Questions tagged [phrases]

This tag is for questions about phrases in the linguistic sense. In linguistics a “phrase” is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function. Use [phrase-requests] if you are searching for a phrase.

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I am looking for a word to describe a person or entity who is permitted by society to do bad/greedy things because they have been charitable

I would describe this person or entity as "feeling entitled" by that doesn't exactly capture what I am trying to say. For example: A person who donates a lot of money to some charity gets '...
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British colloquial phrase [closed]

What is the origin and meaning of the expression "And Bob's your uncle?"
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"Choose burger" or "Choose the burger" or "Choose a burger". Picking the right article [closed]

Which one is correct? Specifically, the context is a restaurant menu with multiple choices available when the main item/dish is picked. Should articles be used generally when listing choices? Could ...
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Is it alright to say "give him my love" to a friend for his/her child? [closed]

I have understood the meaning of the phrase "give him my love" from doing a google search. I am not sure if the phrase can be used in the context described in the question. Is that sound ...
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Which one is more correct? [migrated]

Do never redose it Do never redose Never redose it Never redose Context: don't redose the drug you took
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What is the word for a widely shared understanding that is counter to scientific analysis? [duplicate]

In a discussion with a friend he noted that the colour magenta is not a real colour. I have also heard of this and you can read more on that on Mentalfloss. I would like to know if a word or phrase ...
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What does the phrase "meaning up" means/states? [closed]

What does the phrase "meaning up" suggest? I want to ask native English speakers how they sees "meaningup.com" at first glance. I am a web developer and a friend of mine wants to ...
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What can I call 2nd and 3rd place finishes in a competition?

There are many awards I received from the sport I did. I thought to compress everything and write as 'Inter university and All island winner' but I have placed only 2nd and 3rd places. What is the ...
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Condition is indicative of age, or age is indicative of condition [closed]

As part of a volunteering job I have been listing antiques on eBay. If the condition of an item is what one would expect of a used item of a particular age my manager thinks I should write condition ...
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Are "as of writing" and "at the time of writing" both correct? [migrated]

I see that 'at the time of writing' is grammatically correct (Is 'at the time of writing' correct?). Is this replaceable with 'as of writing'?
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Word for a plan that has not been performed because of some issues

e.g., They devised a potential method to solve the problem, but due to timing issues it became insert word. A noun or an adjective (or even a phrase) describing this would work. This word would ...
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"had a fall" vs "fell"

I wrote, today, that I "had a fall". A friend asked "at what age does falling over become 'had a fall'?" I have to admit that it does seem to be an age thing, but I would like to ...
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Put his hand to/on

I wonder what's the correct way to say- I put my hand to my head. Or: I put my hand on my head. If both are correct, what's the difference between them? Are they completely interchangeable? ...
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Is "Closing the loop" generally understood?

I am currently looking for a slogan on the topic of recycling. Therefore, I found also this ELU topic: Meaning of phrase "to close the loop on this"? I want to ask, if it is common or at ...
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What does it mean to "retire a risk"?

Today I used the phrase "retire that risk" and realized I didn't know what it meant. I've heard the phrase used by NASA, for example here: Systems engineers are involved in this process to ...
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Describing pronunciations: "You say it like" or "as"? [duplicate]

How do you say something in English? You say it like/as/??? something. So which word should I use here? Or maybe it will be more natural to say it some other way?
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Does "brought a close to" have a causative sense (brought about the end of) or non-causative sense (happened at the end of) in this context?

Despite the failure of Akira in Japan, it brought with it a much larger international fan base for anime. When shown overseas the film was a cult hit that would eventually become a symbol of the ...
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Is it appropriate to use two "of"s in quick succession? [migrated]

For example in this phrase: Creation of library of gas turbine components in MATLAB/SIMULINK Is there a better way of phrasing this? Note: Substituting creation with creating is not desirable here ...
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Effect that cause to keep one thinking of an older version of other person in present, even if they have grown up, because of long break

What would you call this effect in following situation and i want to use this phrase as an ____ effect or ___ syndrome: When husband who is not staying with his family (wife and/or kid(s)) would ...
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He has "a ways" to go? [duplicate]

I've always wondered why this phrasing is used in English: He has a ways to go. A ways? "A" ways? Why isn't it: He has a way to go. ? Or: He has some way to go. ? It really sounds odd ...
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Committed team vs dedicated team [closed]

I want to express that I am managing a team that is responsible for API integrations. How is the best and tightest way to say it? Managing a committed on API integrations team Managing a team, ...
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Is it "I tell you what" or "I'll tell you what"? [closed]

Very often you hear people preface what they're about to say with I tell you what. Or is it I'll tell you what? Is it correct to say a straight I tell you what as that interjection, or do you have to ...
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Is just "Thank you, looking forward" without "to it" correct to use? [closed]

Is just "Thank you, looking forward" correct to use? Meaning the same as "Thank you, looking forward to it".
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What does " equally desperate measures" mean here? [closed]

In the first chapter of the book "We were liars", there is a sentence said " So much in love that equally desperate measures must be taken " i am struggling with understanding ...
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History of the expression "Moses basket"

The expression "Moses basket" is clearly an allusion to the biblical story. But what is the history of this expression? When was the expression first used to mean a portable cradle for a ...
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What does "wrong for good" mean in this context [closed]

"The history of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is now so complicated that every time I tell it I contradict myself, and whenever I do get it right I’m misquoted. So the publication of this ...
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Why are 'at least' and 'a lot' not single words?

I constantly have trouble with spelling the word-phrases ‘at least’ and ‘a lot’ .. they both should be a single word in my mind, which isn’t correct. They both seem to just be a single unit of meaning....
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What does "turn down a glass" mean?

I was reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (from the early 1930s) when I encountered this strange expression. This is the context of the phrase: Somewhere, as you read, the secret to which I ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "slam home"?

I can't find a definition or any synonyms for the phrase "slam home" in cases like: It slams home a sense of what the wars were like. or To slam home the point, a guy from the State ...
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Where to use on and upon?

Does the meaning of the sentence change if we substitute on and upon? Some sentences- The book is on the table. I took upon his emotional burdens. I remain firm on my stance. I have noticed that ...
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"Our group doesn't organize around X (bad thing), it organizes around Y (reasonable thing)"

I think it's called the "Mot and Bratley strategy," but obviously I'm wrong because it's unsearchable. There's a name for an (often political) tactic, where someone has a core issue X that's ...
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What does this name "X Perry Ment" mean? [closed]

0 I read this sentence in a book named Eyewitness testimony: It gradually becomes evident that the article is satirical when the reader learns that the trial took place on April Fool’s Day, that the ...
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What do you call using parts of sayings/idioms/proverbs for titles of movies?

There's this sort of phenomenon in English where people name things from part of a quote or proverb. I see it mostly used in movies (e.g. Soul to keep, Penny Dreadful) but I'd like to know what it's ...
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Cut something/Cut at something

It was as though freezing water was rising in his chest, cutting at his insides. What is the difference between "cut one's insides" and "cut at one's insides"?
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“Green” has been associated with envy (green-eyed monster), as well as with a novice. How did these associations arise? [closed]

The color green is associated with lack of experience (i.e. novices are called “green”), as well as with envy (“green with envy”, “green-eyed monster”). Does anyone know how, when and why these ...
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What's the phrase for assuming someone else knows that you know what YOU know that you know?

Example: Student Bob assumes he won't have to take an upcoming test. Bob knows everything that he will be tested on, and assumes Bob's teacher knows this.
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as to + infinitive [duplicate]

hii I was wondering if this sentence was correct "... they could feel threatened by them, feeling that technology will one day be so advanced as to replace them entirely." ^_^
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Looking for the name of some "rules" which one can declare to be playing by at the start of a debate

When you say "I am playing by x rules", x being the word I can't recall, it essentially means you forfeit the right to get upset/offended at or by anything anyone may say as you have given ...
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Phrase choice for "one of x preferred colours" when two colour choices are equivalent

Let us say that Eve has 3 preferred colours: Red Green Blue Of those 3 colours, Eve prefers red the most, but her preference for green and blue are identical. In English, would it be preferred for ...
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"This July" vs "This past July" [closed]

Which of the two forms is correct when referring to July of 2021? What is the contribution of past, if any?
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When should I use "that" to linking phrases?

For example: I wish I was 16. I wish that I was 16. I know you love me. I know that you love. When would I put "that" or basically not put anything?
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"... Much was" vs "... much was a"

I was writing something in Google Docs, and it flagged one of my sentences. The context in question was this (summarized): Much of the area was [this] district. The correction/suggestion was this: ...
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What is the common answer to the question: What's your eyesight?

I am from Mainland China and I find that the way we describe the eye prescription is totally different from English because we use a different metric system. If someone asks me "What's your ...
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What is the definition for a phrase describing where something is? [closed]

I am doing a school writing task and I would like to know the name of that phrase
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Can I omit "should" at this time? [closed]

By the end of the week, all applicants (should) have a preliminary interview. So, is the right sentence...? By the end of the week, all applicants have a preliminary interview. or By the end of the ...
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Hand him (odd phrase)

... telling Voldemort you could hand him the Potters. My research: I scoured online dictionaries only to find it always means "give something by hand". So please consider citing a ...
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I need to know if I'm being called a b-word [closed]

If I say to someone "please stop your bitching." Or "ugh all she does is bitch" does that imply that the person described is a bitch?
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Is the movie title "love and other drugs" a play on some phrase?

Does anyone know if the movie title "love and other drugs" is a play on some other phrase of the form X and other Y?
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Alternative for "Don't quote me on that"?

I was looking for a better alternative for "Don't quote me on that" phrase. Context : My (International) friend came to visit us and saw us doing some rituals. She asked me about its history....
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The British writer or British writer

I know this sounds dumb but I have just come across this sentence: The book was Jude the Obscure, a novel by the British writer Thomas Hardy. So the phrase "British writer" is preceded by ...

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