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What is the better way to say, “I will wait until you ask me to start off”?

I am completely missing a simple word which means "an indication from someone that you can go ahead". Something like giving a green signal.
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What is the word used to describe a forced choice

I am looking for a word to describe a certain situation where you must choose one option or the other, as in it's either me or her. For example: If you stay friends with her we can't be in a ...
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A phrase or neologism which describes obsolete technology-related neologisms

Neologisms and slang that are inspired by technology are increasingly commonplace, e.g.: 'Why don't you just google it?' or 'Text me.' Some of these neologisms leave our lexicon as quickly as ...
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What is the most succinct term for “refusing to take the bad with the good”?

I'm looking for a readily identifiable term so some reference to Falstaff or "The Pregnant Spoon" won't really work. So a broad term for the verb meaning the act of doing this or an adjective ...
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Idioms/phrases for “I won't get in the way?”

Example: "Me and Jake? Don't worry I'm a lesbian. You have [...]." (Meaning she's not going to get in the way). I can only thing of having a clear track. Not sure if it's common, though, since ...
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How can/should tell a person to not overuse the essays they're using for support?

We have a homework assignment in which we are supposed to critique other people's essays. One person seems to have overused their supporting essays in their rough draft. My question is, what do I ...
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Opposite of buyer's remorse

Buyer's remorse is when you have a sense of regret after purchasing something. You may have been coerced into first purchasing the item out of fear or guilt. What would the opposite of this be? ...
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Formal English - Phrase request

Please help me phrase the sentence below in a more formal manner. "Follow up on Purchase Orders to get the goods on time"
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Alternative to “old-fashioned”, with a distinct and positive meaning?

Is there an alternative way to say "old-fashioned" but with a distinct positive meaning? It could be used as a compliment in the following scenario: Woman: I want a man who can write sentences ...
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What would be another way to phrase “the moral of the story is…”? [closed]

What would be another way to phrase "the moral of the story is..." ?
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Word for “the entire back part of the body”?

When we lie down, the "back part of the body" is in contact with the bed. It includes the heels, the calves, the backside, the back, and the back of the neck, and the back of the head etc. How do we ...
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who displays excessive prudishness in speech and behaviour?

Perhaps an endangered species in the 21st century, such person will tend to use euphemisms for bodily functions and sex, instead of what they consider "indelicate words". I'm looking for a noun or ...
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Quotes on interest for SOP

I am writing SOP for my graduation applications and I am not able to find proper Quotes or idioms to begin my sop. Basically I want to convey that if someone set their goal in life close to their ...
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Word(s) to describe the direction of a threshold

Two types of thresholds exist. Type One Values below the threshold are good, and values above the threshold are bad. Type Two Values above the threshold are good, and values below the threshold ...
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What's the opposite of “pro bono”?

The Latin pro bono is used to describe performance of (often professional or specialized) services for free or for reduced compensation. Is there a corresponding (hopefully Latin, perhaps ...
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I want to say that something is “expensive” in terms of time and resources

I'm writing an academic article (physics) and I want to say that a procedure is necessary but very expensive (in terms of resources like time, infrastructure, ...) Can I say: Since A is sacred we ...
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Word/ phrase for satisfaction derived from helping others?

I am in search of a noun or concise, descriptive phrase for the satisfaction and joy one gets from helping others. I do a lot of community service and very much enjoy it, and I get an almost cathartic ...
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Subject line for farewell email

I want to send farewell message via group email to all my colleagues. I am uncertain what to put in subject line. I've considered: Bis wir uns wiedersehen : Until We Meet Again Adios Amigos Adieu ...
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What do you call those roofs you usually find at the entrance of buildings?

Here are some pictures (see the red arrow): In the second picture is the platform with the little trees growing on top. What are they called?
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What is the phrase to describe the problem of mass participation?

What is the phrase used to describe the problem where a solution does not work unless all stakeholders volunteer to participate in the solution and individual stakeholders are de-incentivized to ...
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what is it called when someone talks about something they dont know about [closed]

What is it called when someone says something inaccurate about something they know nothing about??
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Word or Phrase for Indirect Verbal Deception

Is there an English word or phrase which describes conversations intended to be overheard by others, which primarily contains misinformation meant to be believed by those who overhear? Example: ...
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Term for situation where alternative choice is not really one [duplicate]

What would you call a situation where the current one sucks but you have a 'choice' to an alternative, however the alternative is not really one. Such as, "Sure living in an area under a ...
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Phrase that means a sequence of projects, each of which builds on the previous project.

I'm writing a proposal in which I describe a series of small projects/experiments. The projects start out small and basic, then the subsequent project builds on the results from the prior project. I ...
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A phrase or a word for not practising what you are preaching [closed]

Can you please tell me the word, term or phrase for not practising what you are preaching. Also, if possible, the word, term or phrase for someone who does so. I am not looking for hypocrisy or ...
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Is there a word or phrase that combines the meanings of 'inlet' and 'outlet'?

I wanted to tell a friend that I've discovered a new social outlet, but then I realized it was also an inlet. I was wondering if there's a word or phrase that combines those two meanings. Something ...
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What is the verb for receiving a licence? [duplicate]

The verb for granting someone a license (such as a copyright license) seems to be "license", as in "we licensed the software to Foo". What is the verb for receiving a license? Also "license"? As ...
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Expression denoting exclusivity

Can anyone think of an idiomatic expression in English to show how exclusive something is? What I'm looking for is an expression that will instantly communicate to a native English speaker that only ...
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Synonym for “stop at nothing”

What is a synonym for "stop at nothing"? Example usage: I stop at nothing to deliver ideal and timely design solutions.
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I need to reword “best face forward”?

What is another word/phrase for "best face forward"? Example usage: What first attracts us to a business is its visual appeal— so why not present your business with its best face forward?
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What do you call the protruding square structures on the top of a tower? [duplicate]

Here's an example: It's not a tower but the structure is exactly the same. I'm referring to the four 'tooth-like' juttings on top of the tower structure attached on the left of that bridge. What do ...
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An English idiom for “solve a problem that has been solved”?

In Polish, and I believe in a number of other European languages, there is an idiomatic expression which translates to "to force a door which is already open". It is used to describe a situation when ...
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Opposite of “Save” with respect to saving in a list

I'm developing an application where with the ability to browse items and save them for later. The behavior is essentially a user will look at items, and if the items are not present on their list I ...
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“pros and cons”, “black and white”, “ups and downs”. Always in a fixed sequence, is there a word or phrase for these?

Is there a word or phrase for two nouns or adjectives joined by a conjunction (usually "and") in a fixed sequence? alive and well fast and furious hat and gloves pen and pencil ...
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Word for “making something more tolerable?”

Example: We created art and entertainment to distract us and to [...] life. What's the word or phrase to use in a situation like this? The only thing I can think of is 'to soften up.' But I'm ...
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Word choice for hierarchical groups of data: data point → data set →?

A data point is a single unit of information. A data set is a collection of data points (also known as a data series). Is there a word for a collection of data sets? I don't simply want to use ...
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Phrase for targeting surface level problems?

I'm looking for a phrase that describes trying to fix problems caused by underlying issues, with the result of compounding the issue. I usually call this "targeting surface problems rather than root ...
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Is there a word for the act of butchering a language for the sake of a joke?

My friend and I (may or may not be the same one from my other question) were chatting the other day and we came to a discussion about the idiom tit-for-tat. tit-for-tat (informal) a tit-for-tat ...
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Is there a noun or adjective for someone who makes trite remarks as if they were new and original?

Usually at the end of a speech, as if such remarks were fresh, and special for the occasion, e.g. I've said it before and I'll say it again: hasty climbers have sudden falls I'm against all ...
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Is there an antonym for the idiom “…remains to be seen” [closed]

I was using "...the truth remains to be seen" in a sentence when I realized I meant the opposite of this. I'm looking a phrase antithetical to this idiom, that follows the same (empirical) line of ...
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Hypernym of “move” and “copy” [closed]

Is there a verb to describe an action that can be either "move" and "copy", but in a single word/phrase?
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Gaining a skill after some amount of time (while not actively practicing the skill)

This weekend I decided to master a song I recorded. The last time I spent time mastering a recording was well over a month ago. Before, I had no idea how to use an equalizer - I looked up a bunch of ...
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What's a word for someone who just gets other people to deal with problems

What's a word for someone who, whenever there's a problem that needs to be solved, doesn't solve it and either pretends it isn't there, or gets someone else to deal with it?
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Is there any phrase or word to relate time, location and event? [closed]

I'm working on a research paper, I need a word or phrase which is related to users' location, time and event. If there's isn't exact word or phrase then any best fit would also work out.
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Which sentence is most suitable in the context of history? [closed]

The day of sorrow becomes the day of happiness. The day of sorrow changes into the day of happiness. The day of sorrow turns into the most peaceful day. Detail context: The day when one country ...
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What's a formal/proper way of saying “the exact opposite”? [closed]

I am writing a mock memo for a university assignment, addressed to a current professor. Thus, the general tone and genre of the letter is definitely formal. I am trying to say the following: (The ...
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What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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Way to ask interviewer (/speaking examiner) to repeat slowly its question [duplicate]

The accent of a speaking examiner is sometimes difficult to understand completely. Asking him to repeat his question is a delicate action that should be handled correctly, in my consideration. ...
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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What is a better way of saying the following- [closed]

I want to express "... our beliefs which are not necessarily true or rational affect of our perception ..." in a better way.