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

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What is the meaning of “the seal and crown”

What is the synonym for "the seal and crown" in the following sentence? I've searched Google, there are not much information about this expression there. There was no grimace, no graces, but a ...
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What term or phrase could be used to describe everything that is necessary for a successful product, except for the product itself?

I work for a company that manufactures and sells vehicles. When we talk about a product, we are talking about the vehicle itself; the physical object that the customer will own. In order to sell ...
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Phrase Synonymous to “Stop at nothing?”

I'm writing a paper describing a fashion designer who creates incredibly complex and EXTRAVAGANT sets for his runway shows. I want to say he "stops at nothing" or "spares no effort" or "leaves no ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “inconvenient knowledge” [closed]

Richard McCombs 2013 book, The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard, contains this passage: "...the suspicion arises that the purpose of this investigation may well be to forget one's ...
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Wilson's supporters were lined up for a favorable ratification

Wilson's supporters were lined up for a favorable ratification vote, but were unprepared to act unless he authorized them to accept mild qualifying language, this he refused to do. I cannot ...
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“Amiable sex” meaning?

Certain it is, that he was a great favorite among all the good wives of the village, who, as usual, with the amiable sex, took his part in all family squabbles; and never failed, whenever they ...
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I am looking for alternatives to the phrase “way too” or “far too” as in “Way too often…”

I am editing a work written for professions and have come across a sentence beginning "Way too often I encounter ..." First, this seems very colloquial. In doing some research on google ([alternative ...
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What's the right way to ask if something belongs to someone or something [closed]

There are two devices, and I have an extra nail or spare part. I want to ask which device the nail belongs to, in a simple way. Should I say: Who's this nail belongs to? Who's this nail? ...
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What is the phrase for a publication that publishes articles with differing opinions

One day it may post an article listing 10 reasons why living in Lapland is the worst, and then another day it may list 10 reasons why living in Lapland is the best. Compare this to newspapers in the ...
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Handling someone in their own style

Looking for a phrase or single word to describe the strategy which a person employs when she deals with another person in their own style. For example: Let's say a person constantly says that God ...
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What word can be used to describe the person's way of saying

I have a classmate, and she got a job interview out of state and we both are the smartest people in class, but I don't have any reply from any companies yet, so was kinda trying to tell me by telling ...
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An English Phrase for something that goes against your belief

there is a saying people say when a society neglects an idea because it goes against what they believe in. It goes something like which the society shawn on but the word is not "shawn", I believe that ...
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Phrases for filling stomach

"The food was so bad that I couldn't eat even just to (fill my stomach?)." What would fit in there?
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A phrase structure tree problem… "All the faith he had had

I am trying to create a phrase structure tree for the sentence All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life. Many people are familiar with this sentence I am sure. The ...
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Using -rich suffix

I have to following example phrase: A movie, rich with effects Now I'd like transform it using the "-rich" suffix: Effect-rich movie At first, does such phrase sound natural? If no, is ...
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Phrase to describe the state of horror/fear within a country

I am writing a paper on terrorism throughout social media, yet I cannot find a way to phrase the state of horror within a country. My sentence is as follows, "Terrorist attacks are detrimental to ...
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Charge of or for - the cost of something [closed]

my question is: If person A says: Do I have to pay additional for the delivery service? and person B replies : Yes, there would be an extra charge FOR or OF that? (the delivery) Thanks!
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Not quite a sentence [duplicate]

What word or phrase adequately describes a series of words which may have a distinct meaning, but fail to adhere to normal grammatical rules? In particular, they might not have any finite verb or even ...
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“Birds and bees” origins

"The birds and the bees" is a euphemistic way of referring to sex. As in, a parent 'telling their son about the birds and the bees' would be giving them "the talk" about sex. Growing up, I got ...
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Came “into” fruition?

My friend wrote some copy, explaining that her "company came into fruition because she realized the opportunity..." I've never used "came into fruition" -- only "came to fruition". Is "came into ...
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Does a robot process “sensory data” or “sensor data”?

What is the best name for the data a robot acquires from its environment? Examples include camera images, laser range measurements, acceleration measurements, sound, the force it is exerting on a ...
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Idiom or Expression related to Nepotism

I'm looking for an idiom or expression that relates to someone who is promoted to get them out of a department because they can't be fired due to politics, possibly nepotism. The promotion is not ...
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Phrase to describe the “act of sharing an opinion”

I am writing a research paper on the use of social media for the purpose of terrorism. For one of my supporting statements, I am attempting to describe how social media connects users with similar ...
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Nicely packed story - a better way to say it? [closed]

"She told us a story, it was a very nicely packed story but..." Is there a better way to say "nicely packed story"? There was this person who gave us a speech and she shared a personal story. It was ...
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Word or Phrase for Smart and Difficult to work with [closed]

A coworker and I are having a discussion about a very smart person we work with who is also very difficult to deal with. We both feel like there is a word or phrase out there to describe this type ...
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“be so kind to to sg” [closed]

I would like to ask somebody politely to accept an invitation. Which is the correct form "please be so kind to accept it" or "be so kind and accept it"
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What would you call a person that is so scared of losing their own life that they will go so far as to risk the lives of others?

What would you call a person that is so scared of losing their own life that they will go so far as to risk the lives of others? I'm trying to think of a word that expresses the meaning of someone who ...
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The word noggin [duplicate]

Where did the word "noggin" originate? My daughter was talking to her friend and the expression "your noggin" was used. Then one had asked the other, "where did that phrase come from originally?"
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How did “that is” evolve into informal “as in”? [closed]

Someone might write: Our ​friends, that is to say ​our son's ​friends, will ​meet us at the ​airport. Yet, say: Our ​friends, as in ​our son's ​friends, will ​meet us at the ​airport. How ...
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Ironic phrase for something becoming more complicated specifically because of efforts to 'simplify' it?

My linguistic skills fail me and I'd like some advice. I have a project that currently works exactly as intended, short and sweet, yet a higher up has changed their mind and are asking for it to be ...
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How to describe someone with an adjective? [closed]

I want to say that 'If I should give you an adjective that would be '. Although I am not sure if this is correct or if there is any better way to say that?
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Which phrase do you use to describe someone trying to do a thing that might/should be done better by you?

Let's say: You're very good at computer stuff, such as programming, fixing hardware, etc. When it comes to things like that, you're one of the best, if not the best! And one day, a friend comes over ...
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Because of a reason vs for a reason

When people say "Everything happens for a reason" it sounds like that "reason" is in the future. Is my interpretation wrong? If not, how do I clearly state that "Everything happens due to cause and ...
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where did the phrase “I'll get back to you” originate?

Can't find any info on the origin of the idiom or phrase "I'll get back to you on that".
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Leave someone out. Discard somebody out. What is wrong with this sentence can someone help

In a demo session a demo students said the sentence. Sometimes you just have to discard somebody out. I didn't know how to fix it but I know he meant sometimes you have to leave somebody out. But how ...
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What is the meaning when someone say “it doesn't get much weird than Lynda?”

Lynda made a dance performance, it's very weird and many audiences couldn't understand it. Then a guy made a comment "It doesn't get much weird than Lynda?". What does he mean ? Is that "Lynda is ...
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What exactly does the phrase “moral authority” mean? [closed]

What exactly does the phrase "moral authority" mean? I googled it, but each website kind of has it own definition. Since there are many definitions, what is the phrase most commonly used for?
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you are vs you're (informal speech)

In some common phrases like, "You are what you eat", "Your actions reflect who you are". Is there a reason (besides it sounds funny) to not use, "You're what you eat", "Your actions reflect who ...
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quote/phrase for “more likely to use something if it is right there”

I am looking for a saying/quote/phrase that says that people are more likely to use something if it is right there and ready for use than if they need to put in effort to do so. A simple example ...
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What does “a time that never was” mean?

Please explain what "a time that never was" means. The context: She glanced to the three who stood to one side of the King's throne, looking as though they'd stepped out of paintings from a time ...
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Early usage, you can take the boy out of the country

Regarding the common English form, You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy... (Meaning - "This boy remains a bucolic rube even though he moved from ...
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Salting the battlefield

The British spy thriller series, The Worricker Trilogy, consists of three films: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos, and Salting the battlefield. What is the meaning of the last title? I tried looking in ...
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Is there a word or phrase which means “leads you into other or further research?” [duplicate]

I'm specifically looking for a word that means "leads into more research or further examination". I was thinking that the word heuristic could mean this, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know a word a ...
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common phrases for a right idea but poor execution [closed]

What is a relevant phrase for a "right idea but poor execution" because all I can come up with is promised so much ,but delivered so little. I just need something more precise and appealing than that. ...
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integer vs integers [closed]

What a wonderful community this is! My question relates to the below question I translated from a non-English Maths question for high school Maths. Did I word the question correctly? I'm not sure if ...
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Can you say “don't tell me” in a monologue?

"Don't tell me" is often used in dialogues, for example "Don't tell me you're tired already!". But can you use it in a monologue? Let's say you have a character in a movie just talking to themselves. ...
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Is “put it in picture” a phrase?

I don't know if I'm going crazy or confusing this phrase for another, but in my head something like: Let me put it in picture for you Is a phrase that equates to Let me explain it to you/Let ...
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Alternative to “Overreaching her mandate” for non-elected people

The way I see it, 'overreaching his mandate' is used when someone elected to a position or answering to someone else does things that are 'out of line' (negative connotation) for him. There is an ...
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What does the phrase “low conversion from large exposure” mean?

This is the sentrence from the text about email and displaying advirtising. What does the phrase "low conversion from large exposure" mean? This is the nature of advertising, of course; about ...
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Phrase or idiom for someone that is overspecialized

If I have a friend that spreads their interests too thin, gathering a large body of superficial knowledge related to many topics, I'd probably use the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" to ...