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What's another word for “grind thoroughly” or “grind smoothly”?

I want another word for: grind thoroughly or grind smoothly, as in "Help me to grind this pepper thoroughly." i need proper words that could be use instead. I don't know whether you are getting ...
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Is there an alternative way of saying “important stuff”

I want to write an email to my supervisor and ask him to provide me a guideline for things I should be careful with, while I will be working on a project. Is there an alternative and shorter way of ...
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A better word for “commoditization” when a type of shop becomes widespread

In the UK, Pound Shops (like dollar stores/99c stores) used to be small, unique and independent. Since the financial crisis in 2008, large chains such as Poundland and Poundworld have come into more ...
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Alternative to the term “break-bulk” to refer to individual pieces of break-bulk

In the shipping industry the collective noun "break-bulk" is used to refer to non-containerised cargo. Usually, that means large machinery and non-uniform cargo that won't fit well in a container or ...
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I am looking for a word resembling “Coralline”

We are two partners about to launch a product that is currently called "Coralline". We are inspired from the animal and its habitat in underwater. Since this will be an international product I am ...
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Is there a more positive alternative to the word “inevitability”?

Inevitability just sounds so depressing to me. The "inevitability of death" is a glaring example. There has to be a word that means "unavoidable but in a good way" right? Edit: The sentence I'm ...
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What's an alternative idiom to “rob Peter to pay Paul?”

I'm looking for an alternative to the phrase, but I can't seem to figure any out. What's an alternative to "rob Peter to pay Paul?"
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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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Alternate way of saying “The mass of the mass”?

I performed an experiment in which a mass was hung from a spring. I want to refer to the mass of the mass hung from said spring, but that leads to quite a few awkward sentences. I cannot refer to the ...
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Clean alternative to BS [closed]

You're reading a report. It's full of excuses and flat out lies from someone who thinks they can pull one over on you. When you go home and complain about it, you might call it complete bull****. I'm ...
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Alternative phrasing to “inclination notwithstanding” [closed]

I am trying to write a Statement of Purpose for graduate school and am unable to phrase my research interests in a satisfactory way. I wish to express something along the lines of "my specific areas ...
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Better alternative for “bring something to something”?

Is it correct to say bring some experience to some activity, as in Our product brings new experience to everyday shopping (artificial example) or there is an expression, that fits ...
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A better alternative to “has and will inspire…”? [closed]

If you could rewrite the sentence "XYZ has and will inspire many people to...." how would you do it? The intent is XYZ has done a lot of inspiring work in past. He is still at his prime and ...
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Rhetorical Paper

I am writing a rhetorical response to a film and find myself often using the phrase "the viewer"; are there any ways to make my argument more direct without using "the audience" or "the viewer"?
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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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Event title suggestion

I'm looking for an event title for a reception at which an organisation will introduce itself to the attendees. It will be an informal drinks reception. At the moment the working title is: "XYZ ...
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Animal-related alternatives to the 'black swan' expression

I am looking for animal-based alternate expressions to the 'black swan' for a rare event (or a rare item, even though that's not precisely what black swan signifies). I believe I have heard other ...
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What's a better word for “evoke” in the phrase “evoke a realization”?

What's a better word for "evoke" in the phrase "evoke a realization"? The context is a technical article about a catch-all module, and the wording is: "A glance at the feature set <evokes> the ...
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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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Any alternatives for the word “deservability”?

The word "deservability" officially doesn't exist in dictionary. But, we might come across few situations where you need to make sentences like this one. You deserve that job. But sometimes, ...
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How can I say “Do something in exchange” in a different way?

I'd like to know alternative ways to say: "Do something in exchange" when someone helps me. If possible can you guys give me three or more examples? For example, "Thanks for helping, what can I ...
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What's a word for: “just to feel good about yourself”?

For example: You want approval and people to think you're smart, just to feel good about yourself.
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Ways of conveying existence other than 'there is.' [closed]

What are some different ways of stating existence in a sentence (does not necessarily have to be one/short clause) other than clichés such as there is/are, there exists ... How may these sentence ...
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A better alternative for expression 'visually rich'?

So is it correct to use such expression or there is a better word or phrase to express that? In case someone needs an example sentence (I have doubts regarding this), I'm not going to use the ...
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Alternative to “the blind leading the blind”

I'm looking for an alternative to the blind leading the blind that won't be offensive to anyone. Proverb - Someone who is not capable of dealing with a situation is guiding someone else who is not ...
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What are alternate words for the exclamation 'hooray!' [closed]

"Hurrah!" seems like a different form of hooray. "Yippee!" is the only other one I can find.
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Polite alternatives to “Whatever you say” [closed]

I wish to convey that “I will comply with your request, because I have to, although I am extremely offended that you made such a request.’ in a more concise (or passive aggressive) phrase. How? I am ...
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Alternative to “to be” in copulae that cannot be understood as defining

In particular in scientific writing, copulae using to be can not only be used to describe the properties of something but also to recapture a definition, to define something or to indicate complete ...
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Alternative for 'session'

I am a non-native speaker, looking for an alternative to the term session to describe a meeting with, for example, a psychiatrist. It was my first session with the shrink. If needed, that is. ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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Alternate phrase for “hold the main idea” [closed]

I'm finding words to replace "hold the main idea". It'd be used in the following examples. When running a project, the manager should always remind his/her team members to hold the main idea of ...
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Is this correct way of replying with available dates for an interview

I trying to reply for an email with my available dates and times for the interview "I'm available on the dates and times mentioned below. Please let me know if any of them works for you." Does this ...
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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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More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
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Colloquial definitions of 'nice', possible alternatives?

I (and my family) use the word 'nice' in a very particular way which I seem to have trouble conveying to other people; so I've come here to see if there is anything remotely analogous. I describe ...
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You cannot “eat your cake and have it” or “have your cake and eat it”?

Which is it? You cannot eat your cake and have it, too. meaning you can have it or you can eat it, but once it's gone there's no cake left to eat. You cannot have your cake and eat it, ...
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What is the correct form of won't or are not going to?

What is the correct form? I hope in the future we won't go to school in the morning I hope in the future we are not going to go to school in the morning
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Different ways to say you are leaving work for the day [closed]

What are some formal ways to tell the boss or colleagues in the office you are leaving for the day? I am new to this, I googled and found this link but I want some more professional or creative way to ...
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Does 'hook up' imply a superficial relationship?

I am a non-native speaker. I would like to express that something happened two years after a character has formed a relationship with a loved one. This is what I wrote: Two years after I hooked ...
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An alternative word to 'Delegate'

Context: I'm programming a system for exams, each exam has people on it, in the industry we would call one of these people a 'Delegate'. Unfortunately in the programming language c# 'Delegate' is a ...
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An alternative to 'political manifesto'

I'm writing a list of political policies, which I'd like to see the government enact. On my blog where I'll publish it, I don't want to call it a political manifesto because... that word has ...
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How do I say “my car is broken” idiomatically? [closed]

Hmm: the version I give has never sounded quite right to me, but as a non-native English speaker, I don't know how native American or English people say this. So I'd be really glad if you could ...
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Is there a single-word English alternative to “Bravo” [closed]

"Bravo!" Is an exclamation of appreciation with Italian origins (I believe) Is there an English single word with the same meaning? We have phrases with the same intent, such as "Nicely done", "Well ...
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Does it make sense to say “plummets upward”?

According to Google, the word "plummet" means "fall or drop straight down at high speed." So, if I want to say that something quickly shoots upward, would "plummet upward" make sense, or sound normal ...
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What's an alternative to “Stack Exchange”? [closed]

What's an alternative to Stack Exchange that uses 2 words and has roughly the same meaning?
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“Supposing” as a conditional

Consider the following sentence: But supposing they phone to find out where you are? What shall I tell them? Why is it not possible to replace the word phone with would phone? Is supposing ...
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Alternative to saying “This may be a dumb question, but…”

I am looking for an alternative to saying This may be a dumb question, but.... I would like to find another way to tell someone that I respect his/her time and realize I should probably already ...
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how to rephrase “have [a list] as …”

I am writing this sentence: The file name should have the year and month as the last two segments. (e.g. myfile_2005_1.txt) This is a simplification, because the year and month parts should ...
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A neutral word to describe ones ability to bypass social expectations in interpersonal interactions?

My assumption is that humans rely heavily on an embedded framework of social contracts when engaging in social interactions. This is for sure both biological and cultural in origin. I'm searching for ...