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Demi-entendre Phrase 1 Phrase 2 Source
It plays a factor. It plays a role. It is a factor.
Let's make a clean slate of it. Let's start with a clean slate. Let make a clean start of it.
This is something we share in common. This is something we share. This is something we have in common.
It is by far one of the most (adjective). It is by far the most (adjective). It is one of the most (adjective).
He's gonna feel a huge sigh of relief. He's gonna breathe a huge sigh of relief. He's gonna feel great relief.
...landed up... landed ended up
The museum is house to a large Dickens collection. The museum houses a large Dickens collection. The museum is home to a large Dickens collection.
Things took a change for the worse. Things took a turn for the worse. Things changed for the worse.
He's got it out for me. He's got it in for me. He's out to get me.
...and such forth. ...and such. ...and so forth.
Even still, .... Even so, .... Still, ....
He tried to pull one over on her. He tried to put one over on her. He tried to pull the wool over her eyes.
It can't be anything less but perfect. It can't be anything but perfect. It can't be anything less than perfect.
You'll take notice to what we do down there You'll take notice of what we do down there. You'll pay attention to what we do down there.
...a disease which precluded his capacity to distinguish right from wrong. ...a disease which precluded his distinguishing right from wrong. ...a disease which diminished his capacity to distinguish right from wrong.
The flight was bound from Miami to Phoenix. The flight was going from Miami to Phoenix. The flight was bound for Miami.
But first, a story which might not seem to have anything to do about tennis. But first, a story which might not seem to have anything to do with tennis. But first, a story which might not seem to be about tennis.
Allow me the privilege to congratulate you. Allow me the privilege of congratulating you. Allow me to congratulate you.
By learning a few simple rules, you can save yourself from hours of time doing (some chore). By learning a few simple rules, you can save yourself hours of time. By learning a few simple rules, you can save yourself from doing (some chore).
fellow countryman fellow American countryman
Tomorrow will promise to be less humid. Tomorrow will be less humid. Tomorrow promises to be less humid.
The weather did not play a big hand (in some result). The weather did not have a big hand (in some result). The weather did not play a big part (in some result).
He's calm on the outside, but the wheels are churning inside (tennis commentator) He's calm on the outside, but his stomach is churning. He's calm on the outside, but the wheels are turning inside.
All the running he's had to do may have taken some toll out of the legs of this young athlete. All the running he's had to do may have taken a toll on the legs of this young athlete. All the running he's had to do may have taken something out of the legs of this young athlete.
Plus which, ... Plus, ... In addition to which, ...
They were using F-letter words They were using the F-word. They were using four-letter words.
...if you were. ...if you will. ...as it were.
[It] seems less and less a reality than a pleasant myth. [It] seems less a reality than a pleasant myth. [It] seems less and less real.
Until we're sure, we should err on caution. Until we're sure, we should err on the side of caution. Until we're sure, we should exercise caution.
...and perhaps then you'll stop harping on about it. ...and perhaps then you'll stop harping on it. ...and perhaps then you'll stop going on about it.
...weather out the storm ...weather the storm. ...wait out the storm.
Terrorists usually take claim for their acts. Terrorists usually take credit for their acts. Terrorists usually claim responsibility for their acts.
Someone in my family is talking out of school. Someone in my family is talking out of turn. Someone in my family is telling tales out of school.
It's not rocket surgery. It's not rocket science. It's not brain surgery. On a commercial; also overheard at an Atlantic City bar
head-on-head competition head-to-head competition one-on-one competition thanks to Robert Black
He had barely entered the room than he ordered me to.... He had barely entered the room before he ordered me to.... He had no sooner entered the room than he ordered me to.... Mystery story
Networks were finally able to go out on a leap.... Networks were finally able to go out on a limb.... Networks were finally able to take a leap....
someone who had clocked up fifty years in jail someone who had clocked fifty years in jail someone who had racked up fifty years in jail
the reason being is the reason being the reason is Thanks to Nicolette Jones
He has had an ample opportunity to respond. He has had ample opportunity to respond. He has had an opportunity to respond. Thanks to Tom Copeland
He doesn't have a market on that. He doesn't have a monopoly on that. He hasn't cornered the market on that. One senator talking about another's having grandchildren
[She needed time to] collect her composure. [She needed time to] collect herself. [She needed time to] regain her composure. Mystery story
Support for NPR is made possible by XYZ Corporation. Programming on NPR is made possible by XYZ Corporation. Support for NPR comes from XYZ Corporation. Thanks to Chris Hill
He had them eating out of the palm of his hand. He had them eating out of his hand. He had them in the palm of his hand. Law & Order
between A to Z from A to Z between A and Z
...didn't stand a prayer ...didn't stand a chance ...didn't have a prayer "Warlock" (1959)
A makeable birdie opportunity A makeable birdie A birdie opportunity
Beyond a reasonable shadow of a doubt. Beyond a reasonable doubt. Beyond the shadow of a doubt.
When my jig is up, it's up. When the jig is up, it's up. When my time is up, it's up.
No matter however much she defended him However much she defended him No matter how much she defended him Mystery story
Give us something to hang our teeth on. Give us something to hang our hats on. Give us something to sink our teeth into. New York Times, quoting someone
I was under the opinion that.... I was under the impression that.... I was of the opinion that.... New Yorker
A good enough reason as any A good enough reason As good a reason as any
Picturesque perfect Picturesque Picture perfect
Chanced across Chanced upon Came across
She can name her own ticket. She can name her own price. She can write her own ticket.
To some extent or another To some extent To one extent or another
At this juncture in time At this juncture At this point in time
The weather may have played a factor. The weather may have played a role. The weather may have been a factor.
Peeve him off Peeve him Piss him off
Signing her death knell. Signing her death warrant. Ringing her death knell.
Stepped foot Stepped Set foot Common demi-entendre
Landed up Landed Ended up
We will gladly refund your money back within 90 days of purchase. We will gladly refund your money within 90 days of purchase. We will gladly give you your money back within 90 days of purchase.
All things being relative, we did well. All other things being equal, we did well. We did relatively well. Radio news report (paraphrase)
... save for Molly ... save Molly ... except for Molly short story
If that weren't exhilarating enough... As if that weren't exhilarating enough... If that isn't enough... BMW radio ad
The use of approved portable electronic devices may now be used. Approved portable electronic devices may now be used. The use of approved portable electronic devices is now permitted. Airline safety briefing
She is nothing but not mannerly. She is nothing if not mannerly. She is nothing but mannerly. New York Times, on Caroline Kennedy
The thing is is that... The thing is that... What the thing is is that... Very widespread usage
You can only get so much blood from a stone. You can only do so much. You can't get blood from a stone. Mayor Bloomberg, NYC, re: his austere budget
You'd need to take 100 [of pill X] to get the same effect of one [pill Y]. You'd need to take 100 [of pill X] to get the same effect as one [pill Y]. You'd need to take 100 [of pill X] to get the effect of one [pill Y]. Radio commercial
Two thousand and oh-three Two thousand and three Twenty oh-three Radio announcer
We can't afford to be too careful. We can't be too careful. We can't afford not to be careful. BMW radio ad
Let's cut to brass tacks. Let's cut to the chase. Let's get down to brass tacks. Caller on radio sports call-in show
What I wouldn't kill for one of those. What I wouldn't do for one of those. I would kill for one of those. Overheard
Neither of them had any illusions about the view of politics and, for that fact, history likely to be held by a man who had spent twenty-two years in the military. for that matter in fact (or: as a matter of fact) Donna Leon, "Uniform Justice"
Nobody blinks twice. Nobody thinks twice. Nobody blinks. a friend, in conversation
It's been a fast race right from the word getgo. It's been a fast race right from the getgo. It's been a fast race right from word go. Olympic cycling commentator