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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 does “top of the pier” mean?

We have this as a location to meet up with some people after docking at a pier. So would this be where the pier connects to the land?
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Is it okay to say “Excuse me, Ms.” to get attention from strangers who are women?

I was wondering that above sentence on title, “Excuse me, Ms.” is rude or not. I’ve watched a video on youtube about English titles, but “Excuse me lady.” is very rude to get attention from women, ...
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Should say “his own wife” or “his wife”?

I was narrating a movie to my friend where I made a statement like “his own wife killed him” where my friend said it doesn’t sound right to say “his own wife” and corrected me to say it as just “his ...
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'Gone are the days when … ' Is this expression often used?

everyone. Is the expression 'gone are the days when ...' often used in everyday English? Or is it something you can see only in books? Thank you!
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Expression that means “Ruin something by publicizing it”?

I was wondering if there is a colloquialism or phrase for when you ruin something by documenting it or publicizing it. For example, if a journalist were to do a story on a beautiful, lush, ...
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Expression for a very specific utility post climbing gear called “maneas”/“pretal” in spanish, widely used in South America

IMPORTANT, first just watch 30 seconds of 1 or 2 of this YouTube videos featuring the use of "maneas", to visualize this devices: 1,2,3,4, don Pictures 5,6 I know this site is not spanish oriented, ...
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changing between tv channels

If I want someone, who is holding the TV remote control, to change the channel on TV, then what should I tell him\her? (1) Switch to another channel? (2) move to another channel? (3) Go to another ...
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What is the meaning of “cross down”?

While translating a text I came across the expression: "cross down". The whole line (It's a play) is: "Beautiful. Cross down." And expresses kind of approval. Do you know the phrase? does it come from ...
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Is “dance around” a valid phrasal verb?

I think the idiomatic expresssion “dance around” a subject, an issue meaning, avoid addressing a subject or an issue, is a common metaphor as in: When it comes to money, however, we find lots of ...
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Expression: Find a pretty woman yet?

I thought there is an expression: Find a pretty woman yet? And this could mean that have you settled in, are you married now? Something along that line. I had a small talk with my friend long time ago ...
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is it correct to say: I am always at your disposal and ready to support and help you to strengthen our mutual cooperation [on hold]

I am always at your disposal and ready to support and help you to strengthen our mutual cooperation
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Is there an opposite phrase for “The apple never falls far from the tree”?

I was doing some research on idioms, and came upon the thought of whether there is an opposite idiom for The apple never falls far from the tree. as in "The offspring have much in common with ...
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What does “a cross between the Parthenon and the Reichstag” mean?

In Gerard Durrell's The Whispering Land I ran into the sentence below: At that precise moment we were heading towards the massive building that looked like a cross between the Parthenon and the ...
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A word or phrase for valuing the metric over what's being measured

As an example, let's say a company does an employee satisfaction survey and the scores come back low. Instead of addressing the complaints, they send out a memo saying that they'll start basing ...
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How can I express that I have completed task given somebody in polite manner?

Somebody asked me to rebase my github repository with his repository and I did it as per his/her request. How can I express it in polite manner? Some sentences running in my mind are: I did rebase ...
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on provision of seven (7) days written notice

I was reading a legal contract and came across this sentence about the termination of the contract: This Agreement may be terminated by either Party on provision of seven (7) days written notice ...
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What is a slang but safe for work word for someone who is stubborn or narrow-minded?

I'm trying to write a book and have run into this problem multiple times. I want it to have a strong meaning while remaining respectful. Any ideas?
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What does “standing on someone’s shoulders” really mean?

I'm translating the following passage, which is said by a black woman living in America: But the doctor was right: I was depressed. Like most people in my community, I had the misconception ...
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How do I say that an infection was transmitted to me by droplet contact without sounding weird?

There's a list of ways an infection can be transmitted from one person to another: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmission_(medicine) I can say, "This infection was transmitted to me sexually". ...
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How do I write that I have received a grant and that the work I am currently doing is being supported by that said grant?

I am writing to an educational institute that I am doing work/study with the grant that I have received from a specific foundation. Do I say, I am working alongside the grant? I am working through the ...
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Multiple prepositional phrases

I made this sentence The girl in the fancy dress with a bag on the city center street in Newyork is heading to a concert in a different city without telling her parents. I think the phrases 'in ...
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Difference between “taking into account” and “considering” when used as conjunctions of contrast

How do I explain the difference between "taking into account" and "considering" to ESL students and can they be used interchangeably in the following sentences? "Taking into account that my sales are ...
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Should the verb “die” be used in the present simple tense when talking about an individual?

There's this quote from the game Batman: Arkham Origins in which there's the phrase "She dies" which Ferris says about Mr. Freeze's wife Nora, who's suffering an uncurable disease. Shouldn't it be ...
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Understanding the phrase “belly matches paws”

Could someone explain the meaning of the phrase "I like the way your belly matches your paws" to me? It is used in a feline context. One such usage appears in: http://www.cc.com/feeds/transcripts/...
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What do you call someone who wont act on something unless they have been asked? [closed]

Rather than take action and show initiative, this character may know of many issues but holds them close to their chest waiting for a manager to request something be done. In a work situation, when ...
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“I hesitated to ask.” So did I ask or not ask? [closed]

"I hesitated to ask Question X" seems to mean that I hesitated, and then I asked Question X. Often though, the expression seems to imply that I, in fact, never asked Question X. Here are a few ...
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What is the correct way to say that some thing is similarly negative to the first?

We say, "A T.V. is an electronic device. So is a cellphone." What is the similar way to say, "A burger is not a healthy food, so isn't(?) pizza." I know we can say, "neither is pizza" (or is it "nor"...
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“Another of our backpacks” or “Another one of our backpacks” [closed]

I'm not sure which of the following two is correct: 1) "Another of our backpacks..." 2) "Another one of our backpacks..."
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Is there any expression for "it is kind of [troublesome]?

Here is the situation. I always wear short pants when I go to gym. Even if it is really cold outside, I wear short pants, because I will end up changing into short pants if I go to gym in long pants. ...
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Is “feel positively about…” grammatically correct?

Saying “I feel positively about...” to praise something sounds more natural than “feel positive” to me. It’s strange that we usually say “we feel...” with an adjective but here we’re using an adverb. ...
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Verb (or expression) referring to something that happens suddenly and unexpectedly, and upsets you

I’m trying to find a verb or idiomatic expression to refer to something that happens suddenly and unexpectedly, upsets and overwhelms you like a bolt from the blue. For example, a shocking event in ...
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Playing up to stereotypes

there is a new tv show on netflix ‘YOU’. There are some stereotypes in the real world, and this show has all of them. Is it correct to say “This show plays up to all the stereotypes associated with x”?...
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“I don't know how to work people.”

I am looking for a precise meaning of this expression "to work people". I feel like it is similar to "to be friendly to people", "to handle people with tact", "to be good at conversing with people", ...
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Are “business objects smart search” and “smart search of business objects” both valid for usage and equal?

Are "business objects smart search" and "smart search of business objects" both valid for usage and equal?
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Better wording for “greedy for knowledge” [duplicate]

I'm writing recommendation for one of my colleagues and one of the points I'd like to highlight is his "greed/hunger for knowledge". Something like: X is very greedy for knowledge, taking each ...
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Is it wrong to use 'As equally significant as'?

I was preparing for IELTS and I used an online correction service, which corrected the following sentence I had used. Original: "Due to the monetary benefits brought by careers, working has become ...
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Does saying “have good holidays” sound weird? [migrated]

When you wish someone to have a good weekend, you say, "Have a good weekend!". But what about wishing someone to have good holidays? Does "have good holidays" sound weird? I'm just asking because I ...
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A word or phrase that implies “a struggle or hardship is about to begin”? [closed]

Looking for a word or phrase that embodies the feeling of "the struggle is about to begin". Can be a borrowed/loan word or phrase from another language (Latin, French, etc). It should have the feeling ...
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Is there a term for a person who loves to adventure but thrives in routine?

Is there a word or term or phrase (in any language) that describes a person who has a lot of grand ideas for their life but doesn't actually do any of them? Something like a daydreamer, or a dreamer, ...
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How to say “I hope you will have fun/it will be great” in a different way?

I want to use "I hope it will be great" as this positive, supportive, and showing your excitement for the other sort of statement. Not exactly sure how to describe so I will give a few examples. Like ...
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What does “molecules to the atom” mean?

I am translating a book and I am confused with this sentence: When Madame Curie started out in search of radium, when nobody knew what radium was like, they did not know how many molecules to the ...
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Need a word or expression that represents a category that is the superset of mind, consciousness, experiences, choices, intentions, spirit, etc

I am looking for a word (or expression/phrase), existing if possible or coined-for-the-purpose neologism if not, that represents the all-inclusive superset of a variety of related concepts and ...
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What's the idiomatic word for something that keeps you sane/grounded?

There's a word for something, that when remembered--or a person that when spoken to--brings you back to reality and the knowledge that you're not insane. I keep wanting to say "touchstone", but I don'...
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What does “going Ozymandias” mean?

There is a YouTube video with the following title WestWorld Delores Goes Ozymandias On Man in Black Season Finale 1x10 Who doesn't know the tv show and this particular scene, here is a little ...
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One who tries out various jobs [closed]

I am thinking of when some tries out various jobs till they find their place. A greenhorn who changes work field often like every two week or month and changes to a new type of job.
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I hope vs I don't want [migrated]

one says from bottom of his heart, I don't want him to be humiliated because of me. I hope that he will not be humiliated because of me. Until this day, I thought "I don't want" makes more sense, ...
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what is the meaning of 'Likelier than not' [closed]

I know what 'likely' means, but the expression 'Likelier than not' is strange to me!
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What does “the latter third of the year” mean?

I was reading a blog post on Rust's 2018 roadmap (Rust is one of programming languages), and saw a sentence like below. We will continue to publish releases every six weeks as usual. But we will ...
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He has been my friend for 15 years, I believe

When we say "He has been my friend for 15 years, I believe." Do we often use "I believe" as "not sure about the exact years, but I guess it's 15 years"? What exactly means "I believe"??