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

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Can I use “and” many times in one sentence?

I was always under the impression I should not use and more than once. I have this text: I appreciate that all my previous work experience is within office based industries however I am a quick ...
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What is the meaning of these phrases in the given context?

I was reading a novel, and came across a couple of sentences which I couldn't really get the meaning of. The particular sentences are marked in bold, and I've added some background, for the context. ...
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Meaning of “hinder parts” in the 17th century

While reading the works of William Laud in the edition by William Scott, I came across a description (No 2 on page 345) where it seems the Scots are upset about a ritual in which a priest turns his ...
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What does “circumstantial consequence” mean?

How can of the phrase "circumstantial consequence" be explained? I vaguely understand the probable meaning, but it doesn't quite come into focus. Is it something like (unintended) side effect?
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What's a British equivalent to the more American expression 'Kiss my ass'? [closed]

I have the feeling that 'kiss my ass' isn't as widely used in the UK as it is in the US. I'm looking for a more British sounding equivalent.
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Programming concision: “To replace the use of deprecated methods, for more up-do-date methods”

I was refactoring some old code and a lot of it used deprecated methods which had to be re-written to use more appropriate non-deprecated methods. When writing a changelog, it felt awkward writing ...
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Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?

What is an appropriate term for a young person (child, or teenager) whose words and actions mimic that of a much older person from a previous generation? Such a youngster would demonstrate strong ...
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Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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For X going to be developed, this is enough. Correct grammar? [closed]

I am wondering whether this is a correct usage: For the system going to be developed, the diagram is shown below. I said that without thought and now I wonder as Google yields no hits on similar ...
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Difference between 'I would like to be' & 'I want to be'

I would like to be and I want to be What is the difference between them? I think 'want to be' sounds stronger than 'like to be,' but I'm not sure if this is true.
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What does “shrinking beneath someone's feet” mean?

I just watched Batman Rises on HBO, and I didn't get it when Bruce Wayne spoke about the Cat Woman. He said, "But the ground's shrinking beneath her feet". It seems like it may mean "no one can ...
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The meaning of “Naturally Enough”

I have been reading a book about programming and since I am not very good with the phrases, I got confused. Please notice the following text : Modules You may think of modules as extensions ...
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“described by either … or …” or described either by… or by…"? [duplicate]

I write a sentence like follows: This could not simply be described by either A or B. I was wondering may be the following is correct: This could not simply be described either by A or by B. ...
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Is this sentence correct: I could not keep calm?

How can I say when I know that I do something badly, but I can't keep calm. E.G. - She asked me don't tell you, but I couldn't ... I hope you understand what I meant. :)
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Word combination with “eternally”

I am currently thinking of engraving text for our wedding rings. Idea is to engrave some nice combination of two words (one word per ring) in order to get phrase close to “forever together”. I do ...
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Is this proper use

I was watching the movie Man of Steel and in it is this passage: "There's only one way this ends Cal; either you die, or I do." Now this sounds wrong to me. There's two outcomes. "There's only on ...
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What does “We'll be up to our butts in corpses” mean?

I was reading The Watchmen (a graphic novel) and stumbled across this expression in a conversation between two cops talking about Rorschach. I suppose it means "We'll have to put up a fight", but I am ...
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“in the order it was received” and referring to position as “order”

I'm sure many of you have been in this situation—I'll be on hold for a bit and some automated voice will say Your call will be answered in the order it was received. I understand what they're ...
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The right word or phrase of an act of telling false bad stories about someone deliberately? [closed]

My subordinate at the workplace has a problem of not accepting reprimand when she has done wrong. She always becomes shaking with anger threatening to leave her job and then spreads the false stories ...
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Why is the word “engineering” used in “social engineering”?

The word "engineering" is usually used for something constructive and innovative, for example, mechanical engineering, software engineering, aerospace engineering. But "social engineering" denotes ...
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Word/phrase for importance being reduced

For example when you stop doing one thing before it's finished, and start something else because you, or someone else, considers it more important than the thing you were doing. The thing you was ...
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How can I ask about a confirmation? [closed]

Two heroes are available. Hero #1: Please, send me an URL to that site. Here #2: Go to www.bla.bla. Is it true that you look for? Is the phrase "Is it true that you look for" correct? How ...
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What does it mean to “frame an argument”? [closed]

I have asked this same question on Yahoo! Answers before, but I didn't quite understand the meaning of it. The phrase is used like so: "See how the author framed his argument?; What is he doing up ...
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“A” is about as much “B” as “C” is “D”

I wanna find out what this sentence means. “ASOT is about as much “trance” as Nelson Mandela is indie punk.” So to generalize: "A" is about as much "B" as "C" is "D" Is this comparing A with B? ...
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Origin of “tail over teakettle”?

"Tail over teakettle" is one of several similar phrases to describe a tumble or fall. But where/how did this originate? A few web searches give me pages where people use the phrase, and one of the ...
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“Karma is a bitch” [closed]

I recently sent a message to my credit union complaining about the misbehavior of some staff members (treating customers with contempt). I ended my message by writing: Karma is a b*tch. The ...
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Better formulation of “technology helps us to create a better world” [closed]

If we (as mankind) want to achieve something like: Eliminating poverty Allowing as many people as possible to live their lives how they want to then, in my opinion, technology offers many ...
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Do two sentences below have the same meaning?

the voltage is higher than the amplifier required the voltage is higher than it was required by amplifier
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Does this expression makes sense? [closed]

W : I'm impressed at how expertly you played that piano sonata. M : Sorry. I'm still just an apprentice. When the man says "sorry", what does this exactly mean in this circumstances? Is it ...
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Meaning of “get off the hammock” [closed]

Is the phrase get off the hammock idiomatic, and what does it mean if it is?
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“A friar's hand”?

I'm reading "To Rise Again at a Decent Hour" by Joshua Ferris, and the narrator/author talks about looking over the shoulder of someone studying the Bible on the subway, and noticing that there are ...
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More Than One “from” in a Single Phrase

I apologize if this has already been raised elsewhere. I was unable to find an answer to the question of when, if ever, it is acceptable form to include multiple uses of the word "from" in a single ...
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Question about “put not your”

An exercise asked me to rearrange the sentence "Put your money not in trust" such that there is no ambiguity to its meaning. At first glance I thought that "Put not your trust in money" sounded right, ...
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What does ‘Reverse fig leaf” mean?

I was interested in the word, “Reverse fig leaf” in an article titled, “Should Germans read ‘Mein Kampf” appearing in New York Times (July 7), which deals with the planned publication of Adolf ...
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Meaning of “or is it” [duplicate]

For example: The exam is easy. Or is it? Is the sentence grammatically correct in the first place?
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I am cutting it kinda close here!

I have heard the phrase "I am cutting it kinda close!". Why say "cutting it"? When we are not cutting anything here. Why can't we just say "I am getting late" and its like?
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Inventory Report - Item and Quantity

Greeting, I work in Korean Company and having some trouble trying to make English translation of Inventory Status Report. Suppose I have 5 different kind of items (=5 different item number), and ...
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What's is the meaning of the phrase “Read it like you've written it”? [closed]

Does the meaning of the phrase changes on its usage? If it changes, how? I am hoping an answer based on how it changes with what people are concerned, like for an example: 1) If I have written an ...
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dressed in tails [closed]

What is dressed in tails? Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town As long as I can dream it's hard to slow this swinger down ...
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How do I correctly punctuate the phrase “that is” in the context of an explanation?

I find myself wanting to use the phrase "that is" or "that's to say" but often can't figure out what sort of punctuation I use with it. I think it's an explanatory phrase, but I'm not sure. I ...
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What does “a bookstore-counting mood in Paris prompts soul-searching over Amazon’s 41 % share of new book sales in America” mean?

In the article titled “The French do buy books. Real books” appearing in New York Times (July 9), the author, Pamela Druckerman writes: “Recently when I was strolling through my museum-like ...
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Difference between 'As compared to' and 'When compared to'

Is there any rule governing when the phrase "As compared to..." should be used, and when "When compared to..." should be used? Or, do they mean the same, in all contexts?
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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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Would you mind, please

I receive various requests -- over email -- of the form "Would you mind please..." or "Would you please mind..." with and without punctuation. Neither of these sound quite right to my native ...
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What is Nerd Test all about? [closed]

Not sure, where to ask this. I did it here, and it was put in Hold , finally attempting here as a last try!! I am really curious(!) to know what is this? I got this link randomly about how nerd are ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “knock-down, drag-out”?

I can find this phrase in a few dictionaries: knock-down, drag-out — marked by extreme violence or bitterness and by the showing of no mercy knock–down, drag–out political debates But I ...
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There's a good fellow [Phrase]

I would like to learn more about the meaning of the phrase: There's a good fellow. All that I know is that it is used for praising or encouraging a child or an animal. Is it right?
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Band Playing without some of its Current Members

I was wondering: is there in English a specific phrase to denote a music band not playing with its whole current group of members?
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Does the phrase 'Harsh, but fair' actually make sense? [closed]

Very often I hear the phrase 'harsh but fair' used to describe something that is unduly severe, but ultimately just. I don't think that it even makes sense, though - and although I've tried to discuss ...
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to do what's minimum?

I will try my best to describe. Some times, I have found that people tend to do the minimum procedures to finish what they do, and find improving unnecessary. I understand different people have ...