as a rule
You should wash your white clothes and colored clothes separately,as a rule.
You should eat less meat and more vegetables, as a rule.
As a rule, the teacher does not like it when students leave early.
A: Do you think I can eat this banana?
B: Well, as a rule, eating is not allowed on the subway.
be at a loss
I'm at a loss for words.
She was at a loss about what to do with the elephant in the backyard.
I know the man you are talking about, but I'm at a loss to think of his name.
A: I am at a loss as to what to cook for dinner.
B: Let's order pizza!
come up with
We have to come up with a plan.
When did you come up with that idea?
He came up with a plan to solve the problem.
A: You named your dog Tweety?
B: It's the best I could come up with!
This is my friend Koronotino Calenotangas. His friends call him KC for short.
My name is Alexander, but you can call me Alex for short.
I work for Seattle Auto Company or SAC for short.
A: What kind of car is that?
B: It's a sport utility vehicle- SUV for short.
in spite of
In spite of the rain, they went to the beach.
In spite of the bad weather, we will go hiking.
The company kept hiring new employees in spite of its drcreasing sales.
A: How was your trip to Mexico?
B: We had a great time in spite of the hurricane!