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Can “Down to business” be a shortened version of the idiom?

Can the idiom Now, let's get down to business. be shortened to Now, down to business. ? I don't want the part "let's" as it is, to some extent, a friendly approach when the speaker is far ...
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“First time in” or “first time to”?

In the following sentence: "Is this your first _______________ to Sydney?" I thought that the possible answers were "visit", "trip" or "journey".(any others?) However, I've just seen on the ...
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Would “sorry my late” be a legitimate construction?

I am a non-native english speaker and I play an online multiplayer game where we send messages each other all the time. When I message someone and they take a long time to reply, it's not uncommon for ...
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Help parse “smell crazy on him”

A quick snippet from a particularly humorous exchange: Bruce Banner: “I don’t think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.” Thor: “...
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What does this mean: “Going to be something doing in the >humidity line< to-night”?

There's a line in the "Girl" story of O Henry saying, "Going to be something doing in the humidity line to-night." What does this mean? I didn't get the "humidity line" part. ... A puff of red-hot ...
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What is the full sentence of 'X to the rescue'?

Almost all well-formed English sentences have a verb. Most grammar books for ELLs suggest that we can understand imperative sentences as having the implied "You" as the subject. For example, Sit ...
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What's the meaning of “his day”?

From NPR: 'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician This passage describes David Dondero: a singer, songwriter as well as a transient. The following text is just a quotation about how ...
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What does “from year to year” mean?

Perennial:(of plants) continuing to live from year to year Would you kindly explain this part: from year to year?
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Does this noun phrase denote the result of the verb?

“I think I’ll be a clown when I get grown,” said Dill. Jem and I stopped in our tracks. ‘Yes sir, a clown,” he said. “There ain’t one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so ...