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A word to express “removing some parts of history from history books by authorities”

In some countries some parts of history books of students have been removed by authorities of the time. For example, it has happened for Achaemenid Empire (a part of ancient Iran history) 2 years ago ...
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A word to describe not caring (socially and publically) about other people's feelings

What is the word to describe someone who does not care about other people socially and publicly, that is a word or phrase which could describe behaviors such as littering, cutting in a line, talking ...
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Someone who does “mundane or repetitive work” for you?

Trying to come up with the name for a new product I am working on. This tool will help hiring managers with their repetitive or mundane work. Something related to hiring or recruitment could also work ...
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feeling when you've failed in your job [closed]

Is there a phrase for when a teacher uses an example that they think should be obvious. but the students get it wrong. So the teacher is disappointed in that they've wasted all that time and need to ...
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Synonym for “Fellow Sufferers”?

They agreed to stay connected for hours in their provisional support group, looking for answers in their counterparts. I want to change the bold part to say that they all shared the same problem. ...
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Word/phrase for remarks which often have a dark feel to them but whose meanings are not readily apparent? [closed]

I know someone who has a tendency to make strange remarks whose meanings are not readily apparent, remarks which often have a dark feel to them, but which are left unexplained, as if to hide ...
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What's a common way of referring to the “tool” a person used to commit suicide?

For instance, a gun, a rope, or the like. What's the common way of referring to them? Assuming the suicide attempt of the person who used them was successful? Example sentence: We kept grandpa's ...
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Is there a phrase to describe a ready-to-throw-away phone?

I am looking for a phrase that describes a really crappy mobile phone, which has become so dysfunctional that it is ready to be thrown away
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Phrase Request: Bank account statement, name for payee/charger

I'm trying to think of the appropriate word for someone that charges you or that you pay. If you have a bank statement, what would you name the column that contains the name of people you paid money ...
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Synonyms / slang words in American English to express “I am very excited for something”? [closed]

In British English we can say "I am keen to do something with you". Also: "Would you like to go to a concert?" A: "I'm keen for that!". What are some equivalents in American English? Is it "I want to ...
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What is the equivalent of “dead tree copy” for CDs?

The expression "dead tree copy" is a slightly pejorative way of referring to a (physical) printed book, as opposed to an ebook. I was wondering if there is a similar expression that could be ...
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Best expression for place where dogs are born, something like maternity ward is for humans

What is the expression for the place where dogs are born? Could I say that we have a breeding station with canine maternity kennels or maternity ward? I want something like what maternity ward is for ...
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Word or phrase for “Normal for that person”

I am looking for a single word, or phrase, meaning that this is the state that this person is normally in. In context I have a sentence: "Now, {As was normal for her}, she was smiling with ...
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Is there a pejorative/offensive slang word or phrase for a man who suffers from erectile dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the consistent or recurrent inability to acquire or sustain an erection of sufficient rigidity and duration for sexual intercourse. Clinic 45 I'm a ...
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Great (?) personality/character(?)

I'm looking for the appropriate English term for what I'd call a "große Persönlichkeit" in German. This is not about someone who is famous, neither about someone who tries to appear superior than ...
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If I measure myself am I only measuring my size?

In Italy when people say they measure themselves, they are not only measuring their height, or their waistlines. Instead they are measuring how well they do something in a challenging or difficult ...
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What are some colloquial English phrases for 'a child acquiring its parents' characteristics or features'?

I am not sure if the title is clear enough to you, so let me briefly explain what I'm looking for. We sometimes see children who look very much like their father or mother, or even behave typically ...
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An alternative, less casual phrase for 'been there, done that'?

Meaning: To have experienced the topic under discussion, to the point of boredom or complacency. Origin: This phrase began life in the early 1970s, in the short form 'been there', ...
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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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What's the phrase for things that get better with age?

What's the phrase for things that (seem to) get better with age? For example: JJ Abrams Star Trek is to TNG as Lucas's prequels were to Star Wars.
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How do you call a “Director's cut/minority report/dissenting opinion” if it regards a report/book?

There is "Director's cut" for movies and "minority report/dissenting opinion" for legal issues. What do you call a (longer) report, where the author states some things a little (or very) different ...
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What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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Right Good but Left Bad [closed]

While examining the definition/etymology of the adjective sinister, I noticed its senses of EVIL, ILL-FORTUNE, and general inauspiciousness, as well as explicit references to the noun/adjective LEFT. ...
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Term for Bowing at the End of a Play

I'm looking for the best term (or phrase) to describe the act of bowing to the crowd while onstage at the end of a play or performance. I came by the terms "encore" and "curtain call", but I'm not ...
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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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Another way of saying “as if it didn’t even exist”

This will be the opening sentence for a book chapter, so please forgive me for being a little hypercritical here... And it's also an important statement: 'X' may be the most important invention in ...
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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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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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Is “Technical skills precisely” appropriate for a list of specific technical knowledge on résumé

If I am going to put the list of specific technical knowledge on a résumé, is it appropriate to use the term "Technical skills precisely", or is there a more appropriate term to use?
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Common antonyms to “happy ending”?

I know you may specify to something like tragic, open end to describe actually what the end is like. But do English critics/reviewer in movie magazines use a common term for movies with bad/evil ...
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English equivalent for “An ignorant child learns when it itches”

In my language, there's a saying which literally translates to "An ignorant child learns when it itches." It's a kind of warning that means If people refuse to realise the magnitude of a ...
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Single-word or idiom request to mean “overshoot the runway” and its etymology

In yesterday's Outfront anchored by Erin Burnett, she and one of the panelists exchanged the below conversation: Burnett: So, Van, Clinton was wrong technically in terms of there's been no ...
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Idiom for knowing every detail regarding a subject

Related question: Idiom for a person who knows every detail about something (which is also coincidentally asked by me!) I'm asking for an idiom describing the details themselves, not the person who ...
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Is there a term denoting the writing of words using numbers instead of letters?

Sometimes, more in some languages than in others, a word is spelled using one or more numbers instead of letters. Is there a term for this? The only example I can think of in English is se7en ...
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Something that is impossible but has happened [closed]

I would like to know if anyone knows the word for something that should be impossible but has happened. An example is the Big Bang Theory. It shouldn't have been possible but something happened for us ...
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Is there a single word or phrase to describe a context-less option for “manual” or “automatic”?

Is there a word (or a short sentence) that can describe category which includes Automatic or Manual as mutually exclusive options? Of course I mean without more context (if used, for example, to ...
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Phrase to means “something a hipster would like”

I've been trying to come up with a phrase that means "something a hipster would like" in the modern context. Cool and hip seem kind of dated, so what would be a good recommendation for a more modern ...
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Word of “let's split ourselves into teams”

"Let's X to play football" can I replace X with a verb (or phrase)? I was thinking of teamup (or is it team-up?) but I think it is used when we are already split and we want to be one team.
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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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Expression similar to 'freak out'

For usage like this: I freaked out when I saw that file was not there. Every time I talk to him, he freaks me out by his strange stories. What similar expressions can I use instead of ...
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What are other ways to say “virtually impossible”?

What are other ways of saying "virtually impossible"?
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Technical term for `avoiding responsibility` with decision-makers?

Suppose a parliament that tries to "outsource" their responsibility in various ways (they take the gains but not wanting to take the risks). Of course, the situation cannot last: risks and gains ...
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Better way to say “repeat sequentially”

I'm trying to say "it counts the number of times a given value repeats sequentially" in a list, meaning it finds the maximum number of times a value occurs in a row in a list. I know there's a word ...
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Term for someone who calls herself negative things that are not true

What is the correct term for someone who usually says negative things about herself (that she is fat,ugly or dumb) even though she knows that she is not?
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Is there a phrase(or a metaphor) that describes a person who has a restless mind?

I'm looking for a phrase that describes a person who always thinks about too many things at once and, therefore, looks(and acts) sloppy. Something like: "he has a swarm of vasps in his head". I can't ...
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An alternative to “something clicked in place”?

As per the title, I'm looking for a shorter expression that has generally the same meaning as "something clicked". Closest one I could think of was something like "enlightened", but that isn't too ...
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Word (or phrase) to describe someone who leaves out important pieces of information

Is there a word or phrase to describe a person, or at least the quality of a person, who tends to leave out important details when communicating? For example someone said "The store Costco is ...
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Need polite phrases expressing disagreement with the information/conclusions of another person, especially an educator [closed]

My classmate told me I should always say, "With all due respect," or "I politely disagree," when disagreeing someone - especially an educator - in order to avoid being perceived as rude. For example: ...
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What's a word or phrase for someone who has worked hard all their life

Someone who has been worn down by a harsh working-life?
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Word/phrase to indicate time occupation

If someone has a tight schedule or is a little strange, for the sake of politeness, I want to say him that I am not in a rush and you can take whatever time you need to answer me. Could you please ...