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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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What does 'The Thick End Of' mean, and why?

I came across this phrase around 20 years ago, and have always understood it to mean 'most of'. I might complain about having to pay "the thick end of £4" for a coffee, when it cost somewhere between £...
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Quoting articles of laws(ex. usage of “stipulate”, “specify”)

Article 15 of the Korean Constitution states that “all citizens shall enjoy the freedom of choice of occupation.” Compared to Article 12 of the Basic Law, which comprises of three clauses, Article ...
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Presenting given workshop and volunteer work on CV

I've been struggling for some time how to present these together under one header: Workshops I have given Volunteer work outside school work/activities I don't feel comfortable adding the first two ...
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What is “roots and hacks”?

I was reading comments on this website, and I stumbled upon such an expression: Roots and hacks and whatnot just to get a custom screensaver. I tried to google it, but I found just a couple of ...
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Is “gasp and gag for his life” an expression that one can use

Is "gasp and gag" an expression that we can use in a descriptive sentence to describe a person saved from drowning ? E.g. "in his fuzzy state, he gasped and gagged for his life when someone pulled ...
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What does this part of the sentence mean? “..where I had not so much arrived as simply stopped” [duplicate]

"Perhaps because I was beginning to know all too well not indeed where I was going, but where I had not so much arrived as simply stopped"---whats the function of "as" before "simply stopped"
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Kinder phrase for “Enough of talking”

Currently I'm working on a presentation that has a video in it. The video is at almost the end of presentation and 'till that there's only texts and speechs of mine. So what I'm trying to say is ...
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A phrase to express the step taken after another

Let's say that I have a goal to achieve and I take many steps. Step A (done), and B(currently working on). Can I say this: I did the step A. Then, I continued upon that step by taking the step B....
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A word to describe “class of” for summer camps

In the same way that one would say "class of 2010" to describe the student body in a school for a given year, what word could I use to describe the "camper body" of a summer camp?
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What's the correct response to “would you care to…”?

I was asked, "would you care to grab coffee sometime?" and didn't know how to correctly respond to it. Obviously I could respond with a "yes, sounds great" or a "no, thanks", but what would a parallel ...
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Can I use “replace someone with someone or something else”?

Suppose you're talking to someone (or you're doing something with someone). You're quite passionate about the conversation or, in general, the situation. Say, at a certain point, the phone of the ...
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A term used to watch how someone performs a task? [on hold]

A term used to watch how someone performs a task ?
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What's a word or phrase to describe the discovery of something startlingly obvious?

Along the lines of Occam's razor, but I'd like to be able to use it in a sentence regarding something specific for my college essay. Here's the context: I grew up in the same house my father ...
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“Independent as a pig on ice.”

"(She's/he's) as independent as a pig on ice." An expression used by my wife's maternal grandmother (in her 90's at the time) when referring to a very independent (and very bright) family member on ...
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Word or expression to indicate the “shared self-interest of the pillars of society”?

Society has its insiders and its outsiders, and in my experience the insiders, those at the high end of the power structures, tend to identify with the interests of other members of different power ...
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Is the author of the lyrics talking to a newborn baby or a young kid?

Please elucidate: Comfort - Deb Talan Lyrics Link : https://genius.com/Deb-talan-comfort-lyrics verse 1 When everyone has gone to sleep and you are wide awake There's no one left to tell ...
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I am writing a tagline for my business cards to be placed under my business name [closed]

My business is called "Wedding Road" and I help wedding venues, vendors and brides through their wedding journey. For venues it's about getting more wedding receptions, for vendors it's helping them ...
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What words can I use to express two separate relationships instead of “the relationship between” phrase?

I measured the relationship between A and B and then the relationship between A and C separately. Now I need to form my title based on those two separate analyses. When I use "The relationship between ...
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“to the point where” vs “as to which”

I have two sentences: I ran long distances to the point where I hurt my left knee. I ran long distances as to which I hurt my left knee. What I'm trying to see that I was running heavily which ...
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I highly suspect this will work

When someone says "They highly suspect this will work..", do they think it will work or do they think it will not work?
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Which is correct, “are called” or “called”? [closed]

Which is correct, "The forward stages in a human test called normal stage", "The forward stages in a human test are called normal stage", "The forward stages in the human tests are ...
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Can breathing be “uneven”? [on hold]

I hope this is a valid question to ask. I wondered about the different expressions one can use for heavy or unstable breathing. Rather than being heavy breathing from exercising, it's heavy, laboured ...
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I can't understand the literal meaning of this sentence [closed]

I am currently translating a book called "#GIRLBOSS" by Sophia Amoruso and there's a sentence I fail to pinpoint the exact meaning. When you have an attention span the length of an eyelash, it ...
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Is “You are to choose a word to complete this sentence” correct? [closed]

I'm French and I have found in a text this direction for an exercise : "You are to select a word to complete this sentence." Is it correct? I think it is "You have to select...". No? Thank you
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I want to share a very basic and somewhat troubling observation. [migrated]

Everytime I resort to Stack Exchange I literally experience a level of indecision and reluctance as so many of the threads scream disdain. And it's such a shame too because there could be infinite ...
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Words/Expressions that means having all the qualities for creating something?

I am in search of expression or phrase that can be used to describe something that has all the qualities or skills to create. Usually, I use the phrase "having all the spices for making a tournament ...
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Using the expression “at the time of”

I have the following two sentences: I met Jenifer on January fifth. At the time of our first meeting, she was unemployed. I want to convey that Jenifer was unemployed for some time (probably ...
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Near future meaning in context? [closed]

In terms of events such as moving home, buying a car, changing jobs, etc. how long would the near future be? eg) If someone said, "I'm looking to change jobs in the near future." eg) "I want to ...
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“cut the bite” - is this a common expression?

Is to cut the bite a common expression to express making something milder? As in putting lemon in the recipe cuts the bite of the garlic? I thought it made sense but no one seems to understand what I'...
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That's mighty white of you…"

What is the origin of the phrase "that's mighty white of you brother"; is it simply a racist statement as it appears to be, our does it have another, older or obscure derivation? I've always wondered ...
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Traditional male role model [closed]

Can anyone give their opinion on this statement "The traditional male role model has changed with modernisation".Discuss. Thank you.
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Meaning of “sleep on”

A Russian user posted this sentence as an example of the usage of the verb “sleep on“ to mean “underestimate.“ I’ve lived in the United States my entire life and I’ve never heard anything of the sort. ...
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Help explain this long sentence in simple way

""whoever makes two blades of grass or two ears of corn grow where only one grew before serves mankind better than the whole race of politicians" ." Thanks
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Is it OK to say “functionality wise and productivity wise”

We tell a customer about recent changes in our software. Is it OK to say "These changes are very important functionality wise and productivity wise for you"?
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What does “thin-groined” mean?

I'm currently reading Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds and come across this term in one of Sweeney (Shuibhne)'s verses (p. 82, Penguin Classics 2001). Here Sweeney seems to be lamenting his misery ...
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Artisanal whaling!? When did the use of artisanal start being used for activities not involving making fine products?

Wikipedia, Omura's whale uses the phrase Artisanal Whaling to describe hunting of whales by natives in the vicinity of the Mindanao Sea. Artisanal whaling As early as the late 19th century, ...
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Can I say “it was a pleasure meeting you” after a phone call? [duplicate]

Is it possible to say "it was a pleasure meeting you" after the phone call? Or should we better say ""it was a pleasure to talk to you"?
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'you sound like my wife' phrase

Could someone explain what this means, and what context it is used in? Is it generally colloqial and commonly used? expression or phrase?
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Can I use “gilded” with an abstract concept?

I've perused several examples of how I could use the word "gilded" but I don't see many abstract uses of it. By definition, it means to be covered in gold. Can it also be used with abstract concepts? ...
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The date on which a reservation was created vs on which a reservation is valid

A reservation can have two dates. The first is the date on which the reservation was created, e.g. July 1. The second is the date on which the reservation is valid, e.g. July 2 On July 1, I made a ...
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Looking for a word - sorry - not sorry [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a word or phrase that would mean 'Sorry I was caught, but not sorry for what I did' Unrepentant seems the closest for the second part of it, but doesn't quite convey the first ...
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How to describe efficient usage of coins/notes?

Let’s say that you owe someone $15. Using Australian currency, the most efficient way of expressing this amount of money is with a $10 note and a $5 note. If you gave that person a $10 note and 10 50c ...
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How to use *these words -*a photo of yourself** , **a photo of you** , **a photo of yours**."? [closed]

I said to my friend " Can you give a photo of yourself? I have a photo of you but it is too old. Your mother told me that she would give a photo of yours." I have problem in the bold parts. I am ...
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What's the difference between from and on vs on

Although few facts exists regarding the life of the Native American named Sequoia, the information that is available paints a colorful picture of this man on the plains. Its one of those SAT ...
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Usage of “'s” after “of” [duplicate]

While reading Harry Potter I noticed the use of a “'s” at the end of a sentence that intrigued me. Here is the sentence: ‘Yes,’ said Doge, clutching at Harry’s question like a drowning man at a ...
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What phrasal verb or expression is used to say “make a short stop”?

So what I’m trying to say is “I made a short stop to buy coffee”, but in a more colloquial way. Is it okay to say “I stopped by to buy coffee? Or Like what would the correct expression be?
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usage of “you shed your skin” [closed]

There’s a phrase “you shed your skin” or “I shed my skin”. As I understand, it’s used when someone has changed. Does it only refer to positive change? Can I use it when someone changed in really bad ...
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“non response” or “non-responders” or simply “no response”!

I read this a lot in published medical articles: “Patients without a favorable response to treatment were identified as patients with non response (NR).” Shouldn’t it be written “patients with no ...
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What is the male equivalent of Lesbian?

There are many terms describing a person who has a sexual preference for members of the same gender. The most clinical of these is homosexual. Other terms include queer and gay, but all of these terms ...
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What kind of name is “Underground Railroad”?

The "Underground Railroad" wasn't a real railroad but it was given that name. Is there a word for what kind of name "Underground Railroad" is? It's a made up name for a phenomenon that's also sort of ...