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Expressions used when repeating your own or someone else 's words

I hear/I’ve heard

used for saying what someone has told you, rather than what you know is true

(the) word is that

used for telling someone what other people have said about something

rumor/word/legend has it that

used for showing that you are reporting something that you have heard when you are not sure whether it is really true

by the sound of it/things

used for saying that you are basing your ideas, opinions, etc. on what you have heard or read

someone tells me (that)

used for reporting what someone has said to you

I have it on good authority (that)

used for saying that your information comes from someone you trust


if someone says “quote” before a word or phrase, they are showing that they are repeating someone’s words exactly, and they often say “unquote” at the end

to coin a phrase

used when you realize that something you have said is a very well-known phrase or expression

from what I hear/from what I’ve heard

used for giving information based on what people have told you rather than on what you know is true

like I say/said

used when you are saying something again that you have already said

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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