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You have simply left out two words: "By arriving early, I am scoring my boss” Totally wrong. "By arriving early, I am scoring points with my boss” Completely correct and normal. It's that simple. -- (Note - as others have explained, the word "score" can also mean "have sexual intercourse with". The two phrases are unrelated. ...


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One might say "That'll get me a few Brownie points" or "I think that's won me a few Brownie points". Lexico: https://www.lexico.com/definition/brownie_point This is a jocular usage. In reality most people don't keep score in that way, and they might be offended if you implied that they were doing so.


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I would think pop in describes a short visit, as Free dictionary indicates: enter briefly He popped in for two minutes. Here is what Cambridge says: to visit briefly: Why don’t you pop in and see us this afternoon?


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American speaker. dropped in for a few minutes quickly stopped by grab something from {location} come pick me up pick up something from {location} I need to pick up my sister from work. This could include going inside or not. I've never heard "spin to my place" before. Probably regional.


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You mean to say to win points from "To score" is to win a point or an achievement. "To score something" is to award points to that thing. But in this case you are the one who is being awarded those points by the other person, therefore you are winning the points from the other person. Also, "to score with someone" is, ...


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The part of your foot that you walk on is the sole. In everyday speech we probably would say 'Your feet are dirty' without feeling it necessary to specify exactly which part. However, there is a formal word for the upper middle part of the foot - the instep.


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Come swing by my place, and I might suggest some other idioms.


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Happy Christmas! A cake does not have to have 'cream on top'. A cake is an item of soft sweet food made from a mixture of flour, fat, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and sometimes iced (covered with sugar paste) or decorated. Tim Tam is a brand of chocolate biscuit ('cookie' US) made by the Australian biscuit company Arnott's. Some Tim Tam ...


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"Have a spin" or "go out for a spin" is a rather old fashion way for "go on a short pleasure trip in/on a vehicle". For short visit (in addition to other good suggestions) perhaps "drop by" I dropped by my uncle on Friday, and he took me for a spin in his new car. I suppose "Spin by your place" (as ...


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The first sentence is wrong or at least questionable: grammatically (we would say free entry, not a free entry) phraseologically (we would say get free entry (24 mil Google hits) or obtain free entry, not have free entry (3 mil Google hits)) lexically (free entry is used only of places where you would normally have to pay to get in, like nightclubs or ...


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Yes "The word "rummage" is perfectly acceptable to mean "search thought haphazardly or in a disorderly way". It may well suggest leaving things in a mess. It usually suggests a lack of organization. my children often rummage in my bag is a perfectly acceptable sentence or phrase. To use the verb "ransack" instead would ...


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You can choose any of those. If you want someone to pick one for you, pick the first one: "sleep". He yawned and rubbed the sleep out his eyes. Blinking, he looked around the room. Yes, the penguin was still there....


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A picket is a protest by strikers outside their workplace, to prevent others from working there. The use is extended from an old sense in military use of a line of pikemen defending against cavalry. If the protest is intended to stop people from accessing a the government building, then you might call it a picket. A sit-in is another type of protest in ...


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The perfect word (in my opinion) for a brief stay at a place is sojourn. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/sojourn a short period when a person stays in a particular place: My sojourn in the youth hostel was thankfully short. After a brief sojourn in Holland to study Sanskrit, he moved to India. It is often used with adjectives like &...


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pitstop - often used when travelling, particularly when stopping to get gas, use the restroom, or eat food. We're running low on gas. Let's make a pitstop at the next exit. From Google Dictionary: noun pitstop a stop in the pits for servicing and refueling, especially during a race. a brief rest, especially during a journey. "layover", "...


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"Spin by", as in "Come spin by my place" sounds more natural to my American ear. I found several web hits under "spin by my" or "come spin by". In this case, "by" indicates more of a quick diversion along a journey, rather than a terminal destination.


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I have found in Gngrams that Tragic and terrible is more used than sad and unfortunate Tragic and terrible is stronger than your phrase, but I think it does apply in the given context.


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Where I'm from, you'd say Every hour, on the hour "On the hour" means "at no minutes past", but it wouldn't be clear alone that it happens every hour. I could say to you, at 8.49 am, that "the train leaves on the hour", and you'd know that there was a train at 9.00 am, but not necessarily that there would be one at 10.00 am.


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"On the hour" is possible, but is ultimately still ambiguous (Lexico: "At the same time every hour, or at the beginning of each hour"). "At the top of the hour" is good, although mostly an Americanism (M-W: "US: at the beginning of the hour (at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, etc.)"). However, if you said "it happens at the ...


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This chain of bad things is called "a series of unfortunate events" or you can say "that person is dogged by misfortune". be dogged by misfortune (=have a lot of bad luck over a period of time) The project seemed dogged by misfortune. Longman Dictionary


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The family had a terrible run of bad luck. The Johnson's suffered a disastrous run of bad luck. a run of bad luck A period of continuous misfortune. I've just had a run of bad luck lately. After losing my job, I found out that I won't be entitled to any social welfare payments while I look for work. She broke up with him? Wow, the poor guy's run of bad luck ...


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Here are a few colourful idioms which mean the same; some are more dated than others. Note that they are a bit UK centric. "I'm in a pickle", or "I'm in a bit of a pickle". "I'm in deep sh*t right now", which is fairly typical street slang, common in the UK. "I'm up to my neck" (which could also just mean "I'm ...


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I don't think there are courtroom idioms that are so specific, but you might consider 'laughed out of court', which means the case presented was so poor, it was laughable. If you want to focus purely on the unpreparedness of the solicitor, you might consider some more general idioms such as "if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail" (or other ...


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It doesn't fit the context perfectly, but there's a phrase You can't see the forest for the trees. In this phrase, "for the trees" means "because of the trees", so it means that focus on little parts of something obscures the view of the whole. Cambridge can't see the forest for the trees to be unable to understand a situation clearly ...


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The word "stranger" is fine in context. If you wanted to be more literal, you could say -- I think this is what you or whoever wrote that sentence means -- "There was nothing in the victim's testimony that identified the defendant as the guilty person." Two quibbles: 1.This sounds like it's discussing a court case. If so, we generally ...


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Your two examples of: are you getting used to your new friends now? And: do you know them better now? Are all proper grammar. The first sentence uses "getting used to", which means: If you get used to something or someone, you become familiar with it or get to know them, so that you no longer feel that the thing or person is unusual or ...


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"Come on by (for a bit)?" "Stop by"


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A whistle-stop is a very short visit. Lexico has whistle-stop ADJECTIVE Very fast and with only brief pauses. He enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of the deanery during which he met all the Anglican clergy. So you could make a whistle-stop at your friend's house on your way to...


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That is proper grammar. But you could maybe say "attacking", but then you have to remove the "at": Ben is held back from attacking the man. As mentioned in the dictionary, the meaning of "attacking" is: launching or engaging in a military or violent physical attack. And for "going at someone" it is: to attack ...


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Um, no. An Idiom is a phrase that has a metaphorical (not literal) meaning (for example “Break a leg” … actually means “Good luck”). "A growing recognition" itself is not an idiom an simply means that there is an ever increasing (growing) acknowledgement of the existence, validity, or legality of something (recognition).


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