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A phrase for the opposite of “getting over” something [closed]

I was speaking to a friend today. I jokingly told her: "Yes, I should speak Spanish, but I don't. Get over it." She attempted a witty response: "Get over it? I am. It's like I was never under it." ...
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A word that means the study of the human in relation to the animal and vice versa

I am looking for a word/adjective that can fit to describe the human and the animal in relation to each other. A word like 'zoology'does not quite work, because it means the study of animals ...
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Dichotomy… trichotomy… what about more than three cases?

Is there a synonym or (concise phrase) for a dichotomy when there is an unspecified number of discrete groups? The exact number is not known, so it is not suitable to write tetrachotomy, hexachotomy, ...
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Is there a general word/phrase for bias against a group? [closed]

I think prejudice is too general. The definition Google gives me for prejudice is: "preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience." - it doesn't specify that this preconceived ...
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Technical Term Specifically for Multi-Example Rhetoric

I'm looking for a technical term to describe a rhetorical device. The device I have in mind is when multiple examples are used to support a claim. (See the addendum for specific instances.) My ...
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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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What is an antonym for the term “straight-A student?”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies stupidity in the context of academics in the same way the term "straight-A student" implies intelligence.
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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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A word or phrase to describe a plan that helps people achieve their goals?

I've created an online web form. The web form has a step-by-step guide which asks the user to provide a detailed answer for each question. Once the user has finished the form their feedback will ...
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Word/phrase for a story in which time passes between scenes

Stories like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn often have large time gaps between narration. Days, weeks, or even years might pass between chapters or scenes in stories such as these. What word or ...
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What's a more common term for “penny jumping”?

In securities trading, we have a particular term which I think has broader applicability, so I'm seeking a more common (or at least more universally comprehensible) term for it, that I can use in ...
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Diplomatic word to express having difficulty or finding it unpleasant working with someone. [closed]

I'm filling out a feedback form for a senior colleague who I've been working with, I want say something like Last year I had some difficulty working with John, but since the start of the year ...
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Is there a concise expression for 'as it exists today'?

Especially in the context of a situation that is anticipated to change in the near future. As in: An analysis of the subway system capacity, both as it exists today and after upcoming ...
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Synonym for overdoing something/taking too wide an approach

I'm looking for an idiom or a synonym for a situation when someone has taken a heavy handed measure that achieves the desired effect, but also goes above this, affecting things that aren't a problem. ...
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Phrase request for 'Choice Robot'

There is a phrase in Turkish Tercih Robotu(Choice Robot) I need the English word for it, let me explain what it is. In Turkey before going to any university you should pass through a set of exams ...
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“Neither-nor” as an adjective?

I'm reading in a newspaper: "He is a neither-nor judge." Is the phrase correct?
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Word/phrase that means “the sound that is produced when objects are being moved by a stream”

Is there a word/phrase for that? Example: I closed my eyes, and listened to the [...] stones.
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term for the review of available technologies

I'm looking for a phrase analogous to "literature review", but referring to the review of technologies available to solve a particular problem. That is, what would I call the process of comparing the ...
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local knowledge of the territory

In business language, how could you say: local knowledge of the territory? As in: The company has a deep knowledge of the territory, i.e., logistics, suppliers, clients and people knowledge, etc. ...
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The penny dropped slowly

In Germany we have the saying "der Groschen ist gefallen", which exists in the English language, too: The penny dropped. But there is also a variation for slower thinking, "der Groschen fällt ...
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What is the correct way to phrase this

Which is correct way to say: We request the account to be closed. we request the account is closed.
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Idiom or phrase meaning “satisfactory in all abilities”?

Is there a possible idiom or phrase in the following context that means satisfactory in all abilities? For example, lets say someone knows three languages: English, Spanish, and Korean; however, ...
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How to correctly express an intention to work on a certain day instead of working on another day?

How to say "I will work on Saturday instead of working on Tuesday" in a more natural fashion? I guess the verb will be constructed like "work or make" + "out or off or ?", but what is the exact ...
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What's a term for a motivational phrase?

What is a term for a motivational or inspirational phrase that one repeats to oneself? For example, in the movie Cars, Lightning McQueen psychs himself up by saying to himself: "I am speed...I eat ...
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What's the phrase for food burning and sticking to the pan?

When cooking neglectfully, food sometimes burns and sticks to the pan (or pot, or whatever one is cooking in). What is this phenomenon called in English? Darn it! The spaghetti <stuck to the ...
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How to end a resolved support ticket email? [closed]

What is the best way to word an email meant to close a "help desk ticket" submitted via e-mail? For instance, Bob sends an email to Support Team with a problem. After the Support Team solves the ...
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“Rent income” or “Rental income”

My understanding is that "rental" is a word implying that income is being received from a property one owns and leases to a tenant. "Rent" is used more in the sense of what a tenant pays a landlord. ...
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Can we say that X is “indifferent between” two possible courses of action?

It strikes me as odd to use "indifferent between" rather than "indifferent to", but am having a hard time rephrasing the sentence so that it includes both options. The structure of the sentence I'm ...
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School students are instructed, self-taught students [self-study?]

"You will be instructed" "I have been taught for 4 years" To "You will [self-study?]" "I have been [self-learning?] for 4 years" Both seem kind of clumsy. Is there a better word ...
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Word to mean 'seek through, one element at a time'

I'm looking for a word to describe the process that a computer program performs when searching through a dataset bit by bit. I had believed the word parse ('to parse through the data') was ...
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Word for unverified confidence without ambition

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe the condition of someone who is fairly certain he could do _______ if he were to set his mind to it, but who has absolutely no intention of ever doing so. ...
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How to express “some place for children to play in restaurant or other public”?

I found some translations but am not sure if there are better and shorter alternatives: "children playground" — I am thinking about a small place inside, not a large playground; "corner for ...
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Is there an idiom beginning “when a dog is cornered”?

Is there any saying in a complete sentence including “a dog which is cornered”? I have tried to find a complete one, but there seems to be no one. Actually, what I want to know is how to explain the ...
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Trouble coming up with a good starting sentence for an essay [closed]

I am writing an essay for class and I want to write something about my power-lifting regimen. The problem is that I can not come up with a good starting line. Every thing I come up with seems clumsy ...
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Single word or two or any substitution for “collection of movie titles” [closed]

I am writing software to manage movies and TV shows which contain the list of titles seen by you. I need some name for it resembling something like: "list of movies" "personal movie collection" or ...
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“Apply filter” or “apply filters” [closed]

In a search user interface for an application a whole bunch of settings can be used to create a filter. A button with a label is meant to kick off the processing using the filter defined by multiple ...
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“Guess the animal” or “Guess what animal it is”?

A child is talking to another child: "Hey! Guess what animal it is. It is white and black and has a long neck." or "Hey! Guess the animal. It is white and black and has a long neck." ...
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More eloquent word or phrase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a less offensive synonym for “retarded”? Can anyone please furnish me with a word, or short phrase, that would eloquently describe a person who has ...
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High School learning address

I must insert in my curriculum my high school studies. Well, nothing bad with this,unless for a small thing. I attended High School in Italy, My school was not a technical school but what we call a ...
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What is an expresion for “getting older in appearance”?

"The children in school grew up so fast. They, like their parents, went about their professional career. In a flash they became gray and grizzled, and were getting tired of life." Is there a ...
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A site where human bones have been discovered

Is there a shorter way of saying "other sites where human bones have been discovered"? I mean a site that is not a burial site, e.g a person has an heart attack, falls down on the ground and dies but ...
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Section title for explaining where a subject fits into a field of study

A car is a form of transportation. But so is a bicycle. When a paper is discussing where a subject (say the car) fits into such a system and contrasting the car with the bicycle what should that ...
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A word or a phrase that encompasses TV shows and movies [duplicate]

I want to think my friend for always providing me with quality TV shows and movies. In my native language there is a single word that describes both of those things. What is the English word or ...
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A verb to describe the development of a wish

I am a non-native speaker. Consider a couple whose wish to have children only recently has ... Well, what? What verb should I use to describe the development of a wish? developed sounds to formal ...
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Word/Phrase if you assume someone guilty for not denying an irrelevant claim

Is there a word/phrase for Person A in a conversation like this: Person A: "Are you from this country?" Person B: "Why does that matter?" Person A: "So, that is a no..." Person A asks an ...
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What do you call a person who believes technology is a panacea?

When Someone: Strongly believes that technology can address (nearly) all issues facing humanity, possibly to the exclusion of other means. Exclusively or predominately Favors/promotes technological ...
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expressions meaning to risk death [closed]

I am looking for expressions roughly synynymous wtih 'to risk death'. The following are some examples. Can you think of others? to risk one's life to put one's life on the line to flirt with ...
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A dream in which I remember “real” events

I wonder if there is a word to describe a dream in which my conscience bridges reality and I remember real events in my dream world. I recently had a dream like this. It was not a lucid dream, ...
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Opposite of a requiem [closed]

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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What's a word that describes acting coldly to hide the fact that you are hurt?

Someone who acts cold and impassive to mask the fact that they are actually hurt. I've been trying to come up with the word for hours, but came up with nothing.