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Questions tagged [expressions]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer asking the meaning of a particular expression.

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Gift Message: “for learning” or “to learning”

I want to send a gift to someone. She loves learning. Which version of the following looks better/correct? To learning and knowledge! Or For learning and knowledge! Note that learning and ...
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'health treatment' - a valid expression?

I would like to speak about treatment for various illnesses, physical and psychological. Would the expression 'health treatment' be commonly understood? So far, it is not a widely used ...
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'over short or long' instead of 'sooner or later'?

Is it permissible to use 'over short or long' instead of 'sooner or later'? On the internet and on Google Books I have only found 'over short or long' as 'over short or long time periods'. I would ...
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I go on the business trip

I go on the business trip. Why the above sentence use "on " as the preposition but not "to"?
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What's the meaning of “spike” in the context of “adrenaline spike”? [on hold]

What's the meaning of “spike” in the context of “adrenaline spike”? how does it relate to the meaning of “dump” in the context of “adrenaline dump”? and which of the two is the correct version?
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meaning of “the way I get it, it's optional”

I know the meaning of the bolded expression in the following excerpt of a conversation, but I cannot understand how it is related to it. Man: Hi. Listen, I was just wondering whether you understood ...
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Could this “would” possibly be for attenuation?

To hear her speak, I would think she is from Tokyo. I can't imagine a situation very well when this sentence makes sense. Could it be used like this: A: ~. So my daughter have gotten very much used ...
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How can “I don't know if you can tell or not, but…” be used in spoken English?

I've just come across that phrase I don't know if you can tell or not, but... Would you tell me what it means and how I can use it? Thanks for your help
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Can “Only For” mean “Instead”?

"She faked her death to avoid the penalty, only for her desperation to be frustrated as law enforment comes to her door" I paraphrase the original sentence. I hope the change wouldn't make to much ...
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What are “industrial chops”?

I've seen the expression industrial chops in a few texts, but looking at them all, and seeing the definition of chop in a dictionary did not provide me a clear meaning. In this way, 3D printing is ...
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Take out innocence (phrase)

How do you correctly express this in English: Unsupervised internet browsing of a child can take out their innocence when they get exposed to pornography. I believe this is a useful phrase. ...
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Synonyms - not on any account

The single most importante thing to remember is that there is no good way to do a talk. The most memorable talks offer something fresh, something no one has seen before. The worst ones are those ...
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How to insert “The last time” into a simple question?

I would like to ask someone about his last payment using the expression "The last time". I know that I can say ; " When was your last or latest payment? " but I'd like to learn how to use the ...
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Abuse of your trust

In Spanish we use this expression abuse of your trust usually in formal writing to apologise in advance when we want to ask for something that one wouldn't do if wasn't because our trust. Example. ...
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This is the thanks I get?

I would like to know whether the expression this is the thanks I get? is used in English or if there is any other expression conveying the same meaning The implication is that one shows no signs of ...
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Write address in a full sentence

How do I write address properly in a full sentence? Ex) I am Michael Jordan who is living on 111 street at ABC district in Chicago in Illinois in the U.S.. Can I repeatedly use “in” there? Any ...
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Cambridge English Certification

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post a question like the following (and if not, I'd be happy to be redirected to a better one, maybe still on StackExchange), but since I have no other ideas,...
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Is the expression “You will know what I mean” often misused?

I will give you a clue, it's one word: poetry. You will know what I mean. I thought about it and the sentence "You will know what I mean." doesn't seem to be correct, because you are giving a hint ...
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by big boat/by big boats/by a big boat

To talk about the transport we use to get to a place, we use 'by + transport', with no article needed and no change in the noun form, e.g. by boat. What about in the case when we use an adjective to ...
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I AM/WAS the one who was breaking up the fight

Let's say your boss didn't know the whole story about a fight in your workplace. There was a fight that happened between your 2 co-workers and you broke up the fight. You have successfully stopped it. ...
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Responding to ‘Is the price negotiable?’ [closed]

I have been selling some stuff on Gumtree, and nearly every potiential buyer has messaged me asking if my prices are negotiable. What are some common, idomatic responses native speakers use to ...
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About the usage of “be selected for”

In a sentence from SEP(https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/epiphenomenalism/), I have a problem reading the following sentences: "Thus, it is easily understood how certain kinds of neural events can ...
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Is there any synonym to “ha”?

"ha" can be used in a sarcastic way like this: A: When did the first war happen? B: In 1950. A: Wrong. It happened in 1914. B: I know that. A: That's why you answered it ...
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for-if-construction

I don't understand the meaning of "For if" that I've found in different contexts: For if I could see this radiance, might it not reach.... For if we don't find, The next little girl, I tell you we ...
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Is it rude to say “Excuse me, Ms.”?

I was wondering that above sentence on title, “Excuse me, Ms.” is rude or not. I’ve watched a video on youtube about English titles, but “Excuse me lady.” is very rude to get attention from women, ...
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Say it in a concise and accurate way

I want to describe something like below, I can't ignore the emotion on people's face, I mean, those people who are important to me. But it seems like I'm a cruel person, that's not true, I found ...
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She managed to wriggle free

She managed to wriggle free. https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/wriggle_1?q=Wriggle Oxford English Dictionary registers "free" to be used as an adjective, but Macmillan ...
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difference between “work alongside you” and “work alongside with you”

Is there a difference between work alongside you vs work alongside with you The definition of "alongside" indicates with is not needed. definition next to in company with But it'...
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“It is ok” synonym expression

I have used the expression "It is ok." when the character is calming down herself, so she would stop from getting annoyed or angry. But I have used it a lot, that's why I want another synonym that can ...
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Why we use 'no sooner' instead of 'not sooner'?

I think 'not sooner than' is a right form and 'no sooner than' seens pretty odd to me. Does anyone know where the phrase 'no sooner than' came from? Is it just a tradition?
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I'd like to be more polite in this situation: say 'I will go for sure'

I am an international student who just came to this country. I always worried about writing emails to my professors, because I think my English is rude. I would like to be more polite, for example, I ...
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What is the opposite of “None of one's business”?

If I want to know the connection between A and B. Can I say "What is the business A with B?" ?
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Can we use “copies” to describe 2 things have slight differences?

In computer, we can copy one file as its copy. We can say them (2 copies of the file). To keep 2 copies of the file would be waste space. Then, if one file has slight differences with the other ...
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“Welcome on my website” or “Welcome to my website”

I want to know how to say "Bienvenu sur mon site" in English. I hesitate between the preposition to and the preposition on Welcome to my website! or Welcome on my website! I've found on ...
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Case something of

In some programming languages, such as Pascal, there is a case statement written like case something of, like case name of or case place of, followed by a set of alternatives. This expression, case ...
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Why some people think that “pretty sure” means “totally sure”? [duplicate]

I was talking with a friend of mine when she told me that "pretty sure" means something like "more or less sure". I've always known that it meant "totally sure" and was astonished to find this out. ...
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Does saying “have good holidays” sound weird?

When you wish someone to have a good weekend, you say, "Have a good weekend!". But what about wishing someone to have good holidays? Does "have good holidays" sound weird? I'm just asking because I ...
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Is this sentence correct - I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine

I have got this sentence I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine. In this sentence using word I hope here I am confused, why because I hope is kind of positive word but the sentence ...
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How to describe your ambition in two parts?

I want to explain my general ambition separately in two parts. Is the following sentence grammatically and literally correct? How about using "consist" as a verb for subject (ambition)? If it seems ...
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“I am four or five in”

There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar. Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one ...
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Usage of “so” in “so I think it is a great way to spend quality time”

The sentence goes like this.. I'm busy because of my work so I don't have much time to communicate with my family. To make it up, I think it is a great way to spend quality time. I think the ...
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“I hope” vs “I want”

One says from bottom of his heart, I don't want him to be humiliated because of me. I hope that he will not be humiliated because of me. Until this day, I thought "I don't want" makes more ...
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About “Easy does it”

Why is "does" used as in this expression "easy does it", can it be "do" because an implied subject should be "you"? and can you introduce similar expressions that have such a construction? I'm ...
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Is it correct to say - The Brenners are two sisters?

“Lydia Brenner and Cathy Brenner are two sisters.” Now is it correct to say – The Brenners are two sisters? “Lydia Brenner, Cathy Brenner and Mitchel Brenner are two sisters and one brother.” Is it ...
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What is a good, common alternative for the “He is the engine of the group” expression?

In French, to say that someone is the key element of the dynamic of a group, we can use the expression "she/he is the engine of the group" (Elle/Il est le moteur du groupe). This clearly shows that ...
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How to advise someone about the danger of a television failling from his arms

Does the sentence "You drop the television!" express the purpose of advising someone about the danger (of the television falling from his arms) or the fact of not being able to believe that someone ...
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I'm at a very good doctor.

I heard someone say I'm at a very good doctor. at doctor's office. I think they mean the doctor is very well-known and good at thier job. I want to know if the expression 'be at a good doctor' is ...
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By its acronym / in its acronym?

CONTEXT: Expressing that some given acronym corresponds to a language different from the one used to give the full name of a certain entity. QUESTION: Is the following sentence (in bold) correct and ...
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Do people say “I gotta make a plane”?

In the movie The Devil's Advocate, a character says this when telling another person she has to go catch a plane. Mary Ann: Look, I gotta make a plane. Do people commonly say make a plane when ...
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Is my expression grammatically sound?

The whole sentence is as follows: I am wondering whether I have to write the paper regarding Canada or some other countries as well. The main point of uncertainty is after 'or'. I am trying to ...