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The word for “professional system” or “task system”

I work with software engineering and in norwegian (I'm from Norway) we have a word, "fagsystem", which refers to a software system/application that is specialized to handle a certain kind of business ...
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What do you call activities you do to keep your curiosity alive?

Is there a single word for activities which you engage in to keep your curiosity or interest in a certain field alive? I mean is there some word that conveys the idea that the series of activities ...
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Word or phrase for mere coincidence that brings happiness

I wish to state that my exposure to a certain area was a mere coincidence, and I am happy about the area. Moreover, I want to convey the idea that the incident was like a fairytale, something no one ...
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How can I describe the age difference between myself and my sibling?

I'm having trouble trying to find a way to convey that I am x years older or younger than one of my siblings. For example, if I had a sister that's four years older than me, the first thing that ...
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Simple word/ slang for “Re-share a content”

I need a simple(commonly used/known) word or short slang(2 words max.) which means to re-share a piece of information with your network of friends. Something just like "Share" on social networks. ...
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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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Testing software by giving the output back as input

I want to apply an integrity test to a software by giving it input which is based on its output of a previous calculation. If the new output is then again the same as the previous output, the ...
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What is a better way to say “computer person with a lot of experience in multiple parts of computer-related areas”?

I am trying to create a concise 'title' for my experience working in the computer field. I have experience in multiple programming languages and multiple roles (manager, technician, programmer) and ...
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A better way to say 'every arrow in his quiver'

Is there a better way to say 'every arrow in his quiver'?
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What is the name of a pick-up-sticks or jackstraws pile?

Is there a specific name (a single word or phrase) for the pile, heap, nest, clump, cluster, configuration, stack or arrangement of sticks or shapes used in pick-up-sticks or jackstraws, when piled up ...
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A concise term for staking territorial claims

I'm looking for a word or phrase specifically used to refer to the act of placing a flag to claim new territory. I'm specifically referring to claiming land in the name of some sovereign, though a ...
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The phrase “were strong from”

I want to make a sentence like the following: His arms were strong from lifting weights. I'm not sure if it's grammatically correct though. When I googled "were strong from" only 3 pages came ...
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A term that describes the “shoulder angel/devil” but on a broader scale

I am attempting to find a phrase or word equivalent to "shoulder angel/devil", but on a broader scale, that does not only refer to the idea of "good" versus "bad". A shoulder angel/devil is a plot ...
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What is single word or phrase/idiom for “someone speaks alot but works very-very slow” [duplicate]

What is single word or phrase/idiom for "someone speaks a lot but works very very slow" for example.... someone said/planned he would do 100 task but actually finished less than 10 task
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What do you call this button-shaped thing?

I was changing the back light bulb on my car ,and I was struggling to unbutton this button-shaped thing . what do you call this button-shaped thing in English? It looks like a tack or a fastener. ...
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How do I replace the phrase “As of when…”? [closed]

I don't think this phrase is incorrect, but it seems awkward and I can't figure out what to replace it with! The sentence I am using is: As of when the man and woman take him in, his reaction in ...
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A clock or watch using a digital display to show an analog clock face

What is a term or phrase to describe a timekeeping device that uses a digital display medium to show the time by displaying hands, dots, or other indicators like an analog clock would? Examples: ...
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Word/phrase for changing applicability of something

What's the word/phrase to indicate that applicability of something has been changed. For example in a given scenario, how to announce " enjoy tool "A" in its new application" in the form of "---- of ...
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A word or phrase for the following: friends who contact you only when they need something or assistance [duplicate]

I am looking for a word or phrase for the following: friends who contact you only when they need something or assistance
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What do you call someone who solves puzzles?

What is a term or name for someone who is very adept at solving puzzles or situations that require though processing and logic. I ran across this question, however this only deals with crossword ...
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Term for a legislative bill not intended to pass?

Is there a term for a bill that is introduced in a legislative body with no intent of it actually being passed, but more as a form of protest or a game of oneupmanship or legal chicken? For example, ...
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Word or Phrase for a lie being told to force someone to do something?

Is there a single word or phrase that has the meaning of a "lie that is told to force someone into a specific course of action". For example, if someone tells you that a restaurant is going out of ...
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An idiomatic expression for: “not to be seen by someone”

Sometimes I have something to share, but hope that it can't be seen by my close friends or family. Is there a word, idiom , or a better expression that means: “not be seen by someone” An example: ...
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Phrase/Word for 'sitting on your toes'

In my writing, I have a character who has rushed across a room and dropped to his knees before a person he believes dead. He looks like this from the side: After realizing that the dead person is ...
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Question for which the asker intends a specific answer

Suppose your boss asks if you are willing to work extra hours for no extra pay, with the implication that the expected answer is yes and you will face repercussions of some kind (e.g. dismissal) if ...
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Alternative to the expression “sleep is the little death”

I thought this was a thing, that the expression "little death" refers to sleep and suggests that time spent sleeping is time not used for something else; one is, in a way, dead while asleep. ...
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Using gerund: “applying” or “on applying”?

In a mathematical paper my co-author wrote: "On applying s to the coefficients of the polynomials defining our variety X, we obtain a new variety sX". The anonymous referee suggested a correction: ...
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Idiom for doing “space age” stuff instead of what is necessary

What is a good way to call someone out who prefers doing the new, cool, and shiny thing over doing what is really necessary?
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Name for someone who believes that sciences is more than just descriptive

Some people believe that science can answer the 'why?' rather than just 'how can I visualize/model/interpret this?'. It's the attribution of a 'super natural' quality to science as is currently quite ...
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What type of marker is [sic] in a text? It is not an editor's mark, so what is it?

The marker "[sic]" is used in a published work to show that a word-usage or spelling is recognised by the author to be incorrect or unconventional. On the other hand, editors' marks (proofreading ...
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What is the feminine version of ‘macho’ or ‘machismo’?

A single word is preferable, but a phrase will suffice. I found this reference at dictionary.com. It suggests 'swagger' but I can't relate this to the Latin for 'feminine'. I am hesistant in ...
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Term when a brand name become synonymous of the product it produces [duplicate]

For example most of the people hearing "I really like my BMW" will understand than he is referring to a car whereas someone saying "I do enjoy my Lacoste" will leave doubts about what kind of ...
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Describing an unprecedented event with surprising result(s)

What's the best word for describing an unprecedented event that comes with surprising result(s), such as a new scientific achievement (e.g. journey to moon).
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Is there a term for when just by saying that something is broken and showing it to someone fixes the issue?

This seems to be a common enough occurrence that it would merit its own phrase. I imagine it might be some sort of subset of Murphy's Law. But it's specific enough that Murphy's Law doesn't quite ...
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Type of spurious reasoning which ignores other effects of a counterfactual

Consider a male athlete who is a reasonably skilled 100 metres sprinter, with a best time around 10.3 seconds. Probably not enough to make a career in track and field, but faster than the women's 100 ...
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Taste of one's own medicine: the logic behind the phrase

Is there a logical story behind this phrase? Because when looked at from a naive perspective, giving somebody their own medicine sounds like a kind thing to do as it would only treat their illness. ...
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Word or phrase that describes when a fictitious character quotes real writing/speech etc

Is there a word or phrase to describe when a fictional character quotes/references something that exists in the real (our) 'universe' (but can also therefore exist in the fictional 'universe'). Either ...
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My interest in 'x' CULTIVATED many years ago…?

Is there anything wrong with saying the following? My interest in Japan cultivated many years ago after taking part in ..... I initially used the verb stemmed as I want to indicate that it began ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked?

Is there a word or phrase (would prefer word) to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked. I'm not sure if this makes sense, but what I'm attempting to convey is that they are not outstretched ...
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Field Name for “positive, negative or neutral”

I have a Web form which allows users to give feedback, as a hazard, incident, comment or suggestions. I'm trying to work out what the best descriptive name for the "Feedback Type" would be, whose ...
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Adverb for 'within a short timeframe'

Please come by the Secretary's Office so we can solve your problem [on the spot]. What I want to say instead of the placeholder is that as soon as the person comes to the office (be it today or ...
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What is the most appropriate opposite of “Select All”?

Is it more appropriate to use "Deselect All" or "Select None" or some other phrase to indicate the opposite of "Select All"? Context: A toggle button in a piece of software that will select all items ...
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Idiom/phrase for someone who faced a lot of difficulties in life [closed]

I came across the Kannada saying "Benkiyalli aralida hoovu", meaning someone faced lot of difficulties in life. Is there an equivalent idiom/phrase in English?
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Latin for “to Hide Complexity” as Related to “to Abstract”

In computer science and programming we talk a lot about "abstraction" by which we mean to create ever "higher" level code to that accomplishes increasingly complex task with less programmer decision ...
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What's a phrase used to describe a “user defined” dream?

I have this strange ability to be able to control the events and environment in my dream. I know the term lucid dreaming means that you are aware of being in a dream, but this goes a step further. Is ...
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How to express “nice to hear from you” on telephone call in business situation?

I am expecting a call from a staff management company who will call me. I want to reply that I am happy that they call me. How do I say this in professional (british) english? Nice to hear from ...
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Word meaning “to convert into a numerical form”?

Let's say that one possesses some data or information that one wishes to map to some kind of numerical representation. I can't seem to come up with a word or phrase that describes it well. As an ...
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A word for someone who does not keep up with popular culture

Person A does not keep up with celebrities or popular entertainment. A knows that they exist, so I don't think sheltered is the right word. Also, would it be a different word if A tried to forced ...
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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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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 ...