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Is this a school badge?

Is this called a school badge? According to Oxford Dictionary badge: (British English) (North American English patch) a piece of material that you sew onto clothes as part of a uniform the school ...
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Is it natural to say "you don't want me to lose face, do you?" in this situation?

My daughter didn't want to wash her hair. If she went to school with dirty hair, her teachers would notice that and judge (quietly in their head) my wife and me to be lazy parents. To convince my ...
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Is it correct to say "the hem came unsewn"?

(source) The thread of my hem of my Tshirt got broken and a short part of the hem is unsewn. Is it correct to say:? the hem came undone the hem came unsewn the hem is falling apart.
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What does "a cat is crawling" mean? [closed]

"Crawl" has 2 meanings: 1-to move along on your hands and knees with your body close to the ground The baby crawled across the floor. 2- if an insect crawls, it moves using its legs There’s ...
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Do you say "he makes money selling saliva" to mean he makes money out of his talking skills?

Sometimes, "to sell saliva" (literally translated) to mean to make money by just using his/her talking skills, normally with a negative meaning. It often used to refer to middlemen. Say you ...
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Is there an alternative to "the quality of something being..."?

I've just talked to my friend in English. Him: What's more important: the people you work with or the work that you are doing? Me: I think the quality of the work being interesting is more important. ...
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English equivalent to a Hindi proverb?

We have a phrase in our language whose rough translation is Only a jeweler can distinguish a diamond. Basically it is a complement to both parties, mentor and protege. For e.g. I was a nobody in ...
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Does it make sense to say to a person "you're good to go" when he is done with something?

In the dictionary be good to go ​(of a thing) to be prepared and ready for use; (of a person) to be prepared and ready to do something By tomorrow afternoon the document will be good to go. I’ve ...
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Is there another way to say instead of saying "make me"?

I watched a film and in the film, a man forced a woman to leave his office but the woman refused to do that. Then he threatened the woman more but she said "make me". I did a study. It seems ...
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Which phrase is more appropriate, instead of "I don't know?"

I'm non native speaker. I usually have some problems with the suitable expressions used in different situations. If I want to say I don't know, for example, which phrase is more appropriate?
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How to express a door opens / closes at different ranges?

Look at the above picture, If the space is A, we say "open the door a crack", can we say "close the door a crack" in this position? If the space is B, we say "open the door a ...
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Synonym for "turn around" in the given context?

Consider the phrase, My English used to be bad, however, between 2012-2015, I lived with American roommates and conversed with them in English. That's when the turn-around came. Can somebody ...
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Do you have idioms with "as simple as ..."? [closed]

I know that we have as easy as anything/as pie/as ABC/as falling off a log: ​(informal) very easy or very easily The whole procedure is as easy as ABC. Fooling him was as easy as falling off a log. ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "I have to race with time" to mean I have to do a thing very fast and finish it before something bad might happen?

I am bringing in the washing when suddenly it starts to rain. I have to do it really fast or else the washing is going to get wet. If I translate from Vietnamese to English, it would be "I have ...
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Can we say "outswim / outclimb / outslide" to mean "swim /climb/slide faster" the same way we say outrun? [closed]

In the dictionary ​outrun somebody/something to run faster or further than somebody/something He couldn't outrun his pursuers. Can we just invent words such as "outswim / outclimb / outslide&...
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Is it correct to say "squeeze the tube using the flat side of the toothbrush"? [closed]

When my tube is almost out of toothpaste, I often apply the flat side of the toothbrush head onto the tube and run it all the way to the neck of the tube to get some toothpaste out. I just want to ...
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Do you say "pimples" or "zits" just for acne or for many other spotted skin condition as well? [closed]

I remember when I was 14 or 15, I had many spots on my neck and face. When I popped them, white mucus came out. I think I had acne back then. (Source) When it is very hot, my skin has some small red ...
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Are "swim across the pool" and "swim widthwise" the same?

A river has 2 long ends and no short ends. So, when you swim across the river, you swim from 1 long side to the other long side. On the contrary, a pool has 2 long ends + 2 short ends. When you say &...
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Can I say "keep your head tipping backwards for 2 minutes" to mean to keep the head still and in a state that it is fixed at a tipping position?

After I put in eye drops, I need to keep the head still and in a state that it is fixed at a tipping position for 2 minutes so that more drops get into my eyes and don't come out too much. The verb &...
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Do we have a verb to express "you give a seat to an old person on a train when no seat is available"?

On a crowded train, there is no available seat. An old man gets on the train looking around for a seat. You stand up and give your seat to him. Do we have a specific verb to express "you give a ...
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Is the way I use "their" in this sentence natural: 'Entrepreneurs are becoming more daring, and their number in the US is increasing every year'?

Entrepreneurs are becoming more daring, and the number of entrepreneurs in the US is increasing every year. How not to repeat the word "entrepreneurs" here without changing the first clause ...
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Is it correct to say "tell your grandma that you had your hair washed today already so you don't have to do it tomorrow"?

May daughter has long hair and she has her hair washed by her mom 3 times a week or every 2 days. Say, today she had her hair washed by her mom already. She is going to her grandma's home tomorrow. ...
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How to describe or phrase "fake a laugh" [closed]

How to describe someone faking a laugh without deliberately saying it. Just hint at it.
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Is the phrase “target improvement” commonly known and used?

In my spare time, I prep Italian teenagers for English language exams and recently I have been reading essays, articles, reviews, and informal emails that have been generated by ChatGPT. I let the ...
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Is "I am all against it" a counterpart of "I am all for it"?

Tom said "I want to go into business" His wife answered "I am all for it". "All" here is an adverb and it means completely. Similarly, can Tom's wife say "I am all ...
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How to express my idea naturally in this situation?

(Here's the part where I commented on the numbers of contingent migrant workers in New Zealand and the UK. Afterwards, I proceeded to make comments on the ratio of these workers)... However, the ...
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Can I say "let's eat. Hurry up!" to just one person while I am not eating or about to eat?

I know "let's" is short for "let us". For example, Let's break for lunch. = Let us break for lunch. But Oxford dictionary says "let’s [no passive] used for making suggestions ...
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Do you say "my car is high on fuel" as a counterpart of "my car is low on fuel"?

People say "to be low on fuel" to mean not having enough fuel. Can I say "my car is high on fuel" as a counterpart of "my car is low on fuel"? Some say the opposite of &...
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Is there another more natural way to say "do it with excitement"?

I asked my daughter to dance but she seemed to dance in a way that lacks enthusiasm. Can I say to her "do it with excitement" in this situation? Or do we have other more natural expressions?
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What is an undemanding person?

A dictionary says "If you describe someone as undemanding, you mean they are easy to be with and do not ask other people to do a great deal for them." Can we use the term "an ...
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Is this called a block gate?

Look at this above picture, a complex of several tall buildings has a gate. Vehicles go in and out through that gate and there is some security guards standing on watch there to make sure only ...
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What do you call a mock project in developer internship?

Some IT companies offer internships where would-be developer employees build a project. It may be quite complex, involve dozens of people on the team (backend, frontend, BAs, MQAs, AQAs, PMs, POs, and ...
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What are the dirty things that come out when you erase a mark called?

You use a sharpener to sharpen a pencil and you have wood shavings. Now, you use an eraser to erase a mark on a paper and you have some dirty bits. What are these bits called? Are they called dirt? ...
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Is it too strong to say "the soup will wash off/ away the lipstick"?

People often use "wash something away/off" with strong water force. For example, The flood washed away the bridge Wash the mud off the bikes before you put them away. A woman is wearing ...
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Is "the clock came alive" the opposite of "the clock went dead"?

One of the meanings of the adjective "dead" is having no power/electricity/battery. But I don't see the opposite adjective "alive" meaning having power/electricity/battery. We can ...
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Is it ok « It’s not a world where to grow up »

I have a song that I said something that doesn’t really sounds great grammatically but I wanna know it’s ok or a big mistake « Everytime I speak it seems too hard, it’s not a world where to grow up » ...
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How to say that my action wasn't effective because I applied it to the wrong thing?

I'm familiar with the expression "barking up the wrong tree" but it means "complaining about something to/with the wrong person". I'm looking for a generalization of that, i.e. &...
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Is it correct to say "I'll make up the time" or "I'll make up for the time"

Normally, after my daughter finishes her dinner, I let her watch TV for awhile up to 7:30pm. I will turn on the TV, she can not turn it on by herself. For example, if she finishes her dinner at 6:45 ...
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Is it correct to say "I choked on water through my nose"?

When swimming, water might get into your nose suddenly and cause a short sharp pain in your sinus and a short time of breathing difficulty. We say "he choked on water" which implies the ...
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is it correct to say "Pull your forearms down at a right angle with your upper arms"?

I saw this sentence in Oxford dictionary Place the table at right angles/at a right angle to the wall I am sure if it means the table is in contact with the wall lengthways or widthways or not. It ...
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Phrase that roughly means "I'm fine with it"

There's some phrase in English that roughly means "I'm fine with it". I thought that phrase is "is it" (or "it is"), as in: — I want strawberry ice cream — Strawberry ...
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Phrase request: one which is used to transition from generality to details

Overall, 11% of Australians, or 1,837,000 people, were living in poverty in 1999. _______, aged people were the least likely to be poor, with poverty levels of 6% and 4% for single aged people and ...
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Can the top and bottom having the same pattern be called "outfit"?

(Source) Women in hot countries often wears these clothes at home. The top and the bottom share the same pattern. Do you say "she is wearing an outfit"? (source) Or the above guy wears a T ...
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Do you say "half boarding school"?

I know that "boarding school" means students live in school and don't go home during the school year. They might go home on weekends. In Vietnam, we have 3 types of school. -Type 1: you get ...
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Is "as easy as eating candy" idiomatic or common used in spoken English?

When translating it from Vietnamese (my mother tongue) to English, it is "it's as easy as eating candy". That is a common expression in Vietnamese. I couldn't find this phrase "as easy ...
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What are questions do you ask to know the day of the week and the date from the Calendar? [duplicate]

Oxford dictionary has this example ‘What day is it today?’ ‘Monday.’ So, I guess "What day is it?" is used you want to know the day of the week. Oxford also has another example ‘What's the ...
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Is 'time-impaired' in this context idiomatic?

I am reading Limited Liability Companies for Dummies by Jennifer Reuting, and the use of 'impaired' sounds strange to me in this context: I know, I know — you’re busy! You operate on a need-to-know ...
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Can "the line" be in a circle?

Source: https://baitap365.com/bai-viet/88963-giai-bai-23-doc-rong-ran-len-may-sgk-tieng-viet-2-tap-1-ket-noi-tri-thuc-voi-cuoc-song#!#google_vignette A group of children walked one after another in a ...
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Is there a phrase to express a thing has already happened really soon after something has been happened?

My child has been sick for just 2 days and now he is much thinner than he was 2 days ago. Do you have a common phrase to express that idea in English? U am not sure "no sooner.. than" is ...
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Is it correct/natural to say "don't mingle with a crowd. It's dangerous."?

When I was young, my dad often said "avoid crowds. You might get killed." When there is an accident or a fight, a lot of people gather to watch it. Say, if that was an accident, the vehicle ...
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