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How can I refer to a period of day when people are awake/active?

The context is comparing air travel vs overnight train travel. In this case, air travel takes 1 hour, plus time required to travel from city to airport, arrive early for check-in & security, then ...
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What is a person who never leaves a tip called?

Ever wonder why the waiter at the restaurant you went to last week is now giving you dirty looks. Well, perhaps you didn't leave them a tip! Then, the question is: What is a person who never leaves a ...
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Ways to refers to two people who were about to marry or just married [closed]

I wrote the following: A bright red carpet ran all the way from the entrance to right beneath the altar. Enclosing it on both sides, were two rows of long benches—each of them with a tiny ...
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Is this sentence a valid construction? [closed]

I received this in my email. Please be reminded in accordance with the below email. Is something wrong with this sentence?
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coffee flights in a six-seat bar

What do coffee flights and six-seat bar mean in the following post? The Orange County Register is now reporting that 39-year-old Duggan plans to open a slow bar adjacent to Portola, offering ...
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How do you describe a young woman who, while pretty when seen from behind, is ugly when seen from the front?

Is there a term, a phrase or an idiomatic expression to describe a young woman who, while pretty when seen from behind, is ugly, if not repulsive, when seen from the front? After some searches I ...
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What is a term for someone who doesn't know what they haven't experienced?

I'm struggling to find a word or short term for a person or group of people who do not experience jealousy/remorse/etc. due to a lack of something. For example, people from the middle ages could not ...
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What's the phrase to imply random jobs?

What's a phrase that can convey the idea of "a variety of different jobs with no central theme"? "Various odds and ends" was the one that occurred to me, but it didn't feel exactly right and ...
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How to explain the name of the author of a work which is a base for a performance

Could you please help me with the following: The context is a printed information about a play. For example: name of the play: ......... playwright: ............... ...
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Is there any other word that means “more and more’?

Is there another word for more and more? For example, in this sentence: More and more people use computers Is their a word to replace the More and more at the beginning?
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Term for choosing to believe a falsehood

I was wondering if there is a term when you choose to believe something even when you know it is likely untrue? The concept I'm thinking of would differ from cognitive dissonance in that you're ...
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What is the proper expression for 'putting down the hood' (of a sweatshirt)?

Alright, super simple question I guess, but I'm no native speaker and google doesn't seem to be helpful here... What do you call it when you go from wearing your hoodie 'hood up' to 'hood down ...
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Replacements for that

I've recently become aware that I use the word "that" way too much, especially in more academic writing. I've noted in particular that I use "that" almost exclusively after words like "implies" (I've ...
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Simpler and more common way of asking “Where could he/she had gone?”

I'm not a native English speaker, and I though asking "Where could he/she had gone?" was very common. But when I searched that phrase in Google I got only 6 results. Is there a more simpler, more ...
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Word/phrase for “treating the problem rather than the symptom”?

Is there a word that means the equivalent (or close to) the expression "treat the problem rather than the symptom" ? If not, is there a concise way to say this? For example, in discussing ...
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Forms of strict reporting — what do Americans call them?

I had to deal with typographically printed sheets with some generic text and fields to fill in information by hand (dates, signatures etc.) or through printing (if you are lucky to hit the fields). ...
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What is a word or a phrase that means “interactive and amusing stuff?”

I am redesigning my website to have fewer categories, but I am running into problems with the "Games" category. I have a few things that are interactive, and fun, but not necessarily games. For ...
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When backward compatibility is bad

Sometimes, making a poor design choice in the past prohibits the programmers from providing neat solutions in the future. You want to abandon the wrong route and start from scratch. Which word or ...
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General term for punctuation that surrounds a word or phrase?

Is there a general term for punctuation that surrounds a word or phrase? Something that includes brackets and quotes, but there may be other types of punctuation, formal or otherwise, that have the ...
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Idiom for random/arbitatry decision making [duplicate]

Sometimes an entity's (be it a person, company, or a government) predictions/choices/decisions seem to be completely arbitrary (based on no evidence or observation). A very colorful example of this ...
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What would something be which fails to provide traceability?

If something fails to provide security it is said to be insecure. So what would something be which fails to provide traceability?
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Term for “will consume time and almost certainly yield nothing”

Can anyone point to an eloquent word or term that means "will consume time and almost certainly yield nothing"? Could be used in response to: I'm going to have one of the developers contact ...
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fashion or clothing industry jargon for a pattern’s age range: toddler, child, adult

In a database of clothing items, I need to distinguish between those cut for 'girls' and those cut for 'women'. There are no offerings for 'toddler' or 'children', but this category would encompass ...
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A word or phrase that defines “Preconceived opinions based on experience or reason?”

If Prejudice is defined as Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience. then what, if any, is the word that defines "Preconceived opinions that are based on experience or reason?"
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Word for false, self-perpetuating “cure”?

There are situations where a short-term remedy actually perpetuates the underlying long term problem. For example, drinking more coffee is a kind of false cure for a caffeine withdrawal headache. ...
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I “go by” this name

Often times when I go to fill forms and apply for programs at government agencies or other places, they often ask me whether I have another name that people call me. I'm Chinese and I use my native ...
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“Rent income” or “Rental income”

My understanding is that "rental" is a word implying that income is being received from a property one owns and leases to a tenant. "Rent" is used more in the sense of what a tenant pays a landlord. ...
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Is there a concise term for being over-aware of bad news happening?

That was probably a terrible title, but I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe this concept. We all probably have a relative like this, they feel that the world is "going to hell" around them - ...
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Feel support - what does it mean [closed]

I'm looking for short phrases which include "support" word in such a way that I can prepend a company name before it and it will make sense. But i'm not a native speaker so I would like to check my ...
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Order of universal and existential quantifier

In mathematics we use the universal and existential quantifiers (represented symbolically by ∀ and ∃, respectively) to make our lives easier. We can also use them in English. From a logical ...
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What is the opposite of the Devil's Advocate?

If I am arguing against a proposal that I may actually agree with, then I am playing Devil's Advocate. However, what if I do not necessarily agree with the proposal but am arguing for it, with the ...
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Can we say that X is “indifferent between” two possible courses of action?

It strikes me as odd to use "indifferent between" rather than "indifferent to", but am having a hard time rephrasing the sentence so that it includes both options. The structure of the sentence I'm ...
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Are there counterpart English expressions to Japanese proverb, "the nail that pops up is always hammered down?

I was once reminded by Robusto-san of a Japanese popular saying, ‘出る釘は打たれる - the nail that pops up is always hammered down,’ when I complained about sequential down-votes that I received. I wondered ...
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Does the “and” demand both parts to be in place to require a PFD to be worn? [closed]

A personal flotation device (PFD) required by 14 CFR 91 shall be worn by each individual on board the helicopter when conducting operations beyond power-off gliding distance to shore, and during ...
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Revealing that someone else is gay — counterpart to “come out”

If I reveal to my friend that I am gay, I'd say I came out to my friend. How would I say that my friend told his friend (without asking me for permission) that I am gay? My friend [insert ...
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Term for security checkpoints separated by sex

In some places, a security checkpoint has two areas, one for checking men, and another for checking women. I'm looking for the term which describes this segregation by sex. This would be the opposite ...
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Single word for “to fund the totality (of)” [closed]

What is a one- or two-word phrase that means "to fund the totality of a program: staff, office space, supplies, and program funding" that is often used in grant applications?
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Word or phrase for remoteness, great distance from human habitat

I am looking for a word or phrase denoting remoteness and great distance from human habitat, for the purpose of naming a cabin in the wilderness. I have already thought of "far cry" and "back of ...
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Idiom Meaning “Ready to Correct One's Mistake”

I'm looking for a concise way to describe this situation: Person A compliments B's team at a competition. But B does not respond to this compliment gracefully, even though it means a lot to him. B ...
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School students are instructed, self-taught students [self-study?]

"You will be instructed" "I have been taught for 4 years" To "You will [self-study?]" "I have been [self-learning?] for 4 years" Both seem kind of clumsy. Is there a better word ...
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to name a business model which behave like chicken pecks

I am describing a business model of doing a lot of buying and selling in very small quantity. Retailing is not the right word. In my case the small buying and purchasing is not due to demand being ...
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Opposite of benefit of the doubt?

"Benefit of the doubt" is a standard phrase in English and is a very useful one in formal discussions. Is there an equivalent expression to denote the opposite of it, formal or informal? For example: ...
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Word to mean 'seek through, one element at a time'

I'm looking for a word to describe the process that a computer program performs when searching through a dataset bit by bit. I had believed the word parse ('to parse through the data') was ...
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Word that means to “get something good but loses something else good in return”

I was at the optical store getting a new pair of glasses and lens. Since I have a somewhat high prescription, when selecting the features for the lenses I asked the clerk whether there is an option ...
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Is there a word or a special phrase in English to describe the curvy upper lip that some people like Rio Ferdinand have?

I don't think many have people have that kind of upper lip (probably 10% of the population). To me personally, that kind of upper lip definitely makes a person more attractive regardless of gender. ...
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“Operating system” is to “runlevel” as “human being” is to what? [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for the set of different "mental states" or "sedation levels", but I don't know which one (if any) would apply here. I have values like the following in mind: is dead is ...
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Which kind of logical fallacy is this?

A blogger writes of the artisanal movement that it is born out of a preference for things that are hand made. He points out (presumably as a criticism of this) that in the 16th century a gentleman ...
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Is there English counterpart(s) to Japanese old saying, “Present salt to your enemy.”?

We have a popular Japanese saying, “敵に塩を送る” — literally, “present (supply) salt to one's enemy”, meaning ‘play fair and square, not taking advantage of the weak point of your rival.’ It’s different ...
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What is a polite substitute for badass (used as a noun)? [closed]

Badass and BAMF are both modern words with approximately the same meaning: "Someone who is awesome to an extreme level, thereby leveraging unquestionable authority." Is there another noun or title ...
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Better wording for “Among other [stuff]”

I have the following problem. I need to say Among other information, [the message] will contain information about the following... I don't like the repetition of "information" here. I thought ...