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Is there any word or expression to describe feeling something really deep (you don't know what that feeling is)?

Sometimes you feel kind of like you're lost in time or something—you forget about your issues and everything for a few seconds. This happens especially when you see a beautiful photograph or listen to ...
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Playing for bragging rights

What does playing for bragging rights mean in English and is it common and understood in everyday speech by all people? I have found some dictionary definitions, but I couldn't understand its precise ...
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To be as bold as brass

I wonder what proverb or at least idiom/expression do you normally use in English to describe a person with extreme boldness and confidence when they (even shamelessly) expect someone to do something ...
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Is “a factor of K-fold” a idiomatic saying?

This book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" uses an expression "a factor of K-fold". As we learned about the current state of research on deep learning, ...
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Does “spent/waste time on something” make sense?

Would it make sense if I say, "I don't want to waste my time and energy on this meaningless fight with you"? To me it sounds fine but when I google the expression: "waste my time on this ...
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Is it grammatical idiomatic to say “pick us something”, I guess so and I need a double check

it sounds the lecturer is saying the value of our function at this point is therefore clearly just f(x). we're going to use the same logic as before, so we now need to pick us second point ...
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What does the expression “go get your play on” mean here?

I came across the expression "go get your play on" in the description of the new games that are worth playing. The expression is the last sentence of the games that are chosen by editors. I got the ...
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The meaning and the usage of the expression “Dare I say…”

Macmillan dictionary says: Dare I say: Used when you are saying something that you think other people may not like: This famous novel is a little, dare I say it, dull. Or as Longman says: ...
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The meaning and the usage of the expression “Don't you dare”

To me, "Don't you dare!" is an expression that communicates a warning to someone. For instance: Don't you dare talk to me like that! Don't you dare follow me! (ete...) But I wonder if you ...
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The meaning and the usage of the expression: “I dare say”

Some dictionaries have defined the expression "I dare say / daresay" as spoken one and some other ones have defined it as a formal expression! Meanwhile, some dictionaries consider it to be old-...
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Get up enough nerves to do something

I wonder what does the expression "get up enough nerves to do something" mean as in the following context? My mother was feeling very bad as she sat on the couch looking at all of her children, but ...
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Need (destitution) makes the strongest people foxlike

I wonder if there is any English proverb alluding to this fact that destitution and poverty (generally 'need'), makes strongest and the most powerful people to act in a different (always negative) way?...
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What's are some natural expressions to say when you pick up the order? [on hold]

Suppose I ordered some food online. What are some natural (and preferably concise) expressions to say when I arrive at the store? Here are some that I can think of (they may not be natural or ...
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Why does it not use “is heard asking” but “heard asking”?

He is then heard asking: "Is it just me?" I can't understand that sentence meaning. Does that mean that he heard about asking or he heard and asking? And is it possible "He heard asking"? I think "...
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What does “don't tell it to nobody” mean?

What does "don't tell it to nobody" mean? does it mean "tell it to everyone"? And Grammar says GRAMMAR: Negatives Don’t use nothing with another negative word such as ‘not’. Use anything. You ...
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On the usage of “tell on”

‎" I suspect he must have told on our secret information" (I suspect he must have revealed our secret information) ‎" I suspect he must have told them on our secret information" (I suspect he must ...
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Can we say “Tell it to me” instead of “Tell me”?

"Tell it to me first." Is this sentence correct, or should the sentence be "Tell me first"?
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“Performing one's working duties” or “Pulling one's weight”

I wonder whether as for an employee who neglects their working duties we can say: 1- He doesn't pull his weight --> I doubt if it works in this case, while according to the dictionaries "pull one's ...
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An idiom/expression to imply “rebuilding and beautifying a destroyed area”

Please imagine a large destroyed area which has become ruined due to a war or an earthquake or simply because it was uninhabited for a long time or even from the outset. I wonder what idiom/verb or ...
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Paying/spending just from pocket money

I wonder what idiom, expression or set-phrase do you normally use to carry the message of spending money from pocket without earning any money (without having any business)? Please have a look on my ...
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A rich and family which is living in comfort and luxury

I Wonder what do you call a family which is most of the time rich and all its members are living a good life and have whatever they need? The idiom/expression/set phrase or even the adjective in my ...
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When guide someone to think something which one is more appropriate, “find” or “find out”?

I answered a question just now, but I am not sure I expressed appropriately. I am trying to guide the guy who posted this question to look into source code take a look at the source code, you'll ...
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To learn about a concept intuitively and visually, is it clear and idiomatic to ask that `what does the concept look like`?

The question comes from this post. Assume I haven't seen this figure before and I want to learn about eigendecomposition intuitively and visually. Is it clear and idiomatic to ask that what does ...
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The current alternative for the fixed phrase “Here's the rub”

The set phrase "here's the rub" which originates from 'Hamlet' is used every now and then in literary and shakespearean English in a humorous way to indicate that here is the biggest problem (with the ...
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what's the right choice talking about specific time of the day, at or in?

I believe At is used for : specific time and Holiday period and IN is used for: months, years,Decades, century,season and time period. But when I try google translator with both options: At night.......
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when talk about math notation, which expression is more appropriate “denoted x,y” “denoted by x,y” “denoted as x,y”?

I am leaning this post. Therefore, I hope you will indulge me and first think of the ‘vectors’ (usually denoted u,v,w,x,y) and their ‘coefficients’ (usually denoted a,b,c) as fundamentally ...
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What does “glared scarily” mean?

After searching about "glared scarily" meaning which is not stated directly and/or explicitly, I came up with two possible, yet ambiguous, meanings, either it means (which still may be wrong): 1- ...
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When someone acts obstinately / stubbornly towards you

I have a very long-lasting question about some quite close concepts which I am sure they have some equivalents in current English. I really appreciate it if you could do me a favor and let me find the ...
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High highs Low lows

I don't quite understand this expression: High highs Low lows I was looking for a reference and found this: http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/429-the-highs-and-lows-of-bipolar-disorder Can I ...
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Breakups - Makeups

I came across this expression: Frequent breakups and makeups Is the "makeups" associated with the state after someone copes with the "breakups"?
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“haven’t” or “didn't” which one is more appropriate to ask (reminder) someone to do something?

this question comes from this post. that post gives some equations and discussion based on those equations. someone is asking for tag(s) about those equations. You haven’t numbered your equations....
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What “make it through” means?

What "make it through" means? I heard it in a speech. I googled it and found out "not die as a result of an illness or an accident, get better after an illness, recover, survive, respond". Is it ...
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Making up illogical, unreasonable and unimportant excuses/objections

What do you call the the action of making up or seeking very illogical, unreasonable and unimportant ("excuses") or/and ("objections"). I wonder what idiom/expression/verb do you normally use for that?...
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“using Python” seems not to be more clear and idiomatic than “with Python” at least in the stackoverflow community?

this question is a derivation from this post. there are 95,237 search Results for "using Python", lot of them come from "you're using Python" there are 72,612 search Results for "with Python", come ...
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is this expression “a polygon (concave) edge on a group of points” clear and idiomatic?

this post is discussing a programming problem. the task is to draw some lines on the edge of 3 groups of data points. rather than covering whole area. is this expression "a polygon (concave) edge ...
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what are the appropriate prepositions for this case? python, termial, ubuntu, vmware, MacOS

I am running a wmware on my Mac. the host OS is MacOS, the guest OS is ubuntu. I am running a python script in terminal the guest OS (ubuntu). should I say, I am running a python script in the ...
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when compare one and other lectures, is it more appropriate use “higher-level”? rather than “high-level”?

I am learning this course So today's lecture is going to be about deep learning intuition, and the goal is to give you a systematic way to think about projects, everything related to deep ...
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which one is more appropriate when talking about a near future? “at the end” or “by the end”

I am learning this course Hello everyone. Welcome to the second lecture for CS230. as I said earlier, you can go to menti.com from your smartphones or your computers and enter this code 84 5709 ...
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How to say that you smoke sometimes and only for fun?

I wonder what do you normally say when you as a smoker would like to indicate that you do not smoke too much and you just do it sometimes and for fun? I'm not a heavy smoker. I......................
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what is “collections of data”?

I am learning this post the article says Google News uses a technique called clustering to group news articles into different categories, based on title and content. Clustering algorithms ...
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Are these two “Code Snippets”?

people use "Code Snippet" or "Code Snippets" everywhere. "Code Snippet" is a term used to describe a small portion of re-usable source code, machine code, or text. following lines of code comes from ...
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What can we say as a compliment to someone who avoids talking about their abilities as a sign of modesty

Let's imagine a person who often talks about others abilities and accentuates their talents and potential as a sign of politeness. In a dialogue between three people this person is talking about your ...
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why do people say “get to a model” instead of “get a model”?

I am learning this post. The author says By using a model with three variables instead of one, we get to a model with a mean squared error of 19.12 and an R² score of 0.72. That’s definitely a ...
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“How do I do” or “what do I do”?

I asked a programming question on this StackOverflow post. I did some work, and need a step forward, which one is more clear and idiomatic? 1: How do I do next? 2: What do I do next?
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Meaning of “is getting on me..”?

What's mean "is getting on me"? For example: "Mom is always getting on me about not finishing my breakfast."
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“they are the 3 centers of 3 clusters” or “they are 3 cluster centers”?

k-means clustering use cluster centers to model the data;. here is a figure to illustrate the cluster centers. there are 3 black dot in the figure represents 3 centers. which expression is more ...
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“Nonetheless” or “none the less”?

This question comes from this ELL post (about putting the word nonetheless at the end of a sentence). Per Cambridge dictionary, "Nonetheless" should be in the form of one word. So, is it ...
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Is it idiomatic to put “nonetheless” at the end of a sentence?

this comes from "NoSQL & SQL Data Modeling" by Ted Hills. The rectangle represents a logical record type. This is not a type in the sense of a generalization/specialization hierarchy. It is a ...
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Does the expression “taking a cut” imply some sort of grift? If so, what's a neutral equivalent expression?

Does the expression "taking a cut" (to mean taking some financial commission) imply some sort of grift, or is it neutral? If it implies some sort of grift, what would be a neutral equivalent ...
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How to express “a person who talk really quickly & carelessly” in English?

When I teach English to some children and adults, I realize that some speak slowly but carefully and make less mistakes whereas some speak really quickly, carelessly and make more mistakes. Can I say ...