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Origin of “Let the cat out of the bag”

What is the literal meaning of "let the cat out of the bag"? Why would someone put their cat in a bag? What did the cat ever do to them?
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What's the meaning and usage of “Speak with your feet”?

Is speak with your feet similar to vote with your feet? And should it be used in positive context? For example: Let's vote/speak with your feet by joining the fundraising activity.
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With the meaning of “not involving anything else”, could “just” and “solely” be used interchangeably?

"Just" might be the most ambiguous word in English and confuses me a lot. I am trying to discuss each piece of its different meanings in a sequence of posts. Please focus this post on the meaning of "...
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“buy an apartment on the 28th floor” or “buy an condo on the 28th floor”? the difference between apartments and condos right

I understand the difference of the ownership between an apartment and a condo. A condominium, often shortened to condo, in the United States of America and in most Canadian provinces, is a type of ...
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In red color or red color of… Which one is better?

These shirts are popular in red color . Red color of these shirts are popular this year. Is there any difference between two sentence or both are correct ? I couldn't understand difference ...
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with blasts of the rackets over into

What does 'with blasts of the rackets' mean here in context? Could you also explain meaning of 'over' when we use it like here - 'over into' or 'over here' I just know that it does not translate, but ...
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The difference between Detached Homes and Townhouses

A tutorial video calls the following image (A) as Townhouses and calls the following image (B) as Detached Homes what is the difference?
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Can I change the place of preeposition in sentences below?

I want from the heart him to make his valedictory before the public Would this sentence mean the same if I use “from the heart” in the end of the sentence like I want him to make his valedictory ...
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Does developments mean the building?

This video (https://youtu.be/SY_iFntJ8xY?t=148) is talking about some Real Estate Tips. all the garbage and water bills are also paid directly by you and not an HOA. however, in some ...
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could someone give some simpler explanation about the meaning of “epistemic”, difference between epistemic and predictive?

An wiki page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemic_modality) explains "epistemic modality" as a sub-type of linguistic modality that deals with a speaker's evaluation/judgment of, degree of ...
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Is “should never run” more appropriate than “should never be able to run”?

There seems to be some errors in this post. I am trying to fix some. It may be a pain to see compile errors, but trust me, getting error here is good for you. You did something stupid you tried to ...
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“of all five”, how do I use this kind of expression correctly?

This post starts with Manarola, Liguria, Italy. Is one of the smallest towns in Italy, however, it is frequently visited by tourists due to its stunning beauty. The oldest building here is San ...
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What does it mean by this sentence: He is confronted in his subzero lab by…?

Source He is confronted in his subzero lab by Roy and Leon, the latter of whom rips open Chew's thermal coat to make it easier for Roy to interrogate him. What does it mean by this highlighted ...
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Is “on” in “spend sth on doing sth” optional?

Cambridge dictionary gives this example We've just spent $1.9 million on improving our computer network. I am aware of that usage, the standard form, spend sth on doing sth. This post (https://...
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Is “… got me got me into swimming” grammatical?

I understand that the noun "swim" means "an act or period of swimming." I also understand that "to get someone into something" means "to cause a person to become involved in a situation or activity (...
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what is the meaning of “pass the requirements” and “district council surveyor”?

what is the meaning of "pass the requirements" and "district council surveyor"? Hydesville is a typical little hamlet of New York State, with a primitive population which was, no doubt, half-...
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what is the meaning of “centres of life” in this conext?

what is the meaning of "centres of life" in this conext? Hydesville is a typical little hamlet of New York State, with a primitive population which was, no doubt, half-educated, but was ...
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Does having a temper make you angry or calm?

Are we using the word "temper" correctly? Usually when someone is said to "have a temper", we interpret that to mean they are quick to anger or are prone to outbursts of anger. However I'm wondering ...
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Is it a little bit wordy to say “wake up at 5:00 in the morning”?

I guess these 3 sentences are all idiomatic. I usually wake up at 5:00. I usually wake up at 5:00 AM. I usually wake up at 5:00 in the morning. The last one seems a little bit wordy, isn't it?
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“get the boat” or “get a boat”?

When talking about form of transport, we could say "take a bus", "get the subway". In this context, should I use "get the boat" or "get a boat"? Google Ngram gives this plot
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What is the meaning of “include but not limited to”?

I have been following this trend for a while now , it seems to me it s very helpful to English learners like me . So far, I appreciate your contributions to questions. Below is my question for today: ...
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grammar / meaning “I was going to do the washing, but we would run out of washing powder.”

The explanations of my grammar book is as follows. 1) “They left the house at 6.00 a.m. and would reach Edinburgh some 12 hours later.” (=they reached Edinburgh) 2) He was sure that the medical ...
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redistribute someone

In the movie Love Actually, the prime minister asks his secretary to redistribute an employee, I think, because he was falling in love with that particular employee, Natalie. Redistribute Natalie. ...
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“get an illness” or “get illness”, which one should I use in speaking?

I guess both "get illness" and "get an illness" mean ‘catch an illness’. according to Ngram, "get an illness" seems more widely used in writing, how about speaking? the weird thing is, "got cold" is ...
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Could “People”, “Some people” and “Lots of people” be used interchangeably?

I used this kind of expression at another post (Does there exist a grammar formula in grammar book?) Lots of people refer to "subject + verb + adjective" as a formula. similarly, I could say ...
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“three hours of you writing”, is it an idiomatic expression?

This video (https://youtu.be/iSV9uohbCjQ?t=258) is saying if you're taking something like TOEFL or TOEIC that's going to be an exam, exam instills fear of one or two or three hours of you ...
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What is the opposite to laudatory when describing an adjective?

For instance, when I say that the word "great" is a laudatory adjective. What would the opposite to that be in the case of a word such as "evil"? Thank you.
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What does “facilitated a crescendo” mean?

I was watching the British series Sex Education and, in the second episode of season two, the main character uses the phrase "facilitated a crescendo". While I understand the definition of both words, ...
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What is the meaning of “gain traction on” in this context?

This is the context: This is a difficult issue, to ask about animal subjective experience. For many animals, we can’t be with them without thinking they have subjective experience. To those of ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “please always close the door behind you”?

my sister's bedroom is face to my bedroom and she play music loudly, which is disturbing me. So, I said to her, please always close the door behind you. I would like to have her remember this, and ...
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Is it idiomatic to use “set off” as “separate”?

It seems that this post (Would this phrase be set off by commas?) use "set off" as "separate". I got the meaning from the answer to that post. I guess this one is before being "set off" My ...
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About the meaning of 'rant' and 'rhetoric' in this context

I did ask a question on math.meta.SE and among other things I was told that my question "reads a lot like a rant" and "the question essentially reads as rhetoric, not as a genuine attempt for ...
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The difference between related and relatable

This post gives the difference between related and relatable by comparing the definitions. related is standing in relation or connection while relatable is possible to relate; able to be related to....
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What does “let me have a bit” mean?

I saw "let me have a bit" somewhere, I don't know what does that mean. So I googled it and got the following. This is an extract from "The People's Journal by John Saunders - 1848" I had been many ...
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what is a “covering memo”?

What is a "covering memo" in the following context: When G.S.O. has been notified, the new G.S.R. receives a kit containing a covering memo, The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World ...
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Question about the tense

In a conversation of two people, one says to the other, I just got a box of cubans. Maybe I bring 'em by your office around 5:00 In the latter sentence, the present tense, bring, is used. It seems ...
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In terms of grabbing audience's attention what does “prop” mean?

The video (https://youtu.be/Veg4JqsEXJo?t=22) is talking about the tips of video presentation ... do something to catch their attention it might be using a prop it might be jumping in off a ...
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The progressive form

The Situation was, someone dated a girl and came back home and told someone else that I'm getting back now, because she lives in Poughkeepsie. in this sentence, what kind of meaning getting, a ...
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Is “get a better understanding about some concept/mechanism” a grammatical, idiomatic and clear expression?

I asked a question just now. I am trying to get a better understanding about this procedure of Python code to be generated. similarly people may say these get a better understanding about ...
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Is “add background” an idiomatic expression?

I asked a question (In some cases, "come" and "go" are interchangeable, right?) just now, and added some explanation at the beginning. This post is discussing verbs, the ...
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In some cases, “come” and “go” are interchangeable, right?

Note: This post is discussing verbs, the following scenario is to add background for discussion. Let's say we are discussing the usage of adverbs. I always wake up early he never gets angry ...
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Should I use “discussion” or “discussing” here? Is there some rules to guide us when we need to use the noun form of a verb?

I asked a question (In some cases, "come" and "go" are interchangeable, right?) just now, and added some explanation at the beginning. This post is discussing verbs, the ...
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It is the reason or this is the reason

This is the reason why I did not call you. It is the readon why I did not call you. Is there any difference between two sentence? I mean should I use “it” or” “this”? Or Are both acceptable?
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meaning of the word “have” in it is past form in context

It is from Crash Course US history. It is at 8 minute and 10 second. Here is the contex: Taney ruled that black people "had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior ...
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Meaning of “I have a son that age”?

Today i was watching a movie with subtitle and I found a sentence that is " I have a son that age ". Now I dont know if the sub maker made some mistake or not. I think it should be " I have a son of ...
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“I simply/absolutely/completely don't know”, does it sounds unclear?

"Just" might be the most ambiguous word in English and confuses me a lot. I am trying to discuss each piece of its different meanings in a sequence of posts. Please focus this post on the meaning of "...
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What does the phrase “pull down on” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a task management app: The app allows you to add tasks in several ways and in one of them you can pull down on a list to put a task to the top. I am not sure about the ...
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“in order to **better** solve a problem” sounds uncommon, is something wrong?

This video (https://youtu.be/9B2NFe3g6N4?list=PLuyk1nLMhRm5aDbWooRndCrV5BMK6woxe&t=33) is saying in order to better visualize the cost function J, I'm going to ... with the same structure, ...
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Is it an idiomatic expression, “in a very near future”?

Oxford Dictionary (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/just) gives a bunch of definitions about “just” one of those is 1.1 Exactly or almost exactly at this or that moment and gives this example ...
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Is latest by used here correctly

In the following sentence NASA’s International Space Station, the only one functional right now, is slated to retire by 2025, or latest by 2028, and no replacement for it has been confirmed so far. ...

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