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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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Is there a word for a person who is not afraid to point out problems even if that means additional work for them?

I am talking about a developer who doesn't turn a blind eye to bugs found by chance, who doesn't treat them as Somebody Else's Problem, but feels responsible for the product as a whole. ...
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A word or neologism for doing an action together [closed]

This is for a community initiative. I initially thought of pan-action but this would have more to do with the idea of something global or widespread. Also, con-action doesn't sound right with the ...
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Phrase for observing a rule in a malicious way

I know this phrase, but for some reason it is blocked in my mind. What is the term for observing a rule, but doing so in a way that subverts it? I'm almost certain that malicious is one of the words ...
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Avoiding “time-controlledly” as an adverb

I'm currently translating a web site for scheduling software from German to English. So there are many things that this program can do "time-controlledly" (if I translate literally). But this sounds ...
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Phrase for expressing victory and teasing the opponent [closed]

I'm looking for a slang term that can be used when someone has defeated their opponent and the opponent is speechless and gave up the challenge. So he might want to to brag about how weak the opponent ...
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Summarizing what makes a home a home [closed]

Meta: I considered asking this on WritersSE, but I am less familiar with it. I would not object to a migration. Problem: I want to edit the following sentence so that it is as brief and aesthetically ...
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What is the word for a good work?

I am helping a charity and I need to invite my friends to join in. We're not asking for any money or valuables but just their time for some feedback on few questions. I am struggling at the opening ...
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Word for “the action of making something optimistic”

Is there such a word or concise paraphrase that corresponds? Optimize might have the same root but it obviously doesn't have the same meaning. Is there any verbal form that could fit or does optimism ...
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A word or phrase to express “écrivain engagé”, a committed writer?

I'm looking for an English expression as I'd like to form a special interest group on the international level. In French, the expression is écrivain engagé. This is along the lines of "literature of ...
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How to describe the phenomenon of “small” people being ignored on the Internet

I live by Internet, as both a user and a developer. This dual role gives me a chance to observe. Every time I try to ask something in communities like StackOverflow, I always pick words carefully and ...
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“I really need some moving on here” - is it correct to say like this? [closed]

How correct it is to say "I really need some moving on here"? Say, you are posting a question on an internet forum, or opening a discussion thread, and want people on forum to get involved in ...
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Can I say “I have some apprehensions”?

Can I say "I have some apprehensions"? Or it should always be in singular. For example, "He seems to be able to walk now, but I have some apprehensions that he can faint at any time" Google search ...
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“He had snaggle teeth” — how to say correctly? [closed]

Is it okay to say "He had snaggle teeth"? Or there is a better way of describing that problem with teeth?
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Term for convincing yourself words are spelled incorrectly?

Sometimes I'll look at a word for too long and I become convinced that it's spelled or pronounced incorrectly. This happens most frequently with "spider" (I think that should be pronounced "spih-dur" ...
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Adjective/adverb for “taboo”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that means something along the lines of "the exhilaration of taboo". Here's the context for what I'm looking for: "It was strange and [blank] to walk around and see ...
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What is the synonym/antonym for “feminist”/“feminism”?

I am looking for a word or phrase that are to men's rights as the words feminist/feminism are to women rights. And will the word or phrase be called a synonym or antonym?
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Proverb about the origin of the English language [closed]

Is there a nice proverb that highlights the foreign (e.g. German and French) origins of the English language? I remember that I've once read something like English is the bastard child of a ...
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Other ways of saying “letting me know” or “telling me about”

I want to say “my advisor has been very helpful, from helping me decide which classes to take to letting me know/telling me about the resources available to me”. I think saying “letting me know” or ...
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Is there any alternative expression to “Brace Yourself ”

I have translated an article into English. The author of the original article uses a “Bumpy ride on a plane in a hazardous weather” as an analogy to predict an unfavourable political development in a ...
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Something simple and yet complex…

Is there a phrase or word for a problem that appears simple but is in fact full of complexities? A few situations come to mind: Painting a room Breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend Eating a ...
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Word or phrase that means to ascertain whether someone is alive or dead

Diagnose comes close to this meaning, but the result of a diagnosis is not usually a binary classification. I'd like a word or phrase that means to determine whether someone is alive or dead, or ...
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Does one say “to ring stupid” or what are appropriate alternatives?

If you want to express that something is true even if it is actually dumb, in German we can say something along So blöd es auch klingt, aber es ist wahr. Literally it's As stupid it also rings, ...
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Is it correct to say “quantitative zeal” to mean an enthusiasm for maths?

If one was wanting to say that someone had a passion/enthusiasm for something like mathematics, can it be said that "they have [a] quantitative zeal" or "they are full of quantitative zeal"? I ...
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Words that define a type of word and also obey that definition [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a catchy word that means (non-)self-descriptive There are plenty of names for word sets: synonyms: words that have the same meaning palindromes: words that ...
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How to say “the project that we are working on” in a short phrase?

I want a short phrase for "the project that we are working on". Could it be "our working-on project"?
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Inverse proportions, but the other way around [closed]

The title sucks, I know... Anyway: As part of a game I'm making, one of the buildings decreases the time it takes to build other things. Like so: At level 0: Full time At level 1: Full time / 2 At ...
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What is the adjective of “daughter-in-law” if she is “the wife of my younger son”?

Here, I am confused. I cannot say "younger daughter-in-law" as the order of sons is defined by their age but we can't say that about their wives. So shall I say "my second daughter-in-law"?
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Word usage: Date before

How one can say that a date must happen before other date, for intance: The X starting date should be prior to the Y starting date. Is this sentence idiomatic or there is another way of stating ...
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What is an alternative (more positive) analogy to “beating a dead horse”?

I'm looking for an analogy for my repeated attempts to revive interest in a project. The phrase beating a dead horse almost fits the bill, but a dead horse refers to a subject that is no longer ...
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How to suggest contrary solution politely?

Theoretical case: client suggests some non-optimal solution. How to offer another, better solution politely with indirect question? Is it ok to say "Don't you think doing it this way would be more ...
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How to express taking paid time-off in a sentence

I would like to have a sentence to indicate a person is on two days of paid time-off. Could I form a sentence like, "He is on two days paid time off." "He is on paid time off for two days". ...
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How can I properly indicate a “day off” in a tournament using “sports terms”?

When showing a tournament calendar with an odd number of teams, how can I say (in sport terms) to indicate the team that is not playing on a given match day? For example a tournament with five teams ...
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Expression that means “as soon as something is finished”

I am looking for an expression that means "right after finishing something, start something". For some reason, the words "fresh off the heels" keep springing up but I googled them and it's not an ...
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Everything going on with somebody

If you're continuously posting news about what someone is doing, including their latest projects, is it correct to say (in the description of a fansite, for example): updates on everything going ...
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A word for 'something more' or 'missing from life'

I am trying to think of a word, or phrase to describe this feeling. There is something more to my life, something meaning to happen or occur, and I don't know what it is. There is an anticipation of ...
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Can you say “see you then/there” when arranging a meeting?

I am sending an e-mail to a colleague to arrange a meeting. In my e-mail I inform her where and when we can meet, and I would like to end the e-mail by saying something like "See you there" or "See ...
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Idiomatic saying for “just over” and “just under”

Is there an idiomatic saying to say that a distance is about x kilometer, including the connotation of "a little bit more than" or "a little bit less than" as "just over" and "just under" respectively ...
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Common phrase for “intermediate goal”

What is the most common phrase with the meaning of intermediate/interim goal/target/result? For example, setting up interim goal in a project/agenda calculating a intermediate result in a bigger ...
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Opposite of jack of all trades master of none

As the title says, what is the opposite of "Jack of all trades master of none"?
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Terminology for fake photograph

I think there is a good chance that a new word or phrase has been coined to mean fake photograph. Is there a single word to express it?
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Is it correct to use “train has surfaced”?

Can you say The train has surfaced to describe the moment when a train emerges from a tunnel?
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Word that means “one out of a series must be true”?

I am trying to come up with a word or phrase that means "one out of a series must be true". Example #1: I have a list of roles that a user can belong to. What is a word that describes a list of ...
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Pronunciation problem with “park” and “walk”. Is there a name for this “phenomenon”?

Now and then, I struggle to say a pair of words such as "park and walk". It may come out as "park and wark" or "pork and walk". It occurs generally when the two words are close together in a ...
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How do I phrase “remote work” better?

I am helping my father write a report. The report summarizes the work undertaken during the consultant’s technical assistance missions to Statistical Agency of Kosovo and remote work during the ...
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More traditional / professional word or phrase for 'Plan of Attack'

I'm currently writing up a design document which is essentially a 'plan of attack', however this doesn't strike me as a particularly professional or eloquent term for what I mean and my mind's gone ...
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The wheel has become an eight

The title makes presumably little to no sense and is in fact a word-by-word translation of a German expression. I am talking about the wheel of a bike and a certain way it is deformed. I like the ...
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Common phrases for something that appears good but is actually bad

What are common phrases that describe something that appears good but is actually bad? Edit: Because people say bad is vague I will try to sum up the phrase meaning a little better. something that ...
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“They are not simultaneously positive, negative nor even”

What is a sensible, correct and non-ambiguous way of rephrasing the following? The numbers a, b and c are not simultaneously positive, negative nor even. The idea is that the three numbers are ...
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A better word for 'hot' (spicy)?

I never know how to order food correctly but succinctly the first time. :( Basically: I can't eat hot stuff (i.e. most pepper, similar spices, ...). On the one hand, I don't want to say "Please ...