physical property of being long? Answers from gut ...
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“My question regards/concerns/relates to the following topic” [closed]

Can I say My question regards [an object]" as a way of saying My question is regarding... I have a question regarding... I like the brevity of it.
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What is it called when you say something but it does not imply for the other?

I'm really lost for words... For example, I like people with short hair. But then someone could say, so you hate people with long hair? But, of course, I did not give any information on people with ...
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What does “running a gauntlet of fire” mean?

From the Wikipedia page for "Battle of Melle": Now Moltke broke off with the entire force and headed for Ghent running a gauntlet of fire from the various French posts along the roads and ways ...
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Is it correct to say semi-promise?

I want to say, someone sort of promised to do something, yet it was not a full promise: She had a semi-promise from his employer to get a raise this year. Is semi-promise correct in this sense? ...
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What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. ...
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Expressions borrowed from horse racing

It seems to me that there are many election-related expressions borrowed from the realm of horse racing in English. I'm looking for an expression meaning a race or competition where it is ...
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Is there a name for this kind of phrases? [duplicate]

I often times heard phrases like itty-bitty, nitty-gritty etc, the latter word followed part of the previous word's syllable(mostly ends with -y), I want to know the names for this kinds of phrases.
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Is there a term for a married couple who have the same christian and surname?

My wife and I share the abbreviated form of our name - Alex derived from Alexandra and Alexander respectively. As we are married, we have the same christian and surname when used in the short form. ...
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

By definition an idiom is an expression or phrase that cannot be understood by the sum of its parts. There are, of course, many idioms that we can understand by virtue of their transparency like "shed ...
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Simple word/ slang for “Re-share a content”

I need a simple(commonly used/known) word or short slang(2 words max.) which means to re-share a piece of information with your network of friends. Something just like "Share" on social networks. ...
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Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?

I'm planning to start a blog. And before every post, I'm planning to add how thought-provoking I think that post is. So I was thinking about something that I can call thought-provoking-ness level. ...
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Meaning of “one order of magnitude improvement”

There is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even one order of magnitude improvement in productivity, in reliability, in ...
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What does it mean to be “worth someone's keep”?

“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. What does it mean ...
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When a patient goes to the doctor and does not have a health insurance plan, how is this appointment classified?

When a patient goes to the doctor without a health insurance plan, is there a term for this kind of appointment? Just to give a context: Me: I want to schedule an appointment Secretary: What is ...
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Meaning of “more wood behind fewer arrows”?

What does the phrase "more wood behind fewer arrows" mean? Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/google-gets-serious-winds-down-google-labs/52848?tag=nl.e539
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What does “if you were already set for life” mean?

From this blog post, the author writes: What’s your passion? What would you blog about if you were already set for life? I don't quite understand — what meaning is the author trying to ...
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what's the phrase for “I don't want to be reliant on someone else”

I remember that there is a phrase with the word whims that goes about like this: "I don't want to be reliant on someone else" Does anyone know what that phrase is?
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What does “not having a pair” mean?

From http://blog.peta2.com/2011/05/coming-out-twice.html?c=peta2_enews: I had been trying to keep my vegan tendencies on the DL for years by that point, but it was getting harder and harder ...
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“Credulous” - Formal Use

What is the basic meaning of Credulous , in which context it will be the best to use instead of "willing to believe" ? How formally we can use "Credulous" ?
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Is a question the only thing that can be asked?

I will admit that I am clueless about all grammar-related terminology (prime example right there), but I'll try to explain as best as I can. Conceptually, there's a difference between these two ...
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What is the difference between “Class of 2004” and “Batch of 2004”?

What is the difference between "Class of 2004" and "Batch of 2004"? I have a feeling that one means the students who joined the university in 2004 and the other means those who graduated in 2004. Is ...
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What is “soft skill”?

Please elaborate what does it mean by soft skill in term of English language.