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In everyday speech, you may have heard people say, “what can I do for you?” Additionally, you may have heard people say, “what can I do you for?” Even though these sentences are used in similar cases, do they mean the same thing?  What Does “What Can I Do For You?” Mean?  “What can...
"Wrap," and "rap" are some of the trickiest homophones because they sound very similar. However, they have vastly different meanings. These words are so similar that they are often intermixed in the same phrase: "wrapping things up" and "rapping things up." Do these phrases mean the same thing?  What Does "Rapping" Mean?  "Rapping" is a term that...
What Is The Meaning Of “Like Father, Like Son?” Idioms are something that we often run into during our daily lives. They can be conversational, unique, and most of all, expressive. One great example is “like father, like son,” which seems simple, however, it causes a lot of confusion for English...
English idioms can be hard to grasp, especially if English is your second language. One common idiom which can often confuse people is the saying "it comes to bear." So what does this idiom mean? And when can you utilize it in your daily life?  In this sense, the word "bear" relates...
It feels like more and more writers are beginning to lump in idioms with each other. While this can simplify the idiom’s meaning, it can really take away from the power of the saying. For example, many writers lump “a cause for concern” and “gives one pause” together, sometimes even hybridizing...
What Is The Meaning Of “Goody Two-Shoes” Mean? In short, the common saying “goody two-shoes” refers to someone who always acts honestly and morally. In other words, the phrase describes someone moral, who abides by the law/rules, and who does good for others.  Examples Of “Goody Two-Shoes” Even though this is a commonly-used...
Meaning Of "Happy As A Clam" In everyday speech, "happy as clams" is a phrase someone uses to describe when they are incredibly happy, satisfied, or content. Interestingly, the phrase is shortened from its original version and came from the longer "happy as a clam at high water." How Did "Happy As A...
Meaning Of "Hindsight Is Always 20/20" I'm sure there has been at least one time in your life when someone has told you "hindsight is always 20/20" (also spelled 2020 or 20/20) after making a less-than-great decision. Even though most native English speakers decently understand this phrase, what does it mean?...
Updated on August 9th, 2022: Is it "Between You and I" or "Me?" Here is the quick answer: you should always use “between you and me” in speech, and never “between you and I.”  Using the latter is grammatically incorrect, even though it may sound good. Using “I” is incorrect because it can’t be used...
"Knock it out of the park" is a common English phrase that describes when someone does an activity, job, or task extremely well. You may see multiple versions of this phrase. For instance, many people use the word "hit" substituted for "knock," and "the ball" substituted for "it." You may see phrases like "you...