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Questions tagged [expressions]

This tag is for questions about expressions. Expressions are words or phrases used to convey an idea, or else a particular term used conventionally to express something. Consider phrase-requests and expression-requests if you are looking for an expression, phrase-meaning if you are unsure about the usage of a given phrase.

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What do we call a person who adapts easily?

I know that my mother will be fine after reaching there, she is a person who knows how to adapt very easily.
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Does “expecting” mean “pregnant” exactly?

The term expecting is often used as if it means "pregnant", as shown by Merriam-Webster (for the verb expect) 3 : to be pregnant : await the birth of one's child —used in progressive tenses she's ...
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Can a “paradigm state that…”? [on hold]

Which is more correct: a. "This breaks the paradigm which states that every Roman comes from Rome", or b. "This breaks the paradigm according to which it is assumed that every Roman comes ...
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what do English people say instead of FOLKS ? thank you [on hold]

.. what do Englisch people say instead of FOLKS ? thank you
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Unpleasant situations happen?

Unfortunately sometimes things don't go the way we want. Unpleasant situations happen. Is the phrase "Unpleasant situations happen" correct? Maybe instead of happen it would be better to use '...
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What kind of event is “Benefit Ball”?

Here is the sentence: He talked about his wine collection and the people he had seen at the latest benefit ball.
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idiomatic expression:what is a better way saying “I'm working on a task that is to make bread” [on hold]

what is a better way saying "I'm working on a task that is to make bread"
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What does “drop off the edge” mean here? [on hold]

In the British film 'About a boy' I saw the expression 'If only two people someone drops off the edge'. what does it mean? He said 'Suddenly I realized, two people isnt enough. You need to back ...
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Honest with minor things but dishonest with bigger issues

Looking for a proverb/saying that describes a person being honest about/with little things but dishonest about bigger issues. A board of directors of s non for profit organization ran a transparent ...
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What is proper English to rephrase this sentence “I made it as correct answer”? [on hold]

The context is like: Person A: why is "pig" the correct answer? Person B: Because I made it as correct answer! Basically, I want to say I just want it to be the correct answer, that's why it is the ...
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Expression or phrase for the maximum amount of people with business knowledge to get in a bus accident without the business failing?

This expression or phrase is often joked about when engineers or developers or people with knowledge pivotal to the business all decide to travel somewhere and they check to see how many of them could ...
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Which expression means “total number of lecture hours in a course”?

I want a word or short expression that signifies the total number of lecture hours in a course. This is something I want to write in a syllabus along with other relevant data about the course. The ...
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Is the phrase “They are all my life“ correct? [closed]

Is it correct to say “They are all my life “ When you are describing the importance of your family.
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Is it Asian-inspired or Asia-inspired?

I’m editing something that talks about an “Asian-inspired” hotel. Is this correct? If I were to flip the words and write that the hotel is "inspired by __,” I’d say, “inspired by Asia,” not “inspired ...
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What is “warm and flat water”?

I heard the expression 'warm and flat water' in the British film when someone gives another water saying There you go, warm and flat. I was told that I can use 'flat drink' to the drinks in ...
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In the light of the nature of the allegations

I found the phrase 'In the light of the nature of the allegations' in a BBC news article titled 'Jeff Bezos: Amazon boss accuses National Enquirer of blackmail'. The context is: "American Media ...
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Good verb for “to fall over forwards”?

I'm looking for a verb that describes falling over forwards - for example, if you're setting on a chair and someone shoves you from behind. What's the proper word to use here? Thanks a lot! Nicolas
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preposition + the

should “the” be omitted when it is used along with the prepositions: in, on, across, etc.? Like in the following sentences, and I'm speaking generally: 1) some birds live in mountains\the mountains ...
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warm and flat water [duplicate]

I saw the expression 'warm and flat water' in the British film when someone gives another water saying 'there you go, warm and flat'. I was told that I can use 'flat drink' to the drinks in which had ...
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are you decent?

I saw the expression 'are you decent?' in the film 'About a boy' in the situation where a house is locked then a friend who has a key and don't know well there is anybody in the house enter there. But ...
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Can “I'm passing today” colloquially mean “I'm going to refrain (from doing this) today”?

There's this colloquial expression "I'll pass (on that)" which means "I'll refrain (from doing this)". I'm curious if by saying "I'm passing today" as in "I'm going to pass today" one could convey ...
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What is the expression “ an early ironclad morning” mean?

In Sherlock Holmes stories there is an expression somewhere "on one early ironclad morning" what does it mean?
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How do you correct this sentence to a right one?

I want to travel to Tokyo. If you go, let's travel with Kamakura! -> I want to travel to Tokyo. If you are traveling, let’s do it with Kamakura? can someone help? i corrected the original sentence ...
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Grant somebody access to something or Grant access to something for somebody

Often I have to request access to specified resource for specified person. Is there any error in any of these forms and what is better to use? Grant somebody access to something Grant access to ...
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What “a foot or so” mean? [closed]

I saw a sentence like "Some coastal waters and rivers can have such a high concentration of suspended sediment and floating plant material that light only penetrates surface a foot or so" In this ...
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Is “paper fiction” a set phrase?

" the rock and the ocean are revealed to be mere paper fictions" - On Evil, Terry Eagleton The text refers to the book 'Pincher Martin'. The rock and the ocean turn out to be quite literally made ...
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Another way to say “The new standard”

What would be another way to say something is "The new standard"? For example "We used to use blank1 but now we use blank2 which has become [phrase here in place of the new standard]" Definition of ...
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When referring to two people who have passed on, is it necessary to repeat “the late”?

Which one is correct? A. Authors like the late John Smith and John Doe have … B. Authors like the late John Smith and the late John Doe have … Thanks
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I'm looking for phrase/proverb about unimportant persons?

The phrase I'm looking for has similar meaning to "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king". When someone is important but the place that person is in not big or important, or when someone ...
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Why is the US referred to as “the Union” in “State of the Union”?

I wonder about the use of the word "Union" in the name "State of the Union", which is the US President's annual address to Congress. The phrase appears in the Constitution: He [the President] shall ...
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“as much they could”

Is the phrase "as much they could" correct? For instance, The spectators had to endure the heat as much they could.
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Token hold … does this expression make sense?

I'm writing a poem at the minute and a part of a line goes: "My certitudes not token hold" Alternative "My certitude is more than just some token hold" What I'm trying to convey here is that I ...
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Correct usage of the phrase 'if any'

What is the best position for the phrase 'if any' for the sentence below?Please explain the rationale behind your answer? What could be, if any, the benefits or disadvantages of something? ...
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Are there any words/phrases/idioms expressing light sadness? [closed]

Not sorrow, or depressing kind of sadness. For example, when you remember someone you loved, who passed away, but you're remembering beautiful moments, his or her smile or eyes. You feel sad, but ...
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Word or phrase that everyone knows or has heard of, but no one knows its underlying meaning

What word or phrase can describe terms like: Wi-Fi AM/FM AM/PM RSVP "etc." "i.e." and so on? In other words, what word or phrase could be used to describe a word or phrase that "everyone knows ...
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What does “dodge a wrench” mean?

I was reading some stuff on the internet and I stumbled upon this phrase: If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball. What does that mean?
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What is the difference in meaning between “clicking on” or “clicking ” the bottom?

by clicking on the bottom. or by clicking the bottom. It seems to me that the first sentence ‘by clicking on the bottom’, the person is clicking contents that comes after the current content and the ...
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What' s the meaning of 'mole trap'?

sorry if my English is not good . in season 1-episode 3 of "killing Eve", there a conversation about a murder between Eve and Jin. Jin want to give something Secretly to Eve. Eve : What is that? ...
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About correcting grammatical errors

I am studying English these days by correcting random sentences that South Koreans are generally having difficulty with in their work environment. some guy asked me several questions regarding how ...
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Scientific way to describe “over linear growth”

I am aware that typically we use "linear" growth or "exponential" growth to describe certain trending, which seems very standard and scientific. But on the other hand, what is a proper and scientific ...
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A person or large groupe of people who came in my city from another city and stayed to find work or just to live but they are not really welcome [closed]

Almost like immigrants but they are not from other countries. In my language, we have a single word to describe such phenomenon, wanted to know if there is one in English. Thanks!
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Regarding the expression “Walking Warnings.”

THIS BOOK IS about living thoughtfully, and certainly not about dying, gracefully or otherwise. To age is to experience, to gain wisdom, to love and to lose, and to grow more comfortable in one’s own ...
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Is it “hold a scholarship by [Institution's name]” or “hold a scholarship from [Institution's name]”?

In other terms, what is the correct preposition to use in the phrase: "I hold a scholarship [??] institution XY". If there is a more elegant way to express that one holds a scholarship from a certain ...
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Is “lay easy on someone” a real phrase? [closed]

I used "lay easy on someone" today, to mean "go easy on someone" (when we learned the person is going through a hard time). I strongly feel people use this phrase (English is my second language), but ...
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type of + (singular noun) defined as (plural)

Please, can anyone help me with this? Is it accurate to say the following: there is a type of snake called "The Cobra snakes", and those snakes .....etc. In other words, when saying "type of snake" ...
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Being honest with minor things but being dishonest about big issues

I was looking for a proverb or a saying that describes the hypocrisy of a local dictator at a non profit organization who held and managed fake elections in which he was running for the president ...
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Word (or expression) meaning to reply without answering

Every now and again I ask a question to someone and while they provide a response, they fail to actually answer my question. A few examples are as follows: Q: What does HR do? A: HR stuff. ...
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Is there an idiom or expression for that “squeezing sensation you feel in your chest” when you contemplate one you love

There is little doubt that strong emotions can provoke specific sensations in the rest of the body, not just mind (whatever that is...) Emotions coordinate our behavior and physiological states ...
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What is the equivalent of “I am risking my head to say” when expressing a different opinion? [closed]

When you are in a minority, say most of the people prefer A to B, if you want to assert your support for B, you can have different moods, e.g., (1) brave and combative: "I love B so much more than A,...