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I'm sorry THAT I didn't hear you

It's not wrong, per se. But it'd sound a little clunky if the intention of that statement is a sincere apology of missed hearing. To me it sounds begrudging, even. I'd instead substitute 'that' with a ...
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Is describing someone as “higher-educated” awkward?

I don't think you say this about yourself, but when you promote someone else.
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Full of (piss|pith) and vinegar

But how's about us looking at pith(not toxic piss)as the strength and growth naturally such that oversee$ that that which surrounds all that it encapsulates the many avenues by which plants,and ...
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How old is the expression "walking distance"?

The earliest usage of the phrase walking distance is from 1781 according to OED: The soil is so sandy and poor, that..there is scarce a shrub or a tree to be seen within any walking distance from the ...
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Is there a phrase for a person who supports something which is bad for them and is held up as proof that the bad policy is good?

Sounds like you are describing a person 'In Denial'. Reminds me of healthy people vaccinated with MRNA vaccines who suffer extreme adverse reactions (injuries) from first injection, but think a second ...
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What does "forty-four tears hell out of a man" mean

From page 71 [https://readbooksnovel.com/east-of-eden/page-71-1008/]: “I want peace in this county, and I mean all kinds of peace, and that means people getting to sleep at night. Now I haven’t met ...
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Can we say "the sky is fine" when decribing weather?

Formally, it is bad usage to refer to the sky as being "fine". However, the phrase can be used poetically to tie it with an instance where being "fine" makes sense. The following ...
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Someone who exploits your feelings for them to take advantage of you

for this one I could do with a name of a famous character from a novel. From Merriam Webster: Svengali noun Sven·​ga·​li | \ sven-ˈgä-lē , sfen- \ Definition of Svengali: a person who manipulates or ...
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What's the meaning of 'couldn't make your car'?

"Couldn't make your car" = Couldn't decode your car as a police car. "To make" is American police code for making out or spotting that a plain-clothes officer is an undercover cop: ...
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Origin of "they don't know they're born"?

If we start from a context that gives the meaning of the saying: "The Joy of Youth" by Eden Phillpotts (1913) - Page 91 “Well, honestly, these fellow creatures of yours don't know they're ...
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What does "inside references" mean?

OED Inside: B Adjective: d. figurative. Coming from ‘the inside’; inner; not generally available. 1888 Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago) 20 Feb. (Farmer) A secret service officer..claims to have inside ...
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"Neither wonder" - is it a thing?

It is a thing, and it appears to be a Scottish thing. Search ”neither wonder you” for examples. Here are a few: Neither wonder you’re so pleased Sjoerd!! That’s a whole heap of beans. —eileen / ...
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A word for the experience and vernacular of a group of people - Discord? Is this correct?

If someone is trying to stick to vernacular of a given group, they'd use the colloquial terms to describe the concepts they're conveying. The vernacular of a group could be referred to as their ...
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word to describe a person who catches the sexual overtone in a normal conversation

Double entendre. It's a French phrase meaning to hear in two ways. Appropriate here because there are two senses. But usually, it's used when one of the senses is sexual.
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English equivalent for the Persian expression "To keep one's face red with slap"

fake it until you make it; keep up appearances; don't let them see you cry. these are 3 that come to mind.
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Is there a word for "colors in the order of the rainbow"?

Short answer for the red-violet direction, frequential or frequentially ordered for the violet-red direction, antifrequential, antifrequentially ordered, or wavelength-ordered for both directions: ...
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Meaning of add texture to something (a plan, discussion, etc.)

"Adding texture" means adding different types of detail to provide a more varied, and hence more complete, account. Texture has a well-established meaning in literary criticism. From the ...
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Is there a word for "colors in the order of the rainbow"?

What about chromological? A student of mine suggested this when we were studying Greek/Latin roots.
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What is the meaning of "He scowled ahead of him"?

He scowled ahead of him. He scowled ahead of himself He scowled forwards He was scowling and he was staring forwards, i.e. he was staring ahead blankly into the middle distance with a scowl on his ...
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What is the meaning of "He scowled ahead of him"?

Cambridge Ahead: in or into the future Using this meaning, it is commonplace to speak of thinking ahead, seeing ahead, going ahead, gazing ahead, all where the action takes place in the present but ...
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"Agriculture" including only plants and excluding animals

It seems "plant agriculture" is not unheard of; see, for example: "Department of Plant Agriculture" "Plant agriculture: Readings from Scientific American" "...
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Is there an equivalent of the spanish "que hueva" slang expression in English to denote that you feel lazy about doing something?

Also, good to know that the literal translation of the ‘hueva’ in this phrase is ‘balls’ as in ‘lazy, the way balls hang’. So you may want to consider this before using in a formal situation.
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