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Is “barge in” a cool way of saying “come in”?

I am looking for a specific US expression. A cool and informal way of saying "all right, come in" to a very good friend in a situations as follows: The (drunk) friend is barged in to my suit suite ...
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What do you call a Q & A user who posts a question but never checks back?

I have searched for a term that describes users who post questions and then disappear without trace. These users will post and write their questions in a great flurry, sometimes ignoring the basic ...
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“Same procedure as last year?” [on hold]

Kann mir jemand helfen mit der Analyse dieses Dialogs in Dinner for one? Wieso ändert sich die Bedeutung dieses Dialogs während des Films? "Same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?" - "Same procedure ...
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having done something

Can I use this in the future like this? She, having painted the house,can invite to the friends Having done the task , she can go: In advance,thanks to all of you
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Can I say “Hiking the Lighthouse/Mountain/Jones Path”?

If there is a path called the Lighthouse Path (somewhere at the coast) or Mountain Path or Jones Path (named after somebody who identified it) and I want to hike it, is it correct to say "Hiking the ...
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The structure of the following sentence: “Why may standing up for a long time cause hypotension?”

Is the structure of this sentence "Why may standing up for a long time cause hypotension?" correct?
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What do we say when glue does not stick anymore?

I want to know how can we says to a glue that does not stick anymore, can we say "Glue has faded"? is there any specific word in English for this phenomenon?
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Can someone please correct the below lines of mine and explain me where and why I am wrong. [on hold]

An author of a work that has been published in Australia will automatically receive copyright protection in countries that are signatories to the Berne Convention. Likewise, an author of a work that ...
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What is the difference between “attitude” and “approach”?

Merriam-Webster gives the definitions of the words approach and attitude, respectively, as follows: Approach, noun: A way of dealing with something A way of doing or thinking about ...
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His name is or was john? he is or was my cousin? john is dead

If a person is dead, is it correct to say" his name is John"? Also can I say " he is my cousin"?
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Need help with Ideas for an essay [on hold]

I was assigned to write a cause/effect essay on the unawareness of gender in young people today. But I do not fully understand the topic and the teacher did not elaborate more about it. So I am ...
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I like “the” music or I like music? [duplicate]

I like music. I like the music. I know the difference between the previous two sentences is that 'the music' is specifically talking about a music. Is there any more difference in meaning? Can you ...
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what's the meaning of “time-tagged”

i don't understand the meaning of "time-tagged" e.g. The event data is encoded into time-tagged actions (assault, kidnap,flee, assassinate)
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Usage of previously vs earlier [on hold]

Sentence 1 : We need to read the essay we have written previously. Sentence 2 : We need to read the essay we have written earlier. Please tell the difference between Sentence 1 and Sentence 2.
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Gone are the days [on hold]

Kindly tell me about the usage of following phrases 1) Gone are the days 2) Gone were the days 3) Gone are those days 4) Gone were those days
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What is the objection of Siddhartha here?

I am reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and I am not able to understand this passage But according to your very own teachings, this unity and necessary sequence of all things is ...
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“She suggested me to go shopping.”

I wrote "She suggested me to go shopping." Why is it wrong? Can we say one of the following sentences? She suggested going shopping. She suggested that we to go shopping. How would you correct my ...
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A word meaning <a short article or essay>

I recently came across a word somewhere that literally meant: a short article or essay It was most likely a loanword, either from Spanish or French. It began with a "C" or a "P", and was more ...
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Spill the metaphorical beans?

I was reading a comic book and ran into this phrase. Is there any difference between 'spill the beans' and 'spill the metaphorical beans'? here is the context. Talk show host: "But seriously, Reed. ...
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(somebody) demonstrated improved results

I'm wondering if the following sentence is correct: In his PhD defense, he demonstrated (his) improved results. Also, should we use the determiner "his" here? What I am trying to convey is that he ...
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Putative should - what time does it express? [on hold]

Here are some examples with the putative should. What is the factor which indicates the time reference expressed by the putative should in the examples? Being a foreigner to English I find it hard to ...
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American word for commode

I know several words for the toilet, i.e. bathroom. However I want to know the colloquial word for the seat on which one sits while defecating. I have read john somewhere but never heard an American ...
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Meaning of smah

I was helping my child with her homework and noticed that she has learn words starting with with sm..., st.... I found word "smuh" which i had never seen before as English is not my native language ...
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Can we say Copy-Right-Free instead of CopyLeft?

say a lot of people find the phrase "copy left" confusing so you may prefer to use "copyright-free" instead. is that ok? are they having exactly same meaning?
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Is there an appropriate parting phrase to someone leaving on bad trip?

If someone you know is leaving for a vacation it's appropriate to say something like "have a good trip" A colleague was going on a trip to visit his terminally ill mother. On his last day in the ...
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Fruitful? Fruitless? Fruitempty? Fruitmore?

I notice that the word fruitful's opposite is fruitless. It's kind of bizarre. Figuratively speaking, if the activity produces no fruit, it is fruit-less. But if it does produce fruit, shouldn't it ...
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have lived vs have been living [duplicate]

Present Prefect- "I have lived in this town for 12 years." Present Perfect Continuous- "I have been living in this town for 12 years." In the context that I have been living in this town for 12 ...
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Positive format of the word 'weird'?

What is the equivalent adjective of the word different? It must give a positive feeling and must be opposite to the negative feeling word 'weird'. I'm writing some dialogs for my short-film where ...
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Is “the best thing since sliced bread” supposed to be taken sarcastically?

On one day my boss said that a tool I had created to speed up my work was “probably the best thing since sliced bread”. Neither one of us is a native english speaker and we don’t also have any similar ...
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Collective word for prefix, stem and suffix

Please, is there a collective word for all the parts of a word, prefix, stem and suffix?
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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Hit and miss, or hit or miss?

Are both "Hit and miss" and "Hit or miss" valid English phrases? Hit-and-Miss Misses the Grammar Mark claims that "Hit and miss" is illogical, but I see both in Google NGrams.
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What is a Metaphor for “Being Thrown Into a Completely New Environment”

I am trying to convey how I was thrown into a completely new environment in my essay. What would be a good metaphorical representation of that?
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Are there any famous English poems that every British-raised or American-raised person knows? [on hold]

In the Chinese language, there is a poem named Quiet Night Thoughts(Jing Ye Si) by Li Bai, which is known by everyone that is native to China (from little kids to very old people, even if they are ...
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Word for paying in auctions? [migrated]

I am looking for a specific word that can be used in the following situation: You are in a auction, and want to buy it, so you "place" a price.
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What does commute/commutation mean in this context?

I am trying to understand the following sentence from a legal document. Can anyone explain me what 'commutation' means? Immovable property presently sold is free and clear of all seigniorial ...
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Regional pronunciation of “houndstooth” as “houndsooth”

I have always pronounced "houndstooth" as ˈhau̇n(d)z-ˌtüth , the exact same way I would pronounce the phrase "hound's tooth". Recently, I was told that the pronunciation should be "hound sooth", ...
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Is there a word that describes this gesture of interlocking hands on the lower stomach?

Specifically, I am referring to the traditional gesture some female service staff members seem to do, when demonstrating their work or their readiness to receive orders. Also, this is the gesture ...
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Weird Use of 'Same' [duplicate]

A few times I've seen written the word same used like some sort of mass noun, to refer to something aforementioned. As a simple example: The box contains a gun. The use of same for shooting people ...
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Is there a term for a foreign word that looks like an English word but has a completely different meaning?

Examples: gift (German) = poison poisson (French) = fish embarazada (Spanish) = pregnant triviale (Italian) = vulgar
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Notarial Deed Translation from Canadian English

I have to translate an English document from Quebec into Polish language. However, there is one sentence that I cannot understand: As the whole now subsists with all its rights members and ...
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Words without simple synonyms

Is there a word or concept that describes words lacking simple (e.g. less pretentious, less technical, less subjugating) synonyms, or more generally words without single-word synonyms. I'm looking for ...
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How to appropriately use the word “baby” as in the pattern “ ____ baby ___”; for example, “run baby run”?

As a non-native English speaker, I am not sure what is the meaning of this pattern "_ baby _" as in "run baby run"? Another example: "USA continues to "drill baby drill" (referring to oil). What other ...
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What’s the difference between a software “developer” and a software “maker”?

We usually call someone who makes software a software developer. Why don’t we call them a software maker instead? What’s the different between software developer and software maker?
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conniption origin?

I viewed the thread about conniption dido - which I'd never heard before. But was wondering what true meaning of conniption was? I always figured it was an old medical term for seizure or ...
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Quote: nearly impossible for artists to critique themselves well?

In the recently-released movie, Birdman, Michael Keaton's character witters a seemingly famous quote to Edward Norton's character about artists critiquing themselves and how it is nearly impossible to ...
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Capitalization in direct speech without quotation marks

My question has been largely answered in the discussion linked to below. However, one question remains: in mid-sentence hypothetical direct speech without quotation marks, what is preferable ...
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What figure(s) of speech or expression are in play here?

I recently heard a somewhat poetic song lyric that I couldn't pin down. The writer says of a failed relationship: We broke a diamond with our bitter words. I get diamond as a metonym for ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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A word that is a little less than cold [duplicate]

I'm looking for an adjective that says "It's cold, but not that cold". For example, lukewarm means (in my mind) "It's warm, but not that warm", and I'm looking for its cold counterpart. Every ...

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