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The idiom lets you anchor two propositions against one another in order to add emphasis. There was nothing I loved more than English, not even volleyball and that's saying a lot! Think: because you know how much I actually love volleyball, so just imagine how much I loved English. I think I'd even prefer him to the terrorists—and that's saying a ...


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Sometimes when a grumpy old man gets annoyed, he makes noises like clearing his throat. Does grumbling or grunting define that action? Grumble: definitely not. That consists of complaining words, it is not a sound. Grunt: close, but that isn't it. Grunt doesn't include throat-clearing, and it is an inhalation. Is there a more appropriate ...


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It is an idiomatic expression, say a lot about something: to show or express something. In general, I think the way someone dresses says a lot about their attitude. (Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms) In you first example, the fact that you love English more than anything else, shows clearly how much it ( English) is important or means ...


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Alternatives: "The timing of answering a question is important" "The time of answering a question is important" Different. timing = selection for maximum effect of the precise moment for beginning or doing something Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary


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In the UK, it is often referred to as a "Paddington stare". This refers to the character Paddington Bear who found fame in the books of Michael Bond, which have been adapted for TV and movie. “Paddington had a very persistent stare when he cared to use it. It was a very powerful stare. One which his Aunt Lucy had taught him and which he kept for ...


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An old saying for a demanding look is, to look at someone with "daggers in your eyes." If you are being patronizing, you would give someone a "withering look". (To cause them to "shrivel up")(US)



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