Idioms & expressions

Add new idioms and expressions to your vocabulary. Learn how to use them in real-life situations.

How do you use the expression “greatly appreciated”?

How do you use the expression “greatly appreciated”?

You’ve probably seen the phrase “greatly/highly appreciated” in written forms of communication. It can be a tricky expression for non-native speakers to grasp as it appears not to be complete on its own.

Cecilia Gigliotti
Cecilia Gigliotti
Idioms & expressions
What is the meaning of “on tap?”

What is the meaning of “on tap?”

The phrase “on tap” has migrated out from its business of origin into the general English lexicon over the course of decades. What “on tap” means at a bar is slightly different to how it is used in everyday conversation, but the essence remains.

Cecilia Gigliotti
Cecilia Gigliotti
English
The definition of a rhetorical question

The definition of a rhetorical question

A rhetorical question is a question that doesn’t expect an answer. It’s a figure of speech that usually comes as a question to emphasize a point, rather than to elicit a response.

Geoffrey Mutie
Geoffrey Mutie
English
What does “Okie-Dokie” mean?

What does “Okie-Dokie” mean?

Okie-dokie is a variant of OK, which has a fascinating history all its own.

Cecilia Gigliotti
Cecilia Gigliotti
English
Best Regards variations and other common email closings to use

Best Regards variations and other common email closings to use

You have created your professional email with a masterful subject and friendly greeting that’s not overly familiar or too generic. Then you come to your sign-off.

Geoffrey Mutie
Geoffrey Mutie
English
Meaning of subvert expectations

Meaning of subvert expectations

Subvert expectations mean to purposely behave or act contrary to established assumptions and beliefs to be more interesting.

Geoffrey Mutie
Geoffrey Mutie
English
What is “read between the lines”?

What is “read between the lines”?

To read between the lines, sometimes varied as to read in between the lines, is a common expression about interpreting meaning beyond what someone says or does on the surface.

Cecilia Gigliotti
Cecilia Gigliotti
English
What is the meaning of the “Karma is a bitch!” phrase?

What is the meaning of the “Karma is a bitch!” phrase?

Karma is specifically a principle of Hinduism and Buddhism that concerns the idea of “you get what you give.”

Cecilia Gigliotti
Cecilia Gigliotti
Idioms & expressions
Cecilia Gigliotti

I have extensive experience writing in a variety of genres, from literary novels to music reviews to academic articles. I appreciate the power of words.

Geoffrey Mutie

My name is Geoffrey! I am constantly looking for new ways to improve my writing skills and my interpersonal skills, which in my opinion help a person be professional.

Peter Otieno

I have a bachelor's degree in Economics and Statistics and am currently a top-rated copywriter. I have specialized in website content, articles, show notes, blog, and social media management.