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Phrase: And vice versa

Meaning: The reverse also holds true.

Example:
She translates from Esperanto into Catalan, and vice versa (ie, from Catalan into Esperanto)

Date: 2018-04-18 22:01:19

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Phrase: The hell out of something or someone

Meaning: It means "very much", "as much as one can", that is, it acts as an intensifier.

Example:
As we could not defeat their unfair laws, we started to annoy the hell out of them. (ie, we started to annoy them as much as we could.)

Date: 2018-03-25 18:32:49

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Phrase: The end of the line (or the road)

Meaning: If something reaches the end of the line, it means that it cannot go further.

Example:
And that's all we can do. This is the end of the line. Bureaucracy is like this.
When I realised that our marriage had reached the end of the road, I started to cry.

Date: 2018-02-28 19:04:19

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Phrase: You name it

Meaning: It means "and so on", "et cetera", "and similar things".

Example:
We are vegetarians. We do not eat rabbit, turkey, chicken. You name it.

Date: 2018-02-25 18:59:42

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Phrase: Persona non grata

Meaning: Someone you (etc) dislike. The plural form is left unchanged or "personae non gratae". The opossite is "persona grata".

Examples:
Some Castilian leaders are considered personae non gratae (or persona non grata) by Catalan separatists.
That guy is persona grata here. We are friends.
He should be declared persona non grata because he is very evil.

Date: 2018-02-23 19:19:13

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Phrase: Out of the picture

Meaning: Examples:
When dinosaurs were taken out of the picture (ie, extinct), mammals emerged.

-Mrs Red is out of the picture this year (ie, she will not participate) because she's ill in hospital, so this year you will win the tournament.
-Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

When John was out of the picture (ie, had gone home), Tom asked her to dance cheek to cheek.

When her husband was out of the picture (ie, she divorced him or he had died), she married again.

Date: 2018-02-15 16:56:21

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Phrase: A tall story / A tall tale

Meaning: Something very hard to believe.

Example:
She told me a tall story about a UFO landing on her garden.

Date: 2017-12-10 01:37:50

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Phrase: By the way

Meaning: It is used to add something unconnected to what you were saying; incidentally.

Compare:

By the way, didn't you know that Mrs Fox has gone hunting? She wants rabbit for supper. / Incidentally, didn't you know that Mrs Fox...

Then we reached that town, which is, incidentally, the one he mentioned in his poems.

Date: 2017-11-29 00:18:07

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Phrase: Stick to your guns

Meaning: Be firm in your ideas, beliefs, and so on: Everybody tried to persuade him to continue teaching, but he stuck to his guns, and retired.

Date: 2017-09-22 23:31:48

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Phrase: In the neighbourhood/vicinity of something

Meaning: About, around, more or less, approximately. The price of that house will be in the neighbourhood of two million dollars.

Date: 2017-09-19 23:15:29

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Phrase: The pros and cons of something

Meaning: The advantages and disadvantages of something

Date: 2017-09-18 22:07:57

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Phrase: On pins and needles / On tenterhooks

Meaning: Very anxious about something: Tomorrow I will be given the results of my examinations, and I am on tenterhooks now

Date: 2017-09-17 15:04:34

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Phrase: By the sweat of your brow

Meaning: That is, you have to work hard to obtain something: I bought this house by the sweat of my brow.

Date: 2017-09-16 15:20:23

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Phrase: So long

Meaning: Example: So long, Peter! (= Goodbye, Peter!)

Date: 2017-09-16 15:19:54

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Phrase: Give me (a) five / Gimme five

Meaning: When you slap somebody else's hand to denote satisfaction:
Dad, I got a distinction in my maths exam
Give me five, son!

Date: 2015-07-23 00:16:24

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Phrase: Vox populi / Vox pop

Meaning: A Latin expression that means «the voice of the people». It refers to what most people think or feel about a matter:
That Catalonia should become a free nation is vox populi amongst its citizens (that is, it is a feeling shared by a vast majority of Catalans.)

«Vox pop» (short for «vox populi») is often used to refer to the opinion of the (wo)man in/on (US) the street interviewed individually, that is, it is like an opinion poll, but only one question is asked, and you listen to or read the interviewees' replies:
An interesting vox pop was carried out by a popular TV channel last night, and it will be broadcast tonight.

Date: 2015-07-12 23:24:45

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Phrase: Good grief!

Meaning: It expresses surprise, annoyance or irritation:
Good grief! What are we going to do with so much food?
Good grief! What a motorbike! I thought you were as poor as a church mouse!
Good grief! There is a man with a gun walking down the street!
Good grief! Your dog has broken that vase! My father will get very furious when he finds out. It belonged to his grandmother.

Date: 2015-07-11 01:07:22

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Phrase: Bring something / Draw (something) / Come to a close (or end)

Meaning: If something comes/draws to a close/end or if we bring/draw something to a close/end, it finishes.

Date: 2015-06-30 23:58:15

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Phrase: On the whole

Meaning: Generally, in general: On the whole, I prefer brunettes to blondes

Date: 2015-05-21 15:52:14

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Phrase: Once and for all

Meaning: To be the last time something happens, is said..., or to conclude something definitively:
Stop telling lies once and for all. I know the whole truth.
Will you do your homework once and for all?
Let's finish the project once and for all.

Date: 2015-05-14 23:01:13

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Phrase: In tandem (with somebody/something)

Meaning: Together, at the same time:
If we work in tandem, we will get better results
We will need to operate in tandem with our allies

Date: 2015-03-15 22:39:09

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Phrase: To and from

Meaning: From one direction to another, and then in the opposite direction over and over again: I looked out of the window and saw a young woman walking to and fro. She seemed to be waiting for somebody

Date: 2015-03-11 22:42:23

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Phrase: So what?

Meaning: I do not mind:
She wants to sue you for divorce
So what? I no longer love her, and we have no children

Date: 2015-03-09 21:35:32

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Phrase: In the nick of time

Meaning: Before it is too late:
You have arrived in the nick of time. We were about to leave
The survivors were rescued in the nick of time. They were exhausted, and could not swim much longer

Date: 2015-03-09 00:26:22

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Phrase: Believe (you) me

Meaning: What I am saying is true or will happen: And believe me, very few citizens would survive such a catastrophe

Date: 2015-03-09 00:24:17

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