What does “I intentionally shorted you” mean?

From Better Call Saul: PRICE : We’re short . Twenty dollars, That’s fine. MIKE: Agreed amount or no deal. NACHO :You serious? You saying I intentionally shorted you? MIKE:No. Mistakes happen. Is “shorted you” an idiom? or is it a common expression? Answer Actually, it’s not all that easy to find the correct meaning in … Read more

“Break open” – what is “open”? An adverb, noun, adjective or verb?

In the phrases “break open” and “break [sth.] open”, is “open” an adjective or an adverb? Is it an adverbial or a complement? For example: The pods broke open and the seeds scattered on the wind. The police broke open the door. The burglars broke the locked safe open. Answer [EDIT – post comments] Before … Read more

What are some idioms for actions of sabotage that convey helplessness and frustration more than petulance or malice?

I am thinking, for instance, about how many commentaries have framed the Brexit vote or the Trump victory as a counterintuitive and perhaps self-defeating vote by the working class in an act of sheer frustration against an establishment perceived to be repeatedly failing them. What is this act of sabotage? How does one characterise the … Read more

What is the word for “gains made due to experience”? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 4 years ago. Improve this question What is the right phrase (or word) to describe “gains made when a person or organization repeatedly performs an … Read more

In English Language usage is there anything which ought to make a careful writer avoid the phrase “historical context?” [closed]

Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations by editing this post. Closed 3 years ago. Improve this question Thank you all so much for the responses. I appreciate it a great deal. This question … Read more

Intimacy of the hour?

This following snippet is from The Art of Power by Jon Meacham, a biography on Thomas Jefferson, It was nearing midnight as he wrote these words. He was suffering from his headache as the candle burned down and Jupiter, his personal slave, fell asleep. Perhaps it was the intimacy of the hour that encouraged his … Read more