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How to find a word to fit a meaning?

I need to find a word that would have a reasonably close meaning to: a collection of facts and arguments used to arrive at an explanation [of some (thing|concept|idea|...)] More generally, I ...
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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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Is there a name for how the Irish use so, so?

There is an Irish English structural usage of the word so, that is I think unique to Ireland. Are we going to the cinema, so? Where is the dog, so? The word so is unneeded and seems to mean ...
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Origin and usage of the phrase “my son”

When I was watching the movie documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11", one of the interviewed lawyers told Michael moore "sit down, my son". After that, I just couldn't stop thinking about this phrase, and how ...
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A phrase to show that something is deeply personal

The context here is that I'm translating from Spanish a phrase which has a wonderful suggestion of deep intimacy. I want to keep the translation as literal as possible but also to maintain the emotion ...
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Name of the used mins during time other than night and weekend in cell phone plan?

My current cell phone plan includes 200 minutes, and free calling at night (from 6PM to 7AM) and on weekends. Is there a term in the mobile industry to mean the minutes used during time other than ...
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A word to describe a subjective yet natural feeling about something

What is an adjective to describe something that I have an indirectly feeling about how I should do it but am not sure of and have no concrete evidence for its correctness. It's like an intuition. For ...
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Analogue of “most recent” for events in the future

In the context of a listing of events that are time-based, it is common to use "Most Recent" to describe a listing of events ordered by date, in descending order, with the upper limit being today's ...
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Technical term for `avoiding responsibility` with decision-makers?

Suppose a parliament that tries to "outsource" their responsibility in various ways (they take the gains but not wanting to take the risks). Of course, the situation cannot last: risks and gains ...
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A phrase for ignoring the disparity at a low level, while seeking commonality at a high level

I'm having a hard time describing the phrase I'm looking for, so I think the best way to ask the question is to simply present the problem. At work I've been tasked with merging the guidelines (the ...
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Word for “best person in a group of bad people”

What do you call someone or something that is the best in a group of bad people or bad things? For example, a prisoner who is the best in terms of behavior in the prison, even though we know that all ...
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A word or phrase to describe people who are practical and “care more about themselves”?

What is a word or phrase to describe people who are very practical and shrewd, and more concern about achieving their goals rather than looking at softer sides such as friendships, etc? It is more ...
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What do you call it when some group is feeling self-satisfaction by praising themselves?

What do you call it when some group of people is feeling self-satisfaction in praising themselves, even though others don't think them praise-worthy?
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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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What do you call it when a name/word is better known by a pejorative?

A while back, the US Congress passed a bill called the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. The bill quickly became known as “Obamacare”. During the time prior to when cannabis was made ...
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Have I graduated from a master's course?

What is the correct phrasing to tell the people that I have successfully obtained a master's degree? I want to convey the idea that I have had all classes and defended my dissertation. BTW, is ...
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What do you call the question type in a quiz game where you have to order the answers?

What is the proper name for these type of questions? These are the questions like the 'Fastest Fingers First' questions in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Can you call them 'ordering' questions or ...
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Transportation fee + Lunch money =?

My son goes out for the day every weekend, so I have to give him transportation fee and lunch money every time he does so. I'd like to know if the above sentence sounds natural to native ...
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What's the phrase for things that get better with age?

What's the phrase for things that (seem to) get better with age? For example: JJ Abrams Star Trek is to TNG as Lucas's prequels were to Star Wars.
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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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Phrase for a problem that seems impossible, but actually has a simple and obvious solution?

Daniel M. Russell poses what he claims is a deceptively simple brain teaser in his blog: What short 4-word idiomatic phrase (in English) captures [the] idea of a problem that seems impossible, ...
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Looking for words or phrases to fit the idea of this form of hierarchy

I'm using text as follows to categorize some information. It goes from the general to the specific much as is done in libraries with books. languages/english/spelling science/biology/genetics What ...
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Is this slogan proper English? [closed]

We are a group of web developers, creating our online presence ... We chose this slogan, "Web passionate young powers at your service" Is this proper English? Does this hold any "contempt" ...
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liking/disliking people or choosing friends. Freedom of …?

I want to tell my old brother that he should give the freedom for his son to be friends with, like or dislike, whoever he wants to. What freedom is that? Is there one word/expression that I could ...
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Listing two opposite opinions in an academic paper [closed]

My spouse is writing an academic paper about artificial intelligence. She wants to list some arguments that support the idea that a certain algorithm is intelligent, and some arguments that resist ...
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What's the word for two people who like/love each other but neither one confesses it?

Two people like each other or are in love but neither one has expressed it openly, so they each wonder about the other and consequently frustrations might begin to build... What's that called? EDIT: ...
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Is there a simpler, more poetic term for “the detritus of animal life”?

Forensic scientists collect DNA from cast-off bits of people such as skin cells, blood, and hair. In many magical traditions, such as Voudoun, bits of a person can be used to direct a spell - blood, ...
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What is a clear and precise way to describe a plan to build a system based on a particular COTS product?

I am writing an experience report about a recent technology consulting engagement. The intended audience is not necessarily familiar with consulting, the bidding process, or even particularly ...
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Is there a word/phrase/idiom for temporarily satisfying strong feeling of hunger?

Imagine a situation where you've been invited to dinner at a friend's place. You're extremely hungry but you learn that the dinner won't be ready for another half an hour. So you decide to eat an ...
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What does “being skinned alive “mean exactly? Is it a well-established phrase?

There was the following sentence in the article written by Maureen Dowd titled, “Where the boys aren’t,” sketching the life of Dolores Hart in New York Times February 19 issue: “I had no idea that ...
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a word/couple to express eagerness to win

Winning is a thing that is supposed to happen during an event. Before the event, of course, there are many competitors eager to win. I need a nice word or phrase to express eagerness to win — but ...
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Is there a term for simultaneous snow and rain?

I'm from Australia where we don't have so many kinds of precipitation. I'm familiar with these: rain hail snow sleet As I understand it, sleet refers to frozen rain but I'm not totally familiar ...
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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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A word or phrase to say something reminds or hints or brings up another idea

I want to tell that something reminds/hint us of another thing. For example, in an application, a sorting method used in it has similarities to bubble sort but not completely the same. In this case, ...
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Alternative expression to 'free from' meaning to disassociate oneself from something bad

Can anybody provide an alternative expression to the phrase 'free from' meaning to disassociate oneself from something or someone bad? For example, a company manager commits fraud and the deputy ...
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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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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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It's so cold that if it rains it'll snow

I want a replacement for rains in my title, as it doesn't really make sense since it won't rain, it will snow. I think I could use precipitates but I wouldn't use that in conversation as it seems ...
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Idiom about tackling smaller problems instead of tackling the root [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Phrase for focusing on unimportant details I'm trying to find an idiom about tackling smaller problems instead of tackling their root cause. For example, Instead of ...
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Ways of expressing the lack of ability to refrain from doing something

What are the ways of expressing the lack of ability to refrain from doing something? The only one I've found is help + ...ing. For example: She can't help singing along when she hears this tune. ...
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Is there a synonym for lazy with a positive connotation?

Is there a word or phrase to describe someone who is willing to do extra work in the short term to avoid work in the long run? I have seen "lazy" used for this, but I'd like to know if there's a more ...
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How do you call a “Director's cut/minority report/dissenting opinion” if it regards a report/book?

There is "Director's cut" for movies and "minority report/dissenting opinion" for legal issues. What do you call a (longer) report, where the author states some things a little (or very) different ...
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Two word phrase to refer to community of people who come together to exchange knowledge [closed]

I need a two word phrase to refer to a community of people (academia + non-academia) who come together to share/exchange their knowledge/ideas openly on topics of their interests/ specializations. I ...
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An expression with the meaning of “don't care” and “do not make a ceremony of”

I wanted to explain to a seller on online auction to pack the item with care because it can be damaged in transit. I looked for the right expression to say that our postal workers sometimes don't care ...
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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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Replacement for ‘at the example of ’

I’m currently searching for the title of my research thesis and I can’t find a good phrase. I did a “Systematic Analysis of fruit growth” in a generic way and additionally applied the analysis to ...
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How do you say in English to “Declare something ownerless”?

What is the act of making something ownerless? All I've seen is to "declare something ownerless". However, in this statement one isn't so much as announcing as he is transferring something property. ...
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How to describe the sound of the English language as spoken by someone with Asperger's Syndrome? [closed]

I've heard many people say that individuals with Asperger's Syndrome seem to have a distinctive way of speaking the English language. I've heard descriptions such as "The cadence of the words is ...
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Is there a word or phrase for a choice that ultimately leads to tragedy?

Examples of decisions that ultimately lead to the downfall of the deciders: Troy accepted the gift of the Trojan horse Aladdin doesn't immediately free the Genie when he is told he will become ...
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Phrase choice - phrase to describe exodus of meaningful celebrities from Australia [closed]

Most meaningful socialites seem to leave Australia, leaving us with celebrity cooks and celebrity hairdressers. (eg Elle McPherson and Savage Garden going to London etc). What's the phrase to describe ...