Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases

Grenville KLEISER (1868 - 1935)

A Practical Handbook of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, and Oratorical Terms, for the Embellishment of Speech and Literature, and The Improvement of the Vocabulary of Those Persons Who Read, Write, and Speak English
Alt-BC: Lucy Burgoyne

Genre(s): Reference, Language learning

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Betsie Bush
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Play 01 How To Use This Book Maria Morabe
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Play 02 Plan Of Study Maria Morabe
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Play 03 Useful Phrases: abandoned hope - ample culture Betsie Bush
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Play 04 Useful Phrases: amusing artlessness - azure sky roolynninms
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Play 05 Useful Phrases: babbling gossip - bygone period roolynninms
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Play 06 Useful Phrases: cabalistic phrase - collateral duties roolynninms
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Play 07 Useful Phrases: collective wisdom - contingent reasons roolynninms
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Play 08 Useful Phrases: continuous endeavor - cynical disregard pallavy
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Play 09 Useful Phrases: damaging admission - diligently propagated Diana Troldahl
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Play 10 Useful Phrases: dim comprehension - dynastic insolence Diana Troldahl
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Play 11 Useful Phrases: eager animosity - entrancing sadness David Barnes
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Play 12 Useful Phrases: enveloping presence - exultant condition skern922
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Play 13 Useful Phrases: facetious mood - flickering conscience E. Plein
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Play 14 Useful Phrases: flighty obstinacy - futile babble pallavy
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Play 15 Useful Phrases: gabbling reminiscences - gymnastic agility pallavy
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Play 16 Useful Phrases: habitual deference - hysterical agitation pallavy
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Play 17 Useful Phrases: iconoclastic attitude - incipient fancy Chris Chapman
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Play 18 Useful Phrases: incisive critic - inquisitional rack Chris Chapman
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Play 19 Useful Phrases: inquisitive observer - isolated splendor Kira Rutherford-Boese
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Play 20 Useful Phrases: jaded sensibility - lying equivocations Kira Rutherford-Boese
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Play 21 Useful Phrases: maddening monotony - meteoric splendors Linton
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Play 22 Useful Phrases: methodical regularity - mythical kingdom Linton
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Play 23 Useful Phrases: naive manner - overworked drudge Linton
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Play 24 Useful Phrases: pacific disposition - political malcontent Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
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Play 25 Useful Phrases: polluting taints - pyrotechnic outburst Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
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Play 26 Useful Phrases: quailing culprit - remarkable sagacity Lisa Chau
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Play 27 Useful Phrases: remedial measure - ruthless commercialism Jordan Mueller
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Play 28 Useful Phrases: sacerdotal preeminence - shuddering reluctance Lisa Chau
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Play 29 Useful Phrases: shuffling preliminaries - starched sterility Lisa Chau
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Play 30 Useful Phrases: starlit eminence - systematic interaction Jordan Mueller
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Play 31 Useful Phrases: tacit assumption - tyrannical disposition Lisa Chau
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Play 32 Useful Phrases: ubiquitous activity - undue predilection Lisa Chau
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Play 33 Useful Phrases: undulating hills - unpalatable truth Lisa Chau
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Play 34 Useful Phrases: unparalleled atrocities - utmost scorn Lisa Chau
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Play 35 Useful Phrases: vacant stupidity - vulnerable foe Lisa Chau
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Play 36 Useful Phrases: wabbling enterprise - zoologically considered Heather Lambert
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Play 37 Significant Phrases: abashed and ashamed - awkwardness and crudity Claire Goget
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Play 38 Significant Phrases: babel and confusion - civilized and cultured Lisa Chau
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Play 39 Significant Phrases: clamorous and wild - cynical and contemptuous Lisa Chau
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Play 40 Significant Phrases: dangers and pitfalls - digressive and wanton Lisa Chau
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Play 41 Significant Phrases: dilatory and hesitating - dwindle and disappear Shirley Donahue
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Play 42 Significant Phrases: eagerness and ecstasy - exuberant and infectious Shirley Donahue
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Play 43 Significant Phrases: fabulous and fabricated - futile and untrustworthy Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
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Play 44 Significant Phrases: gaiety and grace - hypocrisy and impudence Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
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Play 45 Significant Phrases: ideas and achievements - indomitable and dogged Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
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Play 46 Significant Phrases: indorsed and applauded - isolated and detached Julian Jamison
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Play 47 Significant Phrases: jabber and chatter - luxury and pomp dhenderson
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Play 48 Significant Phrases: madness and folly - mystic and wonderful dhenderson
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Play 49 Significant Phrases: nagging and squabbling - overworked and fagged dhenderson
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Play 50 Significant Phrases: pains and penalties - puzzled and affected Kathy
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Play 51 Significant Phrases: quackery and incompetence - rust and disuse Kathy
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Play 52 Significant Phrases: sad and melancholy - spacious and lofty Kathy
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Play 53 Significant Phrases: sparkling and spontaneous - sympathetic and consoling jenneferdawn
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Play 54 Significant Phrases: taciturn and laconic - tyrant and oppressor Scot Colford
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Play 55 Significant Phrases: unaccountable and grotesque - vulgar and artificial Marwa Gamil
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Play 56 Significant Phrases: wandering and erratic - zigzag and deviating twofistededitor
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Play 57 Felicitous Phrases: ability, humor, and perspicacity - busy, active, and toiling Mochan42
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Play 58 Felicitous Phrases: curious, fantastic, and charming - calculated, logical, and dispassionate Marwa Gamil
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Play 59 Felicitous Phrases: dwarfed, scant, and wretched - danger, difficulty, and hardship Marwa Gamil
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Play 60 Felicitous Phrases: eagerness, heartiness, and vehemence - fustian, padding, and irrelevancy Sandra Zera
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Play 61 Felicitous Phrases: gaunt, desolate, and despoiled - humor, fancy, and susceptibility Brian Lojeck
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Play 62 Felicitous Phrases: idle, profuse, and profligate - luxurious, whimsical, and selfish Brian Lojeck
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Play 63 Felicitous Phrases: magnificent, sumptuous, and stately - overriding, arrogant, and quarrelsome Justin S Barrett
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Play 64 Felicitous Phrases: pain, toil, and privation - puzzles, tangles, and questionings William Haseltine
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Play 65 Felicitous Phrases: quarrels, misunderstandings, and enmities - rush, roar, and shriek Rohanna
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Play 66 Felicitous Phrases: sacredness, dignity, and loveliness - sympathy, service, and compassion William Haseltine
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Play 67 Felicitous Phrases: talent, scholarship, and refinement - wrinkled, careworn, and pale Marwa Gamil
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Play 68 Impressive Phrases: able, skilful,... - business, profession,... Stephen Lamb
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Play 69 Impressive Phrases: candid, sincere,... - dull, heavy,... Stephen Lamb
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Play 70 Impressive Phrases: earth, air,... - gross, academic,.. Stephen Lamb
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Play 71 Impressive Phrases: habit, custom,... - lucidity, impressiveness,... Stephen Lamb
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Play 72 Impressive Phrases: malice, anger,... - purpose, meaning,... Stephen Lamb
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Play 73 Impressive Phrases: quack, imposture,... - symmetry, proportion,.. Stephen Lamb
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Play 74 Impressive Phrases: tact, courtesy,... - worry, annoyance,... Stephen Lamb
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Play 75 Prepositional Phrases "of": abandon of spontaneity - business of life Joseph Etcheto
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Play 76 Prepositional Phrases "of": cadences of delirium - dust of defeat Alex Foster
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Play 77 Prepositional Phrases "of": earnestness of enthusiasm - futility of pride Joseph Etcheto
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Play 78 Prepositional Phrases "of": gaiety of spirit - irony of life Joseph Etcheto
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Play 79 Prepositional Phrases "of": jangle of sounds - overflow of vitality Joseph Etcheto
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Play 80 Prepositional Phrases "of": page of desolation - ruts of conventionality Joseph Etcheto
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Play 81 Prepositional Phrases "of": sadness of soul - system of aspersion Joseph Etcheto
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Play 82 Prepositional Phrases "of": taint of megalomania - zone of delusion Joseph Etcheto
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Play 83 Prepositional Phrases "by": affected by externals - hushed by denial Scot Colford
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Play 84 Prepositional Phrases "by": impelled by duty - wrenched by emotions Precious
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Play 85 Prepositional Phrases "in": absorbed in meditation - kept in abeyance Precious
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Play 86 Prepositional Phrases "in": landmarks in memory - weak in conception Precious
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Play 87 Prepositional Phrases "into": abashed into silence - goaded into action Joe Brenneman
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Play 88 Prepositional Phrases "into": hushed into silence - withdraw into solitude Joe Brenneman
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Play 89 Prepositional Phrases "to": addicted to flattery - hostile to progress Joe Brenneman
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Play 90 Prepositional Phrases "to": impervious to suggestion - yield to reason Joe Brenneman
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Play 91 Prepositional Phrases "with": abounding with plenty - intoxicated with joy Joe Brenneman
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Play 92 Prepositional Phrases "with": kindle with enthusiasm - work with zeal liquidneutrino
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Play 93 Business Phrases Karen Savage
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Play 94 Literary Expressions: A bitterness crept into her face - A nimble-witted opponent Lee Elliott
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Play 95 Literary Expressions: A painful thought was flooding his mind - A wordless farewell Joe Brenneman
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Play 96 Literary Expressions: Absolutely vulgarized by too perpetual a parroting - Awaiting his summons to the eternal silence Ken Crooker
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Play 97 Literary Expressions: Bandied about from mouth to mouth - Dull black eyes under their precipice of brows Ken Crooker
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Play 98 Literary Expressions: Earth danced under a heat haze - Guilty of girlish sentimentality Heather Lawrence
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Play 99 Literary Expressions: Half choked by a rising paroxysm of rage - Humiliating paltriness of revenge David Best
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Play 100 Literary Expressions: I capitulated by inadvertence - Kiss-provoking lips David Best
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Play 101 Literary Expressions: Laden with the poignant scent of the garden honeysuckle - Rudely reminded of life's serious issues Pete Darby
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Play 102 Literary Expressions: Sacrificed to a futile sort of treadmill - Swift summer into the autumn flowed Heather Lawrence
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Play 103 Literary Expressions: Taking the larger sweeps in the march of mind - The hungry curiosity of the mind C.L.Coney
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Play 104 Literary Expressions: The idiosyncratic peculiarities of thought - The swing of the pendulum through an arch of centuries C.L.Coney
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Play 105 Literary Expressions: The tempered daylight of an olive garden - Twilight creeps upon the darkening mind C.L.Coney
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Play 106 Literary Expressions: Unapproachable grandeur and simplicity - Your mind enthroned in the seventh circle of content C.L.Coney
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Play 107 Striking Similes: A blind rage like a fire swept over him - And the smile she softly uses fills the silence like a speech SueAnn Dozier
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Play 108 Striking Similes: As a child in play scatters... - Awkward as a cart-horse Joe Brenneman
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Play 109 Striking Similes: Babbling like a child - Dull as champagne Joe Brenneman
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Play 110 Striking Similes: Each like a corpse within its grave - Great scarlet poppies lay in drifts ... Joe Brenneman
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Play 111 Striking Similes: Hair as harsh as tropical grass and gray as ashes - Hushed like a breathless lyre Sandra Zera
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Play 112 Striking Similes: I had grown pure as the dawn and the dew - Kingdoms melt away like snow Sandra Zera
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Play 113 Striking Similes: Laboring like a giant - Like a yellow silken scarf the thick fog hangs Rohanna
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Play 114 Striking Similes: Like an alien ghost I stole away - Like sweet thoughts in a dream Rohanna
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Play 115 Striking Similes: Like the awful shadow of some unseen power - Lovely the land unknown... Rohanna
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Play 116 Striking Similes: March on my soul nor like the laggard stay - Quivering like an eager race-horse to start Sarah Jennings
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Play 117 Striking Similes: Rage, rage ye tears, that never more should creep... - Swifter than the twinkling of an eye Sandra Zera
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Play 118 Striking Similes: Talking and thinking became to him... - The music almost died away... Marwa Gamil
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Play 119 Striking Similes: The name that cuts into my soul like a knife - Then the lover sighing like furnace Betsie Bush
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Play 120 Striking Similes: Theories sprouted in his mind like mushrooms - Turning easily and securely as on a perfect axle Betsie Bush
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Play 121 Striking Similes: Unbends like a loosened bow - Youth like a summer morn Scot Colford
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Play 122 Conversational Phrases: A most extraordinary idea! - Human nature interests me very much indeed C Pannier
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Play 123 Conversational Phrases: I admire your foresight - I could never forgive myself for that Mark Mascolino
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Play 124 Conversational Phrases: I dare say your intuition is quite right - I seem to have heard that sentiment before Precious
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Play 125 Conversational Phrases: I shall at once proceed to forget it - It has never occurred to me Lee Ann Howlett
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Play 126 Conversational Phrases: It is a curious fact - It would take too long to formulate my thought Heather Lawrence
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Play 127 Conversational Phrases: Join us, please, when you have time - Surely you would not countenance that Ken Crooker
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Play 128 Conversational Phrases: Tell me in what way you want me to help you - True, I forgot! Ken Crooker
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Play 129 Conversational Phrases: Undeniably true - Would you mind telling me your opinion? Elizabeth Palmer
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Play 130 Conversational Phrases: Yes and no - Your statement is somewhat startling Elizabeth Palmer
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Play 131 Public Speaking Phrases: A fact of vast moment - And next I would ask Rose
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Play 132 Public Speaking Phrases: And now allow me to call attention - Away then with the notion Scot Colford
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Play 133 Public Speaking Phrases: Be assured, then - But it has been suggested to me Sandra Zera
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Play 134 Public Speaking Phrases: But it is a fact - By this time it will be suspected Joe Brenneman
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Play 135 Public Speaking Phrases: Can it be supposed - Granting all this Joe Brenneman
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Play 136 Public Speaking Phrases: Had I time for all that might be said - However, it is to me a very refreshing thing Joe Brenneman
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Play 137 Public Speaking Phrases: I abide by my statement - I am willing to know Jeff Wadden
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Play 138 Public Speaking Phrases: I anticipate with pleasing expectation - I distrust all general theories of Joe Brenneman
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Play 139 Public Speaking Phrases: I do again and again urge upon you - I hasten to concede Ken Crooker
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Play 140 Public Speaking Phrases: I have a dark suspicion - I hope you will not accuse me Ken Crooker
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Play 141 Public Speaking Phrases: I imagine that no one will be disposed - I rejoice to think I remark here Stephen Lamb
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Play 142 Public Speaking Phrases: I remember a reference made - I thank you very sincerely for the honor David Best
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Play 143 Public Speaking Phrases: I think I am correct in saying - I yielded to the earnest solicitations David Best
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Play 144 Public Speaking Phrases: If any man be so persuaded - In widening our view Ekpyrotic
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Play 145 Public Speaking Phrases: Indeed, can anyone tell me - It is my present purpose Sandra Zera
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Play 146 Public Speaking Phrases: It is natural to ask the question - It may still more probably be said Maura Walsh
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Play 147 Public Speaking Phrases: It must be a cause of delight - Just the reverse is true Maura Walsh
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Play 148 Public Speaking Phrases: Language is inadequate to voice my appreciation - My regret is intensified by the thought guava
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Play 149 Public Speaking Phrases: Nay, I boldly say - Now, you will understand from this Joe Brenneman
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Play 150 Public Speaking Phrases: Observe again - Surely it is not too much for me to say Joe Brenneman
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Play 151 Public Speaking Phrases: Take another instance - The whole story of civilization Holly
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Play 152 Public Speaking Phrases: Then again, in corroboration - Think of the cool disregard Betsie Bush
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Play 153 Public Speaking Phrases: This absurdity arises - Very strange is this indeed Don Powers
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Play 154 Public Speaking Phrases: We all agree as to - What strikes the mind so forcibly Jason Isbell
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Play 155 Public Speaking Phrases: What, then, are we to believe - Your presence seems to say Jason Isbell
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Play 156 Miscellaneous Phrases: A bewildering labyrinth of facts - A pleasant flow of appropriate language Joan Walton
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Play 157 Miscellaneous Phrases: A pompous failure - Ample scope for the exercise of his astonishing gifts Joan Walton
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Play 158 Miscellaneous Phrases: An abandoned and exaggerated grief - Awaited with feverish anxiety Heather Lawrence
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Play 159 Miscellaneous Phrases: Bandied to and fro - Dwindled to alarmingly small dimensions Heather Lawrence
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Play 160 Miscellaneous Phrases: Easy-going to the point of lethargy - Hopelessly belated in its appearance Luigina
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Play 161 Miscellaneous Phrases: I adjured him - Its dominating and inspiring influence Luigina
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Play 162 Miscellaneous Phrases: Jealous and formidable foes - Quixotically generous about money Luigina
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Play 163 Miscellaneous Phrases: Radiantly and transparently happy - Swift and vehement outbursts of feeling Jason Isbell
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Play 164 Miscellaneous Phrases: Take root in the heart - The sycophants of the rich Nick Davies
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