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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 ...

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None of God's promises ever fail [on hold]

BLUEGLAZE~ Of course, I still need your hep~ Could you help me with this question: None of God's promises ever fail. Abraham had a son at 100 years old. None of God's promises have ever failed. ...
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Most common answers for “thank you! (e g for your help) [on hold]

What are the most common answers in AmE when a person says “thank you”? Thank you;)
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“Hearts of game” — what game?

What could be meant by game in the following? "He could tell of a wicked widow ... who smiled so sweetly upon the smugglers when they sold her silks and laces, cheap as tape and gingham. She called ...
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Is “Oh my Gosh” used as an anti-God expression? [on hold]

There is a tendency in traditionally Christian societies (grossly speaking, the West) to leave behind words or expression which allude to such heritage or faith. A familiar example is CE and BCE ...
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How to express realization? [on hold]

Mr. A had lost his son. years later he is in hospital bed trying to recover an accident. a boy comes to him and talks. The boy's name matches with his son and Mr A thinks he looks like his son. Mr. A ...
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Meaning of “go cards-up on something”

I've seen this expression in an episode of Supernatural TV series: "Do it, or I go cards-up on your whole clambake" For me it seems he intends to tell the others about "the clambake" unless they ...
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What is more natural in team-member individual report “I did it <by myself> OR <myself>”?

I have read a number of explanations, but still I am not sure about this particular context. Context of the situation: a number of employees are working as a team in the same office. Every employee ...
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Better way of saying “national character”?

Is there a better way to express what is meant by “national character” or is there a good term that gets close to the German word “Volkscharakter”? I'm looking for a word that captures “the true ...
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I'm looking for a word that describes that horrible feeling you get when you see something disgusting and painful happen?

Extremely specific, I know. Hopefully, that makes it easier to answer. It's just like the title says. You know when you're watching a program and something horrible happens in it along the lines of ...
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Please correct my essay [closed]

The growing number of overweight people is putting a strain on the health care system. One way to deal with this problem is to introduce more physical education lessons in the school curriculum. To ...
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How to express the result of a conversion?

"With this converter, one can convert A to B." Then the result of that conversion from A is B. How to attribute B later to let others know it was converted from something else? Converted B can be ...
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today is the day when I will go to the movie with my boyfriend

"Today is the day when I will go to the movie with my boyfriend." Is this phrase awkward somehow? Does "when" sound redundant?
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What is the origin of “Curses!” as an expression?

I understand it is said to express annoyance, frustration, and the like. However, I do not know about its origins. According to Etymonline: Curses as a histrionic exclamation is from 1885 Did ...
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Expression/word for when a speaker changes during a conference

Is there a single word or an expression for when a different presenter starts talking in a meeting/conference? I.e. 'The video timestamp highlighted the [change of presenters/ when someone else ...
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What does the phrase: “Held themselves out of” mean [on hold]

An example is "they have held themselves out of having such knowledge" What does this mean? It was in my lecture notes: Easier to prove negligence, but need to prove duty of care (duty of care ...
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“Nine out of ten” or “99 out of a hundred”?

I want to express almost always. Which phrase expresses it better between the following two? Nine out of ten 99 out of hundred
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What does “white gloves off” mean?

I've found this paragraph in a book description : Mayo has long argued for an account of learning from error that goes far beyond detecting logical inconsistencies. In this book, she presents ...
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What do you call a person who does not stand up for themselves [closed]

What do you call a person who does not stand up for themselves? I'm looking for a word to describe how a slave thought of his kind back before the Civil War started. The word have to be a synonym to ...
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What is word or phrase for opposite of lame duck when employee are still in office but not slated to continue, who do more than they had ever done

What is opposite of lame duck when employee are still in office but not slated to continue and start to work harder to bring about change i.e. if the employee is on verge of retirement or termination ...
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Meaning of “on my best centre”

What could be meant by "best centre" in the following: I swallowed down my heart in me as I touched the spar-deck, for a single instant balanced myself on my best centre, and then, wholly ignorant ...
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What do you call it when it's the ladies who invite to dance?

is there something called the "American quarter of an hour" meaning that it's a specific part of the evening at a club when it is the ladies who invite the men to dance? I am translating from French ...
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meaning of “the demands of interest” in this text [closed]

Could you explain me in English what "the demands of interest" in the following text means? The text is from Steven R. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in ...
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Does “everywhere and nowhere” mean “irrelevant”?

An Italian student, a young man of twenty, came to me today with a bunch of papers in his bag. It was the questions and answers to a multiple choice English quiz. We're talking hundreds of questions. ...
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“No problem” in the sense of “successfully” or “without any problems”

I understand that "No problem" can replace a "You're welcome," but can it be used when I want to say that something was successfully accomplished? E.g. "The download went through no problem."
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Or so the proposal says

The writer talks about a theory in some paragraphs. The first sentence of the next paragraph is "Or so the proposal says." What does it mean exactly?
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What is a better way of saying modest budget?

I am trying to come up with a word or words to describe someone's financial situation that is not too low or too high. In other words, they can afford nice things (not low end), but they don't have ...
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What is the meaning of an expression “Tufted titmouse”?

I watch the show "The Good Doctor". It was used in season 2 episode 4. In flashbacks, Shawn had with his mother/caregiver (couldn't quite figure it out), she was dying and he had to move. They used it ...
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a shin of beef into beggar's purse

As part of a rather haranguing passage I came across the following expression: "Sheer! [i.e. Scram!] or I'll pitch into you like a shin of beef into a beggar's wallet." the consequences of which I ...
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Is there a word that describes this phenomena?

Is there a word that describes the concept of the moment you promise to not do something, a scenario would occurred that "forces" you to do it? For example, let's say I promised not to get angry at ...
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What is a choice that is heavily favorable on one side?

A choice that is so favorable on one side that it somewhat forces you to pick the favorable one. Example: "If you choose option A everyone will die or choose B to save everyone (with a small ...
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“… for all the yolk in your eggs.”

Melville addresses his readers "ye lucky livers, to whom by some rare fatality your Cape Horns are placid as Lake Lemans, flatter not yourselves that good luck is judgment and discretion; for all ...
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“While I'm here”, but in writing

Sometimes, there are little things that we would like to write to somebody, but they seem too little to deserve an entire new email. So we wait for a more important communication to "piggyback" it ...
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Word/Phrase for organizational system in which management's responsibilities is made to be performed by staff (which is above their responsibilities)

Word or a phrase for a organizational system in which decision making/responsibilities of management are regularly made/performed by rank and file staff (which is above their responsibilities). The ...
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To start guiltily

I have been reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and came across this sentence which sounded odd to me. Sometimes he would get seized with oddly distracted moods and stare into the sky as ...
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What does “dog on the sofa moment” mean?

I'm a Brit since birth so a native English speaker but I heard the expression "dog on the sofa moment" whilst listening to the radio and I have no idea what it means. I could have mis-heard but I don'...
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Is 'dumb butler' used as a phrase?

I’m Turkish and there is a name for the thing you put your coat on or scarf when you enter a house or office, dilsiz uşak. The thing is translated word for word as ‘dumb butler’. I looked it up in ...
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Does this sentence sound weird in English? [closed]

"Neptune’s natural light coming in through the top windows washed the station in baby blue hues." I am alluding to the "washed with light" part. Does it sound like a legitimate literary expression or ...
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What does this mean : to be so (past tense verb)? [closed]

What does it mean when we use "so" with a verb, like we say "he is so gone", or "he is so done with something"? It sounds like emphasizing on something but I don't see how "being gone" could be ...
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'Thus it was… redeemed and wed?' What does that mean in 2018? [closed]

Here are two paragraphs from Clive Barker's Weaveworld. I am really having trouble digesting two phrases. True joy is a profound remembering; and true grief the same. Thus it was, when the ...
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Correct definition

Is there a definition for such school subjects as literature, biology, history and others in the English language? Can we call them “ oral subjects”?
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Proper spelling/saying

My 90 year old father has a saying, "I've been dragged through an auger hole and beat with a sut rake." It means you're worn out or have been treated badly. "Sut" pronounced almost like "soot." Not ...
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What's better word for deepen in this context - EU Article 13

I want to tweet European Parlament about Article 13. Heres the tweet: @Europarl_EN don't be like that. Many people already have some doubt's about your institution. You don't have to deepen ...
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Alternative for “to take to Twitter”

The following is from a New York Times article dated November 22, 2018: As the news of Mr. Peralta’s death began to spread on Thursday morning, his colleagues took to Twitter to praise and remember ...
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The use of “horizontally gifted”

horizontally gifted: A politically correct way of calling someone fat Can horizontally gifted still be offensive? Or is it an absolutely safe way to describe someone overweight if we have to ...
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“The bigger they are.” by itself

I am wondering if the sentence below is correct to use in (informal) speaking. "I don't like to be famous, the bigger you are." I have purposefully omitted the second part of the phrase to seem ...
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The phrase to express “how much time a user spends on a web page”?

Say a user spent 10 mins on a webpage. Can I say that this user's "residence time" on this webpage is 10 mins? Or is there any other better phrase to express this?
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Word/phrase for copying down incorrectly

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe when someone copies something down incorrectly. Specifically, the situation I am thinking about is when someone is solving a problem (using pencil and ...
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How do I write the dollar value of a particular year in the US?

How do I write the dollar value of a particular year in the US? Is this a standard format? $6.5 million (US $2005)
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Idiom/phrase when one takes some share from the shared resources & offers it to others as if he is offering with his own money & appearing generous

When Jack takes some leftover beverages (shared-resource) from chip-in that is contributed for a party without other member's consent and are yet required for the coming guests. Jack then leaves the ...
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delayed 45 minutes or delayed by 45 minutes

I have found this sentence in an English book : "Your plane is delayed 45 minutes" I would spontanously have said " your plane is delayed by 45 minutes" I 'd like to know if both sentences are correct....