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

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Is this usage of “Just as well” correct?

Is it okay to use "just as well" in the next scenario: Person 1: When I'm mad I can be stubborn as hell. Person 2: And when you're not, just as well!
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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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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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Phrase for additional advertisment after a product has been purchased

Online retailers typically try to attract the visitors by advertising products related to those just being viewed, with the aim to make a more profitable sale. Prominent examples of such techniques ...
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Is “allied topics” a term reserved for the Academia?

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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What does “funny farm” mean?

What does funny farm mean in the following lyrics? They're coming to take me away ha ha They're coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha ha To the funny farm Where life is beautiful all the ...
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“Replace with” versus “replace by”

I often see "replace with" and "replace by" used interchangeably, but this doesn't sound right to me: I replaced that component by this one. I would use "with" in such a sentence. "By" only ...
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How can i write this properly or what would be the proper way to write this thought? [on hold]

so when my cousin, a football player, gave me a ticket for a game, in which his club was playing versus another club, and told me that a prominent politician will be the chief guest. how can i write ...
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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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“for good” expression in an unfortunate event?

I just heard an expression while watching a TV series yesterday. Someone just died and they said: He is gone for good I googled it and found that "for good" means "forever" in this context. But ...
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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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Whats the word for an missed event? [on hold]

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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Being in love with someone

Is there a difference between loving someone and being in love with them? I sort of think that being in love with someone might imply that there are reciprocal feelings, but I'm not sure. If someone ...
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Whatis the correct phrase and why? [on hold]

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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Meaning of the political phrase “he has bottom”

What is origin & meaning of the phrase "he has bottom" or "he lacks bottom"? This is a phrase used in UK politics a great deal.
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Noun w/ prepositional phrase and relative clause [on hold]

Which noun does the relative clause apply to in this sentence: The shadows from Europa, which cannot be seen in the image, Callisto, and Io are strung out from left to right. I think it is ...
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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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For statements using the following words/phrases [on hold]

1. to music/ Marlin/ is listening/ now 2. did/ I/ my homework/ in my room/ not I choose. 1. Now Marlin is listening to music. (but i think is not correct that phrase.. my opinion is to add ...
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“hereby referred to” or “hereafter referred to”? [on hold]

In a document where I would like to change how something is referred to, which would be the correct sentence? The variable x hereby referred to as a... The variable x hereafter referred to as ...
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Phrases and clauses, what are they both? [on hold]

What do you call the category of sentence component that contains both clauses and phrases?
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When should I write “some stratagems” and when “some stratagem”?

Instances of "some stratagems": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Instances of "some stratagem": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Is "stratagem" plural noun itself? (like phenomena) If so, is it possible to use "s" to make it plural ...
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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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“Adverbial phrase” vs “Adverbial clause”

Please tell me what the difference is between an adverbial phrase and an adverbial clause.
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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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Opposite of “out of date”? [on hold]

Can anyone think of a phrase we would use to describe a situation where something is the opposite of "out of date"; that is, it's "too new"? For example, a banana that's been sitting around for ages ...
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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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“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 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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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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What is the origin of “rings a bell”?

Where does the expression "rings a bell" come from? e.g. Bob: Have we met before? Geoff: Well, your face rings a bell.
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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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Help understanding a sentence/reference

The introductory paragraph of the book An Introduction to Mathematics, written for general audience by the great British mathematician Alfred North Whitehead goes like this: Chapter 1: THE ...
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What does “Don’t leave your brains at the door,” mean? Is this an idiom, or just frequently used phrase?

I found the phrase, “Don’t leave your brains at the door,” in the statement of Republican congressman, Morgan Griffith quoted in ‘Today’s Quote’ of Time magazine (November 18). Under the caption, “I ...
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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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Usage of the phrase “over his lifetime”

Is it appropriate to use the phrase "over his lifetime" for in introducing someone if the person is still alive, i.e. "...his dedication to music over his lifetime..."
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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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What is meant by Nothing up your sleeves

Background: Hi, this one is my first question on this site. Untill now I was just a developer asking for help on stackoverflow.com. So today I was watching the movie Now you see me, where they all ...
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“Go a long way to” + gerund vs infinitive

Which one is correct? If they all are correct, which construction is the most preferable? Why? The fund will go a long way to solving their problem. The fund will go a long way to solve their ...
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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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Is there an established phrase like “Claim a false dollar to get a rightful cent”?

For example person A believes that person B is occupying 1 acre of person A's land. Person A claims that person B is occupying 10 acres in the hope that a court of law will award a fraction of the ...
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A saying indicating how some professionals don't apply their skills for themselves

Some made-up examples: Architect's house is always crooked. Mechanic's car is leaking Chef's breakfast is as plain as boiled eggs Is there an established saying for these situations?
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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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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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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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Synoyms: one-time-purchase (business model) / one-shot deal businesses

What phrases describe a one-time purchase business plan or a one-shot business deal? For instance: a restaurant is in Times Square, the food is atrocious but it doesn't matter because there are ...
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Come out of the closet

'Come out of the closet ' derives from the phrase 'a skeleton in the closet'. Why is it perfectly OK to say come out of the closet but not come out of the cupboard as a follow-on the British phrase ...
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“jury-rigged”, or “jerry-rigged”

As far back as I can remember, the usage went something like "Their jury was rigged, and that's how he got away." Or, "They Jerry-rigged the controller at the last moment and it worked!" I used to ...
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What does the phrase “Terminated Indefinitely” mean? [closed]

What does the phrase "Terminated Indefinitely" mean in the busness world? Additional Information: This is in the context of a project that has been halted.