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Let's not throw money at lawyers

Is there an idiom for telling my client to leave the lawyers to one side and sign a contract later on in the process -- something like "Let's not throw money at lawyers at this stage"? Thanks, ...
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Word or phrase for when someone opens their arms wide proposing a hug

What's the correct way to refer to the action of one opening their arms wide to offer a hug? I've been thinking about "hug request", "hug proposal" and "hug offer" but none of these seem quite ...
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How do historians reference the people alive in a given century?

I suspect historians have a more concise way of referencing [[the people alive in the 17th century]] than people alive in the 17th century. Do they call them 17th centurians, for example?
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More concise word or phrase for “people who have been taken advantage of”

I’m hoping for a single descriptive word for “people who have been taken advantage of”, but a shorter phrase would be ok. These are people who now have a lack of trust and are in need of loyalty in ...
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What's a noun for the group of people who you're very close to, such as family, friends, relatives, and significant others?

If I wanted to describe all of the people close to someone such as their close friends, family, relatives, and spouse/significant other, how would I do so with one noun? The simplest 'noun' that ...
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How to express “consistently beat one's own record” concisely

This is for a write-up in an academic document stating accomplishments. I am looking for a term that is a near-equivalent of beat one's own record, exceed expectations and set new records.
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Upstairs/downstairs neighbors

I just moved from the suburbs to my first apartment building a little less than six months ago, and I was wondering how I could could concisely refer to all the other residents of the building. I can, ...
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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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Best Word for “Loyalty to an Alma Mater”

What word or phrase best describes a sense of loyalty to and/or support of an educational institution from which one graduated? Used in a sentence: Alice received her PhD from Foo State ...
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Adjective to best describe sense of helplessness

I am writing a small piece on the current financial and economic crisis, and I am looking for adjectives or short expressions that describe the sense of helplessness that seems to hang over many ...
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Non-pejorative term for behaviour that discriminates against people based on their birth place [duplicate]

A big theme of the UK May 2014 MEP elections is immigration - there is a great deal of political rhetoric about it that I would describe as racist or xenophobic, but I don't think either term is ...
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What is another word for “likes to try new things” [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who likes to try new things. Any suggestions?
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An expression for a numerical limit

I'd like to include all numbers below 10, and exclude all numbers above 10. So I'd like to ____ at 10. (make the cut? put the limit?) I'm feeling that the expression has to do something with cutting, ...
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How best to use the phrase “on the whole”?

Is the phrase on the whole used correctly in the following sentence? The information, on the whole, was inaccurate. If not, what other ways are there to express it?
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Word or phrase for the heir's heir

What is a more succinct way of saying "the heir's heir"? No-one says it like that so there must be a real word. I looked up the meanings of heir apparent and heir presumptive. Heir presumptive can ...
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Need help with the phrase “Travel broadcasting platform”

we're trying to develop the social media sharing platform. It is a niche-oriented application which is thought to resolve the needs of travellers during the trip. The content created during the travel ...
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What's the opposite of “from the outside”? [closed]

There are two ways of describing something: from the outside (how external entities engage with it), and _ _ _ (how it actually works). What's a phrase that could go in the blank, meaning "in the ...
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Word or phrase to describe someone who learns from another’s experiences

Context: I'm 22 years old, I am very bright in a logical way, my whole life growing up my parents struggled a lot, and I took that all in. I took in their worries and knowledge and now exercise it as ...
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What is “It’s me swindle” called in U.S. / U.K. / Canada?

In Japan, so-called “Ore-ore sagi -おれおれ詐欺"(It’s me swindle) is rampant. “It’s me swindle” is a fraudulent technique to swindle money from aged people, in most cases loving mothers, by calling them in ...
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What is a specific word for “loving a friend”?

In Italian, "to love someone" has two translations: amare qualcuno, meaning "to desire a romantic relationship with someone"; voler bene a qualcuno, meaning "to care for someone" (literally: "to ...
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Term for albums named after lyrics

Is there a specific word (or words) for albums which are named after lyrics of a song on that album? Self-titled or eponymous albums are named after the artist, while albums with a song of the same ...
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I want to use a definition from dictionary.com but I can't find it anywhere else.

My essay is about the Greek Tragedy "Oedipus the king". I want to use the term cosmic irony in a paraphrase but I am unsure whether or not it would weaken my argument. Since I can not find support for ...
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Latin for “to Hide Complexity” as Related to “to Abstract”

In computer science and programming we talk a lot about "abstraction" by which we mean to create ever "higher" level code to that accomplishes increasingly complex task with less programmer decision ...
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What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't?

And if they do it, they take 6 months rather than the 6 days he said he could but not necessarily specified that he would? My husband is a tow truck driver, so he barely has spare time as it is. He ...
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Asking very strongly

I have a problem, how to intensify asking for something without turning to loaded, negative begging. Two heroic fugitives run from authorities and find a temporary hideout. Then two other brave souls ...
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He looks younger than his age

He looks younger than his age. How does one say a guy looks younger than his actual age?
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Formal synonym for “badass” as a noun [duplicate]

This question discusses formal synonyms for "badass" as an adjective, but I am asking for a noun usable in a somewhat formal setting with the same connotation and meaning. A single word would be ...
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Distinction between pre-hire onboarding and post-hire onboarding [closed]

Wikipedia talks of onboarding as "the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders." And ...
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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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Is there a word or concise phrase for this word play?

Take this for example: In this video, at 1:04 to 1:10, the person goes on rapping with a rhyming word at the end of each line, but he pauses before the end of the last word and, being humans, we ...
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Is there a word or concise phrase for this type of question?

Some questions appear clear, but are deceptively difficult to define, and their answer is very sensitive to the exact technical definition of the question, in such a way that it renders the original ...
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Does a phrase exist that one uses to another person who is about to sneeze?

"Bless you" or "God bless you" are commonly used after a sneeze but does one exist (or was one once commonly used but no longer) when a person is obviously about to sneeze?
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Word for a person who wants to impose his rules everywhere or advise

My colleague has always something to advise, whatever you eat or play and he sometimes tries to dig out information from you and again advise on it. I just hate to get any feedback from him: if what I ...
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What do you call a person who is very fussy about weather? [closed]

A person who often says - This is too sunny or this is too cold.
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What are the terms for the parts of a comparative?

If I am comparing "thee" to "a summer's day", in other words comparing for equality a == b What are the proper terms that relate to a and b? I'd call == the comparator, maybe a the subject.. b the ...
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What is a word for someone who hates or fears nature?

I know that misanthrope is someone who hates other humans or humankind in general. I am interested to know if there is a word for one who hates nature herself.
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A word for the heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can't have

There is a phrase in French that exactly means this: "la douleur exquise" It literally means "the exquisite pain" and expresses the pain of wanting the affection of someone unattainable. I think it ...
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What's a word for someone who recruits new members and reminds people to take part in events?

In particular our student group/club in college has a new officer position that performs these duties, but we don't have a good name for it yet. "Recruiter" captures the first part, but it doesn't ...
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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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Word or phrase for “make someone see dreams”

Is there a better way to say "make somebody see dreams", e.g. in the sentence Don't make me see dreams when I know they won't come to be true.
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Word or phrase for “one needing to see it to believe it”

What's a word or phrase that could be used to describe a person who needs to see the evidence for a claim in-person before believing it?
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Is there an expression that means something bad as a precursor to something good?

If someone is the bearer of bad news you might say, Don't shoot the messenger. If you have something that seems unfortunate at first but ends out wonderful you might say it's a blessing in disguise. ...
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Is there a word for scrambling lyrics because the melody is repeated?

I'm a huge fan of the musical Les Miserables. Oftentimes I will find myself absentmindedly singing songs from the musical while I'm doing mindless tasks like cleaning. Since certain melody phrases ...
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A word or phrase for rigging a request or situation for failure (despite appearances to a third party)?

Imagine we have three individuals: Alice, Bob, and Carol. Bob asks Alice to write a letter to Carol asking for a favor. Alice wants Carol to refuse to do the favor for Bob, but for it to appear to ...
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What do you call someone interested in learning many languages?

What do you call a person who is interested in many languages? I think linguist and polyglot refer to a person who is already well-versed. I need a word for a person who is just interested and ...
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The fear of not seeing one's mother ever again

Is there a word to describe the fear of never again seeing one's mother (or at least any person)? I have already checked the list of phobias that Wikipedia offers but could not find anything that ...
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Looking for a phrase similar to “outlive” but in alcohol drinking context

I'm wondering if there is a phrase that has similar meaning with "outlive" but in alcohol drinking context. Example sentence: "I have a very high alcohol tolerance, I will [phrase] you all". ...
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Phrase required for “Defeated person is more dangerous”

In my native language there exists a phrase Injured snake A wounded snake is assumed to be more vigorous/dangerous. Are there any similar phrase/idiom/proverb in English?
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Where did the phrase “Holy Toledo” come from?

I was reading online and noticed this phrase in the comments. What is the origin of this phrase?
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Formal alternative for “dos and don'ts”

I want to write "dos and don'ts", or an equivalent expression, in a university essay. I am assuming that it is not very academic to write "dos and don'ts", so does anyone have a better way of putting ...