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{um} - [] ⼔erized

The answer is a common phrase. (Though note that this doesn't mean it's a famous phrase or that it often stands on its own.)

If this is too hard I will add some hints!

If your browser shows a question mark in a box:

That's the unicode character U+2F14.

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  • $\begingroup$ What is the character after [] - a question mark inside of a box? $\endgroup$ Aug 25 '15 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, it is not, let me add a clarification. $\endgroup$
    – Luke
    Aug 25 '15 at 18:08
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So, I'm thinking the answer might be

COMING EARLY, as in "winter's coming early this year!"

Explanation:

We are presented with {um} - [], which can be described as "UM IN CURLY BRACKETS (minus) BRACKETS", or "UM IN CURLY". The unicode character is the radical spoon, which makes the next direction "Spoonerized", essentially switching the first consonant sounds of our words. Therefore, "UM IN CURLY" becomes either "COMING EARLY" or "COME IN EARLY", and I've only ever heard one of those phrases...

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  • $\begingroup$ Very nice! I actually had the second phrase in mind. (I'd be very surprised if you really haven't heard it before, maybe you're just not thinking of it in context?) $\endgroup$
    – Luke
    Aug 25 '15 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Luke perhaps the context is simply eluding me right now! $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Aug 25 '15 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/63012108.jpg $\endgroup$
    – Luke
    Aug 25 '15 at 21:02
  • $\begingroup$ I call them "braces" so I never would have gotten that one. Good job! $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Aug 26 '15 at 2:22

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