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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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What does the phrase, “I don't beg trash” mean? [on hold]

I've heard this phrase several time in rural areas of the South. What does it mean?
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Is the use of the phrase 'tip of the iceberg' correct in the following sentence? [on hold]

The dimensions of learning are indeed endless, and the more we learn, the more we realize that we have only scratched the tip of the iceberg.
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What is “roots and hacks”?

I was reading comments on this website, and I stumbled upon this expression: Roots and hacks and whatnot just to get a custom screensaver. I tried to google it, but I found just a couple of ...
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A phrase to express the step taken after another

Let's say that I have a goal to achieve and I take many steps. Step A (done), and B(currently working on). Can I say this: I did the step A. Then, I continued upon that step by taking the step B....
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What's the meaning of the English phrase— Be that as you may? [on hold]

Word meaning of the phrase of Oh ! Little countess. I came across on a website! Meaning of English phrase.
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Is there a term for thinking anything heard from an outside source about yourself or someone else is true?

This is most prominently seen with people who follow astrological signs. E.g. "Well Cancers are very sentimental people, so that totally explains me/my mom/my friend". Is there a phrase or specific ...
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What's a word or phrase to describe the discovery of something startlingly obvious?

Along the lines of Occam's razor, but I'd like to be able to use it in a sentence regarding something specific for my college essay. Here's the context: I grew up in the same house my father ...
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What words can I use to express two separate relationships instead of “the relationship between” phrase?

I measured the relationship between A and B and then the relationship between A and C separately. Now I need to form my title based on those two separate analyses. When I use "The relationship between ...
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Is it right to say ‘since time immemorial’?

What would be the justification for placing the adjective after the noun in ‘time immemorial’? Is it appropriate to use the preposition ‘since’ here?
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Is it correct to say “collect puzzle (jigsaw)”? [closed]

Fun fact: there is no word for "Jigsaw puzzle" in Russian, so the English word "Пазл" is used. "Собирать" means collect (berries) or assemble (from parts). "Collect puzzle" seems like a direct ...
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What does “pans” mean in this passage? [on hold]

I am currently translating a book called "#GIRLBOSS" by Sophia Amoruso and there's a phrase I can't clarify its meaning. "I was proud of my video project, which was a series of pans with Bad Religion'...
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“to the point where” vs “as to which”

I have two sentences: I ran long distances to the point where I hurt my left knee. I ran long distances as to which I hurt my left knee. What I'm trying to see that I was running heavily which ...
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Any more than that?

"the mental constitution of crowds is not to be learnt merely by a study of their crimes, any more than that of an individual by a mere description of his vices." is "any more than that" in this ...
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Partitives for game (non-count noun)

I happened to read the text Their principal game was gazelle. Their other game included water fowl, fox and wild cat. I know this game is a non-count noun. So I was wondering whether the phrase "...
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List + 'much more are' or 'much more is' - what is correct

I have the following question: If a list of items is followed by 'and much more', should the following verb be singular or plural? E.g. "over a hundred hours of gameplay, exciting quests, mysterious ...
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What verbs in English never take nouns as complements, and is there a term for this?

I can think of only a few verbs like exist and belong that never take ordinary nouns as object complements. (see below) We never say things like, *She exists a doctor. Rather, we would say, She ...
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What type of phrase is “site by site”?

In the sentence "You can search site by site," what type of phrase is "site by site"? And am I correct in thinking that it does not need hyphens in that particular sentence?
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Is it correct to use the phrase “With only”?

I want to describe an event, which is taking place after a few days, and I believe there is something wrong with the use of the word "With only". My sentence goes like this: With only two days ...
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Is the phrase “you do you” patronizing or demeaning? [closed]

The vast majority of contexts when this phrase is used causes me to believe that it is patronizing when it should be a way of acknowledging another individual without judgement.
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Position of manner adverbs within verb phrases

I have found the following sentence in a book: A firm's sensory marketing approach should be deliberately and strategically based on the five human senses. I have a feeling that the adverbial ...
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Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

I'm having some troubles with a more literary writing style, and I wanted to check if the following sentences are correct grammatically, and if not, what exactly is the problem and what alternatives ...
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Words/Expressions that means having all the qualities for creating something?

I am in search of expression or phrase that can be used to describe something that has all the qualities or skills to create. Usually, I use the phrase "having all the spices for making a tournament ...
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Why do few people say “How is your today?”?

My mom asks me "How is your today?" every day. I have been trying to tell her that nobody ever says that, and that most people say, "How is your day?" (somehow, using the noun day is more acceptable ...
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Does 'all but useless' mean useless or useful?

I saw a product review that was complaining about the built-in microphone of the camera, and in one paragraph stated it was 'all but useless'. I have seen 'all but [negative word]' in different places ...
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Meaning of “sleep on”

A Russian user posted this sentence as an example of the usage of the verb “sleep on“ to mean “underestimate.“ I’ve lived in the United States my entire life and I’ve never heard anything of the sort. ...
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Word for people who ask to be treated but never accept when offered

I'd like to apologize in advance if I don't make sense. I'm not a native English speaker. Anyway, here's the background: Back home, it is common that your friends ask you for a treat for every ...
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Artisanal whaling!? When did the use of artisanal start being used for activities not involving making fine products?

Wikipedia, Omura's whale uses the phrase Artisanal Whaling to describe hunting of whales by natives in the vicinity of the Mindanao Sea. Artisanal whaling As early as the late 19th century, ...
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Alternate word/phrase for “everything is up for debate”

Is there a synonym to the phrase (if 'synonym phrases' are a thing) "everything will be up for debate" ? That phrase is commonly used in a collaborative sense, for example - maybe a business owner ...
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'you sound like my wife' phrase

Could someone explain what this means, and what context it is used in? Is it generally colloqial and commonly used? expression or phrase?
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Difference between 'Turn away someone' vs 'Turn someone away' [closed]

Is Turn away someone and Turn someone away have the same meaning?
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Seeking a word or term for being sadistically pedantic or law enforcing

It’s a term I heard 10+ years ago and it slipped my mind. It’s either a word (possibly a compound word) or maybe two-word term (it may even be a longer phrase but I doubt it) for ruthlessly following ...
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A stylistic question. Can I write “he was long the target of some particularly unrestrained polemics”?

Can I write "he was long the target/object of..." or do I have to write "he was the target/object of [some particularly unrestrained polemics] over a long period of time". In the context I prefer ...
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words other than “performance” to describe a player's outcome?

I am writing a post based on various sports players and their performances, and would like to know which alternative words or phrases can be used instead of repeating the word "performance". For ...
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How to describe players that are consistently playing in a team?

I am writing a description about player's performance and their participation in matches, but I am stuck in trying to find the right word for describing a player who has been participating in nearly ...
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What does “Go along the ground” mean?

What does "Go along the ground" mean? I couldn't find any source explaining it. Context: I got to the top FIRST. I've never ever won a proper race before. I'm hopeless going along the ground. I ...
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How can I reword this?

I found this in the Congressional Record. How can I reword it simpler, while keeping the same meaning?: Indicative of the public’s difficulty in obtaining an answer to this and other questions, ...
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noun phrase or complete sentence?

In the sentence, We can develop a sense of what we think is proper is "what we think is proper" a noun phrase or a complete sentence? Is it grammatically correct? It looks like a relative ...
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Negative phrase or term meaning “undue faith in the system”

I've always wanted a term to express people having an overly strong faith in the social system. What I mean by this is when people often seem to think that there is much more thought or study that ...
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usage of “you shed your skin” [closed]

There’s a phrase “you shed your skin” or “I shed my skin”. As I understand, it’s used when someone has changed. Does it only refer to positive change? Can I use it when someone changed in really bad ...
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Is it correct to say “have a pass on something” instead of “make a pass on something”?

I saw such phrases used by some guy: make a pass on something or take a pass on something What I want to convey with this phrase is something like browse something (like writing or ...
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What would be the most suitable phrase or idiom for a situation where I am very bad at one thing and extremely good at a different related thing?

E.g. I am extremely bad at playing football but extremely good at playing foosball. So what would be the appropriate phrase or idiom for such a scenario?
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Is there any short phrase or sentence available to tell that someone was always hiding my mistakes

I wonder if there is any phrase or sentence available out there to express that someone was always hiding or taking care my mistakes and silly things; to tell them that I am highly obliged.
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Is the phrase “mutual trust” redundant?

The phrase is being used in the following sentence: "Always keep your promises and seek to strengthen mutual trust." I feel that the sentence would be better with just "trust", but the person who ...
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Is it right to say I think I'm leaving? [closed]

I was at work today and I said "I think I'm leaving" (looking at the weather because it had stopped raining) and my coworker said I should say "I'm thinking about leaving" instead. Did I say it wrong?...
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Tennis: When and where did 30-all (and 15-all) start transitioning to the counterintuitive 30-up (and 15-up)?

At my tennis club in the suburbs of DC, about half the players (when serving) call 30-up when the score is 30-30, and the rest call out the more intuitive 30-all. To my mind, 30-up logically means ...
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What type of phrase is the second phrase in the following sentence? Is it perfectly grammatical?

"She looked through the text, editing all the errors."
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What does “implies including” mean?

I found it in many texts, but I can not get its meaning, and I could not find anything on Google. Sentence: Sustainable human resources development implies including gender in the development ...
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As long as or for as long as

I was writing sth when I faced a trouble... I was in doubt... What are the differences between "as long as possible" and "for as long as possible" ? Which one is correct? I've decided to leave X as ...
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What is the meaning of “A.N. Other” in lists such as team [closed]

I have heard many people mention "A.N. Other" on TV. It seems to be some kind of thing to say when there is multiple choice involved. What does it mean?
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Term used when answering a question with a lowered tone?

Is there a term/phrase that can be used to describe the answering of a question with such a tone that would indicate that the answer isn't as all it seems? For example, if one person were to ask ...