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 "teeth-rattling heap" mean?

It's from the IT novel by Stephen King. Here's the context: Chris Unwin pushed him backward and Hagarty landed in a teeth-rattling heap on the sidewalk. What does it mean to land in a teeth-rattling ...
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What is the meaning of "to swing the election"?

I know that a swing voter is someone who has not yet decided who to vote for in an election. But I'm not sure what the meaning of "to swing the election" is in the following two contexts. ...
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Difference between "ironic" and "facetiously"?

What is the difference between those adjectives? I've understood that facetiously is used when you're saying something that you don't mean- you're joking, but what differentiates it from (humorous) ...
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Special attention [closed]

What does it mean if you pay special attention to a specific friend? What does it entail? Is there a term for it? If you know this person for a longer time, will that happen?
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What is "shock sock"? [closed]

I recently saw the trailer for the 1960s possessed puppet horror movie Devil Doll and in it, the narrator advised me that I should watch the film from the beginning (how else?) "for maximum shock ...
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Out of one’s hands / Beyond one’s control: synonyms?

I am writing something about legal defences available to a defendant. I would like to know if these two expressions (title) can in this case be synonyms and if one is more used than the other. Context:...
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In hand and with the other hand, what is correct? [migrated]

I would like to know which version of this sentence is correct ? I don't know if it's ok to write "with the other" or if it's best to write "in the other" ... Ben is pasha-style ...
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"gracefully touched"?

When I was ten I was suddenly confronted with the anguish of moving from the old [only?] home I had ever known. My whole life, brief as it was, had been spent in that big old house, gracefully touched ...
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Phrase: 'I don't give a ship' [closed]

Can anyone explain the meaning of the phrase 'I don't give a ship', please? Thank you very much.
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How to answer "What's going on?" [closed]

My neighbor walked past me and said something like "what's going on?", but it was really fast, like no time to have a conversation. I was on my way, and he was on his way, and so I just said ...
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Meaning of "get a word in edgeways" [closed]

This is Wikipedia text about the Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun: "Hamsun was eventually invited to meet with Hitler; during the meeting, he complained about the German civilian administrator in ...
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Up the creek without a paddle?

I'm pondering the expression, "Up the creek without a paddle". It's supposed to be expressing an awkward situation with no easy way out. But as a very literal person who has paddled on a ...
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Can I use an ampersand & between two roles in a resume - like "CEO & Manager" or better use and? [closed]

I'm preparing a resume. Can I use an ampersand (&) between two roles in a resume - like "CEO & Manager" or is it better to use and - "CEO and Manager"? I looked here and ...
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How to mention you're a lawyer in a cover letter, when you currently don't practice it, and the application is not for a lawyer role? [closed]

I want to mention that I'm a lawyer, but it should be clear that I currently don't work as a lawyer, and the application is not for a lawyer role. So I wouldn't want to to say "I am a lawyer...&...
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English equivalent of "To those you try to help, he says I am only right." [closed]

There is an old Indian Marathi saying (Mhan in marathi) Jyacha karava bhala to mhanato majhach khara (Pronunciation: Jya-ch K-ra-v Bh-l, To Mh-n-to Ma-zch Kh-r) It means Those you try to help say ...
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Phrase for "Thinking that something is not going to happen, then act in a way that causes that thing not to happen"? [closed]

It's on the tip of my tongue -- I want to refer to a person who believes that A is not going to happen, and therefore acts in a way that ends up preventing A from happening.
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is diving into numbers a formal expression

Is diving into numbers a formal expression that means further explaining with numbers & stats ? Thanks for the clarification
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Can simple present tense express future meaning with "Either" and "Whether"

"Either I accompany you or stay here". "Either you come with us or stay at home" These sentences are expressing "Choices" or "Ultimatum/Threat " with future ...
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Reason, Discourse and Language

Reason (as in the cognitive skill, human property, logic latu sensu, thought) is translated in Greek as Λόγος. But Λογος is also the ability and the skill of persons to speak, write and word their ...
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What is the correct choice Computer (make a computer-do computer)? [migrated]

If the company had to manufacture a new computer ,what is the correct do computers or make computers , I think it is make computers ,because do refers to a physical action while make referred to a ...
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Using "and" at the end of list which has another item with "and" inside [duplicate]

I have a list like this. His topic of interest are GIS, automation and image and data fusion. Here, the last item name "image and data fusion" is a single item. Is my writing correct?
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Is there a word for this concept (related to awareness)?

Let's suppose that I have the following sentence: "The population is extremely aware of subject X". What would be the best (formal) way of conveying the same idea with the following way: &...
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Is there a term for someone who takes a long time explaining simple things?

Is there a term for someone who takes a long time to explain simple things, but goes through the complicated ones very briefly? We had a refresher course on a software we already use, the presenter ...
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Looking for an appropriate idiomatic phrase "the joy in competing" or similar

I'm looking for an idiomatic phrase that lies between "the thrill of victory" and "the agony of defeat", in the competition itself, enjoying it for its own sake -- something like &...
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Expression or term for winning a bet on bad odds

Say I was playing a game. The odds of winning were always 1:10. It would cost me €1 to play and if I won I would win €5. Pretty terrible game, right? However say recorded myself playing a winning ...
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Whereby / By which

I have a doubt about the use of “whereby”. I know it can be a synonym of “by which”, but I am not sure if it can always substitute “by which”. I am doing an essay and I wrote this: Will, gift, lease ...
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Using the phrase “strong use of the word…”

Conventionality, what quality is being measured as either weak or strong when this phrase is used? In other words, does one use a word strongly when she applies an adjective to herself or to ...
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What is it called when you use a specific example of something to say something more?

What is it called when you use one, very specific example/description which implicitly includes lots of other things, for example when you are describing a person? I'm not talking about a metaphor ...
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What does "Espresso yourself! Ad gets latte love" mean?

I know Starbucks UK launched a new campaign to promote acceptance of sex change in young teens by encouraging them to give baristas their “new” name when they purchase coffee so it can be “called out” ...
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What does "67% above average engagement rate" mean?

I saw an advertisement for the new release of Xbox (The title is "The Birth of Gaming Tourism"). And there is a phrase that read "67% above average engagement rate" to explain how ...
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Provisioned for the weekend

What does it mean exactly? A friend asked me if I was "provisioned for the weekend," and as someone who knows English as a second language, I was scratching my head trying to figure out what ...
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How do we say we are not using a template?

What is the opposite of using a template for something? For example: Should I use a template for this or am I free to follow my own format? I would like to put it more eloquently/elegantly. Thank ...
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When a wife asks her husband, "is YOUR daughter home yet?", does this make you conclude that she isn't THEIR daughter but only his?

In my native language when I say to my husband "is your daughter home" it's just another way of saying "is my daughter home", no difference. Although sometimes it might mean that ...
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What is the general name/description for what I thought was "Makeout Creek"?

In The Simpsons, and many old movies from/set in the 1950s, there is a common scene where a couple sits in a parked car at what appears to be a high hill, in the evening or night, looking out over the ...
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What is the origin of the "...on the X" phrase?

Example phrases: "...on the regular" "...on the daily" "...on the down low" "...on the DL" I'm curious whether these have a common origin. (Maybe there are ...
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"Search for them" vs "Search them" in relation to online searches

This might be the wrong place - if so, I can delete. I'm looking for correct language guidance regarding a line on a lead generation web application where we allow a user to search for more ...
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Indianisation of "Thank You, M'am" written by Langston Hughes [migrated]

Thank You, M'am To Indianise the story, along with the name of the character & place, the story has to be adapted in an Indian context and style. Both style and context are critical here. Langston ...
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Can I say ... spiking over something?

As I was trying to come up with a riddle I wrote "daggers spiking over buildings" and I meant some kind of plant that leaves were over city buildings(because it was way closer than those), ...
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Different phrasings for "analyzing of all possibilities in the list"

I'm currently writing a paper in mathematics. In the beginning of the article I present a big list where each line consists of a sequences of numbers. Through the rest of the text I discuss whether ...
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Correct use of "to be far from doing something"

Actually I have two questions: 1 - Is this expression very common in a native environment ( AmE or BrE )? 2 - Are these examples correct ? I am so far from who i was yesterday I am far from being ...
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How to syntactically begin a situation in which I use the phrase "sth to this/that effect" in the next sentence

Here is a simple example: He told me to get out - or words to that effect. Now I'm familiar with the usage of the expression "to this/that effect". I wanted to ask what would be a formal ...
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Is 'The rest is for your imagination' right and natural? [closed]

I can only find "I will leave the rest to you" but not "The rest is for your imagination". Let's say I'm introducing a software which provides a wide range of separate functions. ...
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Ods-plutra-nailes

In Archie Armstrong's Banquet of Jests (1641), there's some doggerel about a Welshman. Besides some fantastic evidence of past rhymes (e.g. steale / gaole), there's an expression I'm not sure of. I've ...
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What does "May your death only ever be written" mean?

It was written by a mystery novel writer. She signed this on her book to show appreciation to the detective who solved a real crime and proved that the writer wasn't the murderer.
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Why has everyone started saying "it is what it is"? And what does it mean?

Few expressions anger me more than "it is what it is". It sounds so incredibly dumb to me. And I keep hearing it lately, from all kinds of people: Any sentence goes here. It is what it is. ...
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Is there an idiom or expression in English for the following situation? [closed]

You scold or tell off someone (or say anything to someone, doesn't have to be negative necessarily) but your true intention is for someone else to hear/see it, and you're just using the first person ...
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Right Siding - To correct a wrong - I'm sure this is an expression but Google is failing me

I have been using an expression (which no one corrected me on) of "Right Siding" , with the understanding that it means "to correct a wrong" (assuming it was a convenient ...
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Meaning of "Gets you by"?

What's the meaning of the phrasal verb "gets you by" in the following context? My father was a painter so I was encouraged to take a sketchbook everywhere. Cameras are perishable but I ...
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meaning of, "my very self"

I read this: and said: “I swear by my very self—oracle of the Lord—that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your son, your only one." [link] and I don't know how to ...
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another’s person or another person? [closed]

I am doing a little bit of research in the library about negligence (a tort or civil wrong in UK/US legal systems) and I have read this sentence: Negligence goes beyond the ordinary English concept of ...

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