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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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What is a better way of saying the following- [closed]

I want to express "... our beliefs which are not necessarily true or rational affect of our perception ..." in a better way.
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Word for someone that doesn't like to pause while talking

I come across this quite a bit and it manifests itself in different ways. The situation I encounter the most is from people who don't seem to want to be interrupted, they need to finish getting ...
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Derogatory term for inconcise writing

I am looking for a derogatory word or short phrase to describe unconcise texts or the process of their creation, i.e., the text is redundant, overcomplicated and filled with irrelevant details or ...
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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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Does a phrase “I'm gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? [closed]

Does the phrase “I’m gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? Put simply, I want a phrase to have the same meaning as “I’m going to resign from further engagement in this matter”.
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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What is a good word that means “group of groups?”

If you have a bunch of groups of different things, and you group the groups into a bigger group, what do you call the bigger group?
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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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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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A little brain fart

What is a nicer, less immature saying? I love using 'A Freudian slip', but that is only applicable in certain situations.
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I am looking for a word for an abstainer from red meat

A number of friends of mine describe themselves as "Vegetarian" but then go on to explain that they don't eat meat—but do eat fish and poultry (plus, in one case, bacon). In my books this is ...
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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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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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Term for something that is supposed to increase safety, but really just increases fear?

Some examples: A news station giving daily "terrorist reports". It doesn't actually say how to protect yourself, just gives information on how horrible they are & why you should be afraid. A ...
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Word/phrase to refer to things you bring to a place to stay the night?

Example: We are going to a trip tomorrow and staying the night in a hotel. Don't forget to bring your [...]. I thought about stuff but I'm looking for something less ambiguous (it can be ...
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Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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Term for “Improvement During Isolation”

I'm looking for a term (ideally, word) to describe an event or its main participant. In military, athletic, or heroic stories a person may be set apart from others to improve. This question was ...
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The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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Phrase for when something only broken when you need it to work [duplicate]

Consider this scenario: Your computer is broken, so you call tech support. When they arrive to fix the computer, the problem is no longer present and the computer works as intended. Shortly after ...
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Is there a phrase or idiom for “being defeated by future problems”?

One needs to anticipate and plan for problems before starting a large project. What is it called when one becomes so caught up with planning for possible problems that one never sets out? ...
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What do we call questions which have a definite, known answer?

Is there a standard adjective or term which classifies "questions with a known, single, unambiguous, objective, and correct answer"? That is, questions like "2+2=?" or "What is the capital of Ohio?", ...
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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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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Expression for 'One who likes expensive stuff, luxuries, but lacks appreciation?'

What would be an expression for: Someone who wants expensive stuff; someone who wants luxuries, and who lacks in appreciation.
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Expression for 'One who cares about one's social rank'

What is a word or expression for someone who cares about what social rank they're in. Someone who wants to have money, something similar to ambitious? Vain is not the word I'm looking for.
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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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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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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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What do you call someone who gets along with children?

What do you call someone who gets along with children/babies? A simple example: He is such a ____, he makes all children smile. A single word noun would be ideal but a phrase is acceptable ...
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A word or phrase to describe documents that can expire

I'm looking for word or phrase that describes documents or credentials that by definition have an expiry date. Examples of such documents can be: Passports Certifications Licenses Credentials
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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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Idiom for “just because you give something a different name, it doesn't change what it is”

I'm looking for a way to idiomatically express the sentiment that just because you give something a different name, or precede it with a disclaimer, it doesn't change what it is, e.g.: "I mean this ...
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When a person is completely entranced by the monotony of - for example - a road

I remember reading about a psychological effect that can happen to - for example - drivers, when they are driving on a monotonous road, where they are completely entranced by the monotony of that ...
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What is the word or phrase for the revelation of finding a word for a concept you already knew but did not have the word for?

This has recently happened. I discovered Object Orientated CSS. I had the concept for a long time but had never had a title for the concept. Discovering this was a joy for me. Is there a word or ...
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Alternative colloquial expressions for “I thought” [closed]

When expressing how we misunderstand the others's expressions we often say "I thought ...". But, out of curiosity, I want to know are there any other expressions equivalent to the meaning of "I ...
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Aptitude to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily

Updating my resume and I am trying to make this "resume highlight" make sense. I originally had it written as "Able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily" but I was looking for ...
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Antonym (or dual) for 'anachronism'

I'm looking for a word or a phrase (preferably a noun phrase) that describes something current, which should not be still present, because it is kind of outdated, but is still around us because of ...
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An idiom for “beginning in the wrong end”

Say that in order to determine what B is, you analyze A. But then someone analyzes B in order to determine what A is. In my language, we would say that this procedure "begins in the wrong end". What ...
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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 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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Is there a word or phrase to describe the aging of graphics technology?

So I'm thinking of something along the lines of the idea of the "uncanny valley" in which technology reaches a point where it's very human/life-like but still "off" somehow, causing a revulsion or ...
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What's the US slang term for “following someone in a car”?

I heard this somewhere on YouTube and I wish I could recall where exactly. The person was recording himself from a dash-cam while driving, and when he noticed that a cop was following him, he said ...
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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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Phrase/word that is a synonym to “Question Everything”

What are some phrase/word synonyms for the phrase 'Question Everything'. My friend came up with nullius in verba, which I really like, and I was wondering what others are out there? Edit (from ...
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How would you describe: Read a book, but not cover-to-cover?

As the title says. I'm looking for a good word or expression for saying something like "I have read only several chapters from random location of the book, but someday I want to read from cover to ...
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Opposite of “to my credit”?

In writing a question for Programmers StackExchange, I wanted to write a sentence similar to "To my credit, I did foo, bar, and baz," except foo bar and baz are bad things so they are actually the ...
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Rephrase “Can I ask you?”

Is there a short phrase for "Can I ask you?" in the meaning that "I have a question. Do you have time now?". The motivation is that some people start answering "No, you can't" which is joke of ...
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What are days that are not present in all calendar months called? [closed]

Is there a term for days that are not present in all (Gregorian) calendar months? E.g. January has 30 and 31 but February doesn't. What are days like 30 and 31 called? update: The word, if it exists, ...