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meanings of common expressions


November 21, 2013  8:28 PM

If you’re anxiously awaiting something, what kind of hooks are you on, tender or tenter?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
eggcorns, ESL, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?

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November 19, 2013  2:22 PM

Nail it vs. hit it on the head vs. nail it on the head



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, expressions to avoid, malaphors, malapropisms, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?

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August 20, 2013  7:06 PM

Bury the lede or bury the lead — and what does it mean, anyway?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
archaic words and phrases, CIO, meanings of common expressions, spelling, word meanings

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August 14, 2013  6:49 PM

Donkey’s years or donkey’s ears?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, Cockney rhyming slang, meanings of common expressions

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June 3, 2013  1:18 PM

What does jumping the shark mean? What about jumping guns, brooms and bandwagons?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
ESL, meanings of common expressions

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May 29, 2013  3:32 PM

Is that a C change or a sea change?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
business jargon, eggcorn, meanings of common expressions

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May 11, 2013  9:10 PM

Things you can do when you get to a bridge: Cross, burn or jump



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misused expressions, malaphors, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct? We'll _____ that bridge when we come to it. a. cross b. burn c. jump off Continued...

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May 3, 2013  2:09 PM

Tie me over vs. tide me over; also: the importance of fact-checking



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused terms, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct? I forgot to buy coffee last night and now this single cup will have to ___________ until the store opens. a. tie me over b. tide me over


March 19, 2013  12:33 PM

Is that your queue to leave or your cue to leave?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, common misspellings, ESL, Google poll, meanings of common expressions

Which is correct? When the wedding DJ puts on Macarena, that's my ______________. a. queue to leave b. que to leave c. cue to leave

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March 13, 2013  1:20 PM

Do you turn your nose up or down?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
CIO, commonly misused expressions, malaphors, meanings of common expressions, metaphors

Which is correct? According to some analysts, the main reason people turned their noses ___ at the Zune media player was that Microsoft just isn't considered cool. a. up b. down


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