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what is it called when someone talks about something they dont know about [closed]

What is it called when someone says something inaccurate about something they know nothing about??
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Word or Phrase for Indirect Verbal Deception

Is there an English word or phrase which describes conversations intended to be overheard by others, which primarily contains misinformation meant to be believed by those who overhear? Example: ...
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Term for situation where alternative choice is not really one [duplicate]

What would you call a situation where the current one sucks but you have a 'choice' to an alternative, however the alternative is not really one. Such as, "Sure living in an area under a ...
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Phrase that means a sequence of projects, each of which builds on the previous project.

I'm writing a proposal in which I describe a series of small projects/experiments. The projects start out small and basic, then the subsequent project builds on the results from the prior project. I ...
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A phrase or a word for not practising what you are preaching [closed]

Can you please tell me the word, term or phrase for not practising what you are preaching. Also, if possible, the word, term or phrase for someone who does so. I am not looking for hypocrisy or ...
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Is there a word or phrase that combines the meanings of 'inlet' and 'outlet'?

I wanted to tell a friend that I've discovered a new social outlet, but then I realized it was also an inlet. I was wondering if there's a word or phrase that combines those two meanings. Something ...
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What is the verb for receiving a licence? [duplicate]

The verb for granting someone a license (such as a copyright license) seems to be "license", as in "we licensed the software to Foo". What is the verb for receiving a license? Also "license"? As ...
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Expression denoting exclusivity

Can anyone think of an idiomatic expression in English to show how exclusive something is? What I'm looking for is an expression that will instantly communicate to a native English speaker that only ...
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Synonym for “stop at nothing”

What is a synonym for "stop at nothing"? Example usage: I stop at nothing to deliver ideal and timely design solutions.
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I need to reword “best face forward”?

What is another word/phrase for "best face forward"? Example usage: What first attracts us to a business is its visual appeal— so why not present your business with its best face forward?
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What do you call the protruding square structures on the top of a tower? [duplicate]

Here's an example: It's not a tower but the structure is exactly the same. I'm referring to the four 'tooth-like' juttings on top of the tower structure attached on the left of that bridge. What do ...
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An English idiom for “solve a problem that has been solved”?

In Polish, and I believe in a number of other European languages, there is an idiomatic expression which translates to "to force a door which is already open". It is used to describe a situation when ...
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Opposite of “Save” with respect to saving in a list

I'm developing an application where with the ability to browse items and save them for later. The behavior is essentially a user will look at items, and if the items are not present on their list I ...
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“pros and cons”, “black and white”, “ups and downs”. Always in a fixed sequence, is there a word or phrase for these?

Is there a word or phrase for two nouns or adjectives joined by a conjunction (usually "and") in a fixed sequence? alive and well fast and furious hat and gloves pen and pencil ...
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Word for “making something more tolerable?”

Example: We created art and entertainment to distract us and to [...] life. What's the word or phrase to use in a situation like this? The only thing I can think of is 'to soften up.' But I'm ...
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Word choice for hierarchical groups of data: data point → data set →?

A data point is a single unit of information. A data set is a collection of data points (also known as a data series). Is there a word for a collection of data sets? I don't simply want to use ...
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Phrase for targeting surface level problems?

I'm looking for a phrase that describes trying to fix problems caused by underlying issues, with the result of compounding the issue. I usually call this "targeting surface problems rather than root ...
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Is there a word for the act of butchering a language for the sake of a joke?

My friend and I (may or may not be the same one from my other question) were chatting the other day and we came to a discussion about the idiom tit-for-tat. tit-for-tat (informal) a tit-for-tat ...
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Is there a noun or adjective for someone who makes trite remarks as if they were new and original?

Usually at the end of a speech, as if such remarks were fresh, and special for the occasion, e.g. I've said it before and I'll say it again: hasty climbers have sudden falls I'm against all ...
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Is there an antonym for the idiom “…remains to be seen” [closed]

I was using "...the truth remains to be seen" in a sentence when I realized I meant the opposite of this. I'm looking a phrase antithetical to this idiom, that follows the same (empirical) line of ...
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Hypernym of “move” and “copy” [closed]

Is there a verb to describe an action that can be either "move" and "copy", but in a single word/phrase?
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Gaining a skill after some amount of time (while not actively practicing the skill)

This weekend I decided to master a song I recorded. The last time I spent time mastering a recording was well over a month ago. Before, I had no idea how to use an equalizer - I looked up a bunch of ...
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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 any phrase or word to relate time, location and event? [closed]

I'm working on a research paper, I need a word or phrase which is related to users' location, time and event. If there's isn't exact word or phrase then any best fit would also work out.
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Which sentence is most suitable in the context of history? [closed]

The day of sorrow becomes the day of happiness. The day of sorrow changes into the day of happiness. The day of sorrow turns into the most peaceful day. Detail context: The day when one country ...
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What's a formal/proper way of saying “the exact opposite”? [closed]

I am writing a mock memo for a university assignment, addressed to a current professor. Thus, the general tone and genre of the letter is definitely formal. I am trying to say the following: (The ...
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What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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Way to ask interviewer (/speaking examiner) to repeat slowly its question [duplicate]

The accent of a speaking examiner is sometimes difficult to understand completely. Asking him to repeat his question is a delicate action that should be handled correctly, in my consideration. ...
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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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I need another way of saying 'does the talking' [closed]

I'm coming up with a tagline for my business – 'Where flavour does the talking'. I'm basically trying to get across the idea that flavour is the main focus. Any ideas?
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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 not ...
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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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Perspectived or Perspective-Based [closed]

I want to use a word for showing that a different perspective from all possible perspectives is considered in something. Should I use perspectived or perspective-based? For example, should I use ...