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

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What does it mean to be someone's bulldog?

I have a passage which introduces a contemporary scientist as "Darwin's bulldog". What is that?
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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 does “uberbond” mean?

I am reading the following article: Nelson, T., Maxfield, S., & Kolb, D. (2009). Women entrepreneurs and venture capital: Managing the shadow negotiation. International Journal of Gender ...
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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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Is “doubly in the bubbly” equivalent of “the devil is in the details”

Is doubly in the bubbly equivalent of the devil is in the details? How? What is the cultural background?
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Slang etymology of “up” and “down” in phrasal verbs [duplicate]

In this, "to be" is the base verb, conjugated in the first, singular, present tense "am". The verb is then put in a contraction with first, singular, pronoun "I" to create "I'm". This contraction is ...
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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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Expression/ idiom meaning: “Hold your shoulders back!”

I was reading the poem Father Forgets (pdf) by W. Livingston Larned. Part of the line said, "Goodbye, Daddy!" I frowned, and said in reply, "Hold your shoulders back!" I couldn't find the ...
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The core difference between phonetics and phonology [closed]

What are the differences between phonetics and phonology?
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What is the meaning of the sentence “I'll serve you out” from Dickens' Great Expectations?

In Chapter 18, Mr Wopsle is at the Three Jolly Bargemen, giving his audience a theatrical rendition of a murder case as reported in the newspaper: The victim faintly moaned, "I'm done for," and the ...
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What is the meaning of "bail on his life and set up shop in someone else's.” in the first episode of Rick&Morty?

Friends. I started watching Rick and Morty with English subtitles, but English is not my first language, and I have a problem in understanding the meaning of this Dialogue. Beth says it to his father ...
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What is meaning of “bad pitch” and “grab him and stuff under a mattress…” in the first episode of Rick&Morty?

I started watching Rick and Morty with English subtitles but English is not my first language, and I have a problem in understanding the exact meaning of some dialog;This Dialog is between Jerry and ...
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What's the meaning of the expressions “break my chops” and “take it on the arches”?

I was watching the movie "Taxi Driver", which is an okay movie. However its dialogue is just annoying because it's just laden with slang and expressions of all types including some pretty uncommon ...
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“get out and about” meaning

I have encountered the term "get out and about", in one of Oxford's books. It seems to be quite a problem to conclude what exactly it means. I have not found this phrase neither in my national ...
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On the go - can it refer to something being consumed?

Dictionaries define 'on the go' mostly as: very busy (Cambridge) very busy or active (Macmillan) very active or busy (Oxford) to be very active and busy (Oxford Learner's) constantly or restlessly ...
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“Politics stops at water’s edge” — meaning

I read the following phrase in the topic of foreign policies of a country, "It stops at water's edge." What does "politics stops at water’s edge" mean?
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To be through the roof

can someone let me know the meaning of "through the roof" in this sentence? "Your mom was just probably through the roof". Online I found the meaning of the expression "go through the roof" = "to get ...
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Meaning and origin of the phrase “slips don't count”

I ran across this expression recently in some Popeye cartoon [EDIT: it was Never Sock a Baby, 1939], but it seems to have been a recognized slang expression with maybe even a bit of old-timey flavor ...
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A young woman's old husband is taken away by a crocodile

A young woman 's going for an ablution in the Ganges with her fellow women resulted in her old husband being taken away by a crocodile Telugu: Satt varito sariganga snanalu chestunte ,...
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Medicating Uvula resulted in making the tongue fall out [duplicate]

Medicating Uvula resulted in making the tongue fall out The proverb means sometimes remedying a simple problem may turn out to be a different problem of great magnitude I ...
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What is the meaning of “on the edge”

What is the meaning of on the edge in following sentence: His openness and celebration of sexuality, and not just heterosexual sex, but sex on the edges-- masturbation, voyeurism, oral sex.
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Throwing a pot of water out looking at the clouds

It is like an old woman throwing a pot of water out looking at the water in the clouds The above is an Indian proverb meaning some innocent people foolishly forego what is ...
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I have really scratched my head with fire by asking the question!

It is like scratching one's head with fire I have really scratched my head with fire by asking this question I have really put my foot in it by asking the question If somebody has ...
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The dog started barking after the thief had left the place six months ago [duplicate]

It is like a dog barking six months after the thief left. This is an Indian Idiom and is used when someone fails to do their duty at the right time and makes unnecessary fuss very late after the ...
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Does the barking of a dog diminish the value of a priest? [duplicate]

Does a barking of a dog diminish the value of a priest? The above is an Idiom from Indian languages.A dog stands metophorically for the inferior people.The priest stands for ...
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Washing the skin of a dead rat

There is an idiom in Indian languages : There is no use washing the skin of a dead rat for even a year The idiom means a foolish person or thing can not become useful even if ...
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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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Does this vulgar expression necessarily imply a certain body part?

My question is about the expression "suck on it." Background (you can skip this paragraph if you want): at Spanish SE we were doing some back-translating of a game we were playing in Spanish. When ...
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Clean Words for the Money? [closed]

There is a discussion concerning how to translate the Norwegian expression ''Rene ord for Pengene" to English. The expression has the meaning that one has been quite forthright. Is it reasonable in ...
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What's the meaning of clearing up [closed]

Trying to understand the meaning of "clearing up". One of the meanings I see at Collins Dictionary is When you clear up or clear a place up, you make things neat and put them away. Here's some ...
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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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idiom - come to a rumbling halt [closed]

I would like ask you foe help with meaning for "come to rumbling halt". Is the same meaning as "to come to a grinding halt"? The context is that the pumps stopped working - and the full sentence is -...
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What does it mean for something other than food to be “deep fried”?

A meme was described to be "deep fried". I think it might have meant that its message was maybe an exaggeration of facts? https://www.reddit.com/r/antinatalism/comments/cxs224/...
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Meaning and etymology of “twirling waxed mustaches”

Today, the New York Times online edition reviews a documentary film. The review contains the following sentence: The filmmakers don’t villainize anyone, though a few participants come awfully close ...
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What does “in the phrase of the period” mean?

From Charlie Chaplin biography book by Peter Ackroyd (page 3), He confided on occasions to his friends that he was not sure of the identity of his biological father; nevertheless he took the name ...
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I can't understand this sentence. It's from a video game Baldur's Gate

I don't speak English well. Please understand my bad grammar. I'm not a native English speaker. Recently I am playing a video game Baldur's Gate in English. And I found this from the game. ...
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What does “courting the paps” mean?

What does "courting the paps" mean? As in: Paul Hollywood accuses Summer, 24, of ‘courting the paps’ and says he prefers a ‘quiet life’ after their split. [The Sun]
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meaning of melon headed

I know what Melon heads is and I also know that what is Home Run in the context of baseball, but it doesn't help me to understand this sentence: "or the gargantuan power of suddenly melon-headed home-...
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Nobody's idea of [closed]

"Yet the Tories have gambled, choosing a populist leader who is nobody’s idea of a safe pair of hands." What does it mean by saying "nobody's idea of sth?"
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The difference between two phrases [duplicate]

I need to know the difference between two phrases "learn by heart" and "learn by rote". I would be grateful if you could explain it to me. I'm not a native English speaker.
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Britishism: see you fast

In Season Two Episode One of Happy Valley, the mentor constable explains to the new recruit how helpful it is to have a good relationship with the receptionist, Joyce: Oh, and get well in with ...
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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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What is the meaning of 'lean all in my bladder'?

This verse comes from the song 'Old town roads' and I've never heard it before, can't find a definition/explanation online either. Thank you !
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Turn and Talk Meaning [closed]

What is the idiomatic meaning of turn and talk? For example: I turn and talk like a man leaving charges before a journey.
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Top dog v Dark horse meaning difference [closed]

Could someone explain the difference between these 2 above please? Upon its win does a dark horse then become a top dog? Would a dark horse be more similar to an underdog?
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What does “that ship never left the port” mean?

I've heard this used in Britain (specifically England). Could someone explain to me what its meaning is?
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What is the meaning of the phrase 'all our'?

I read a sentence recently: May there be sweet-sour flavour in all our lives. What is the meaning of the phrase "all our"? Does it mean "in the lives of all of us" or "all through our lives"?
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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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What does it mean “to have claim over something”?

This is a sentence from the book Everything I Know About Love: I thought we had claim over each other’s twenties before we’d inevitably have to give the other one up.

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