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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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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,...
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Describing a scenario that is common to a people/all people in general [closed]

I am trying to describe a scenario that is generically common to a people and also all people or species. A people For example, one might state that X group of people show traits of being frugal or ...
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Ask someone to wait a little longer in email

My customers send me emails asking me when I can fix their problems. In that case, I usually use expressions as below. -Could you wait a little longer please? -Could you be more patient please? -...
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How to use “size “ when we are comparing?

1)Mercury is a third of the size of our planet. I think it means that Mercury is one-third of Earth. How is the structure? 2)Two cities which are next to Kuala Lumpur in size are Tretes and Seleta. ...
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spend or have an unforgettable weekend

Is it correct to say: I promise we are going to spend an unforgettable weekend. Or I promise we are going to have an unforgettable weekend Or both are ok?
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by + time vs in+ time

Please, can anyone tell me about the difference between the following sentences? The assignment is due in two weeks from now and The assignment is due by two weeks from now
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How to use “evident”?

I would like to say "This is evident to me in both my academic and work experience." But I am not sure if I should use "in" here. Is my sentence correct?
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English equivalent proverb/idiom for this saying

In Tamil language, there is a proverb for a particular sequence of actions performed. The proverb is, "Pillaiya killi vittu, thottila aatradhu", meaning, "Pinching a child and then oscillating the ...
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Is there a colloquial word/phrase for data that can not be used to show a quality of an object?

Let's say I've not shown up for my linear algebra class for four months. I now have to cram for the final in the last two days, which we can say is stressful. Now, this could not be used as evidence ...
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include something in something

how can I describe in English that Institution B is becoming a part of Institution A? In other words, can I say that: Institution A is including Institution B in? or Institution A is having ...
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How do you casually describe in English a possession of thing(s) belonging to/shared by two people? [duplicate]

Neither of the following sounds quite "right" to me: This is the book of Kelly and I. (Maybe valid but still sounds too rigid) This book is of Kelly and mine's. (I know, sounds the weirdest) This is ...
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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? [closed]

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?

Is the expression 'gone are the days when ...' often used in everyday English? Or is it something you can see only in books?
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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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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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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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“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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“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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“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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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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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 ...