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

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How do I translate this italian locution? [closed]

Often in Italian we use this locution: venire meno Now I wanted to translate it and I didn't come with an 'immediate' translation. Somebody knows the English equivalent?
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Is there a word or a phrase which compares with the best tools available? [closed]

Sorry for a confusing title. I am looking for a word to describe the following situation: "our algorithm showed an accuracy worse than [other best algorithm developed by competitors]". I do not want ...
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What would you call a person who shares every thought they have? [closed]

What would you call a person who thinks they know everything and decides to share every little fact they can think of? For example, if a teacher or professor says something and a student decides to ...
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“It is about time I had a family” - Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Recently, I stumbled over a sentence that read: "I am 30. It is about time I had a family of my own". Is it grammatically correct? Shouldn't the correct sentence be "I am 30. It is about time I ...
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The “it-seems-better-than-it-actually-is-because-it-comes-from-a-famous-place” effect?

It is far easier to provide an example for what I am trying to describe than to try and articulate it: Example: Scholar A: "Wow. That new study from University X is getting a lot of attention." ...
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Is there a phrase or slang word for a man who is always chatting women up?

He can be rich or poor, educated or not, vulgar or polite, handsome or not, but what characterizes this guy is his way with words and his garrulousness. More importante, he is notorious for making a ...
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word "...
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Is “not worth to do” an acceptable alternative to “not worth doing”?

Basically what the title says, nothing more to add. I've encountered the former form on the Internet more than once, hence the question. Thanks!
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Define “God's Acre” [closed]

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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What does the phrase “do your bit for your fellow gentlemen” mean? [closed]

Does gentlemen in the phrase "do your bit for your fellow gentlemen" mean yourself, or fellows at your company, or someone else?
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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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“a priori pigeon-holing of learners” What is the meaning of this phrase? [closed]

...Teachers must certainly guard against "a priori pigeon-holing of learners" before we have even given learners a chance to perform...
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To better share or to share better [duplicate]

Which of these two phrases would be correct in a sentence:- 'To better share' or 'to share better'?
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Can “the rubber meets the road” be used as a stand-alone phrase to mean “stop disaster in its tracks or keep it at bay”?

I didn't know the idiom, "the rubber meets (hits) the road." So I was drawn to the passage, “When it comes to Ebola, the rubber met the road at the Firestone rubber plantation” appearing in NPR’s (...
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Origin of the phrase “social justice warrior”

What is the origin of the phrase "social justice warrior"? RationalWiki says that the phrase "social justice" (without warrior) originated in the 1840s. Searching twitter for top tweets about "...
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What do “not on my watch” and “not on my turf” stand for?

I deduce those mean "not on my field of interest" or "simply I don't care", are those correct?
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Rooting for you [duplicate]

I have a niece who has cancer and is waiting for more results, she also has to have a painful operation to remove the cancer. I'm sending her and have sent her cards, "thinking of you" I want to say I'...
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What is the origin of “over index”?

I often encounter (and use) this phrase in a context meaning to weight more heavily during decision making than is sensible, or to focus more heavily during a discussion than is warranted. For ...
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Laundry (noun) is the washing of clothing and linens. what do we call the laundry after laundering?

While reading a chapter on laundry and the various techniques associated with it, it reflected that the clothes lined for washing were termed as laundry and so were the washed/ironed clothes. Could ...
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What's the origin of the phrase “seamy underbelly”?

What's the origin of the phrase "seamy underbelly"? Example (my emphasis): With its large gay community, celebrity residents and beachfront cafés, Brighton is regarded as one of the hippest, most ...
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Formal version of “as and when needed”

Is there any formal version of "as and when needed" for written English? Thanks
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is the phrase “long time later” correct?

I have come across this weirdly formed phrase in a book , but i am not sure of its correctness. If this is correct, what would be its proper usage? Is saying "I met you a long time later" correct?
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Meaning of Roll sevens or Rolling sevens

What is the meaning of the phrase " you rolled them sevens with nothing to lose " ? In the song entitled " The weary kind " which is a sound track of the "Crazy heart" movie , there is a line that i ...
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What is the meaning of “is that of”? How to understand it?

I am reading Distributed Systems Concept And Design. I don't understand the following sentence on page 613, especially the is that of phrase. The state si in the global state S corresponding to ...
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Word or phrase for a woman who shows up at events in gaudy outfits, garish make-up, and excessive jewelry?

Such person is usually - but not necessarily - upper-middle class. I'm looking for a noun or a noun-phrase but the words I've found so far (unpolished, inelegant, gauche, etc.) are adjectives and/or ...
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Do the following phrases mean the same? [closed]

Does "Topics created by Users" equal to "User created topics"?
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Question/Matter of definition?

A "Definitionsfråga", as it is called in Swedish, is for instance if you talk about what's good and bad, you can remark that it depends on what you mean by good and bad. You could might as well remark ...
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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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Word/phrase for “process of joining a group or a club”

Example: Mary began telling about her [...] to the club. I thought of the word initiation but I think an initiation is more like a "rite." I'm looking for something that just means the process ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “trouble in paradise”?

Does anyone know where the phrase "trouble in paradise" comes from? The earliest usage I can find of the phrase is the title of the 1923 movie Trouble in Paradise, based on a Hungarian play called The ...
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Why is the expression “bodily fluids” and not “body fluids”?

A Ph.d in anatomy asked me this question: Why is the expression "bodily fluids" and not "body fluids"?
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Is 'at the time of writing' correct?

I am writing a technical document and I need to refer to the current point of time. Should I say 'at the time of writing', 'at the time of this writing', or 'at the time of writing this'? Are all ...
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idiom for unintended consequences

I am looking for a phrase/idiom that expresses the risk of unforeseen consequences of an action. Fake context: someone develops a treatment for cancer that is later found to cause Alzheimer's. So far, ...
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What does the phrase “make up the cash” mean?

"A puts M as apprentice to B, and gives a guarantee to B for M's fidelity. B promises on his part that he will, at least once a month, see M make up the cash. B omits to see this done as promised, and ...
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'How long of a …' [duplicate]

Please settle an argument for me! Is it correct to say 'How long of a sentence [can you make]' as opposed to 'How long a sentence can you make' Which is correct? Thanks!
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“In such case” and “in such a case”

Could you please explain me the difference in meaning and usage of in such case vs. in such a case ?
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It's all downhill from here

The phrase "it was all downhill from there" seems to have two, contradictory meanings. The first indicates that things have since gotten a lot worse. For example (from http://bleacherreport.com/...
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What is the origin of “have a gander”? (When meaning “look”.)

The phrase "have a gander" meaning "have a look" is common in the UK. (Also can be "have a goosey gander" or just "have a goosey".) What is the origin/meaning of this phrase? I always assumed that it ...
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Is there a “universal use” English equivalent of the Japanese ubiquitous greeting, “Yoroshiku onegaishimasu”?

I think some of you might have heard of the Japanese word, “Yoroshiku onegaishimas” - literally translated as “Please be nice to me” and its shortened form, “Yoroshiku.” “Yoroshiku onegaishimasu” or “...
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* times (adjective) than [duplicate]

I keep reading the phrase 10 times lighter than..... or similar. This quote is current: "Plastic containers are cheaper to make and 15 times lighter than glass ones, says Dairy Crest". This can not be ...
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Shoplifting vs. a word for “someone who orders, eats and sneaks without paying the check”

Shoplifting relates more to the physical possession of goods. A shoplifter may pretend to be a customer or buy some and steal many (or vice-versa). But while at a restaurant such pretense won't ...
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Is it “a spyglass TO the past” or “a spyglass INTO the past”

I'd like to use the phrase XYZ as a spyglass (in)to the past. as title for a publication on a scientific method that allows me to infer knowledge about the past from data available now. E.g., the ...
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What is a self-contained, rhetoric phrase? (Brevity is soul of wit)

This related question touched on redundancy which appeared as a strict upgrade from an autological "word" to a "phrase" to me. It would be enlightening to find more instances that provokes a string ...
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I am all attention [closed]

Is there a phrase in English I'm all attention or I'm all ears, which indicates that the speaker is listening to the person he/she speaks to very carefully?
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How to ask somebody for explanation politely

Which form is more polite and more acceptable for correspondence: For example I am do not understand something and want to get more information about it. Could you please explain... or Could you ...
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Origin of phrase “pulling for you”

When somebody is going through a difficult life situation, people will commonly say, "We're pulling for you." Where did this term come from? It sounds rather strange!
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What does “hold on to your hair” mean?

What does this phrase mean? hold on to your hair
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What is the origin of the phrase “wind your neck in!”?

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the origin of the phrase in title.
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Is there an antonym for the idiom “…remains to be seen” [closed]

I was using "...the truth remains to be seen" in a sentence when I realized I meant the opposite of this. I'm looking a phrase antithetical to this idiom, that follows the same (empirical) line of ...
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“My response to be aligned with yours”

Let's say me and a colleague are going to a meeting and I want to make sure his responses to the questions raised are similar to mine, that we are in agreement and we will responde in a similar manner....