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Mar
27
comment Is there an English idiom that means “you can always find a law to convict anyone”?
Not an idiom, but the famous quote from Cardinal Richelieu might be used to express that sentiment: "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
Oct
9
comment English proverb or saying on “you can't have too many friends”
As in Russian, it's not uncommon to simply state that directly: "you can't/can never have too many friends," "there's no such thing as too many friends," etc.
May
23
comment What is “the exception that proves the rule”?
See this Straight Dope article for a long discussion of different interpretations.
May
23
comment What proof is there in pudding?
@ErikKowal Sorry you didn't understand my comment.
May
23
comment What proof is there in pudding?
You might want to double-check your understanding of exceptions testing rules. There's good evidence (see final entry) that the phrase uses "proof" in the usual sense of implication, but is only sensibly applicable to a somewhat narrow range of situations.
Feb
27
comment What is the grammatical function of “a Catholic” in “She was raised a Catholic”?
For sake of completeness, "His mother was raised Catholic" with no article is also common and conveys the same meaning.