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What is a phrase for movie theaters that show few-month-old movies at discount rates?

These are theaters that charge maybe $3-$5 for tickets and show movies that are 3-6 months old. I don't know of any that are "big chains" like AMC. I've heard them described as "discount theaters", ...
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Another way of saying “it doesn't always pay to be right”

Someone was wrong about something. I explained to the person very kindly and with "social tact" how they were wrong and why the right answer was, in fact, the right answer. Subsequently this person ...
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What do you call the wooden bridge-like structures that make up a harbor?

I’m referring to this: https://www.portseattle.org/Marinas/Harbor-Island-Marina/Harbor%20Island%20Large%20Image%20Viewer/Harbor%20Island%20Marina%20110706_06.jpg (I added a red arrow.) Example ...
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How else can I say “Mary would be well served by…”

I'm giving feedback/advice to an individual and need to express it in a non-directive, non-prescriptive manner. While it may seem a passive approach, the context is very delicate. An example would ...
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A phrase to describe the idea of 'high literature'?

We have terms like 'high culture' and 'high art'. They are used to describe things deemed of a higher quality, or held in higher esteem, than products of popular culture. We also have terms like 'art ...
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Which one is better (or correct) expression? “go up 5 percent'” or “go up by 5 percent” [duplicate]

I ran into some curiosity on some expression just like, A) It took me a day to go up 5 percent. B) It took me a day to go up by 5 percent. I think the B is right, but someone is sometimes using the ...
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Term for “brain-watering”

A mouth can water, but what does a brain do? I'm looking for a term that implies intellectual thirst, as when one has worked all day at a mindless task and only wants to read a novel, or essay, or ...
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Another word for “A relationship of causality/ cause-effect relationship”

I am not sure if "cause-effect relationship" fits in this context. I have looked for better alternatives but I couldn't find one that fits here: So far, this chapter has provided an analysis of ...
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How do I tell my brother that he needs to wake up early tomorrow? [duplicate]

How do I tell my brother that he needs to wake up early tomorrow? Tomorrow we are having breakfast together. Or Tomorrow we are going to have breakfast together.
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Make someone run out of patience

If you keep trying someone's patience, eventually they will run out of patience and do something to punish you. What is your "negative achievement" called at this stage? You have managed to make some ...
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Name for inexhaustive “or”, which doesn't cover all the cases?

Is there a name for a use of "or" that doesn't cover all the cases, such as We could go to the beach, or go climbing ... Where there are more activities than are listed.
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Is there a term to describe a woman that looks at men purely as objects of sex

The term "pig" is colloquially used to describe a man that looks at women purely as objects of sex. Is there such a term that describes a woman that looks at men purely as objects of sex?
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formal way of asking help & information [closed]

i want to write an email to professor to get an information about result of shortlisted candidates in university. what is formal way to ask him to "let me know".
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A more appropriate phrase regarding a thesis than “putting forward”?

Do I... "put forward a thesis"? "propose a thesis"? "put a thesis forward"? "promote a thesis"? "promote the thesis of X"? "present a thesis"? "raise a thesis"? ...
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Are there English equivalents for “as beautiful as butt inside out”?

There is an old saying in Ukrainian folklore, which literally sounds like “[someone is] as beautiful as ass inside out” (“Гарна як срака навиворіт”). It is used when one wants to point a person's ...
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Need another phrase for fit in (as in a group) [closed]

What other word or words can be used to replace "fit in"? E.g. "I believe I will fit in with your organization."
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Word/phrase like Schadenfreude, but a feeling of comfort or satisfaction?

I am looking for a word or excellent, catchy description for a situation in which a person (A) feels a sense of satisfaction at another (B) having to obey the same rules as them, and the suffering ...
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Looking for concise and precise terms for feedback rating options

I am designing a user reputation system that will be an essential piece of an online marketplace for peer-to-peer item rentals. The user reputation system is based on the collection of feedbacks given ...
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Looking for a shorter term for “Preferred places to meet”

I am working on an online platform (mobile and web apps) that enable item lending/renting between peers. When a user posts an item for rent, he needs to put down his preferred places to meet for item ...
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what will be a good artistic world or phrase for close cooperation for mutual success

what will be a good artistic word or phrase for close cooperation for mutual success.The cooperation of two parties (one with stronger power, second with weaker power, but huge dedication) where each ...
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A novel/book equivalent of the term off-screen

Off-screen can be used to describe events in a movie or tv show. For example, "Harry's father dies off-screen" What term or phrase can I use if I'm talking about events in a book? "Harry's ...
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A linking word that expresses contrast but in a positive context

Is there a linking word that expresses contrast but in a positive way in this sentence, I have thought of ( Fortunately) but am looking for something more formal This fact raises questions as to how ...
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Is the phrase “Thank you for your effort” is the best way to praise someone for the help he giving me? [closed]

Let's say that I'm doing my daily labor, and it's a pretty hard work in general. And someone offer to help me, without I that asked for it, and surprisingly that person invested in that job a lot more ...
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Giving false information in good faith

Kayla and Rob are good friends, and they also happen to be taking a class together at a community college. The class is very small, so the professor knows all of the students by name. One day, Rob ...
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What words would complete this thought on religion? [closed]

...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____. What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow? God of his faith or ...
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Is there a word in English that essentially means “I” or “we” in formal context?

In Swedish there is a word, "undertecknad", which would refer the author of a piece of text. It is an expression used in formal context when you try to objectify yourself (and avoid saying "I") out of ...
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Another expression for “drinking behavior” or “drinking habits”?

In other words, a member’s drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers’ drinking behavior. To avoid repetition of drinking in this sentence, I need either one word for ...
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Word that includes laptop, tablet, smartphone etc

What's a word (or phrase) that includes laptops, tablets and cellphones (or similar portable electronic devices that resemble a computer)? I would prefer it to be a short (and intuitive) term. For ...
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To forcefully do something you're not supposed to do

What's the correct verb to say to forcefully do something you are not supposed to do or to attempt acts in the attitude of 'just go for it'? Here, "forcefully" does not necessarily mean physical ...
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Alternatives to “says quickly”? [closed]

What are some alternatives to "says quickly"?
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Is there a simpler or better way of saying “promises that hold no meaning”? [closed]

Is there a simpler or better way of saying "promises that hold no meaning" or "promises without meaning"?
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Is there a word or phrase for walking into a room to get something but then forgetting what you went in there to get?

I'm fairly certain this has happened to all of us at some point: You go into a room to get something, but once you're there, you can't remember what you intended to get. It seems like a specific, ...
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What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?

A classic example: In the opening scene of Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke and Mowbray seeks the adjudication of the king. They hurl accusations of treachery and cowardliness at each other. They ...
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Opposite of “dive deeper”

"Rise/Ascend shallower" doesn't have quite a nice ring to it. Optimally using two words! Also, I don't necessarily mean by swimming. One should be able to apply the phrase to both swimming ...
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What is an appointment with friends called?

Suppose that my wife and I talk to another couple and set a time to go to the beach with them and spend some with that couple over there. What is this arrangement and its time called? Can it be called ...
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How do describe items where one action was done one more time compared to another action

I have items that can be installed and uninstalled. I have a list that contains all the items that were installed one more time than they were uninstalled. My first guess to describe the list is: ...
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Is there a word or phrase for helping someone when you are better equipped than them?

Is there a word or phrase for doing a favour or helping someone because you are in a better position than they are to get it done? For example, it would take me a lot longer to herd some cattle than ...
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What does “in the name of…” actually mean?

Whats the meaning of the phrase; "In the name of"? For example : whatever you ask in my name, Ask in my name. Oxford actually has an entry for the phrase, but it doesn't seem to match how it's used ...
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Johnson has a lot of influence on film producers.He is intellectual. (Find the mistake) [closed]

What is the mistake here ? And what is the different "alot" "a lot"
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Semantic term for ~one-way exclusive~? (vs. mutually exclusive)

Assume for a moment that a large group of people believe that film noir and neo-noir are mutually exclusive film categories. For example, if Chinatown (1974) is to be considered neo-noir (made after ...
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Something that is impossible but has happened [closed]

I would like to know if anyone knows the word for something that should be impossible but has happened. An example is the Big Bang Theory. It shouldn't have been possible but something happened for us ...
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A Word for Sharing an Unpleasant Experience [closed]

Is there a word for that moment when you experience something unpleasant and feel obliged to share the experience with others? For example, you taste something horrible and try to encourage others ...
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Idiom for new-employee training period

There’s a certain amount of time that organizations apply to new employees who are undergoing training. What’s the idiom? I’ve heard spin-up or train-up time, but neither of those two is clicking as ...
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Phrasing that suggests one instance of an event is on a given topic

A colleague of mine is preparing certificates for participants in a two-week educational program. Just to be safe, I'll use fake details which are hopefully equivalent to the real ones: let's say this ...
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Word or phrase for fearing arrest/detainment/blame having done nothing wrong

I believe I'm not alone in this, but I get a sensation when I encounter someone who is in a position of power (relative to me) that the person will find me guilty of an infraction of some sort, ...
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Word for the fear of getting a haircut?

The other day I met someone who was scared of getting a haircut. I was trying to think of a word to describe, but I couldn't think of anything. I couldn't find anything online either, so I decided to ...
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Concise Way to Say “Small Tasks can be as Important as Big Tasks”

I need a concise way to explain this idea: Doing the small and easy tasks can be as noble (or more worthwhile) than doing the hard tasks. Examples: 100 people can be more effective by ...
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What do you say to wish your fellows a good lunch? [duplicate]

It's lunch time, you joined a table with people, you are about to start eating, but just a moment before you do so, you want to wish everyone a good lunch. If they were French you would say: Bon ...
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English equivalent of saying “Don’t get in between the nail and the flesh”?

The saying “Don’t get in between the nail and the flesh” from my own language is typically addressed to someone who likes to provide unsolicited help by barging in on a heated conversation between two ...