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A phrase is a group of words that make a unit of syntax with a single grammatical function.

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Is “pending for her return” grammatical?

Is it valid to use: We will be pending for her return instead of, for example: We look forward to her return
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A person full of complexes

I wonder what would you normally call someone who has a chip on their shoulder informally? (What I am looking for can be considered as an offensive idiom/expression/adjective by most people.) Such ...
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Words for those who don't work and want everything ready-made [on hold]

I am looking for words or phrases to represent those who copy or take everything that is already made by others, want everything ready or ready-made, and are averse to the ideas of hard work, ...
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What's the meaning of “learn the books backwards”?

My daughter's reading the story Dan the Dunce and there are the following paragraphs: Onec upon a time there was a Princess. She was bored. So she decided to get married. "But my husband must be ...
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What does the phrase “lose a life” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "lose a life" in the following sentence? So sink carefully, but watch out, with each miss or scratch you lose a life — run out before you finish the ...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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What does the phrase “baize to secure early lead” mean here?

I cannot figure out the meaning of the phrase "battle of the baize" in the following heading of a news item: Varsity 2017: Warwick win battle of the baize to secure early lead I am not sure if the ...
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wash the dishes ; a phrase?

I don't know either the following constructions are a phrase or a clause? 1) wash the dishes 2) do the laundry 3) take out the garbage In my opinion, they are all phrases or verb phrases ...
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“… a little less problems” — is this phrase grammatically correct?

Is this sentence, "I wish I had a little less problems" grammatically correct? Especially the phrase, "... a little less problems". I know there are other ways to say the same thing like, "I wish I ...
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How to ask someone for cycling?

I moved into a new apartment and don't have any friend in this apartment. I want to make new friends but don't know how to initiate the conversation. I thought asking someone for cycling would be good ...
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Whether a length of time should come with “for”

I came across two sentences with a similar structure. The instance is shown below. For how many weeks is the lecture series given? How many weeks of the lecture series can non-engineering ...
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What does the phrase “just under” mean here? [on hold]

Here is a sentence from a racing game: You can choose a challenge with a car that’s just under, or make things easy for yourself by choosing fully-specced vehicle. I am not sure about the ...
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What does “As in” mean here?

“Didn’t you hear me? A bride, Cinder. As in, a princess.” “As in, not going to happen. He’s only, what? Nineteen?” Source I looked it up, and it seems to mean "for example" or "such as"; but ...
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Can “In a sense” be used as “On the one hand”?

Is it okay if I start a sentence with the phrase "In a (or one) sense" instead of "On one hand" while comparing two things? If so, what about usage of "On the other hand" in starting the counterpoint?
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What does the phrase “slide two fingers across the screen” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "slide two fingers across the screen" in the following sentence: In N.O.V.A. you can slide three fingers over a door to open it, slide two fingers ...
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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: “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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Which expression is correct “in purpose” or “on purpose”?

I'm frequently encountering English proofreading problems. For now I am trying to figure out which one of these two is the correct form: in purpose or on purpose. I tried to Google and found both ...
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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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One political utterance

During a debate in the House of Lords on affairs in Morocco, at a moment when that country, for the fifth time in seven years, had brought half Europe to the verge of war, he had interpolated the ...
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What does the phrase “dangling-armed trolls” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an adventure game: If you are not careful, you might be grabbed by the dangling-armed trolls that reach from afar. The player fights against many creatures, monsters, etc....
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What does the phrase “head down the rat's hole” mean here?

Here is a heading of a game app's description: "Head down the rat's hole" The game lets you live the life of a rat that lives in a beautiful village. The player interacts with the rat's friends and ...
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What does the phrase “nods to the lore” mean here?

What does the phrase "nods to the lore" mean in the following sentence: Seems very well thought out & has lots of cool nods to the lore of starwars [sic]. This text is from a response to a ...
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Have your birthday in December,Birthday in December

Someone was conducting a survey on people who have December Birthdays. So he said: 1.What does it feel like to have you birthday in December? 2.What does it feel like to have a December birthday? 3....
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On (at) a moment(')s notice?

I have been searching for a while, and I haven't seen a good discussion of this phrase. It seems to me like the preposition is in question (I've heard it both ways), and the possessive is also in ...
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Meaning of “no more right”

Man has no more right to say an uncivil thing than to act one According to me the meaning of this phrase is: Man has equal right to say an uncivil thing and to act an uncivil thing. Am I right?
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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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Can we use 'I think' after 'In my view'?

The following sentence is given in my book: In my view, I don't think this is a good idea. I know it very well that if phrase 'In my opinion' is used instead of 'In my view', then it won't be ...
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Phrase 'akimbo to'

What does the phrase 'akimbo to' mean? I am supposed to fill in the blank for the sentence: The professor strives to remain ................... to her field. I don't know if 'akimbo to' is the ...
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How to know the relative frequency of equal or almost equal phrases in casual speech?

For example: Once in a while Now and then Dictionaries don't provide labeling for every phrase in terms of whether it's formal, informal, slang, etc.
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Is “throw in X at Y” idiomatic?

Is "throw in X at Y" idiomatic? I am wondering if I am using the phrase idiomatically or not. It's difficult for a non-native English speaker to determine if a phrase is idiomatic or not, so I rather ...
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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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What does the phrase “patrol cleared areas for supply caches” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a space action game: When you are away from the battlefield, you can send your co-soldiers to patrol cleared areas for supply caches, while mining resources and ...
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Meanings and uses of the words “numerous” and “innumerable”

My question concerns proper use of the word numerous and of the word innumerable. I am in a problem which is rare: which one to choose even if I consult thesaurus. This is what I have learned so far: ...
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I don't know what the author trying to say

I was doing my revision, and I found these sentences in the grammar book I was using: 1) I know that a spider is a type of arthropod that makes webs to trap and eat prey. 2) I know what you mean, ...
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What does the phrase “clipped out of the air” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a golf app's description: Never be overconfident of your shot. Otherwise you will soon see it get clipped out of the air by your opponent. The app mentions that players ...
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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 does the phrase “building hopping chop” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an endless runner game: Building hopping chops is a good strategy to avoid unexpected dangers. The player is advised to leap to the side when she sees any danger or goes ...
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What does the phrase “entrenched software” mean here?

I am not sure the meaning of the phrase "entrenched software" in the following sentence: The company was more concerned about persuading professional designers who’d been using entrenched ...
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What does the phrase “while holding down one paddle” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a rowing game app: It is not possible to turn in air, so take jumps in a straight line while holding down one paddle if you have to turn abruptly while landing. I am ...
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What does “all that” mean in this context?

Source: 6 Minute English - What’s in a name? That's what we're talking about in this 6 Minute English. A husband taking a wife's name after marriage. All that, six related words and our quiz ...
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If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was

From the book "the 100 year old man who climbed out of the window~" On the page 37 If he was half as crazy as his father , then he was capable of anything was how Mr. Wholesale Gustavsson saw it,...
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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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What does the phrase “juggling panels in real time” mean here? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a puzzle game's description: In the game, time is far from linear, but for successfully completing some puzzles you need to juggle panels in real time. I know the lexical ...
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can't understand in what situation to use want vs wants

I have a sentence "Creative mind that want to develop in every possible way" I reacted to the word "want" and thought it should be "wants" but I don't really know why, or if it's even correct to ...
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Why is “more than meets the eye” grammatical in some cases?

I find this idiom very interesting, idiomatic and intuitive but not that grammatical to me. Why should we use meets, the third-person singular simple present sense? Can I change it to any other senses?...
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What does “he was there for” mean in this sentence?

I really don't understand the usage or the meaning of "he was there for" in this sentence : Tony shook his head, as though he couldn’t wrap his mind around events he was there for, and partially ...
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Modern substitutes for saving your (presence / reverence)

Edited: I wonder in modern English what we can say prior to uttering something that might sound offensive or disapproving to the person/people you're talking to? I know two phrases: Saving your ...