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

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what does “slash the odds of something” mean?

it seems cutting the odds means, according to this website, decreasing the possibility of something happening. I thought slashing the odds meant the same but apparently it's the opposite? Unilad ...
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What is the difference between “should be cause for concern” and “is cause for concern”? [closed]

Do the two phrases really mean different things? We may compare the following: ‘The mysterious and majestic blue hue’ emanating from Hong Kong seas is cause for concern, scientists say. ‘The ...
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the phrase “ Spare” [closed]

If I want to say, "refrain your heart from pain" by using the word "spare" do I say "spare your heart from pain" or "spare your heart with pain"?
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As far as possible

Can I say "As far as it´s possible, I am doing fine" ? I mean that despite all that happened, I am doing fine.
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Is “Handle / cannot handle somebody the person” a common set phrase?

There was the following passage in New York Time’s article dealing with the issue of alleged domestic violence cases of U.S. Soccer team goalie, Hope Solo, and its outcomes under the title, “Hope Solo ...
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What is the meaning of “Artisanal landlord price hike sale” ? [closed]

I came across this phrase in an article today, I didn't get the sense of the whole sentence together. would anyone break it into pieces for me please. bundle of thanks in advance.
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What does “All things X” mean?

I've seen the expression in some company names; for example All things data, All things gym. Is the expression "All things X" a parody of some other popular phrase, or does it have its own meaning? ...
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appeal a sentence VS appeal the sentence VS appeal against

A. a defendant can appeal a sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or unreasonably excessive. B. a defendant can appeal the sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or ...
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Alternative to saying “This may be a dumb question, but…”

I am looking for an alternative to saying This may be a dumb question, but.... I would like to find another way to tell someone that I respect his/her time and realize I should probably already ...
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“was-was” or “was-is” [closed]

Which one is correct? I was wondering if it {was|is} not too late to ask if you could give me ...
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Noun or Adjective for someone who is good in managing resources and/or money

I am looking to describe someone who is good at keeping track of hir resource use and goods usage behaviour. This can be either for monetary currencies, but also for food, material or other ...
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Could a group of several men and one woman be called “a group of men and women”?

If not, what's the correct way of referring to the group?
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Indefinite articles used with plural nouns: It was AN amazing TWO DAYS

The indefinite article a(n), derives from the old English word an meaning "one". Generally this word only occurs in determiner function before noun phrases which are singular. However, there seem to ...
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“that enables vs. enabling”

I'm describing an app. The sentence is X is an app that enables you to do Y I think it doesn't sound really well. Would X is an app enabling you to do Y be better? Is this form OK at ...
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meaning of “with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares”

The merger plan must win approval from shareholders with two-thirds of the voting rights, and a third of outstanding shares in order to pass a shareholder meeting scheduled for July 17. I ...
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How to express this feeling?

I am looking for a phrase to express a feeling. Here it is. A song was out in the market a couple of years ago and it was a huge hit at that time. Today, I heard that song which reminded me all ...
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Is there an idiom for being consistently unlucky through no fault of one's own? [duplicate]

Not quite sure how to word this, but I'm looking for an idiom or phrase/saying that describes when somebody who's done nothing to deserve it has hit a streak of bad luck. Wish I could be more ...
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Omitting “that” in a sentence

If I were to say, "I hope that this will work", would it also be correct to say, "I hope this will work"? Would both be grammatically correct?
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Which one is correct,“jump into” or “jump onto”? [closed]

For example, I will "jump into" or "jump onto" a new topic after I finish this topic. Which one is correct?
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A change of wording is needed (Solved) [closed]

In a legal document I am having to edit certain specific phrases, though I have managed to do most I am stuck on a way to change the wording of the phrase "[Company Name] hereby appoints" and ...
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Meaning of “rendition” in the phrase “rendition camp”

In the movie series XIII the main character was imprisoned in something they called "a rendition camp in Romania". In the movie it looked just like a prison. He was put there on the order of NSA or ...
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Does this sentence sound awkward, in terms of verb tense or preposition use?

Just a couple of quick questions: Though not all my students grappled with the same issues that I had faced... Does this phrase sound off at all? I'm trying to imply that I still struggle with ...
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I need to know how to phrase part of a sentence containing the word of [closed]

I'm editing a document that has the following phrase: <. . . could have garnered the respect, much less the votes, of Southern conservatives.> I am wondering if this should be reworded to be the ...
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I'm a little nervous about seeming arrogant (Solved) [closed]

Is there a better way of saying 'is that okay?' or is that phrase itself okay to use. I'm just worried about appearing arrogant, It's never been mentioned that i could be until my last 1 to 1 with my ...
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Trust me when I tell you this

Trust me when I tell you this. You can tear this tower apart brick by brick, but without my help, you will never find your precious satchel without my help. What does the speaker mean by "Trust ...
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nasal passage or airway is too narrow

The doctor said his nasal 'passage' or 'airway' is too narrow, that's why he is easy to get stuffy nose. Which word is correct and more common?
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The ship heeled or tilted or inclined? [closed]

The ship 'heeled' or 'tilted' or 'incline' in strong wind and sank. Which word is correct and most common?
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can I use fall down with slip?

Someone spitted the soup on th ground, so I slipped and fell down. Is 'fall down' followed by 'slip' necessary?
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Pull up your pants

Can we use "Pull Up" in the following context?? Suppose, there is a puddle and you need to pull something up from there.You have to go there and before that you need to raise the bottom of your pants ...
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phrase usage of 'best of the worst' [closed]

He just had a car accident, but the best of the worst is that no one got injured in that accident. Can I use 'best of the worst' like previous sentence?
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When someone leaves at 4pm - should I say “Have a good afternoon” or “evening”? [closed]

Could you please help me? I started work as a receptionist. I have to greet people that come and go. What should I say in this occasion: example: It is 4 pm and the client is leaving. Should I say ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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“dollar rebounds biggest falls”

I found the sentence like the below. "Dollar rebounds biggest falls" Does this sentence make any sense? I guess it should be "dollar rebounds after its biggest falls" instead.
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meaning of “reactionary feathers”

A saviour arrives in the form of Imperator Furiosa, one of Joe’s de facto generals and a trusted war-rig driver, who is planning to help the warlord’s unwilling brides escape from the Citadel. ...
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preposition choice: on; close the gap on

"Wal-Mart says it wants to double its stores in China by the end of 2006 to close the gap on its rival Carrefour. -CNN I'm unsure if the preposition 'on' was properly used in the line quoted ...
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A was persuaded away from B

What's the meaning of a phrase, 'A was persuaded away from B' in the below sentence? Thirty years later, George Miller, the Australian director of the original trilogy, was persuaded away from ...
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so+adj+that structure

My question is when you do the so+adj+that structure, do you have to remove the pronoun ? Like in this example, should i leave 'it' out? The milk is very hot. The baby can't drink it now. --> The ...
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Is the phrase “anecdotal evidence” an oxymoron?

If evidence is empirical then surely anecdotes can't be evidence can they?
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What is the etymology of the phrase “Lovely weather for ducks”?

There's a lovely, odd little song by Lemon Jelly called Nice Weather For Ducks, which references the idiom Lovely Weather for Ducks. Despite conventional thinking, rain is not lovely weather for ...
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'Knows all the knicks and knacks of…' is this correct?

So I want to write about a company that specializes in a particular field. They've been in this field since a while now, so they know everything there is to know about the field and related to it. but ...
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Is the phrase “sent out to be” correct?

Is the phrase sent out to be or set out to be? For example: He became who he sent out to be.
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What does “Rabbit” mean on 1st of June

My english teacher told me, that is common in England to say "Rabbits" on the 1st of june. What does it mean? where does this tradition come from? Does the people say it only on the 1st of June? ...
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“During this hour” vs. “In this hour”

"This took place in this hour." "This took place during this hour." Is there any difference between the phrases "in this hour" and "during this hour"?
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Idiom for: “We should attend it even if we have to borrow money.”

I'm translating a script and I should cut this line down by about half it's syllables. I should match to the lip movement of the actors on video, and so that would be about 7 syllables. It doesn't ...
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Usage of 'is it possible for a person like me to participate ..' in business letters

Does phrase 'Is it possible for a person like me to participate in ..' suit for a business letter? How can I rephrase it (without 'like me')? Thank you!
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It hurts my “feeling” vs “feelings” [closed]

One can see both variants used. Are both correct? And what the difference, if so? I suppose, when word "feeling" is used in this this context, the phrase must be extended with the mention of ...
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Should I use “in” or “of”?

I would like to write about the Municipal Services Sector in my country, which is the Kingdom of Bahrain. So, what is the right phrase to use: The Municipal Services Sector of the Kingdom of Bahrain. ...
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Another way to say “when we send you there”

I’m looking for another way to say .. When we send you there It’s referencing an introduction in a website context; When you click the link we will let the destination know that you’re with us. ...
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'weighed in' vs 'wade in'

When someone to gives their opinion on a complex topic, is the phrase used "weighed in" or "wade in"? I thought it was the former, but I've been seeing the latter crop up more and more often. ...
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“single in a run off”

Kang Jung-jo of the Pittsburgh Pirates singles in a run off Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena during the first inning of their game Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Kang, who started at third base and hit ...