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

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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 following: Dollar rebounds biggest falls Does this sentence make any sense? I guess it should instead be: Dollar rebounds after its biggest falls
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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” here? Thirty years later, George Miller, the Australian director of the original trilogy, was persuaded away from films about ...
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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 ...
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How to politely say to sellers in stores that you don't need help? [closed]

This happens quite often. You're at a store, and while looking for clothes sellers come over and ask if you need any help. And since my English is far away from normal English I just use what I know ...
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I've just had a cup: is it correct?

Is it correct to say like this? "Would you like some tea?" "Thank you, but I've just had a cup" Would it be more idiomatic to say had one? Or both options are wrong? If so, how would you ...
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Is my explanation on prepositional phrases correct?

Example: My mother is arranging flowers in the vase. 'arranging flowers' is prepositional phrase and it modifies 'in the vase' but not to modify the subject 'My mother'.
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“Bucket and chuck it” origin

Used in this sentence (by a friend): Well, if it doesn't work, just bucket and chuck it.
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The phrase “Thank you kindly” [duplicate]

If the phrase "Thank you kindly,..." is considered archaic, could someone suggest an alternative? Thanks Bill
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Synonyms for “big deal”

I have read on The Free Dictionary that the expression big deal may be used as an interjection to answer ironically "to indicate that something is unimportant or unimpressive". If it is the case, what ...
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What does “to have something to them” mean?

I've been reading god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens which is from time to time hard to understand for me. I came across a sentence majority of which makes sense to me, but I lose the track at ...
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Formal alternative to the phrase 'Not taken seriously' [closed]

I'm writing a legal essay and the sentence is For example, a young person’s reluctance to seek redress, and that youth are often not taken seriously, their words often not repeated in court rooms. ...
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“To put into relation to each other”

I would like to ask if the phrase to put into relation to each other is correct English. I only found a few hits in the Internet and it looks like many of these sources were written in German. I do ...
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Straight from the horse's mouth

I want to use the phrase "Horse's Mouth" in one of the applications that I am creating to refer to a group that have the original story. In the same application, there is another group of people, who ...
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The use of “among” in subject construction

I came across the following sentence in the newspaper yesterday: "Among the questions is who fired the fatal shots that killed nine." This construction just doesn't seem right to me. Is there some ...
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Is there a linguistic term for “word pairs” where the masculine term is positive but its feminine equivalent is not?

The feminine form usually has a neutral to negative range of meanings. e.g. master (“a man who controls things”) x mistress (“a woman who is having sex with a married man”) governor (“the chief ...
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“Conceal Carry” vs. “Concealed Carry”

I have been doing some research on firearms law lately, and have run across a lot of people using the phrase "conceal carry" to describe people carrying a concealed firearm. In my opinion, this should ...
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Is “scant little” redundant?

I have seen this written (and have used it myself as well) but never really bothered to notice the meaning before. However, upon further inspection, "scant" is defined as "barely sufficient or ...
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One word for someone “excessively sentimental” in everything [closed]

Someone who makes you sick with his sentimental blabber. I have a colleague who cribs and complains at almost everything. He would always get sentimental while describing his misadventures or ...
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what does hard copy subscription mean?

I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ? full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price ...
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From Avocadoes to Asparagus, from kangaroos to koalas

What is the name of this literary saying? People use this figure of speech in order to express a wide coverage or variety of a certain class, such as vegetable species available in a market for ...
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My Apologies usage [closed]

When you write a letter, and mention the phrase my apologies. How is this phrase used in a sentence.
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Is there a term for a product having the same name as its place of origin?

Several trade products, especially food, have been named after their places of origin throughout the centuries. To mention just a few, champagne, after Champagne, France. calico, after Calicut, ...
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“Solutions offered” or “offered solutions”? [closed]

Which of these two is more grammatically correct? Defining customer needs and advising on solutions offered. Defining customer needs and advising on offered solutions.
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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Is “communicate through writing” correct? [duplicate]

If they communicate primarily through writing on social networks, teenagers can lose the feeling of real friendship.
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Connotation of 'after which'

I would like to learn whether or not there is any connotation held by the phrase 'after which' when used to start a sentence. I recently read 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of The Window ...
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“Dance it out” or “dance it off”? [closed]

If the one wanted to, for example, dance to forget about problems/to unload, should we colloquially say 'dance it off' or 'dance it out'?