Questions tagged [phrases]

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

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When you are doing something despite your inner feelings / personal interest

I am looking for a quite polite or rather formal phrase / expression to use when I want to say: "Although I don't want to...(the negative statement; e.g. don't want to go,) but (the positive ...
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What does the phrase “tight level design” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "tight level design" in the following sentence from a combat game's description: The tight level design and many opportunities for vertical gameplay ...
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(As you mentioned / pointed out) and (Thank you for mentioning / pointing out)

I know that when you 'point something out' you have already found something important with that and would like the listener(s) know about it too in order to draw their attention to it. Now, please ...
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A current equivalent for “I'll eat my hat if…”

When I was going to emphasize that something seemed to be truly unlikely to take place, I used to say: "I eat my hat if...", but I just noticed that it is an old-fashioned phrase! As an example, I ...
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What does the phrase “slide into first” mean here?

I heard a phrase "slide into first" in an arcade racing game's description. This was used as the introductory sentence that was followed by speed boosting and drifting tips. I know the lexical ...
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{Something} as expressed by {someone}

Confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group. Few things are funnier or more shocking than moral indignation as expressed by a total bastard. But he does still have a heart ...
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What does the phrase “pull off sick wheelies and flips” mean here?

Here is a made-up sentence from a racing game: In order to earn speed boosts, you should catch air and pull off sick wheelies and flips. I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "pull off ...
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When one has a spouse that they do not deserve him / her

There is a hyperbole which says always a best husband/wife belongs to somebody who really doesn't deserve him/her! For instance, a quite gorgeous girl with a high educational degree and good family, ...
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What's the meaning of `try something in a bottle`?

What's the meaning of try something in a bottle? In there : TRY AIRSHIP IN A BOTTLE what's the meaning of it?
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“In charge of” vs “Responsible for”

I would appreciate it if you could let me know what phrase can ne used in the following blanks: 1- Everybody is ................. their own actions. So you cannot blame others for what you did in ...
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“Off the top of one's head” or “by heart”

I wonder which expression can be used in my following example? Our teacher was a really smart person. At the second session, he know everyone's name ................ off the top of his head from ...
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Is there a phrase such as “Anxious of”?

I want by the following sentence to express that death causes anxiety for souls: And why do souls become anxious of it?.. It refers to death I have looked for the phrase, but it gets corrected ...
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When you are going to formally or politely express your regret

I would appreciate if you do me a favor and let me know which structure can be used in polite/formal speech in my following context: Restrictions and punishments there which violate ...
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What does the phrase “by holding down on each side of the screen” mean here?

Here is a sentence from an action game's description: You can dodge them by turning left and right by holding down on each side of the screen. In my opinion, the players needs to hold down the ...
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The phrase “in duplicate”

What does the following statement mean ? Admit card should be submitted in DUPLICATE. a) 1 original & 1 photocopy. b) Both originals. c) Both photocopies.
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Similar expressions to “jump for joy”

Is there an expression along the lines of "jumping up to the ceiling" which could be used to describe a situation when someone is so happy he's jumping very high?
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What's the meaning of `pronounced bye-frost`?

When I read the document: Bifrost (pronounced bye-frost) is a set of Ansible playbooks that automates the task of deploying a base image onto a set of known hardware using ironic. What's the ...
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What does the phrase “trades” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the word trades in the following (made-up) sentence: In the game you will find that Blades trades open worlds for quests through scary dungeons. The ...
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Synonym for “Labor intensive” phrase

Can I request for a word which can describe the following sentences; Production of labor intensive products Human and capital intensive products
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What does the phrase “rainy ruins” mean here?

I am not sure about the phrase "rainy ruins" in the following sentence: The WCIII missions were a lot of tiny islands, wet rainy ruins. The sentence above is from a game's forum.
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What does the phrase “go over or through their own body” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "go over or through their own body" in the following sentence: What makes the game challenging is that the birds can neither move backwards nor can ...
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Does it make sense to say “with the exam passed”?

I wonder if the sentence such makes sense? "I left the school with the exam (whatever this exam may be) passed" The part I am not sure about is the phrase "with the exam passed". I would like to ...
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Alternatives to “to build on an idea”?

I'm looking for an different way to express a sentence such as: I build on the fact that human beings are equal. The synonyms I found don't correspond with the meaning of starting from a concept, ...
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What does the phrase “builds on the lore of the game” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "builds on the lore of the game" in the following sentence: It’s interesting to see how the community builds on the lore of game. The fans are ...
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What does the phrase “brains to spare” mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "brains to spare" in the following sentence: Factor in a smattering of stylus minigames - including a terrific dash to piece together a cantankerous ...
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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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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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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 “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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 “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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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 ...