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Idiom for saying “You are making someone go mad/angry.” [closed]

First, a bit of context. Richard Stallman, father of the free software movement, has struggled all his life trying to explain that the "free" in "free software" is a "free" as in "freedom", not as ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long?

Sometimes after looking at a word for a while, I become convinced that it can't possibly be spelled correctly. Even after looking it up, sounding it out, and realizing that there's simply no other ...
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How should I phrase “Not only but also..”?

I am writing a sentence like so: "I bought the Dell laptop because not only did I find the price appealing but I also liked the the fact that the laptop had an integrated webcam." Is my use of ...
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Is there any idiomatic expression with the meaning “show all the hidden stuff”?

Which idiomatic phrase can be used to express 'showing all the hidden stuff' (it's supposed that nobody should find that out, some scandal things)?
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Alternatives to “computationally expensive”?

The current version of a sentence I'm writing has the structure: Computing [such and such] is the most computationally expensive part of [algorithm]. At the moment, I cannot think of a better ...
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Better phrasing for “year we started working with [them]”?

I'm making a database, establishing the fields where data is entered. The database stores a list of school systems that our company has worked with. So there's a field for the year we started working ...
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Which of the following two sentences is more correct?

Please help me with next: Which kind of sentence is more correct: a. We decided to present you Jim, Department Manager of Sam, as a contact person for ... b. We decided to present you Jim, ...