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comment Two good things put together create a bad thing
Mismatches, maybe?
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revised Long trip for small reward?
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answered Long trip for small reward?
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comment “Here's looking at you, kid” meaning?
Viewed in that context, "Here's to the bride" may be understood as meaning "Here's [a toast] to the bride," and similarly "Here's looking at you" may be understood as meaning "Here's [a toast to] looking at you."
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comment “Here's looking at you, kid” meaning?
If "here's hoping" means "I hope" and "here's looking" means "I'm looking," why did people bother to put those ideas in that form, instead of simply saying "I hope" or "I'm looking"? My guess is that the "here's Xing" formulation emerged from an already established toasting form, "Here's to X," where X may stand for any number of things, as one sees in the 1805 song "Here's to the Maiden." But why it did, I can't say.
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comment “Batchy” indicating a bad taste?
@Tyler James Young: I didn't realize that your grandmother was from the United States.The coverage of batchy that I provided comes from British English sources only; I couldn't find anything on the term in U.S. slang references. I'll leave my answer up in case someone is interested in the UK use of the term, but I'm afraid it isn't at all helpful to your situation.
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revised Quotation ascribed to Benjamin Franklin, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
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revised The history of 'aisle' and 'isle'
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comment How to pronounce (OS X) Yosemite in Australian English
And is there any truth to the rumor that Apple plans to name the next version of its operating system "OS X Folsom Prison"?
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revised Quotation ascribed to Benjamin Franklin, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
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answered “Batchy” indicating a bad taste?
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comment phrasal verb: 'coffee up'
Another term that was in vogue in the United States a few years ago was "Cowboy up"—that is, "Get up and get back after it." Hence, the longer form of the phrase, "Cowboy up, or go wait in the truck," a phrase with real resonance for anyone who spent time on a farm as a child, and was sometimes told to "go wait in the truck" when it became clear that the job would be easier to perform without the kid getting in the way. In the case of "coffee up," however, I think that the phrase amounts to the same thing as the verb "caffeinate."
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comment Meaning of “Back on their heels”
For what it's worth, I think that "back on their heels" means "in a defensive posture"; in boxing, it is almost impossible to take the offensive unless your weight is on your toes, pushing forward or at least dancing around. If your weight is back on your heels, you may be able to back away (that is, retreat) further, but you will not do so with much agility, and you won't even be in a position to counterpunch effectively. Roaring Fish's explanation above is generally correct, in my opinion.
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revised Why are contractions considered unprofessional?
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revised Can someone explain the phrase “All is fair in love and war”?
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revised Quotation ascribed to Benjamin Franklin, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
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