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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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Use “scope” to refer to a book's sections

I would like to know whether it is correct or not to use the word "scope" to refer to a book's section, subsection or paragraph. For instance We will address these matters in the next scope.
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What is the difference between complacency and condescension?

Sometimes I get confused between complacency and condescension, thinking they are the same thing. I am trying to understand the difference. Both seem to be attributes of a person who is more ...
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How to express 'unneed' of something?

For example, method 1 of doing something (say A) requires something else (say B). And I invented method 2 to do A but without the prerequisite of B. I can say: The disadvantage of method 1 is its ...
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When has the phrase “dirty sex” started to be used?

We say 'dirty sex' nowadays,quite often. When we're referring to hardcore sex that includes role play, bondage, sex toys and whatever else goes beyond the simple act of copulation, we say 'Dirty sex'. ...
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What do you call someone who lives for himself?

What do you call someone who lives for himself? If someone lives his life solely to achieve his own life goals and not want to associate his life with others', what would you call him? I know some of ...
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“Useless like tits on a log” vs. “tits on a bull” vs. “tits on a turtle” and so forth

I was reading an online book and there was the expression "useless like tits on a log". I googled to find more about this expression and I found a similar one: "useless like tits on a bull". Which ...
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What is the meaning of “Startup guy”? [closed]

I read the expression Startup guy very frequently, especially in public profiles like the one at https://twitter.com/alexisohanian What does this mean?
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What's another word for Guinea Pig, i.e. when you call someone a “test dummy”?

If someone is being used to test a new product or idea, they can be called a "guinea pig" (because Guinea Pigs are usually used by medical labs for testing). What is another term that would carry the ...
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“Thank you for coming” and “Thank you for your coming”

Consider "Thank you for coming" and "Thank you for your coming". Would the latter one be grammatical? Why? Is it possible to recognize latter "coming" as noun? Some say you need no pronoun because it ...
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Can I use “you guys” when it includes gals? [Northeast USA] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “guy” gender-neutral? I'm in the Northeast USA. I'm about to email 3 people, 2 are women It is ok to say "I thought you guys would find this ...
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How to properly build the “article is <some words> deletable/creatable?” question? [closed]

I have a minimum limit number, 1, a maximum limit number, 10, an "entity", article, and a question whose answer should state (one between true or false) if the number of current articles exceeded the ...
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What is the antonyms of “capitalize”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case) What is the antonyms of "capitalize"? I am referring to the following meaning (original reference): ...
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Common expression for “frame conditions” for a working concept/process

In German, the common expression "Rahmenbedingungen" (used both as plural and singular) relates, for example, to a set of conditions necessary for a business idea to work out (e.g. low taxes and wages ...
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Adj + Noun + Verb to be + Same Adj

Is this a natural grammar or some kind of joke/internet meme? Cute girl is cute. Poor child is poor. Troll topic is troll.
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Why are the “hands” of a clock called “hands”?

Why are the hands of a clock called hands? To me, this makes little sense; they do not resemble hands in any way, and if anything body-part related, they should be arms. So why are they called hands?
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What’s the meaning of ‘wipe slime from his mother’s boots’?

I’m afraid this question might turn out to be stupid, but I’ll give it a try. I’d like to know if it’s a set phrase and its meaning. ”My mother didn’t have a heart, Kreacher,” Sirius snapped. “She ...
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Is ‘eclectic bunch’ trendy instead of simply saying ‘a group of different types of constituents'?

I found the words ‘eclectic bunch’ in the following sentence of a New York Times (July 29, 2011) article reporting increase in foraging in city parks, which is titled ‘Enjoy Park Greenery, City Says, ...