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

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Is there anything wrong with the phrase “constant variable” ? (used in context with programming) [closed]

The phrase "constant variable" seems semantically incorrect to me. Constant means something that don't change and variable means something that do change. How should I think in order to get this ?
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The right phrase for “stand with the name” for a product?

There is a well known german phrase: Dafür stehe ich mit meinem Namen Which indicates, that a person or company promises quality of his/their product. And to underline it, they guarentee this ...
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History of ‘smile one's thanks’

I'm interested to know when the actual phrase smile one's thanks was first registered in the English language, as well as smile agreement and nod agreement.
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of ...
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Possible Interpretations of “Log”

While doing some research I ran across the following passage. I know what "shackles' are, what might a "log" be? “It is very seldom that a boy deserves both a log and a shackle at the same time! ...
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An Idiom/phrase/adjective for an imaginary place where everything is perfect [closed]

A place where unrealistic and impossible things can happen. Is there an idiom/expression/phrase that connotes to such a stretch of the imagination?
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Compounds and Phrases

What is the difference between compounds and phrases? How do I know that "watch-maker" is a compound but "steel bridge" is a phrase? Does the "head" have anything to do with it (complement-head or ...
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Word or phrase to use “when you told a story/situation and it happend you later”

English is NOT my primary language . In my language we have a phrase to use in this kind of situation . You were telling a story or a situation to your friends and later it happens you . For eg : ...
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I don't want to give you excuses

I haven't been able to work on my thesis due to my ongoing masters and work obligations. I'd like to get in touch with my advisor regarding that, and I don't want to sound like I'm making up excuses ...
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grammatical construct “sitting on the bench”

What is the grammatical construct or part of speech of the following two phrases in italics? Sitting on the bench, the tramp wondered about life. The tramp sitting on the bench wondered about ...
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Feeling for rejection followed by acceptance?

Is there any good word/phrase/idiom for that feeling of scorn when you're accepted by someone/something after getting rejected the first time? I remember a phrase being quoted by Nathan Fillion in ...
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Is the phrase “logic and reason” grammatically correct?

I have always interpreted logic to mean a systematic form (premise-reason-conclusion) of reason. So it seems that you are saying one word (reason) and a branch of that word (logic). But the "and" ...
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I can surely do it for you [duplicate]

I can surely do it for you.. Is the use of surely correct or shall I replace it with certainly without change in meaning.
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What idioms can describe a tough or difficult thing (such as a test)?

An easy test (or similar undertaking) might be described as 'a piece of cake' Are there any idioms to describe a test (etc.) that is difficult?
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what's mean of “get your backs”?

there, I got a sentence from television "Lost": "Besides, I'm gonna be in there to get your backs.". I am little confused with this words: get your backs. Can anyone give me some clue about it?
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“xxxx it is then!”, what does it really mean?

Every now and then, I hear others say "xxxx it is then", e.g. "10:30am it is then", "$200 it is then", I myself sometimes say this too, as a means to confirm some arrangement I suspect I did not hear ...
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Are there any special words or phrases for people that were emigrating in history?

Are there any special words or phrases for people that were emigrating in history (18th, 19th, 20th centuries)? Or maybe the words which were used in that time and how were people calling the ...
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The Yellow Wallpaper - What does *Smooch* mean?

I was reading a brilliant piece of Feminist Literature : The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman which uses the word smooch three times, all in reference to the yellow wallpaper: Then ...
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Does 'Digressing others' make sense? [closed]

One of my friends said the other day: 'Digressing others is a part of my job' Does this phrase make sense?
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What would be a word or phrase for “ missing parts of books or manuscripts”

I was reading a Sanskrit manuscript and realized that pages 12 to 19 were missing... I would simply call those pages as "missing pages", however, is there a word or phrase for such missing parts? ...
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searching for a suitable synonym for “ a group of people ” ex. young people , old people , etc

I specially want to use this word after "adolescent" . better said, I'm looking for a nice paraphrasing for " young people ".
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Thus far? vs So far? [duplicate]

I would like to know what is the difference between "How is your day thus far?" vs. How is your day so far? and if there is any significant difference between the two questions. I always assumed that ...
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Advertise a House for RENT - how to describe it positively when its completely run-down [closed]

I have a house that I need to rent out but it's old and completely run-down. The house will be demolished in a year or two when the owner is ready to develop the land. What buzz words or phrases can ...
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What's a phrase for when: to do A, you first need to B, but to do B you first need to do C, etc? [duplicate]

Say you need to change a light bulb, but to do that you need to get a ladder, but to get the ladder you need to get into the tool shed, but to get into the tool shed you need to find the key, etc. ...
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The statues were unheralded for almost a century - a better idiom/phrase

British experts found two rare bronze statues crafted by Michelangelo. What idiom or phrase can describe either the state or the period for which the invaluable piece of art remained hidden from ...
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Express Emphasis without using Italics or Underline

Are there any methods to express emphasis without using italics or underline? I find that there are many cases where formatting does not allow italics, even if emphasis would add to the text greatly. ...
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There's a pork chop in every beer, origin

I first heard this expression when, as a bartender, I asked a patron who'd ordered a pint if he wanted to see a menu. His response: "I'm all right, thanks. There's a pork chop in every beer." I've ...
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Is “allied topics” a term reserved for the Academia? [closed]

Context: I recently left a comment on Area51 telling a user that their question is more suitable for X.SE since [that site] is focused on X and allied topics. I'm sure I heard someone use that phrase ...
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phrase for being prepared for a potential challenge

There is a phrase in Malay that goes "prepare an umbrella before the rain", meaning one must be prudent and proactive of future challenges by making all the preparations necessary. I would like the ...
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Translation of Merkel Speech in Auschwitz

German chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Auschwitz commemoration: "Es ist eine Schande, dass Menschen in Deutschland angepöbelt, bedroht oder angegriffen werden, wenn sie sich irgendwie als Juden ...
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Today is Thursday. Is “next” Saturday the day after tomorrow or nine days away? [duplicate]

Some people are telling me the day after tomorrow is "this Saturday", and "next Saturday" is a week later. To others, "this Saturday" is synonymous with "next Saturday". A few people claim that ...
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Whatis the correct phrase and why? [closed]

Which is the correct phase and why: I will arrive at 11:00 Am in Dallas or I will arrive in Dallas at 11:00 AM.
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Origin of golden parachute

noun 1. an employment contract or agreement guaranteeing a key executive of a company substantial severance pay and other financial benefits in the event of job loss caused by the company's being ...
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Whats the word for an missed event? [closed]

I am looking for a fitting end to this sentence: With so many members around I refrained from speaking up and now my wish/plan to have a private conversation with the leader remains ...
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Phrases and clauses, what are they both? [closed]

What do you call the category of sentence component that contains both clauses and phrases?
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Is it correct to say “We […] will be present at <destiny> at <time> […]”?

I am writting an email in English for a website. As you can see, my English isn't quite perfect. And one of the emails must be saying something similar to: We confirm that we will be present at ...
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“As for me” in the beginning of the sentence

Could I use "As for me" in the beginning of the sentence? For example, when somebody asks the whole group of people what was done, and one in that group answers what he did: "As for me, I did that ...
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A direct, ironic response to “How are you?” indicating that the person is in a bad mood [closed]

Imagine person A asks person B, how B is doing. B is doing bad and he or she is upset with the question (after all, nobody wants to admit that he or she is screwing his or her life up). What kind of ...
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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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A phrase for two characters that are unmistakably similar

I am looking for a phrase that compares two characters that share very similar attributes and characteristics. Prufrock and Hamlet truly are [ ... ] I don't want something like "very much ...
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Phrase for “putting one's plans into action”

I am looking for a phrase, metaphor, or cliche to mean "putting one's plans into action". I am using it in the following sentence. As the events of the play proceed, however, Hamlet becomes ...
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What's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?

This is the context : "For most projectors however, including SONY projectors that have been used for a few months, or more and the bulb has aged, there is not a good reference for use in calibrating ...
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What is the name of the grammatical construct that expresses a “loophole” in a requirement?

Is there a grammatical term for "loophole" phrase? By "loophole" I mean a phrase that weakens or conditions the main clause. Examples: The system shall calculate aircraft altitude, when necessary. ...
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Use of “don't mention it” for “you're welcome”?

In which American regions is "don't mention it" used for "you're welcome"?
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Phrase for “false conceptual framework”

Edited again: A certain political issue is typically framed by both sides of the debate by a question that I consider invalid as it implicitly assumes the acceptance of some false premises. I once ...
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Looking for the source of “SJO” or “South Jersey Original”?

Looking for source of "SJO" or "South Jersey Original" used to describe a person from Southern New Jersey whose behavior (usually idiosyncratic) is startling or otherwise worthy of note.
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I'm looking for an antonym for eye opener [closed]

E.g: The movie is a real eye opener. The movie is a real ___________ .
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What's a good adjective or phrase to describe your feeling when confronted with absurdity? [closed]

Say, you're supposed to be very angry at something but the situation is SO ABSURD that it becomes funny and you end up laughing at it instead. It cannot be having mixed or ambivalent feelings about ...
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Is there a phrase for - “making hard work of easy stuff”

I am looking for a phrase or a flowery way to say that he made hard work of what should have been a cakewalk. To give more context - sometimes the commentator says that the team should have finished ...
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Word that describes embracing imperfection

What is the English word for people who embrace their mistakes and flaws? It is to be used as a name for a team/group. I have thought of the word 'flawed' but it's kind of too literal. I'm looking ...