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

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What idiom was used before “to be on the same wavelength”?

The word wavelength has the figurative usage with allusion to radio reception, implying (mutual) understanding especially in the idiomatic phrase to be on the same wavelength (as someone else). What ...
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Questions about vocabulary related to publishing and writing - proper words

Updating my resume and converting it to English, I encountered the following issues: I have written a few technical books. In the resume summary, what should I refer to myself as? Writer, author..? ...
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Phrases using the Arabic particle “al” as a separate word apart from “Al Qaeda” and “Al Jazeera”

Many words incorporated into English a long time ago have the Arabic particle "al" incorporated into them. For example, "algebra" and "alcohol". But does English have commonly used phrases with the ...
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Another way to say “open to public view”

Is there another way to say The article was open to public view. I want to describe a blog posted to a webpage.
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Should I avoid using a phrase that is commonly misused? [duplicate]

The phrase "Doesn't do nothing" is often used when a person actually means, "Doesn't do anything." Should I avoid using this phrase? Generally, I would, but in my context, I want to negate what I ...
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What is the origin of the phrase 'touch wood'?

The Internet says 'Touch wood is an example of a superstition: something that we do in order to have good luck. It is not based on human reason or scientific knowledge, but is connected with old ideas ...
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To address a stranger on street [closed]

Preparing for our honeymoon in the USA, I am wondering what is the most appropriate way to address someone (a stranger) on street, e.g. to ask for a piece of advice. I can imagine that Good day ...
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Is “save some trouble” a correct phrase?

Today a friend of mine asked me to teach her how to fix her computer. The procedure was a little too technical for a layperson so I asked her out so that I can fix it for her in person, that she can ...
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Keep the good work up

When my boss says "Keep the good work up", what shall I reply to him? I have said "thanks", is that a good answer?
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Best way to phrase a 2 x 2 list

I'm working on the website for a theater that teaches improv classes and sketch classes, and also features improv shows and sketch shows. The front page of the website lists: "Improv and Sketch ...
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What does “a bit unfortunate” mean?

I'm translating dialog with "bit unfortunate" phrase: Sasha:"It's a bit unfortunate about Antony's final take." (final take corresponds to final record in sound-recording studio. He had a lot ...
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Term or Phrase for “Listening without Understanding”

Is there a word or a phrase that describes someone listening to somebody else speak to him without understanding what is being said while acting like he's getting it?
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What is “the layers of experience” ? I'm confused about this phrase

Can anybody help me to describe "the layers of experience" in the context below. The author was talking about the similarity between the early human and the modern human. i'm very confused about the ...
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What is the word or phrase?

Is there a word or phrase for the following ice breaker game. A group of people form a circle, and the first person says their name. The next person on the left goes and says the first person's name ...
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what does “there was wild talk” mean?

Can anyone help me to describe the meaning of using "There was wild talk about the end of history" in the context below ? (what does "wild talk" mean exactly?) Context With the Cold War over, there ...
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What does “right round toward” mean?

Can anybody help me to describe the meaning of "right round toward", especially in the bold sentence of the context below. Context: Within two years, Deng was the most powerful man in China. Deng's ...
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comma between subject and verb

'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., all are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc. are possible ...
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“Actions taken on [Noun]” vs “Actions taken against [Noun]”

I am an Australian working in the US. During the workday I often find myself either reading documents or being corrected in how I write them myself when it concerns this grammatical usage. Which is ...
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Fear of incrimination by inaction

During the Chinese cultural revolution, students assaulted their teachers. During the French liberation, Nazi collaborators were shaved in the streets. The perpetrators are often described as being in ...
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appropriate phrase for expressing close distances toward a person

Imagine this scenario: You are having a conversation with someone about a tropical fruit which you have seen the picture of it(on the internet or something) and you do know the name of it, but you ...
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Is it right, or better way, to say someone “denies themselves agency”

I'm trying to express the idea of someone who consistently underestimates his own contributions or his ability to impact a situation, despite having high self esteem. This is due to seeing themselves ...
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“Let's bring it down in scale a bit”, What does it mean?

Context (Source: History of the world by Andrew Marr - Episode 8) This is a big story (The author indicates the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima). Let's try and bring it down in scale a bit. It made me ...
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What does “a curious mix of a man” mean?

Context The top-secret American operation to build and use the atom bomb would challenge the humanitarian values on which democracy is built. It was led by one of the most intriguing minds of the ...
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'Later' of 'See you later'

See you! See you later! Is there any nuance by adding later or not?
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Phrase for when someone leaves a group/place in an unusually quick manner

For some reason I remember the phrase "that sounded runny" used when someone leaves a group/place in an unusually quick manner. But apparently that is incorrect. Can anyone help me with the correct ...
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What does playing the anchor role mean? [closed]

Can someone explain to me the meaning of the following phrase: You have to be more responsible, because you are going to play anchor role in the new project. My manager said this to me. How ...
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What does one mean by “Ethical norm”? [closed]

I have been given a topic for writing an essay on ""Ethical norms with regard to Fundamental Rights "". I can't understand the meaning of this topic, please help.
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The meanings of the expressions “big air quotes” and “might as well”

I wrote to my friend: "Are you available sometime between the 27th of January and the 3rd of February? I plan to stay in Tokyo for a week to take part in a musical event and then unwind a little." ...
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Can the word “bully” be used as an “adjective”?

I want to write the sentence: Bill helped him when he needed to overthrow the current leader, who is a bully. Is there anyway to make that sentence flow better? For example, can I somehow use ...
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No remote start provisions

What would it mean when a vehicle description states "no remote start provisions".
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What does 'straighten sombody out' mean?

I'm reading "Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and reached following paragraph: As far as dispositions go, hers wasn't really enviable, although she had a good record with foster kids in the past. ...
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Woe is me - what does it mean?

What exactly does the phrase 'Woe is me' mean? A google search returns many results ranging from FML to just having a bad day. There are many references to the phrase being grammatically incorrect and ...
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What is “Only not quite” [closed]

Context Zimmermann dreamed of changing the world. And he would. Only not quite in the way he intended.
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What is the use of this phrase “..there is a case to be made that..”?

Can anybody help me describe this phrase ? i don't understand what the author mean. Context Zimmermann dreamed of changing the world. And he would. Only not quite in the way he intended. Indeed, ...
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Making an appointment [closed]

What phrases do you use to make the most nearest appointment with a doctor? For example: When is the next available appointment? or When is the (nearest, closest) appointment?
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How do you understand “he is divine and is not at all human” [closed]

Sentence: When God became flesh, he is divine, and is not at all human. What do you think is the meaning of this sentence? i am editing some religious translation writing. i just want to make ...
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Meaning of the phrase “What in carnation?”

What does the phrase "What in carnation" mean in the following sentence? What in carnation are you saying? Does the speaker mean "What are you saying about?" in the sentence above? I googled ...
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What phrase can be used to convey “I don't understand what you're saying and it seems irrelevant to me, I'm fed up with it, I wish to be left alone”?

In Hebrew we have the phrase "מה אתה רוצה ממני?", literally "what do you want from me?", and the stronger version "מה אתה רוצה מהחיים שלי?", literally, "what do you want from my life?". It can be used ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “great minds think alike”?

Upon using the phrase "great minds think alike" in chat today, I was informed that it is really a shortened version of "Great minds think alike, small minds rarely differ" or "Great minds think alike, ...
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What does the phrase “has been” mean? [closed]

Although he used to be a box office attraction, he's a has been now. Does the has been mean "over" or something else in the sentence above? Ex : I went to the party at 9pm, but the party was ...
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“Worth of an” or “worth as an”? [closed]

I am having trouble deciding the correct phrase. Which of these two is correct? Is gold worth as an investment? Or Is gold worth of an investment?
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Meaning of the phrase “worked off”

"She came by way of Archer, Bridgeport, Nanuet, worked off 95 in jeans and a denim jacket, carrying a plastic bag and shower shoes, a phone number, waiting beneath an underpass, the potato chips long ...
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meaning of “completely satisfied”? [closed]

Sometimes people use the word "satisfied" in the following manner: I don't have what I want, but I have all that I need, so I am satisfied with everything in my life. In the case above, is the ...
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Is it correct to say “There is more to success than hard work”? [closed]

There is a phrase: "...more to life than..." Is it possible to replace the word life in this phrase with something else? Is it correct to say: "There is more to success than hard work"?
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Is “advance bookings only” correct? [closed]

On a sign for a taxi company, which of the followings is correct: Advance bookings only or Advanced bookings only and why?
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“Perfect pitch” equivalent for someone with a good visual sense

If someone with a good sense of tonal hearing can be described as having perfect pitch, what is the equivalent phrase or word for someone who has a good visual sense? Meaning: Jane is great at ...
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Can I use “be productive with something” as in “be successful at something”?

I am trying to phrase the value proposition for my productivity app, which aims to help people get going with activities they easily give up on. At the moment it reads like this: Thank you for ...
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What does the phrase “You can say that again!” represent? [closed]

The following paragraph is from a story "Ghost in the city" "You can say that again!" chimed Barbara after I explained how difficult I felt the test had been. Can someone please explain what the ...
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What is English equivalent to 座右の銘 – a motto you always keep by the side?

I was interested in a word, “Refrigerator magnet maxim,” which I recently found in an article of some newspaper (I forgot what it was), and then quotes in google. We have the word, 座右の銘 - ...
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''due to'' or ''because of'' [duplicate]

So I stumbled upon this sentence: ''Aside from a flexible vagina which is due to the pelvic muscles' elasticity [...]'' And I wonder, shouldn't there be ''because of''? Because it modifies the ...