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speak softly and carry a big stickDo not boast or utter verbal threats, but do make others aware that you are prepared to use physical force if necessary.Rate it:

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talk softly and carry a big stickAlternative form of speak softly and carry a big stick.Rate it:

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walk softly and carry a big stickAlternative form of speak softly and carry a big stick.Rate it:

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softly softlyDiscreet, low-key, careful.Rate it:

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softly, softly caught the monkeyAlternative form of softly, softly, catchee monkeyRate it:

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softly, softly, catchee monkeyProceed cautiously or gently to achieve an objective.Rate it:

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softly, softly, catchee monkeyCapture a target without startling it to run away.Rate it:

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speak of the devil and he appearsAlternative form of speak of the devil.Rate it:

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speak of the devil and he shall appearAlternative form of speak of the devil.Rate it:

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three wise monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.avoid all evil in every formRate it:

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carrot and stickSimultaneous rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.Rate it:

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stick that in your pipe and smoke itAlternative form of put that in your pipe and smoke itRate it:

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throw dirt enough, and some will stickIf enough allegations are made about someone or something, then even if they are all untrue, people's opinion of the person or thing will be diminished.1759, John Wesley, letter to John Downes, Rector of St. Michael's, Wood Street, read at Wesley Center Online at on 14 Oct 06.I hope...that you are ignorant of the whole affair, and are so bold only because you are blind...And blind enough; so that you blunder on through thick and thin, bespattering all that come in your way, according to the old, laudable maxim, 'Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.'1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays, read at fullbooks.com on 14 Oct 06,But whatever harm a spiteful tongue could do them, he took care should be done. Only throw dirt enough, and some will stick.1864, John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Penguin Classics (1994), p. 10,Archbishop Whately used to say Rate it:

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throw enough mud at the wall and some of it will stickTry the same thing often enough, and, even if the general standard is poor, sometimes one will be successful.Rate it:

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speak outTo assert or promote one's opinion; to make one's thoughts known.Rate it:

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speak toTo give evidence regarding something; to attest for.Rate it:

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speak toTo resonate with, to strike a chord in.Rate it:

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speak upTo talk more loudly or plainly.Rate it:

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speak forTo speak on somebody's behalf.Rate it:

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speak upTo make oneself or one's opinions known; to advocate or assert oneself.Rate it:

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actions speak louder than wordsIt is more effective to act directly than to speak of action.Rate it:

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do you speak EnglishAsks the interlocutor whether or not he or she is able to speak in the English language.Rate it:

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does anyone here speak EnglishDoes anyone here speak English?Rate it:

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how many languages do you speakhow many languages do you speak?Rate it:

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I don't speak EnglishIndicates that the speaker is unable to speak the English language.Rate it:

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please speak more slowlyUsed to ask the interlocutor to speak more slowly.Rate it:

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speak another vesselMy Captain signaled with pennants',/came within hailing distance 'spoke with megaphone. He learned SKIPPER of upwind ship/Mandarin/ two masted schooner es 'Mandarin's Skipper's spouse aboard as assistant navigator:Rate it:

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speak forTo claim, reserve, or occupy.Rate it:

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speak for oneselfExpressing disagreement with an opinion expressed by another.Rate it:

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speak for oneselfTo provide an opinion only on one's own behalf.Rate it:

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speak in circlesSynonym of talk in circlesRate it:

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speak now or forever hold your peaceSay something now or don't say anything at all.Rate it:

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speak ofTo bespeak; show; indicate; foretell; suggest.Rate it:

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speak of the devilAn expression sometimes used when a person mentioned in the current conversation happens to arrive on the scene.Rate it:

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speak one's mindTo state one's thoughts or opinions honestly or frankly.Rate it:

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speak someone's languageTo talk about concerns, feelings, ideas, etc. which someone understands well and can relate to intimately.Rate it:

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speak toAddress the Topic, List Salient Features, Point-Up the Pros And Cons, Designate The Budgetary Requirements,, Focus On This Aspect, Delineate Definite DangersRate it:

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speak toTo address a particular topic.Rate it:

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speak volumesTo express more than one actually said.Rate it:

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speak volumesTo extend beyond the immediate topic under discussion.Rate it:

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speak with a forked tongueTo speak deceptively; to be duplicitous or untruthful.Rate it:

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to speak ofsufficient; important or significant enough to be worth mentioning.Rate it:

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what languages do you speakWhat are the languages which you can understand and which you can speak or write in?Rate it:

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carry outTo hold while moving something out.Rate it:

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carry a torch forTo harbor feelings of love despite not being in a relationship; generally unrequited or after a relationship has ended, and sometimes implying secret feelings. There is the implication of keeping hope alive.Rate it:

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carry awayTo break under sudden pressure of violent wind.Rate it:

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carry the message to garciaTo perform a requisite task despite obstacles.Rate it:

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carry outTo fulfill.Rate it:

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carry coals to newcastleTo do something that is unneeded or redundant.Rate it:

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carry the message to garciaTo perform a requisite task without having been informed specifically by what method to do so.Rate it:

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