Redewendung - Questions on group of words having a meaning not deducible from individual words.

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Wie fragt man “Wie wäre es mit … 1 Uhr”?

Wie kann man eine Zeitangabe mit dem Ausdruck "wie wäre es mit" vorschlagen? "Wie wäre es mit um 1 Uhr?" -- zwei Präpositionen klingt seltsam an. "Wie wäre es mit 1 Uhr?" -- man riskiert die Antwort ...
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Is the “was” in “Weißt du was?” really an “etwas”?

In English, there are two idioms with the same meaning: "You know what?" ("Weißt du was?") "You know something?" ("Weißt du etwas?") The "etwas" in the latter German phrase could conceivably be ...
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“Scheiße ist Bargeld”

I know the title is a bit rude, but that's exactly what my question is about. The title is what Google Translate recommends as the German equivalent of "shit is cash". I've often seen the expression ...
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What or who is a “Scholli”?

I hear people say: "Mein lieber Scholli, das war knapp!" What does "Scholli" mean in this context? Is using this idiom in any way offensive or insulting?
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How to translate “I had a question”?

In English, "I had a question" could mean either "I got a question earlier, and still have it" or "I got a question back then, but it has since been answered" Could I use the German "ich hatte ...
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Was bedeutet „auf Draht sein“?

Was meint man mit „auf Draht“ (lit. “on the wire”)? Or what is the English equivalent?