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Word for a certain type of “quiet agreement”

I'm looking for a word which means a particular kind of feeling, of "quiet agreement". Not being a poet, this feeling is difficult to describe in general. But I can give an example where this has ...
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A formal way of saying 'rub it in'.

I am trying to find a formal phrase equivalent to the colloquial expression'rub it it.' rub it in (informal) if someone rubs it in, they keep talking about something that makes you feel ...
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How to say “I met someone”, but not in the romantic way [closed]

I sometimes start stories with "I met someone who (...)" or "I met a man who (...)". Being a woman, people often seem to think there is something romantic about the meeting even though that was not ...
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What do you call a person who doesn't believe in something but still saying things about it? [closed]

What do you call a person who doesn't believe in something but still saying things about it? For example let's say Mario doesn't believe in God (he is an atheist) and something bad happens to Mario ...
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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 a word for making something or someone confess?

I am seeking after a single word for describing "make something or someone confess". Apart from a single word, welcomed are also idioms.
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What are some words I could use to call someone who is not good at work? [closed]

I asked this question because the other question on workplace.se. I realized that "enemy" is not the right word to express my idea. I was working with that person for about a year. He was bad at ...
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What do you call devices which passed the test successfully?

Say we have two lists (or two buckets. whatever is easier for you to imagine) List of the devices under testing. List of the ones which passed the test successfully and moved from list (1) to list (...
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Best Word for “Loyalty to an Alma Mater”

What word or phrase best describes a sense of loyalty to and/or support of an educational institution from which one graduated? Used in a sentence: Alice received her PhD from Foo State ...
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Idiom for “don't put me with somebody together in the same sentence”

I am looking for an idiom used when people say that you are as good/bad as somebody, but you don't agree with it because you think you are not on the same level as them, or that you are way better ...
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Other words or phrases for “Little Black Book”

I'm trying to find if there are any other words or phrases that have a similar meaning to Little Black Book. More looking along the lines of a word or phrase to mean a list or book where you keep ...
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Someone sociable who prefers a quiet environment when outside

Someone I know who is fairly sociable, prefers unbusy (i.e no crowds) environments when they're outside. They prefer to go, say shopping, in the late hours in order to avoid other shoppers. Or they ...
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That 'limp wristed hand thing': how do you write it?

I want the words to describe that gesture in which the forearm is usually held upright, and the hand is allowed to drop-limply(if that clears things up)-at the wrist. The verbal phrase 'wave an airy ...
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Is there a better name for this than “emphatic and”?

In semi-poetic writing, I have had occasion to deviate from the standard prose list practice (interpose commas or semicolons between items, with an "and" preceding the final item), by utilizing a ...
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Word for describing the emotion of helping someone

I am looking for a word which describes the emotion that one experiences on helping someone (friend, colleague, family, stranger). This helping out is not in the context of charity, but more of as ...
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Expression for “resource paralysis” - can't do anything because you have too much?

Is there any word, expression or proverb for the condition or state where you can't do anything because you have too much? I have heard a professor of English refer to this as "resource paralysis" ...
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Is there a term for a word inside another word?

Is there a term for a word that occurs unbroken within another word? For example, the word "fun" in "funeral", or "drag" in "hydragog". The closest thing I could find from my search was the term "...
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How to describe the various ways in which one can experience something?

I'm looking for a word that means "The various manners in which one is able to enjoy, gain fulfillment from, and/or experience a given activity." For example, you could say "The <filler noun> ...
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More concise words for “Ask for help and learn from others”

I’m looking to summarize an idea into as few words as possible — to make it as concise as possible. The idea is to ask others for help (putting ego aside), value others’ input, listen to others, learn ...
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“Renewal meeting”?

What do you call a meeting which has the goal to renew the delegates/members of an association/organization/board? Renewal meeting/re-election meeting? Or is assembly the word I'm looking for? I just ...
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What is another phrase for “start here”?

I am looking for words and phrases with similar meaning to "start here" or "get started". The thesaurus is not helping because I'm not looking specifically for synonyms of "start". I want a phrase ...
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Is “at a time” correct?

I would like to find a way to express the meaning of "at some time". For example: I think everyone has his study or working rhythm at a time. This rhythm varies for different person, and may be ...
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Idiom to express that there is no more hope for something to happen

Example situation : I have been waiting for the admission results. The result is declared and I don't have my name in it. Still I check every other hour if it has changed to include my name. Then my ...
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What's it called when someone does his work at client's home

People of some occupations usually do their work at the specifically equipped facilities. For example, you go to the barbershop to get a haircut or you go to the dentist, when you have a tooth pain. ...
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Single word/idiom for a changed man

Here is my story. 10 years ago today, my dad said to me, "I want you to become a better person." before he passed away. I was a bad boy hanging around with bad boys damaging things and fighting with ...
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Is the expression “in seek of” acceptable?

Is this sentence correct, or are there better ways to express it: In seek of an ideal start for my career, I am applying for the PhD program at your school. Am I using the wrong verb here, ...
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Opposite of “reach a settlement” in a lawsuit?

Is there a common phrase for the opposite of reaching a settlement in a lawsuit? That is, is there a common phrase for going to court and having a judge reach a decision?
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A word that describes an opportunity for significant influence on culture or society

I am looking for a word that describes a significant opportunity to influence based on a unique confluence of events or timing. More specifically to significantly influence culture or society.
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“Sensual / likes physical pleasures” without sexual connotation?

Looking for a word or expression to describe someone who's very into physical sensations, liking things varying from climbing, to baths, to working with their hands. "Sensual" is the closest word that ...
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Is there a neat expression for this situation?

I'm stuck for an expression that describes this example, which is similar to a "self-fulfilling prophecy" but is more complicated: Someone claims, falsely, to be a dentist. Someone who likes ...
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A person unaware his confidence exceeds his talent [duplicate]

So, yesterday, I got this text message from my own mother: Now, after laughing for a good 5 minutes and then racking my brain for half a day, I still don't know how to help my mom insult this guy. ...
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A word for people that have the same characteristics

Is there any word or combination of two words that describes two persons with the same characteristics.
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What is the job title of these municipal officers?

In some countries, specially in Asia, some vendors spread their stuff for sale on the ground (upper picture), and thereby cause trouble for the pedestrians comeing and going. For preventing this, ...
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Word or phrase for someone who does not think far into the future

I'm looking for a word or phrase for someone who does not think about things far into the future. They may only see what is possible in the immediate future, say a year or so, but they do not consider ...
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Respectful way to refer to people with some disabilities

In the context of usable security (related to computer science), a major challenge is to provide security means in such a way that all of the people including those with some disabilities (e.g., ...
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Is there a synonym for “day” that can go with “at night”, “at dusk”, “at dawn”? [closed]

I need a word (ideally) or phrase that means "daytime" that can be used in a sentence "the event happened at dawn/dusk/night/day" "The event happened at day", and "The event happened at daytime" don'...
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Is there a word or phrase for the concept of “thinking something bad happens more often because it's reported more”

That was probably a horrible title, but those length limits are killer :) An example of what I'm talking about: Statistics show that overall crime rates in the USA have been trending downwards for ...
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Phrase for habitual scoffing at someone & then asking for his help

In our cultural language we say that he always spit & then lick the same spot... at least something like this. However, can I get some convenient phrase for such a person habit.
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Idiom or word for a very heavy thing

There is an idiom in Turkish for describing very heavy things: "Heavy like a dead donkey" (Eşek ölüsü gibi ağır). In English, there is a dead weight but it is not quite similar. Also, it has two ...
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How best to use the phrase “on the whole”?

Is the phrase on the whole used correctly in the following sentence? The information, on the whole, was inaccurate. If not, what other ways are there to express it?
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A word or phrase for rigging a request or situation for failure (despite appearances to a third party)?

Imagine we have three individuals: Alice, Bob, and Carol. Bob asks Alice to write a letter to Carol asking for a favor. Alice wants Carol to refuse to do the favor for Bob, but for it to appear to ...
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What is the meaning of 'the food chain'?

The OED confirms my long-held suspicion that the original use of the term 'food chain' is becoming supplanted by an altogether different meaning. The term 'food chain' was used extensively in the ...
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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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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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Does a truism need to be true to be a truism?

I frequently hear people quoting widely-used idioms or proverbs as if they are fact, simply because they are used frequently by many people. For example, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Can ...
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English equivalent for a Portuguese saying on “bad company”

In Brazilian Portuguese, we have: "The bird who goes around with a bat wakes up hanging upside down" Original: "Passarinho que anda com morcego amanhece de cabeça pra baixo" The literal meaning ...
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Better English equivalent for “set of methods”

In the philosophy of science, there are three terms which are used to describe three different related notions. In both Polish (pl) and German (de), these three terms are unique such that there is no ...
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How do I phrase “remote work” better?

I am helping my father write a report. The report summarizes the work undertaken during the consultant’s technical assistance missions to Statistical Agency of Kosovo and remote work during the ...
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Word for person always after what he does not have and not cherishing what he has [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Term for “constantly unsatisfied soul” Is there a word for a person who is always after what he does not have and does not cherish what he has? If not, any ...
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Alternative for “all for one, one for all”

Looking for an alternative idiom/phrase, etc. for the titular term. Any idea?