so as to
In order to, as in We took off our shoes so as to avoid scratching the newly finished floors. This idiom is always followed by an infinitive. For a synonym, see in order to, def. 5.
The Not-So-Nice Evolution Of The Word “Nice”Recently the phrase nice guy has been used to describe guys who are anything but nice by current standards. But, where did it come from?
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