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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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Meaning of "within a period of not more than one month preceding the date of expiry"?

I have to renew a license and the rule states that "the application has to be submitted within a period of not more than one month preceding the date of expiry". So the date of expiry is ...
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Why does "out-and-out" mean "thoroughly"? [closed]

I have difficulty learning the phrase "out-and-out" because I have no idea why it means "completely" or "thoroughly". I'm curious about the origin of the usage if it ...
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What does it mean to take effect to somebody? [migrated]

I heard this phrase in a song called "LA love" by Fergie, she says "the whole damn world took effect to Ferg". There's no definition in the dictionary. Is it just slang that nobody ...
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Meaning of "Cut my thumb up"? [closed]

What is the meaning of "Cut my thumb up"? I heard it in Post Malone's song Reputation and I'm unable to find the meaning of this idiom/phrase on the internet. Take my own life just to save ...
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What is the meaning and origin of "a ___ is a ____ is a ____" [duplicate]

Over time I've seen phrases like: "a pound is a pound is a pound" "a year is a year is a year" "a gallon is a gallon is a gallon" all following the template "a ...
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What's a word or phrase for something I excel in that when I do for others, it comes good but when I do for myself, it doesn't come through? [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe the situation when something I am evidently good at only comes through when I do it for others and not when I do it for myself.
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Just as significant an impact

What is meant by phrase "just as significant an impact? I can't understand this sentence: Video games had just as significant an impact on popular culture, from Fort nite invading schools across ...
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What are searchers called?

Today my teacher taught me about using the prefix "re" to mean that you are doing something again. So for the word "Research" it means that you are doing some "search" ...
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English Used Phrase for Don't try to solve too many problems at the same time and you will mess up and have no time for real work

I faced a situation, where my naive/clueless) new boss in the company started to take up all the long pending internal issues that our department is facing and started tackling them all at the same ...
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Phrase and clause [closed]

What is the grammatical name and function of the sentence, animal are part and parcel of creation
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https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/469562/what-is-the-word-for-saying-a-scenario-in-which-all-choices-lead-to-the-same-outcome [closed]

i don’t know what words to describe it. it’s a TikTok and it was about the “carrying your love with me” trend. she was showing her body shaking. and somebody said •“i don’t get it.” a reply •“she got ...
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Do we say "see you" over phone messaging? [closed]

I know that "see you" means goodbye. But let's say if you are going to meet up with a friend for lunch, she texted you that she will be there at 12 o'clock. Can we text back with "see ...
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what is the meaning of " beyond question"? [closed]

How to read the yellow highlight line, plz make it in simple English
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Word/phrase/idiom/expression for "keep in the back of my mind"(essentially, some idea/concept kept as secondary/ something to be aware off?

I'm trying to find a Word/phrase/idiom/expression for "keep in the back of my mind"(essentially, some idea/concept kept as secondary/ something to be aware off. ) To elaborate, Let me ...
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What is the origin of the phrase "(strength) on the part of"?

It suddenly popped into my mind when I wanted to acknowledge my colleague's strength and determination in face of adversity and sickness. I am curious about where the phrase "(strength) on the ...
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Word for tasks that don’t need attention [duplicate]

Im looking for the word for doing a task, that can be done without giving a lot of attention to it. Your mind can do something else while doing the task. The example was doing the dishes.
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What is meant by statistical inevitability?

What is meant by statistical inevitability? For e.g. in Editorial: summer accidents no statistical inevitability - Estonian news inevitability means something that can't be avoided EDIT: From your ...
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The American "from" to prevent vs. the British's abrogation of "from"

Americans would say, "We need to stop him from upsetting everyone," whereas the Brits would say, "We need to stop him upsetting everyone". Is "from" in this case ...
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Is it correct to say "our plan to go public" vs "to be out for public"? [migrated]

I am writing an email about my team's plan. We were working internally (within the company) and now we are in the progress to provide our services externally. My question is which is correct? "...
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What's the term for someone who is capable of producing a desired outcome but who just won't do it [closed]

What would be a descriptive word, term, or adjective for a person who has the knowledge, skills and ability to achieve a desired goal (like getting to work on time, or paying off a small debt), but ...
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How to best communicate to an employee/student I want them to "self-correct"

So my work often involves handling professional electricians who've strayed from industry or company policies or best practices. I often sit down with them and go over that we don't get all that much ...
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Phrases for transportation modes

I am writing a paper about car drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. And I would like to use transportation modes in my text as well. However, I am confused about some phrases: Is "Walk" or &...
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Is there any expression for 'things that are innocent but appear or look bad'?

Is there any phrase or expression or idiom for a situation where things are actually innocent but appear bad. Example: A young girl is not supposed to go to a boy´s home if his parents are not there. ...
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Is ‘just’ an adjective in ‘just anyone’?

Given this sentence: Nina wouldn’t give her phone number to just anyone. I’ve checked several dictionaries (Oxford, Longman, Cambridge, Macmillan) for the word just from the example above. It looks ...
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What is the history of the phrase 'hot button' as in 'hot button issues'?

When we speak of 'hot-button issues', what is the metaphor being implied? Are topics of conversation like 'buttons' at a machine, and sensitive topics likely to burn the broacher? Any elaboration of ...
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Is there a literal (non-figurative) meaning of "to turn the corner"?

I'm editing a book, and the author wrote the following sentence (emphasis added): If she walked straight past the next six stands, then turned the corner at her right, then turned again, and then ...
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Is it okay to start a sentence with an appositive?

I know you can use them in the middle of a sentence, but is it okay to start sentences with them? Example: A kind of a duck, the Mallard, can be found all throughout the world.
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What do you call work or tasks that are Not part of the main(highest priorty) work that a person is doing at the present time?

What do you call work or tasks that are Not part of the main(highest priority) work that a person is doing at the present time? In lexico.com ,there is a term called side work: ( Credited reference: ...
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What does "I'll not go a step further" actually mean in this specific context?

Maybe you know the Norwegian folk tale Doll i 'the Grass. The story features the sentence "But if you'll only say at once you'll be my wife, I'll not go a step further," said Boots to Doll ...
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Is "thank you so much" equal to "thank you" nowadays? [closed]

I recently came to the US. Sometimes people use "thank you so much" where I only expect a simple "thank you" after a simple favor (like holding the door), and I find myself doing ...
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Is the highlighted part a noun phrase acting as an appositive or an absolute phrase, modifying the previous clause?

His chest and arms were thick and roped with muscle, testament to the athlete he’d once been. In the sentence above, is "testament to ..." modifying the previous clause "his chest ..&...
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Adjective similar to "in-depth" or "slow-paced"

I need to know whether there's an adjective that could work in this sentence: I will provide ___ help so you can solve problems independently. I hope that the answer could be similar to "in-...
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Usage of the phrase "to which" in this mathematical explanation

I'm sure I am overthinking this, but I wanted to understand this explanation better (and in turn, be able to explain it to students better). Observe the following explanation of a function in ...
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Why is the word "Honours" in plural form when used in "x Graduated with First Class Honours?"

Is it because one has a lot of "honours"? Is "Graduated with First Class Honours" common/acceptable? (I'm not quite sure how to properly tag this question. Sorry about that.)
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What is a phrase or analogy for something that has both fixed and customizable parts?

I am looking for a way to describe to my students that some of their courses must be taken at a certain time while others can be taken whenever. Therefore, I am trying to give an example or phrase ...
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A word to describe that you ate too much so you don't like it anymore now [duplicate]

In our native language we have a word for saying that you can't eat something because you ate too much of it and now you don't like the taste of it (for some time). When and how we use it: No, I don'...
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Word or phrase to describe bashing one's opponents to make oneself look good

Is there a word, phrase or expression that would describe the action of defaming or speaking ill of someone just to raise your own standing or reputation? I'm looking for something like what you ...
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"Do this, and while you're at it, do the other." Can we use "on the way" instead of "while you're at it"? [closed]

"Do this, and while you're at it, do the other." Can we use "on the way" instead of "while you're at it"? "Bring me coffee. On the way takesome candies"? Is ...
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"What we are going to do is we are going to VERB"

I see people using this redundant phrase a lot. How/why did this phrase become so popular and where is this used most frequently? I personally hear this frequently in academia (STEM) on the east coast ...
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Phrase for getting distracted by other things and turning away from the true purpose [duplicate]

I apologise in advance for the rather confusing title as I’m having a hard time wording it. I’m looking for an idiom which suits the statement below The public has been focused on pressuring the ...
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Origin of the phrase "to have no truck with"

This phrase "to have no truck with" has bothered me ever since I stumbled upon it, the reason being it makes no logical sense whatsoever even remotely if you go by the lexical meaning of the ...
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Where did the "picking flowers" euphemism for "answering the call of nature" come from?

Where did the "picking flowers" euphemism for "answering the call of nature" come from? Although, saying it like that makes it sound a bit obvious. I first saw it in SCP-6385: ...
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Sentence grammar usage "as"

He was exposed as lacking in intelligence. I'm writing this sentence but I feel there is something amiss with the grammar, but I can't tell exactly why or where. Something to do with "as" I ...
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Phrase like "margin of error" or "buffer" but specifically about spare team capacity?

I am trying to think of a phrase that means something like "margin of error" or "buffer," but specifically applying to spare capacity of a working team within a company. "...
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"Neither wonder" - is it a thing?

In response to a surprising realisation, one might say something like "No wonder {x} is {y}". However for a great deal of my life I was apparently erroneously saying "Neither wonder&...
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Is "information and data" a redundant duplet in this context?

I understand information and data are not the same. Here are the two main differences I have found: Data are items of information (Data on Wikipedia) Data are collected for reference or analysis (...
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Apostrophes in sentences with implied words [closed]

From a card game where the question is: How many apostrophes are in the following sentence? "Thats a bigger car than any of my brothers friends." Does "friends" need an ...
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What are the subtle differences between the four sentences about "leave"? [duplicate]

He leaves for Japan next week. He is leaving for Japan next week. He will leave for Japan next week. He is going to leave for Japan next week. Though I know all the four sentences are correct, and ...
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Usage of "broaden the perspective"

I would like to ask if the phrase "broaden the perspective" can be used in academic papers or is there a way to write it better? The usage is the following: "I believe that children ...
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Can one say "I swear on my mother's grave" when their mother is alive?

I am not entirely sure this is the correct forum to ask this question, but here I go nonetheless. I was talking to somebody the other day and they said "I swear on my mother's grave" to ...
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