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

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Origin of “you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide”?

What is the origin of the phrase You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. I see it occasionally bounced around, sometimes as an authoritarian slogan. Brief research indicates some ...
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Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
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What's the most accurate term for phrases such as “storm in a teacup” and “making mountains out of molehills”?

Are phrases such as "storm in a teacup" and "making mountains out of molehills" best described by one of these terms: anecdote proverb saying expression metaphor If not, which term is the right ...
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Correctness of the construction “Are as my brothers”

A friend wrote it in a team document, exactly the phrase was "My teammates are as my brothers". I have never seen it, but he is so sure it's making me doubt.
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the phrase “from now on” to be used in similar phrases

All of us know that "from now on" means starting from now, for example: From now on, all of us have to turn our mobiles off. But is this term assignable to such phrase? From lesson three on... (I ...
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Best way to phrase a 2 x 2 list

I'm working on the website for a theater that teaches improv classes and sketch classes, and also features improv shows and sketch shows. The front page of the website lists: "Improv and Sketch ...
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Less formal way of saying “I'm going offline”

Imagine a situation I'm going to the subway and will lose signal any moment. How would you tell someone you will lose signal soon? Or that you're going .. Offline essentially? Is "going dark" the ...
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Blazing in his eyes

The following passage is taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I cannot understand exactly what the phrase 'blazing in his eyes' mean. What is the subject of the verb 'blaze'? ...
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How to find a mistake [on hold]

1.His case comes into the court on 27th February. Can anybody, please, help me? Where is a mistake in this sentence?
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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”?

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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Phrases using the Arabic particle “al” as a separate word apart from “Al Qaeda” and “Al Jazeera”

Many words incorporated into English a long time ago have the Arabic particle "al" incorporated into them. For example, "algebra" and "alcohol". But does English have commonly used phrases with the ...
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What is “school annex”? [on hold]

Could you please explain what does the following expression mean: school annex I saw a building with this title on the front. However, I cannot figure out what it is exactly, and how does it ...
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What is the accurate English translation/meaning of the phrase “In nocte consilium”, the motto of Birkbeck College in London?

Not sure if this is the appropriate place to pose this question, but apparently we don't have a Latin Stackexchange... The motto of Birkbeck College in London is "In nocte consilium". However I have ...
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Is this phrase an appositive? And what case for the pronoun - We or Us?

One of my students wrote this sentence: "We should do something, both we students and the society." When I talked to her, I said that "we" should be "us", so I wrote the sentence like this: ...
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Is “Give you into trouble” correct

My wife often uses the phrase "I'll give you into trouble if you do that again" and it seems to be reasonably common in western Scotland, however I can't find any way for it to be grammatically ...
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“the writing is on the wall” vs. “the handwriting is on the wall”

This morning I heard on NPR someone mention that: "The handwriting is on the wall". I had a notion that it was a biblical allusion, which was confirmed by: ...
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What is the exact meaning of “You've got yourself a deal”? Is it only an American slang?

I came across the phrase, ‘got yourself a deal’ being introduced as a vulgar American English by a character in Jeffery Archer’s, fiction “The Fourth Estate.” In the scene Keith Townsend, Australian ...
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Is there any relationship between this “a can of whoop ass” and the really whoop ass can? [closed]

I’m gonna open a can of whoop ass on you if you don’t come with me now! I know that "whoop someone's ass" means to beat someone's ass And "open a can of whoop ass" means to beat someone Is ...
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I will offer up a few bits of advice (???) [closed]

I think that this means simply "I'll give you a few of advice." My question is how "offer up" and "offer" are different. In the dictionary, "offer up" is to worship or present as an act of worship, ...
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Is the phrase “Icy slush” redundant?

It's winter here in New York, and my driveway was a sheet of ice yesterday. Today, the ice is softer, and a bit slushier. Is it an icy slush? or a slush that is icy? Or just a slush, indicating that ...
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Appropriate use of “to have a background in…” [on hold]

Is it reasonable to say that I have a background in information technology when I have worked as a programmer for over ten years, but have no university degree or formal training?
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What is the word or phrase?

Is there a word or phrase for the following ice breaker game. A group of people form a circle, and the first person says their name. The next person on the left goes and says the first person's name ...
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Can we use “as per your asking” when replying to queries?

I am very confused at this usage, very common among my friends. As far as I understand, the correct usage is as per your query or as per your request. My friends though use as per your asking. Which ...
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Can I say “had better do this THAN do sth else”? [migrated]

I'd like to form this sentence: For the sake of learning more, one had better seem to not know much than to know everything However, I am not fully sure if I can use "than" with "had better" ...
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Meaning of the phrase: “I am but one.” [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the phrase: "I am but one." In sentence it is used as: "I am but one person out of the billions that exist on this earth."
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comma between subject and verb

'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc., all are possible fruits to eat in this country.' 'Apples, oranges, kiwis, etc. are possible ...
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How to ask if a tutor is ~welcoming~? new students

I'm going to ask the online teacher if she is expecting new students to come and start studying with her. What's the good way to ask her that? I'm not sure that my own option "Are you welcoming new ...
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Contact Details Vs. Contacts

"Contact" could be used as a noun. It could be used as plural as in- The more contacts the cloth has with the dirty surface, the more sploiled it gets. "Contact details" is different. "Contact ...
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English (UK) - does “an enraged expression” make sense?

I am writing a book and one of my characters is angry but I feel like angry doesn't fit in and that enraged makes more sense and also makes the language of the book better but I'm not sure if it makes ...
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What is the difference between “extended from” and “extending from”?

Scenario 1: part A is extended from part B Scenario 2: part A is extending from part B Is there any difference between these two descriptions? Would any one so kind to help me about this? Thanks in ...
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Usase of could have/would have/would have been [closed]

I find myself very weak in using these phrases. please write a sentence.
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“That strikes one for me”…what's it mean? [closed]

What's the "one" mean here? Is this taken from baseball? Can the idiom be grammatically used in other persons besides the first?
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“This time two years”

In English you can say "I will see you again this time next year" but can you say "I will see you again this time two years" or is that grammatically incorrect?
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“Strike gold” but without the implication of searching?

Whenever I hear the phrase I struck gold the fact the person had to have done a certain search is implied to me. Is this correct? For example, if I say: Janet loves sex so much! I've struck gold ...
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Succinct phrase for “work well under pressure”?

So I was working on my resume, but it literally took me two hours to come up with a succinct phrase for "work well under pressure". So far I could think of phrases like " pressure performer " or ...
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Is “She is under the shower” a proper English sentence? [migrated]

There is currently a debate on Duolingo about the proper translation of a sentence to English (the original language isn't the point of this question). The sentence, literally translates to "She is ...
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Meaning of “high in reach” regarding a training session

If an educational company described their session methodology as "high in reach" does it mean: the size of the audience the effectiveness of the training other? The original sentence in a press ...
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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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Phrase which describes falsely improving something

Is there an aphorism or proverb in English which describes attempting to improve something fundamentally flawed by dressing it with a lot of ornament?
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Use of “in comparison to”

I have doubts regarding the construction of the phrase: "[...] degree of fulfilment regarding the number of water quality parameters effectively controlled in comparison to the mandated number ...
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using against the edifice the instruments or stones available in the house

What does the highlighted sentence mean? Is it some kind of saying? What is the meaning of "edifice" here? Source: Read the Cultural Other
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A number off or a number of?

I am reading some technical documents and there is a list of items that make up the product. Throughout the document where there are multiple items, they are listed as 2 off, 3 off and so on. For ...
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Meaning of Have a lot of heart?

I've seen the phrase have a lot heart few times and got curious about what that means. However, since dictionaries do not give sufficient clues, I'm here for your help. That man must have a lot of ...
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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Word Choice: Starting a sentence with “If not too long ago”

I know that the proper way to use "not too long ago" is: "Not too long ago, contractors used to build houses and sell them to dealers. It was the responsibility of the dealers to provide financing to ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase?

I'm wondering what's the meaning of the following phrase: Bennett took a poke at the President's refusal to sign the bill. I've found some explanations of "to take a poke at", but still they ...
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What term describes “the degree to which peers can loan each other money”?

I want to make a distinction between two groups of people: Group A has the liquidity and borrowing power. Group B has minimal liquidity and borrowing power. The term "credit rating" implies it's ...
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Can “fatal disaster” mean man-made misfortune?

Yesterday, I talked with a friend and mentioned that the Lord Jesus had the potential of suffering a fatal disaster in Judea, because many people tried to kill Him, like the high priest, King of ...
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Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...