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Apparently my stack exchange reputation doesn't carry over between sites, so I can't comment on previous answers. I just wanted to add that "preaching to the choir" is more about not needing to convince someone of something, because the proverbial choir is already on "team jesus". Also, "teaching [one's grandmother] to suck eggs" strikes me as very ...


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Teaching grandma to suck eggs, or teaching your grandmother to suck eggs is the unequivocal idiom which means giving advice to someone who is already an expert in the subject or field. There's also the implication that the "teacher" in question is less-experienced than their pupil. Teaching fish to swim, although easily understood and to my ears, more ...


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When you boil it to kill the microbes, you are sterilizing the water through Sterilization. Dictionary.com meaning: ster·i·lize [ster-uh-lahyz] verb (used with object), ster·i·lized, ster·i·liz·ing. to destroy microorganisms in or on, usually by bringing to a high temperature with steam, dry heat, or boiling liquid. to destroy the ...


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Yes it is proper to use teaching fish how to swim in your situation. I know that explaining (topic) to you guys is like teaching fish how to swim... Another phrase that comes to mind: I know that I'm preaching to the choir, but today I would like to discuss (topic)...


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The semicolon strikes me as grammatically incorrect, but people like to do some strange things with semicolons around here, so who am I to say. However, your question seems moot since the "but not only" part is completely redundant and can be removed. Saying "Every possible accessory... including X" already implies that there are other things you're not ...


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I've found this: Fat City History – By Dan Ellis – The first phase of Lakeside Shopping Center became established in 1958-59 – Bob Spraque, architect. It was soon to become the anchor for the birthplace of numerous high-class lounges and happy-hour bars that would eventually be built. These were followed by apartment complexes that catered ...


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Fat City noun Slang. an easy and prosperous condition or circumstance: With a new house and a better-paying job, she's in Fat City. Also, fat city. Origin: 1960–65 [EDIT] As for why 'city,' Joe-ks has this to say under 'Phrases, Clichés, Expressions & Sayings,' though I'm not sure of the authenticity (Scroll down to 'Fat city'): ...


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The most common idiom for that action is "make water safe to drink." Most residential coffee makers are not capable of maintaining high temperatures for a long enough period of time to make the water safe to drink. Both steps are necessary to remove or kill all bacteria, viruses and parasites and make the water safe to drink. How can you make the water ...


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From wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teach_fish_how_to_swim Teach fish how to swim is an idiomatic expression derived from the Latin proverb piscem natare docem. The phrase focuses attention on the self-sufficient perception of those who know how to do every thing better than the experts. Those who would attempt to do so are thought to exhibit a ...


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According to Wikipedia, double whammy can be applied to multiple things as well. An English expression meaning multiple (or a combination of) negative circumstances, events, or effects. Sometimes hyphenated. Though triple whammy is used in the sense you want also and Wiktionary has a definition: a threefold blow or setback (popularized in the ...


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WiseGeek, the source of Benyamin Hamidekhoo's answer, rightly notes that both the pot and the kettle "turn black with use." That is, they start out a silvery or grayish or coppery color and gradually turn black through exposure to the heat and smoke of the fires or heating elements that they are set above. However, I disagree with WiseGeek's contention that ...



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