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Equality among multiple items?

When I have two items and they are the same, we can say that they possess "equality". Let's say I have three or four items and they are all the same. What do we call the quality that they possess? ...
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Specific word/phrase/idiom for the following scenario

I have a second cousin living at the end of my street, but we hardly meet. I plan to meet her soon and tell her to come out and go out for a walk. Could anyone suggest a phrase, word, or an idiom ...
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Why would you want to do that? [closed]

I recently shared with several coworkers that I wanted to go to a particular class. My coworker responded to me with the following question: "Why would you want to do that?" I responded with a ...
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Phrase similar to “friend or foe”. I want to the reader to ask themselves the question [closed]

I am looking for a phrase similar to the phrase "friend or foe". I have come up with "help or hindrance" but I am hoping you might come up with something else. edit - I am writing an article on ...
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I don't want to be repetitive. How can I replace 'I teach English' or 'I give lessons in English'? [closed]

I've tried to find some more expressions in dictionaries but with little success... How many examples can you mention to express this activity? Do you know any informal expressions which can be used? ...
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Other ways to say a project is ahead of schedule?

I'm looking for ways to say a business project is (or will be) completed ahead of schedule. Obviously, there are plenty of phrases for delayed or on-time statuses, but what are some phrases for ...
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Is there a word for the transfer of contact information (say giving a business card)

Is there a single word or phrase that can be used to describe: The transfer of contact data (ex: name, phone number, address, etc) (Optional) The connecting with somebody (in my sense on social ...
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Is this sentence correct English?

I am not a native English speaker. But I would like to know if the following sentence is correct? "Choose a password at least 6 characters long." Or should it be something like "Choose a password ...
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High level saying of the sentence “I don't just work for timepass”

Basically, I want to tell my superiors that whatever work I perform, I do it to the fullest and I do it efficiently. So I want to express the sentence: I dont work forcibly and for time pass. I ...
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One word/phrase describing hostel and mess management

I am currently involved in a project, where the system is required by an educational institute for managing students' hostel fees, hostel stay and mess charges. I am looking a suitable title for the ...
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A phrase for “Actions to do”

I want to list some actions that needs to be done and can't find a good phrase for it. I want to write something like: Now we're creating appropriate elements. Operational summary: 1. doing X ...
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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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Is “I need to deposit my checks” correct? [closed]

I haves a few checks and I want put them into my bank account. What's the approriate and natural sentence to describe my intention at a counter? Is "I need to deposit my checks" correct? What is ...
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Is it OK to say “There is no problem if you do it next week.”?

I need to reply to a commercial email where my "colleague" says that he we will do the job next week. Is it good English to say "There is no problem if you do it next week." ? Is there another way to ...
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Is the proper phrase “Be Discovered” or “Get Discovered”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be used? I am working on a website and I'm having a little difficulty selecting an appropriate ...
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Is there a technical term for what creationists call “macroevolution”? [closed]

The term macroevolution is often abused (see the section "Misuse" in the Wikipedia article) by creationists who are referencing the Biblical concept of immutable "kinds" of animals. Is there a word ...
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Shorter version of “is going to be”

I've just read question: Alternative to "is going to be" I got similar problem, but in my case I need to describe something that might happen in the future. The sentence is "Project ...
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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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How can I ask for a user's contact information? [closed]

We have an app in which users will win prizes, and we will be contacting them by email to send them their prizes. In the dialog requesting the user's email address, I've written this text: Please ...
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How would you concisely express 'the range of dates in which something is expected to happen'?

I need a conside expression for "the range of dates in which someone expects something might happen". For instance, I called John to ask him for a more precise period in which he estimated he ...
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Is there a word for the desire to care for an injured or vulnerable person or animal? [closed]

Specifically, I'm looking for a word or phrase that captures the feeling of wanting someone to need you to care for them, and feeling guilty that the desire implies that you want the other person to ...
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What's a phrase for abstract / eloquent / euphemistic prose?

I'm looking for a phrase like "transcendental language", but meaning eloquent rather than other-worldly. In particular, I want to refer to a [literary] sketch as "_ language". This sketch is A Gotham ...
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A phrase for critically important [closed]

Can you please help me to find an idiom/phrase that would describe something as being of high importance. e.g. These files are ... (critically important).
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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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Describing the preference of some time period's being closer to another time period that it forgoes [closed]

Just asked this question on "Christianity", but feel asked it in a very awkward way: Do we have any evidence that Martin Luther considered some individuals of the Roman Catholic clergy living in ...
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How would a king have phrased “I need to use the bathroom”? [closed]

With literary or historical references, what phrase would an English-speaking monarch have used to indicate to either their attendants or to their court that they were in need of using the toilet ...
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How to say about Master's Degree [closed]

I really need to know how to say that a person studies something in MA level. I need several phrases for this to have choices for various circumstances. Can anyone help me?
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Choose the proper variant to complete the sentence:

... misses the kisses, ... kisses the misses. A) An rejected lover, a accepted lover B) An accepted lover, a rejected lover C) A rejected lover, an accepted lover
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replacement for expression “there are.” [duplicate]

So my writing teacher hates the expression "there are" in essays. Does anybody know some good substitutes for this overused expression? Thanx ya'll, much appreciated!
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Phrase for “human handling time” [closed]

I want to say the product reduces the "human handling time" from 1 hours to 5 minutes. I googled "human handling time" (the whole phrase), but only 21 results are shown. What I should use to replace ...
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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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Phrase for status of association [closed]

"The work is done by Mr Miller at the X-Institute." "The work is done by Mr Miller pro forma associated with the X-Institute." Mr Miller really belongs to Y-Inc. and never set foot into X-Institute ...
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I need a word for the time just before some other moment. Like upon, only in reverse [closed]

I wrote a program that must add to some log entry (of some event) a note if event happened just before some other major event or along with it. And i cannot select a good word for this. This word ...
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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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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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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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Alternative idioms to “to put the whole matter into a nutshell”?

I need some alternatives to introduce summarization on the final paragraph of non-technical chapters or longer blog articles. Known terms like summary often sound a bit technical to me...
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Missing the trees for the forest [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking for an idiom according to literal translation I think I came up with a new phrase, similar to the devil in details. Appreciate if you find it applicable and ...
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Word to describe pushing a chair under a table

Is there a word or a short phrase to describe the action of pushing a chair under a table?
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Alternate word/phrase for “Screw up”/“f*** up”/“mess up” [closed]

If I want to tell something like : Let's not do it. It will _____ up the whole plan. Any of the phrases mentioned in the title can be used, but none of them sounds good. I'm looking for a good ...
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“You really take the biscuit!”

Is there an American version of “You really take the biscuit!”? As in taking the last biscuit, i.e. it's incredible how selfish you are.
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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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The opposite of 'Mutual admiration society' [closed]

When person A is talking about person B and wants to convey that they both like each other, they might use the expression "We're a mutual admiration society". If A wants to convey the opposite, that ...
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If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2? [closed]

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2? Back when I was in high school in the '70s, the #2 pencil was #1 in sales and in popularity. In 2014 it's still the hottest-selling pencil. ...