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Diplomatic word to express having difficulty or finding it unpleasant working with someone. [closed]

I'm filling out a feedback form for a senior colleague who I've been working with, I want say something like Last year I had some difficulty working with John, but since the start of the year he'...
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A better phrase for 'construction of mock-up objects by following historical recipes'

I'm looking for a better phrasing for use on a poster describing a scientific project. In this project, we will examine recipes of varnishes and lacquers from old recipe books. We will follow these ...
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Term to describe fictional texts written in a non-fiction style

The term "creative non-fiction" is the opposite: a non-fiction work expressed in a fiction style, such as a historical novel. It may be a little less common, but is there a general term for the ...
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Expression for distance relationship between observer and object?

I am looking for a word or expression, that describes the specific distance in the space that lets the observer appreciate and completely understand the object of observation. For example, when one ...
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Term for the reverse of hijacking a meeting?

When someone says hijacking a meeting, it usually means that someone has made the meeting all about his/her agenda. One time, I was invited to a meeting to talk about "ABC", but they only discussed ...
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Alternatives for “I told you so.” [closed]

Sometimes, "I told you so" is expected by the target. What if we want to surprise them with another famous phrase which would deliver the same message, perhaps with more intensity. Sometimes, "I told ...
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Word or phrase for a scam-like enterprise based on ignorance

I've noticed a spate of schemes to raise money on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and through more traditional avenues that involve claims that are essentially physically impossible. A rudimentary due ...
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So [X] it's [opposite of X]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the specific type of word-play or idiom in these examples:: The movie Rocky Horror Picture Show is so bad that it's good. Chinese Crested ...
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Admits the following description

I have a question about the sentence "The evolution of a process admits the following description". I checked then the phrase "admits the following description" in Ngram Viewer and found no ...
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The attachment has “already been sent” or has “been already sent”?

While writing an email to my finance, I tried to convey that i had previously sent the referred attachment. Is there terminology that signifies a previous "File Attachment" Could anyone please ...
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More concise word of phrase for “to turn into a process”

I'm looking for a more concise way of describing the process of turning something into a process. Often we have tacit knowledge about things we do frequently, sometimes called muscle memory. What do ...
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A word (or expression) which means paying someone with counterfeit money?

Just as shortchange means cheating someone by giving insufficient money as change, the word I am looking for means cheating through counterfeit money. There are words as simple as deceive, bilk, ...
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Word or phrase for a person who sets their watch forward to prevent being late?

My aunt does this. She sets her watch 15 mins early because she knows that she is chronically late all the time. Is there a word or phrase specifically for the act of setting your watch forward with ...
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Someone who just thinks they know what they're talking about

What is a word or phrase that means a speaker (or writer) is talking about something they know very little about, but they think they know more than they do? An example: If you read diet message ...
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Word or Phrase For Someone Who Overreacts Against Wrong Source

The word or phrase (I prefer a word but a phrase will certainly do) I am looking for would describe someone who reacts without thinking and thus attacks something which is not the true source of the ...
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Word or Phrase for “Easily Swayed”

What word or phrase best communicates the idea that a human (or other sentient being) is easily swayed, particularly between moral good and evil? Words I have found that are close are: ...
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A dream come true - is it correct

I was confused by a company slogan I saw, and that made me wonder: Is it correct to write "a dream come true"? If I was the one writing it I would use "a dream comes true" but is the initial form ...
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Another (perhaps humorous) term for “The Gold Standard”

Gold Standard as in: an example against which others of the same type are compared - http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gold%20standard Any other humorous ways to refer to this? ...
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A word or phrase for “The problem solved itself”

Whenever we close a support ticket at my company, we note the resolution to the problem so that future technicians can see what we did to solve the issue. We also send the resolution to the customer ...
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Word/phrase similar to bluster

I am looking for a phrase similar to bluster. Something like “he saw her ???? fade away”. I'm looking for a phrase that describes fake arrogance or sizing somone up and trying to show them that they ...
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The opposite of 'Mutual admiration society' [closed]

When person A is talking about person B and wants to convey that they both like each other, they might use the expression "We're a mutual admiration society". If A wants to convey the opposite, that ...
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Annoyed that new way to do something is broken and have to go back to perfectly good old way

Is there a name for that annoyed (yet slightly ashamed for being annoyed) feeling you get when the new and improved way of doing something breaks for some reason and you have to go back to doing it ...
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Word that means “private word used by a group”

Here's an example: a group of my friends has a term we invented. It's a verb that means "to pronounce over-correctly", used of a word borrowed from another language when that word has a common ...
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What is the word pronounced at 0:48 in this video? [closed]

In this video, there is a word that I try manage to guess (I'm french), but in vain. At 0:47, he says: "there is this X that all software developers are the same." What is X? I understand that the ...
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Is there a common term for source and destination? [closed]

Background: I'm trying to come up with a name for a database column. This would store the source or destination of funds in a multi-part financial transaction.
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A 'polite' way to say that someone is fat [closed]

Can you help in finding an adjective or expression that you can use to tell a persons that they are fat or overweight in a as neutral as possible way. The overweight person in question is very ...
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Is there a term for an anniversary that falls on the same day of the week as its original date?

An anniversary refers to the yearly recurrence of a date of an event. However, being an incredibly sentimental person who also takes notice of all sorts of minor details, I find myself placing ...
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More than “partially”, less than “completely”

I am re-phrasing several sentences in a manuscript we are preparing for publication and I have come across a sentence I am not quite happy with. Without going into the details, the sentence is about ...
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Word for phenomenon where people listen mainly to sources confirming their points of view

I recall there is a word for the phenomenon that people listen mainly to sources confirming their point of view. For example, some people will listen to Fox News whereas others will watch Democracy!...
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What's another word for “house owner”? [closed]

Is there a neutral term that means "owner of the house"? By neutral I mean words that do not suggest superiority, e.g. "landlord", "land owner", etc. Note: "innkeeper" wouldn't work because it ...
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Short, Politically Correct word for Native Americans [closed]

No more than four syllables, more PC than Indians. EDIT: I arbitrarily chose four syllables because any more seemed like a mouthful. I like to be PC and not have to stumble over 6+ syllables.
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How to call an email address for email-based submission to a blogging site? [closed]

Many online sites generate a customized address for you like CAeporFsks2373454-submission@myblogging.com. You may write an email to that address and what you write in the body of that email gets ...
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What do you call devices which passed the test successfully?

Say we have two lists (or two buckets. whatever is easier for you to imagine) List of the devices under testing. List of the ones which passed the test successfully and moved from list (1) to list (...
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“We” meaning a group of people that I am not talking to and myself [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase to express the idea of a group of people and the speaker, collectively, where the group of people is explicitly not the people who are being spoken to? For example, consider ...
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Phrase to means “something a hipster would like”

I've been trying to come up with a phrase that means "something a hipster would like" in the modern context. Cool and hip seem kind of dated, so what would be a good recommendation for a more modern ...
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This Company is the Driving Force of / Behind our success [closed]

Which will be the correct form? Driving force behind our company OR Driving force of our company Thanks.
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Is there a term or adjective to describe this plot device?

Imagine you are watching or reading a work in which a certain amount of suspension of disbelief is required (such a work is typically science fiction or fantasy). And then, out of nowhere, comes this ...
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Term to describe “revenge through sexual intercourse”?

What term can be used to describe someone who, to take revenge on or extract payback for (perceived) past wrongs done them by their (unfaithful) romantic partner, goes off and has casual sex with ...
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What is the most pejorative phrase we can come up with for soccer foul fakers? [closed]

You know the ones: association football player flailing on the ground in world-class screaming agony; yet the TV replay shows he was not even touched – and it's an Oscar performance bid. 60 seconds ...
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English equivalent for this German term “Salzamt”?

In Austria, we sometimes jokingly say: Beschwerden ans Salzamt! Complaints to the Bureau of Salt meaning that it is not possible to appeal a decision, or that it is simply useless to ...
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A phrase for “to get heavily involved in something”

I'm looking for a phrase or an idiom meaning "to get heavily involved in something" or "to become passionate about something" where "something" could be a hobby, lifestyle, a music genre etc. One ...
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How to say succinctly: “An opinion which is ‘shareable’ and agreed upon by many”?

How would you express the notion: ‘overall many would share that opinion’, more succinctly? For example: It is generally agreed upon that "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". ...
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Short phrase for something that is recognised but not identified?

I've had a long discussion with people on the differences between recognizing a face in a crowd (I know I've seen that person before) and identifying the person you see (That's the waitress from the ...
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I need another phrase to replace “to be a part of helping the program grow.” [closed]

I have great passion and love for the Music Program and would love to continue to be a part of helping the program grow.
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What's a word for doing something eagerly despite the pain? Especially in the context of eating something hot or spicy

I'm looking for two words: Specifically, is there a word to describe the activity of eating or being compelled to eat something despite its hot temperature or spiciness? The second word I'm looking ...
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A more effective way to say, “Sorry, I was wrong” [closed]

I need an expression for the following context: I had been insisting on an issue, (believing in good faith that I was right) but later realized I was just totally wrong. What is the most effective ...
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An idiom for a stupid action which is beneficial in the end, or for the person who performed said action

My friend works for an investment firm, and his colleague mistakenly double-submitted a long bid for stock on a very risky day. The entire firm was on edge the whole day, watching the stock price. In ...
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Synonym for “scheduled” or “queued”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe a support ticket status that says "we are aware of this issue, and will look into as soon as we can", as opposed to "we are looking into this right now". ...
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Is there a verb for remaining silent?

Dutch has the verb zwijgen, which means remaining silent. Ik zwijg means I remain silent or I say nothing. It is also often used as an imperative, similar to shut up. I have been discussing this ...
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What metaphor or phrase can describe an object that is aesthetically pleasing yet totally useless?

Is there a conventional metaphor or phrase that just hits this meaning:good-looking yet useless?