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What's it called when someone starts a well-known saying but doesn't finish it? [duplicate]

Often times in a TV show that I watch and love, Supernatural, the big bads use quotes and sayings to further their point. For example, Crowley, the current King of Hell at the time, replied to Dean, ...
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What is it called when you remove part of a quote and accidentally change its meaning [duplicate]

An example is the idiom "Great minds think alike." that has been shortened over time. Its original form being "Great minds think alike, but those of fools rarely differ.". I know this type of ...
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Is there an expression to indicate the strategy of wearing someone down with numerous small irritations?

I would use rope-a-dope, but it's got connotations of pretending to lose that I don't need. I'm trying to describe the behavior of someone who sends twenty detailed emails a day about various projects,...
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English idiom or proverb equivalent for “if everybody is doing it, I will also do it”

Can somebody please help me by giving an English idiom or proverb equivalent for: If everybody is doing it, I will also do it.
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Having done something so often, that it's all routine

I would like an expression that emphasizes that you've done something lots of times, that it's just routine to you. I thought "I've done it so many times, I can do it in my sleep" might work, ...
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The meaning of the English idiom “pot calling the kettle black”

I would like to know something more about this idiom and how North American or English speaking people use it. Is the idiom considered outdated or offensive by young people? When is "pot calling the ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “great minds think alike”?

Upon using the phrase "great minds think alike" in chat today, I was informed that it is really a shortened version of "Great minds think alike, small minds rarely differ" or "Great minds think alike, ...
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Etymology of “Devil-may-care”

I want to know about the origin of the compound adjective devil-may-care: Cheerful and reckless: light-hearted, devil-may-care young pilots All OED has is The exclamation devil may care! ...
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Looking for an idiom opposite to “the more the merrier”

I am looking for an idiom or a phrase that expresses the opposite idea of "the more the merrier". Context: Five persons are taking a class in gymnastics with a private coach. Only two show up ...
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Speak of the Devil [closed]

In native English people say "Speak of the devil and he doth appear" when someone walks in unexpectedly when they are speaking about him oblivion to his appearance in a short while. But the same ...
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Where did the term the last straw originate? [closed]

Where did the term the last straw originate? Was it something to do with rations in a war or what was it?