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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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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....
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Alternatives for “furrowed brows”

Question is pretty self-explanatory, and the emotion I'm trying to convey is concentration and confusion, like trying to understand a difficult theory. Thanks! Edit thanks to comment: Looking for ...
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A word or a phrase for “completely optimised, thoroughly researched technology” [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase which can be used in the sentence: It is a rather old, but _________________ technology. The word or phrase should address a technology that is totally ...
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When a media network can't show/say a certain brand/logo/product of a company so they censor/blurr/avoid topic, cause brand didn't bought ad

It's simply, that in TV, whenever a logo appears, they censor it, or when a person says a brand name, either they cut it, or bleep it. This is due to the network charges for ads, however in that case ...
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What connotation does, “to have something on someone” have?

Does "to have something on someone" connote wrongdoing, or is it innocuous?
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Alternative sentence of “May I come in, please?”

What do you usually say in the UK when you come into the class while the teacher is teaching. Is it ok to say "excuse me, sir or miss" or "May I come in, please"? are there any other ways to say this?
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Pejorative Word or phrase for when tourist undergoing Government procedures for visa formalities is experience based

Pejorative Word or phrase for when a Government does not have its procedure in place for citizen or migrants or tourist for simple formalities like passport renewal or visa renewal or visa application ...
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A few bricks short of a hod - what is the name for this type of saying?

I've collected a list of sayings that describe something or someone that fails to meet expectations, such as: A few bricks short of a hod. A few fries short of a Happy Meal. That ship never left port....
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Single word preferable in business context to replace “for the sake of it”

Single word preferable in business circle to replace for the sake of it again preferably which is commonly used so that every one (in the business circle) knows the meaning. Explanation: It is ...
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Reprimanding (pejorative) Idiom, phrase or expression for when one wants to pay less (minuscule) and get maximum out of a deal (basically greediness)

What is pejorative phrase, idiom for one wants to pay less (minuscule) and get maximum out of a deal (basically greediness). Example The management wants to get talented employee but hire employees ...
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Word or a phrase for finance sharing in groups?

Is there a word or a phrase for a financial scenario where all participants put money in one pile and then the organizer uses that money to buy whatever the group agreed upon (eg. airplane tickets, ...
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Usage of 'in comparison with' when comparing features (adjectives)

I have a problem with an expression of the form "[Adjective1] [Noun1] and [Noun2] in comparison with [Adjective2] and [Adjective3] [?]", when all adjectives are features of the given nouns and we want ...
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Does anyone understand what “templed terraces” could mean?

The full sentence is: "In the templed terraces of Zar lie all the dreams of beauty and thoughts of beauty that come to men once and are forgotten;" it's an excerpt from an adventure from Call of ...
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A way to describe a group of trees of one species using only one word

While working on a short story I faltered when I tried to depict in a concise and yet expressive manner a fact that main character was at the edge of a birch woodland. I don’t really like a word ...
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Meaning of the phrasal verb “ drop down” in this context

"No problem, I could spare five minutes to drop down and face you. Send the location(...)" This was the reply of a female wrestler who was confronted by another wrestler about who was the best one at ...
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“To the best of one's ability” - Synonym?

I'm trying to rephrase We help children move and play to the best of their ability. It's about children with movement concerns, so this seems semantically correct to me. I just need a different ...
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Does “very consequence” make sense?

I've heard "very nature" as in: It's the very nature of our relationship. and "very essence" as in: It's the very essence of my being. but can one use "very consequence"? As in: It's ...
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Expression for loading more work on someone who is already busy [closed]

I'm looking for something you'd say to a co-worker when you're asking him/her for help, even though he/she is already super busy. Something like: "I don't mean to _____ , but ...". Thanks in ...
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“relative to” vs “divided by”

Regarding "x = A/B" like the following examples, which is "x equals A divided by B," is it correct to say "x is A relative to B" (e.g., "winners relative to total applicants") when I want to express ...
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Idiom for dismissing collegue's correction in first place, but heeding, acting upon when management says to do it

Context: Jack has total 15 years experience, 12 years experienced in a company XYZ, Jim has total 15 years experience in same field as jack but 10 years in XYZ. That makes Jack a senior to Jim ...
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What does “per” in this case means?

I'd like to ask about the sentence below from Conan Dolye's Sussex Vampire. Faithfully yours, MORRISON, MORRISON, AND DODD. per E.J.C. This is from the letter Sherlock Holmes got from a (some kind ...
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Phrase, idiom, expression suited for putting one's own requirement saying that it is instruction coming from someone else

Context My boss one day called me in his office and said that now i have to include tasks 3,5,6 to complete the entire assignment. Traditionally, the usual sequence of task was from 1 through 10, but ...
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How to answer to a man knocking on the toilet door

When I was in toilet, I heard someone knocking on the door. I should have said something but all I could do was knock back the door. Are there any set phrases or expression often used when you answer ...
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Is there an English expression for the German phrase 'per Knopfdruck'?

I want to describe a use case for an app where the user can easily generate grocery lists from his recipes. The text should be something like: Create grocery lists from your recipe collection *) ...
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Embarrassment/awkward feeling/moment while watching movie scene as if you are on the spot [closed]

My younger brother was watching this movie the other day called Take Me Home Tonight (2011). and I walked in. There was this scene where Topher Grace and his mate with his twin sister as come to a ...
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Rationales behind or rationale behind?

I've been searching and I'ye yet to encounter many "Rationales" (Plural) but "Rationale" (Singular). Is it grammatically correct to write "There are several rationales behind my belief that history ...
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“To date” versus “so far”

Are "to date" and "so far" synonyms? Or is there a difference between the two. For example, So far, research has identified nearly 80 CYP450 enzymes involved in triterpenoid metabolism in plants. ...
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What is equivalent of “pottakkannente Maaveleru” means blindman throwing stones in a waterless well, but he thinks he is throw stones at mango tree

What is equivalent of Indian saying "pottakkannente Maaveleru" means while actually the blind man is throwing stones in a waterless well (a job in vain), but he thinks he is throw stones at mango tree ...
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Expression for retelling

When you want to say : I'd like to bring not all but some parts of a conversation in here or I'd want to retell a conversation , what would the possible expressions be, instead of retell or bring in?
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What is the effect an average person feels when he/she meets a celebrity like Justin Beber or JFK in person?

What is the effect an average person feels when, for example, that person meets a Justin Beber or JFK in person? I saw a documentary on JFK (I don't remember which one) once and they mentioned this ...
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How do you call an assumption that makes the problem at hand simpler vs one that complicates it?

In Hebrew, we have a way of classifying assumptions as either (roughly translated) "relieving" or "worsening" based on whether they "err on the side of caution" for the latter or otherwise for the ...
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Auxiliar “have” in every sentence

Good morning, I've been struggling with this doubt a long ago. On my usually spoken languages, we use a similar form of "have" when we speak, I think it's better use an example (it's spanish): Yo ...
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A better way to say “endure the difficulties that has to come”? [closed]

Writing an essay about decision making. Is there a better way to say "that has to come"?
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Idiomatic expression meaning “invented by someone and having caught on”

In Russian, we have an expression с лёгкой руки (кого-то), literally "from the light hand (of smbd)", or, if I may, "by the light touch (of smbd)". It is used when someone coins a new word, or ...
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The most suitable verb for the expression “print a book”

I was wondering whether you could help me in choosing the most suitable word. Can I say that "a book is currently being printed" or is there a better expression? What I am trying to say is that the ...
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Wink at / Tipp the wink - usage

to convey the meaning of "Promised with a wink" what would be a better choice: Dan felt like she winked at him that they'd meet in person one day. This sounds US Eng. OR Dan felt like she ...
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Meaning of “In an ill hour”

To all these words which Don Quixote said, a certain Biscaine squire, that accompanied the coach, gave ear; who, seeing that Don Quixote suffered not the coach to pass onward, but said that it must ...
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meaning of “as mad as someone as gentle as Ali could ever get”

I came across this sentence which I can't understand in The Kite Runner. Hassan’s father, Ali, used to catch us and get mad, or as mad as someone as gentle as Ali could ever get. I have two ...
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Poetic usage of “scream” and “way out of the door” to convey a meaning [closed]

In the following sentence: The kid was laughing out loud, as those three frightened adults "screamed their way out of the door" and vanished. -Can I use the above sentence "as is" to convey the ...
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List two events with “both”

I am currently writing my cover letter for a PhD application and I want to list to events, one in the past and one currently happening with the word "both". I am trying to reconcile the following: "...
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Point of contacts? [duplicate]

An exact Google search for "point of contacts" yields 2 million results, including sites like UNESCO and multiple universities and other academic sites. Is this a legitimate plural form of "point of ...
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Semantics of #just[x]things [closed]

I've recently had a heated discussion in German with another person over the use and semantics of the hashtag #just[x]things – this happened on an anonymous location-based German social network called ...
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Neither light exposes him Nor darkness hides him

"Neither light exposes him Nor darkness hides him" It's used in an Arabic story, and I want to translate the whole story into English , so I wonder If it is right beacause it is a literal translation ...
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Is there a popular expression in english to say “pasadomañana” as in spanish?

There is in spanish a word "pasadomañana" to refer to the day after tomorrow, I wonder if maybe there is an popular/informal way to mean the same without say the day after tomorrow
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Stereotypical, recognisable, educated version of “gosh”

Is there an expression like "gosh" that a stereotypical upper-class British character would say for expressing surprise? I've thought of "parbleu", but it being a loan word from French, it doesn't ...
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The last thing I ever wanted to do

The last thing I ever wanted to do was pushed away from me. Would the above sentence be interpreted as: 1. The last thing in life I wanted to do was pushed away from me. OR 2. The thing I didn’t ...
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He had problems learning and me too or He had problems learning and also I did [closed]

I want to write it as the second way but I'm not pretty sure if it is the correct way.
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What is the origin of “sink a drink”?

A recent query about the meaning of "sink my jig" led me off on a bit of a tangent. After finding a Jiggs dinner (it's a thing), I wanted to make sure they were "sinking" dinners and drinks back then ...
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Phrase or expression to describe intentional upward discrimination when the favorable situation comes along

An employee would normally come 5 to 10 minutes before 8 AM to the office or the least at the stroke of 8 AM when he has the main boss coming in everyday (never late unless informed). What do you ...