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An idiom's figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.

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Meaning of “hats and cats”?

In the film High Society, Daxter-Haven has the following line when addressing a room full of people: Dear gentle folk of Newport -- Or maybe I should say, "hats and cats"? What is the meaning of "...
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There’s a storm brewing

Are ”there’s a storm coming” and ”there’s a storm approaching” a synonym of ”there’s a storm brewing”? If they are, which one sounds more natural and you use frequently?
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What is the meaning or origin of the idiom “a Shakespeare and a Scott”?

I came across this idiom, "a Shakespeare and a Scott," which I have found in several different writings, and haven't been able to ascertain its origin, meaning, or an appropriate synonym. &...
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What does slipped over sausage mean?

I was watching "Dad's army" trailer/teaser and at 0:58 one of the actresses says something like I saw that you just slipped over sausage(s) What actually this means? Is it like other "slipped over"...
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Meaning of “bear and forbear”

It's a idiom and i couldn't find the definition. It isn't even in a sentence so i'm really confused now..
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Explanation of idiom “Can't sit on one's hair”

Reading a book by Salman Rushdie ("Shame") and there's such an expression, I guess it should be an idiom, but I can't find its explanation. So, the author describes his younger sister. ...Who is ...
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Idiom: “bulky and leaky”

What is the meaning and origin of the idiom "bulky and leaky"? I ran into it in the sentence: Java already has somewhat a (bulky and leaky) type of closure: anonymous inner classes There is ...
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What is an Idiom for badgering by asking if a person is well when no illness present?

Continually asking an individual questions below when there is no reason to believe a person isn't okay with the purpose of picking on them. Or to question sanity of an idea. Are you feeling okay? ...
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What does “burning under your nails” mean?

The context that I have encountered is: "Ask anything else that burns under your nails". For the above case, does it imply ANY question in my mind or just the ones that bugs me or does it mean simply ...
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What's the difference between Synergy and Gestalt?

I recently discovered these 2 terms while looking for a single term to represent the phrase: The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Which term better represent this idea? I'm a business ...
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What is the meaning of “head-poppingly”?

In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this If you travel to a foreign country, you will make the charming discovery that there are many differences between the local way of life and your ...
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Meaning of “Guess what ? Corgi butt”

It seems the sentence "Guess what ? Corgi butt" is quite popular: a web search provides a wealth of stickers, mugs and T-shirts with the same exact wording (and many cute corgis in different ...
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Is there a word for the process of giving a name or label for a concept?

I'm looking to know if there is a word for naming things like in the examples below: Instead of saying "the tendency of people to accept evidence to their ideas and disregard the ones that ...
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What does “you'll know me again” mean in British English?

I'm reading The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones, and someone says to a stranger who is helping him, "You'll know me again, young lady." What does that mean? I think it must ...
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What does “End on a short note” mean?

I'm not a native English speaker could anyone explain the meaning in usage of the term "ending on a short note." I've searched Google and Stack Exchange but could not find anything.
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What is the meaning of “to vanish from casual view”?

To provide context, I've come across the phrase in the following extract: More than 900 Stone Age circles, or henges, are known in the British Isles, and there were probably many more of which no ...
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“Set in stone in 1979…” or “Carved in stone in 1979” at beginning of sentence?

If I start a sentence with "Set in stone in 1979, the government ban on so-and-so..." or "Carved in stone in 1979, the government ban on so-and-so...", are both of these examples correct in grammar? ...
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What does „stocks of things, recent stuff” mean?

My friend has a problem with the phrase in the title. We’re both non-natives of English and despite my advanced level I’ve never seen such a phrase. It was said by a bilingual child while telling ...
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The meaning of ''in the middle of nowhere''

Please tell me the meaning of this phrase:'In the middle of nowhere'. I've found its meaning in Cambridge dictionary and The free dictionary by Farlex, but still, I can't understand.
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Lizard Lip nickname

I'm translating titles of old black-and-white movie "Hard Luck" directed by Buster Keaton and met a confusing nickname. Here's the title from the film, describing a bandit on the rampage: Lizard Lip ...
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TO HIT MILL Meaning?

I just heard it from two people trying to set a place for their first date. Boy: Where you wanna go? Girl: Steakhouse. Boy: Ok, I'm down for that. Girl: We can "Hit mill"? Boy: Sure, let's ...
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Idiomatic usage of “wanting to sit” vs. “taking/having a seat”

In the following examples: "When my dad turned 70, he often felt like wanting to sit" Vs. "When my dad turned 70, he felt like taking/having a seat." Which expression sounds more natural and ...
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Anything more would be cruelty

What does "Anything more would be cruelty" mean when it is said by a doctor? Does it mean "we can not do anything more for him" or "anything more than this would be illegal"? Context: Doctor: You'd ...
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Eat or be eaten?

I've a question about friends script and I don't know the meaning. It seems that it should be an idiom. The sentence is Mrs. Green: Monica! You look gorgeous! Last time I saw you, it was eat or ...
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What comes into mind of a native speaker on "Please do it yourself!”?

I have read a sign which started with "Please do it yourself!". I read it and started laughing. May be because a possible special meaning of "it" or "do it" like in "do it with somebody". Is this ...
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Is “In any case, with 99.9% probability, …” correct?

I'm wondering whether the meaning of the idiom "in any case" still has a hint of "in every single case". I would like to say We expect an R² of 0.79 (in any case within 0.75 ± 0.15, with 99.9 % ...