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Is there any similar idiom/proverb to Japanese proverb -Gesu no kanguri

There is a saying 下衆の勘繰り(Gesu no kanguri) in Japanese. "Gesu" means a person who is mean, lowly, or base in his/her heart. "Kanguri" means interpreting falsely someone's intention as bad. A ...
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A broader and possibly implied meaning of “free radical” [closed]

I've heard the expression free radical and I got the sense that it meant something more intricate than a radical (i.e. not moderate nor balanced entity) that is free (i.e. not associated nor ...
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Putting “foot in mouth” or “foot in it”?

I know the expression putting foot in ones mouth and I'm not asking about its meaning. However, as I was verifying that I got the idiom perfectly correct, I stumbled upon the following example ...
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Is there any phrase or idiom meaning “I wish you were there too” or “it was good if you were there also”?

In Persian we have an idiom literally meaning "I wish you were there too" or "it was good if you were there also". For example, if you had been in party and a friend had not been there you may say ...
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Is “fugazi” an English word?

The British rock band Marillion has a song called Fugazi, which is also the title of the album. This is one of their lines: Do you realise, this world is totally fugazi. By context I can deduce ...
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What does “live down” mean in this sentence?

I'm not sure if lives down means forgotten or that she lives in a floor down the protagonist: "When your teardrops go sour and no longer fall the splash cross the virgin that lives down your ...
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What does “linger down” mean?

This is a strophe from a song: "Well, she stands all around me her hands slowly sifting the sunshine all the laughter that linger down deep 'neath her smilin' is free Well, it spins and it ...
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What means the expression then on in this case?

"She says that she knows that moments are rare I suppose that it's true Then on she goes to say I don't care and she knows that I do" Then on means that she said he doesn't care immediately after ...
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Phrases that express “afraid of wife” in English

Are there any English idioms that are used to describe a man being afraid of wife? In Chinese there are lots of ways to express it, formal ways, condescending, or colorful. Please describe the ...
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Why does he say, “Shame I can't say the same …”?

Here is an excerpt from HeadWay Upper Intermediate, Student's Book, Unit 1: Even after four years, I don't feel I belong. Over Christmas I went back to the UK for a month's holiday - on landing at ...
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English saying similar/equivalent to: “When you give, you receive twice as much.”

In Greece we have a saying: If you give, you will receive twice as much. Does an equivalent saying exist in English, and if so, what is it?
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Should I use the past simple “have had”, or the present simple “have”? [closed]

I decided to vent out all my frustrations on you but now {I have a change of heart /I've had a change of heart}.
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To look “forced”

I was talking to a girl in English and in personal, friendly and non-formal situation. The girl behaved like she...was obligated to speak with me like she did. It was just a feeling that she had some ...
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What does the idiom “wings of fortune” mean? [closed]

The idiom "wings of fortune" can be found in writing. For example, near the end of the Grateful Dead song Terrapin Station, it says: The sullen wings of fortune beat like rain Many older books ...
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Looking for an English idiom/expression related to trapping

Is there in English language an expression/idiom that reflects the idea that we make something vulnerable to be attacked because we want to trap the attacker ?
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What does “corporate conservatism” and “soulful rhythm” mean?

I have two questions about following sentence found in a paragraph from the American Cinemas of 1970s. The downloadable document is here. This culture of corporate conservatism was met by a tide ...
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Meaning of “The air is thin up here”

What does "The air is thin up here" mean? Does it have a positive connotation? E.g. when you are wearing heels in order to look taller.
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“Bite me”, What does it mean?

"Bite me" is an expression used in a lot of TV series. Does it mean "leave me alone" or something else? Example: Someone tells Penny that she is stupid. She answers, "bite me". Is it an old expression?...
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Difference and usage between “I dare say” and “dare I say it”

I dare say is defined on Dictionary.com as: to venture to say (something); assume (something) as probable. I've also heard of the expression dare I say it as well; however, I was unable to find a ...
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What does “You're a stroke of genius” mean?

I was playing Max Payne 3 and this dialogue appeared in one of the cutscenes "Wilson Da Silva," replies Max, "You're a stroke of genius!" Can anybody explain what it means?
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Is “home run” the equivalent of four bases?

We were all more naive a decade ago. We hoped that a single application of drugs would result in a dramatic benefit. We now understand it's much more complicated than that. People are optimistic but ...
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What image lies behind the expression “Take a bow”?

I heard this expression in the Rihanna's eponymic song. I understand the general meaning, but where does it come from? What is the image behind?