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Secular alternative to “preaching to the choir”?

Is there a secular alternative to the phrase "preaching to the choir"?
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heavy or strong taste in doing things [closed]

Is there a phrase or word to express "have a heavy/strong taste in doing things or about sex" can I use "hardcore" ijn this situation?
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One-word alternative for “double-check”? [closed]

From the given paragraph: I frequently forget to lock the main door. But, I know I double-checked if the door was locked today. (more texts...) I realized I became very anxious about my ...
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Another word/phrase for precipitation?

Is there some word that I could use in place of precipitation when I don't know if it's raining, snowing, or hailing outside? Saying "there is probably precipitation right now" (in place of something ...
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What do you use as an alternative for “In light of”?

What do you use as an alternative for "In light of" in this context? In light of the recent evidence, the police arrested John Smith.
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How to differentiate between checked and selected items in a list [closed]

In computer terms, sometimes there is a need to distinguish between items in a list that are checked (e.g. lists that have a checkbox next to them) and items that are selected (e.g. user clicks on one ...
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Alternatives to 'respectively'

Is there any other word I can use instead of respectively? This word provides me a way to describe a list of items conveniently in a single sentence and hence save space. I've used this many times ...
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“Of which I am unaware of” & “I don't know”, semantic difference

While reading first few chapters of fascinating book "On Writing Well", this doubt struck my mind: "There are many great English writings of which I am unaware of" OR "There are many great ...
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1answer
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“The above technique is a double-edged sword” [duplicate]

In our native language, we say this "The above technique is a double-edged sword". Is it appropriate to say it in English? If not, what is the nice way to express the same meaning?
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“sophisticated” is not appropriate in a research paper because it is an opinion? [closed]

Someone suggested me do not use "sophisticated" in research papers, as it shows an opinion, which is not objective. Is that correct? If so, what are good alternatives?
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What is the meaning of “greasing the pan”?

In a tutorial, the instructor says: We've greased the pan, now it's time to pour in the batter. The tutorial is technical (IT), and has nothing to do with cooking, so what is the meaning of the ...
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How can you distinguish between different meanings of the verb “to know” in English?

I work in an industrial setting. Today I had a conversation with my coworkers in which we discussed that another group knew that our group has requirements that they were not going to meet based on ...
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Are there any alternative words that can be used to refer to a particular thing?

I usually write new words I learned or found on a website to help me remember them better. For example, I learned the word "holster" and I wrote "A holster is a thing used to cover a gun." This is ...
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Alternatives to the noun 'dump' (as in “a data dump”)

What are alternatives to the noun 'dump' (as in "a data dump")? The word dump here refers to the data that gets dumped, in other words, to the mass of what is being dumped. Another not-so-common ...
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Alternative to “as-well-as” for an academic paper

Is there some better alternative to phrase as well as for an academic writing? It sounds to me too informal. The whole sentence is: Improvements of both parts are possible as well as joining ...
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What is a friendly way to say ' Now processing'? [closed]

I'm developing software something like iPhone's 'Siri'. If I call its name, it will answer, What can I help you with? If I say "Turn on the TV", it will answer, Now Processing ... But, I ...
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Up my street and down the lane [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I travel “up” or “down” to London from north of the city? Except where there is obvious difference in elevation e.g. on a sloping road, how do ...
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Alternative to “accessible”

In the context of a technical manual, engineers use the word "accessible" to indicate that a piece of hardware should have "easy access" for repair, maintenance, and other modifications. What would ...
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Cleaner alternative for “sucks”. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Formal alternative for “suck” Since the word "sucks" does not have an origin that would make it a good word to use in many contexts, I want to know whether ...
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1answer
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What is the word for one who refuses to capitulate the status quo? [closed]

What are some alternative words/phrases for one who refuses to capitulate the status quo? Similarly question for the capitulators of the status quo. Alternatives I came up with are progrssionalist ...
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Alternatives to “layman”

Is layman a gender specific term or can it be used like college 'freshman'? Is it still appropriate to use, or has it been superseded by some other term? Specific to IT, it seems more appropriate to ...
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Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?

I'm planning to start a blog. And before every post, I'm planning to add how thought-provoking I think that post is. So I was thinking about something that I can call thought-provoking-ness level. ...
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1answer
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Avoid using 'at' twice while addressing subset programs/centers

I was wondering if there is a better way of saying the following sentence: I received the ABC scholarship at the PQR center at the University of Education. I have seen this in many places, but I ...
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Can you also say “Take you care” or “Take you care, too”?

As a greeting in parting you often say "Take care" (at least in the US, I am not so sure about the UK). Can you also say "Take you care" or answer with "Take you care, too"?
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Formal alternative for “suck” [closed]

What is a more decent/formal alternative for the word suck? I want to use it in the context of being bad at something. To be precise, I want to translate "To suck less at a job every day" to formal ...
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2answers
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Are there alternative words for 'subcomponent'? [closed]

I have a situation as follows: In a score, there are 2 main components - Section A and Section B. In each components, there are subcomponent. (Example: Section A have 2 subcomponents - ...
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What is the proper alternative for 'credentialize'?

Usage: The emergence of a second competitor in the market will help credentialize the product and the vision.
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Verbs for “and” and “or”?

Are there (better) verbs for "and"ing or "or"ing a bunch of clauses together? Edit: Can't believe I didn't think of this earlier... would "conjoin" and "disjoin" work?
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1answer
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How official is the word “subpar”? [closed]

How official is the word "subpar"? Is there a reason not to use it in a document and are there any circumstances under which I should avoid its use? Could the phase "subpar performance" confuse the ...
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What is a good alternative to “the film is set in”?

I'm writing a paper about a movie. I would like to start like this: Monsters is a 2010 independent science-fiction film directed by Gareth Edwards and set in the Mexico-U.S. border region. It ...
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What is an alternative to “Bless you” after sneezing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are alternative responses for when someone sneezes? I know the history/reason why people say bless you to you after you sneeze. My question is, is there an ...
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How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my” [closed]

Is there a way to indicate that somebody is your girlfriend without using the possessive term my? I think saying She/He is my partner/other half is OK for married people, but it doesn't feel right for ...
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Beg to differ - Why is there a need to beg for differ

Wouldn't 'Wish to differ' be better than 'Beg to differ'? A friend of mine asked me why I like to 'beg to differ', instead of 'wish to differ' or 'want to differ'. Any insight on the history of 'Beg ...
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Is there an alternative expression for 'opening band' or 'opening act'? [closed]

The question says it all. Together with a colleague we were looking for this. We both had the feeling that there's another way to say it.
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Is there a better alternative for this question? [closed]

I translated a sentence from my native language Tamil to English using Google Translate and got this: What qualifications do you have to talk about it? Is there a better alternative for this ...
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Is 'compatriate' really an English word?

I recently saw the word 'compatriate' used in a newspaper article. Upon looking it up, suspecting a typo (or even an eggcorn: it is easy to see how compatriot would be mixed-up with expatriate etc.), ...
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Two single word (if possible) each to describe two different Leave types [closed]

There are two scenario as follows: Person who receive "Leave Credit" when attending some events. Person who "Request Leave" when they want to take time off. I was thinking of using "Credit" to ...
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Respectful alternative to “Madam”

Madam is the word to call a woman with respect. Of course it has another meaning. Is there another word used to call a woman with respect?
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Use of “when about” as colloquial alternative to “approximately when”

If I wanted to ask someone approximately when they would be doing something, for example arriving, I could use Approximately when do you think you could do that? Would the following be a correct ...
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Word for in-house jargon

If a word or phrase is used and has evolved its own meaning peculiar to a specific group, is this described as jargon or is there a closer semantic match?
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“Alternately” or “alternatively”

What is the difference between alternately and alternatively? I've seen both words being used, but which one is grammatically correct? He could do X. Or alternately, he could do Y. He could do ...
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Alternatives to “I lived the wrong way”?

If someone has realized that he made a wrong decision in life or has had the wrong beliefs for a long time, he might say I lived the wrong way. What are alternative ways of phrasing this? It doesn't ...
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Should we avoid using words that have alternate offensive meaning [closed]

There are many English words that could be used to refer to something innocent that also has a common slang meaning, such as pussy, ass, bitch, etc. For convenience' sake, should we avoid using ...
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What are some old-world alternatives or precursors to 'WTF' (expressions of frustration or surprise)? [closed]

Such as 'what on Earth' or 'what in the world', etc. I'm trying to come up with a list of witty alternatives. Note: I'm not looking for alternatives to the letters W, T, and F. I'm looking for ...
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Alternative to “lossily compressed”

Is there a better way to say "lossily compressed"? The adverb lossily can not be found in Merriam-Webster, but the adjective lossy can. It also feels a bit unnatural.
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Is there a short word or slang for “matchmaker”?

I'm trying to find an appropriate name for kind of a dating website. The purpose of the website is to match between people, hence the description - matchmaker. However this word isn't catchy enough. ...
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“Easy-to-make-typos” alternative?

Is there a good, compact word or phrase that would explain one's ability to make typos? I mean, I'm trying to write something like this: Now you can use this feature without either non-predictable ...
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Is there a better way to say: “My question is, is…” (e.g. “The question is, is it the right time”)

It feels a little weird for me (or should I say to me?) to say: So my question is, is having two 'Is' correct? And also this seems to me incorrect grammatically: So my question is, is ...
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Alternative to “double entendre”?

Does anyone know another word or way to say double entendre — in the non-bawdy sense of the word — as this phrase was only invented in the latter 1600's and so not around when Shakespeare wrote his ...
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Alternatives to “skating on thin ice”

The idiom skating on thin ice to express that a person is performing an action that has a great risk is commonplace. What are some good alternatives, both common and uncommon or possibly regional?