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“From hands, I pray, will never bereave”

When someone dear serves you a drink or a cup of tea/coffee, the recipient may offer this polite saying. It's very difficult to translate it to English. It should be something like: "From hands that I ...
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'Gargle with rose water before you dare speak of/about'

'Rinse your mouth/gargle with (rose/blossom water or Zamzam water or in case of culture differences Pierian spring water), before you dare speak of/about..'. This is an Arabic saying. This is used ...
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A word for good part of something

I'm looking for the correct adjective or noun to describe good part of something. It could be anything such as a book, a movie, etc. Update: Take this for example: I've skipped a few parts ...
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A word or idiom to describe an abusive parent who wants to keep their child

I just finished watching the video game Among the Sleep and at the end At the beginning of the game, the mother seems to cling onto the child possibly in memory of the little boy's father. At the ...
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English equivalent for “Just eat the appam. Why count the holes?”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's an expression: Appam thinnal pore, kuzhi ennano! It literally translates to: Just eat the appam. Why count the holes! It implies that one should just enjoy the ...
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Calling this kind of situation of defeat

I am looking for a phrase to describe a situation where two people are arguing and only one of them is good with words (Let's call him 'A') and the one with limited speaking skills (let's call him ...
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Pretty specific, but is “with your plate in your lap” a common expression in English?

In Dutch we use it to refer to (the airtime of) tv-shows that start around dinner. Is there an equivalent to it? I suppose it's sort of an idiom, but probably too specific to be considered so.
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the name (and examples) for a contrived or misleading record or distinction

What's the name for a record or other distinction (positive or otherwise) that is misleading and/or specious, because it depends on too many conditions? Or seems merely contrived from the existing ...
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A song that was once meant for other singer, but later also sung by the author himself

How do you call a song which was once written for some other artist by an author, and later sung by the author him(her)self? we call it "cover" if the song is played by other(not original) artist, ...