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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 “a cross between the Parthenon and the Reichstag” means?

In Gerard Durrell's The Whispering Land I run into below sentence: 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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What is the difference between “niche” and “calling” [on hold]

I was wondering what is the difference of "niche" and "calling" in a context that refers to someone who can't find a good career for him/her self. The past one year John was job hopping. He couldn'...
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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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Check grammar and meaning [closed]

Are those two sentences meaningful and grammatically correct " Travel is the window through which we catch a glimpse of the wisdom of other cultures and civilizations. Therefore, It is substantial to ...
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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? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

"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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Egoistic emotions [closed]

I'm working on sentiment analysis and currently struggling with egoistical emotion detection on a phrase level. So far, I detect the following phrases: "I'm the best" "I'm rich/powerful/beautiful/...
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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"??
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“Hard to understate” versus “Hard to overstate”

Which is the correct expression - "hard to understate" or "hard to overstate" when trying to use for emphasis? Searching on Google, both expressions appear popular but overstate has about 10x the ...
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time expressions

Is it correct to use 'hardly ever' at the beginning or the end of a sentence? for example is it right to say: Hardly ever, my parents help me with homework / my parents help me with homework hardly ...
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I'm at a very good doctor. [migrated]

I heard someone say I'm at a very good doctor. at doctor's office. I think they mean the doctor is very well-known and good at thier job. I want to know if the expression 'be at a good doctor' is ...
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What is an antonym for 'luddite'?

What are some single-word options for the antonym for a luddite? Its a great word with an interesting etymology, I am just wondering if there are any similarly storied words that mean the opposite? ...
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Is there a word for two (or more) people who aren't identical but would sound like the exact same person if described?

For example: "Caucasian, stout with dark brown hair and full facial hair" would fit both people but when seeing these people in person they are clearly not identical
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Why do people say “I have known someone to do” but not “I know someone to do”?

The structure I have known someone to do something is apparently considered grammatical and idiomatic. Examples from Google: I have known people to take shops, put in a few articles and, without ...
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Start my soul-bolts

"start my soul-bolts" (Melville, White Jacket) - an expletive by a 19th-century sailor. Rather specific, but maybe somebody can come up with an equivalent. (Where's the 'nautical' S.E. site, anyway?)
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“Hello, welcome in” as opposed to “Welcome”

In the past year, I have noticed an interesting trend with some of the stores that I have shopped at with my fiance; when you first walk into the store, an employee will be at the door greeting ...
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Meaning of “well-capitalized litigation”

In the following sentence: Smart contracts will automatically execute the terms of any deal, without getting bogged down by human fickleness or well-capitalized litigation. I understand the fickle ...
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What does 'out of shit' mean?

Ok, I see this definition https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=out%20of%20shit: back to reality. Never give up, I'ma make elixir out of shit Then this line means he will make a good ...