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Usage of the verb to provide: a particular sentence

I got stuck on this sentence: "Classes are often written to provide similar functionality to other classes". (Classes are a programming concept, something that, you know, provides funcionalities..) ...
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Is there a SPORTS PHRASE [in particular, one relating to “soccer”] similar to “make sure all our bases are covered”?

The expression mentioned in my question’s title is a baseball reference, of course, which I fear could potentially limit its understandability to only those English speakers who are familiar with that ...
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Umbrella term for words like indifference, neglect, deafening silence, ignorance (as in not care), disregard, insensitive, cold shoulder, inaction

I have been trying to research and catalog words that describe phenomenon related to an attitude or state to things that involve neither superficially positive nor negative immediate impacts (or does ...
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Is there a word or phrase meaning “using the character limit to the maximum”?

I know there is a word for getting exactly one result in the SERP of google. But is there a word for making a comment here or a tweet that exactly fills the permitted space? I.e., a "0 (zero) ...
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Does the “she was found in violation of…” <-> “she was violated” equivalence have a name?

This is a follow-up to this question: Why is "violated" being used as future perfect with a person as the object? At that question, it was established that there is a jargon/slang usage of ...
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Phrase for hosting or supporting children activities

Is there a phrase or word that would fit the activity (verb or noun) of hosting or supporting an activity for your children etc. Such as coaching the soccerteam, or perhaps just taking them to a party/...
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Leaving someone with lots of questions in mind

I am after a single word or maybe couple of words that we usually use to describe the situation when someone leaves us with lots of questions in our mind. For example (this is not the exact scenario):...
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What non-religious expressions can I use instead of “Thank God”? [closed]

I'll give an example to help: Someone suffered a car accident, but physically the person is OK. So I say, "Thank God, he/she is fine."
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Alternative to “own time”

Is there a word or phrase that describe the time you take of from your home or family to do an activity for your own pleasure. Such as a beer at the pub with old friends, going to the movies with a ...
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What's a word for setting up a mechanism to prevent you from doing something in the future no matter what you may say or do then?

Suppose I've a tough exam tomorrow and I plan to study all day. Knowing that I'm usually great at procrastinating, I ask my family members to keep a tab on me and to do whatever is necessary to bring ...
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What would be the phrase or proverb or idiom for “A robber is recognized or appreciated by a thief”?

What would be the phrase or proverb or idiom for "A robber is recognized or appreciated by a thief"? For instance, a jailbird criminal is supported/helped/appreciated/awarded by a corrupt politician ...
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Name of ideology where 'thinking of something wrong is actually wrong'

I am thinking of the name of some kind of ideology where in a world where by the mere fact of thinking of doing something that is wrong causes you to actually be in the wrong. e.g. In a ...
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Word for killing off or attempting to kill off an entire bloodline?

I would like to know if there is a word or phrase for a systematic campaign to annihilate every descendant of a particular ancestor. We have the word 'genocide' for killing off an entire race, and ...
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What do you call tiny underdeveloped segments of an orange?

Sometimes after peeling your orange, you notice that there are also some underdeveloped segments inside it (figure 1), or at its base (figure 2). What do you call these tiny, underdeveloped segments,...
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What would be the word used to name a person who is a professional video sharer?

I have been wondering recently, mainly because of my recent site proposal on Area 51 named "YouTubers", what the word to name a professional video sharer is. For YouTube it would be "YouTuber". If I ...
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What adjective to describe this moral idea is “better, higher” than that idea?

In the story I am writing, a villain says that his "moral solution/idea" is "better, grander, more shining, more moral" than anything in the world. What word or phrase could I use to describe that ...
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What do you call the home in which you grew up and spent most of your childhood: father home, mother home or what? [duplicate]

Your native country is your "motherland"/ "fatherland", the land of your ancestors is your "fatherland" and your first language is your "mother tongue". What do you call the home in which you grew ...
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My coworker and I were trying to solve a problem — we both tried two different things at once that only worked because of the other's attempt

Each solution to the problem we were trying to solve would have independently failed. We were each trying many different solutions at the same time. We each happened to try a solution that worked, but ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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To be a reference in a skill/topic

I am struggling on how to say when someone is an expert on a certain topic or skill. Because it is not exactly the meaning I intend to give. What I really want to say is like: "When you want to know ...
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Word for “other-sense”

Is there a word for the ability to sense something someone else is feeling? Kind of like the opposite of autism?
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Is there a term|phrase for a grading assessment that counts the best m of n?

I'm assigning weights to different course assessments. Assessment Weight ============================ ====== Assignments (best 5 of 8) 50% Mid-term exam 20%...
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Word for something needing maintenance

I need a word for an item in a game which is not actually damaged but needs maintenance or servicing (preemptively replacing worn parts ...), like they do on airliners after every so many hours of ...
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Another word for “tricked”, but NOT in a negative context

The sentence I am trying to use this in: Hopefully, having understood the terms above will have also tricked you into a better understanding of [irrelevant and arbitrary complex subject]" The ...
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Idiom for being forced to dig your own grave?

Suppose that a team of people is laid off but is asked to temporarily stay to train their replacements. Is there any idiom that would describe people in such a conflicting situation? "Digging their ...
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Concise phrase or term to express “There are no plans to address or implement this suggestion”

For an online issue tracker of a programming language, which takes community suggestions, I need a one to three word 'label' to mark suggestions and proposals which the core design and development ...
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“You are set up” or “you are setup” [closed]

“you are set up” or “you are setup” Which of these forms is correct in the sense of “you (or your account) is ready” ?
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What is single word or phrase/idiom for “someone speaks alot but works very-very slow” [duplicate]

What is single word or phrase/idiom for "someone speaks a lot but works very very slow" for example.... someone said/planned he would do 100 task but actually finished less than 10 task
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What is a less vulgar, but informal phrase for “talk a lot of s***”? [closed]

For some reason the phrase "talk a lot of stick" is coming into my mind when I think of a person who talks a lot of shit, but I couldn't find anything when I Googled it. Is there any phrase which ...
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What's a word for someone with low level of knowledge in an area, and no intention of going further?

Over on Photography Stack Exchange, people often describe themselves as "beginners" or "newbies". Nothing at all wrong with that — in fact, it's great. Both of these terms have the implication of ...
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What is a phrase or word for 'not logged in' state?

On a website, if you log in, you're in a logged in state, if you then log out, you are in a logged out state. What do you call the state before you have ever logged in to a site? Is it correct to ...
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What to say if you understood someone after he or she gave more explanations?

Yesterday one of my clients asked me a question and I replied his email but today he again repeated his request and I understood that yesterday I've got it wrong. Therefore I now need to assure him ...
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Looking for a word or phrase for realizing a failure only after a long time

There is a kind of situation that seems to occur somewhat commonly, that goes something like: Figure out some way to handle a particular situation do it regularly, and make a habit of it, as it ...
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When you're angry at a situation but there is no action you can take

In a situation where you are so angry at something, but there is nothing you're able to do, and you quiver/shake, what is the word or phrase I'm looking for. An example would be if a group of people ...
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Is there a “left-right” counterpart to “upside down”, “inside-out” and “front to back”?

(Source: Merriam-Webster) Inside out in such a manner that the inner surface becomes the outer - turned the shirt inside out Upside down in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are ...
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Word or phrase for wanting someone to fail, but only for the lesson it will bring

I am looking for a word or phrase for wanting someone to fail, but only to teach them a lesson. It's not easy to explain. For example, when you tell a child, "Don't run down the hill or you will fall,...
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Communicate a *feeling* of impossibility

I need a word or phrase that communicates the feeling of impossibility without communicating a literal impossibility. Example: Due to the incessant noise sleep was impossible It is not truly ...
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What's a word that describes many individuals working together to form a whole?

For example, there's a massive group of fish that all move as one. What would you call the whole group of fish? Or as a better example, a brain is made of trillions of neurons working in concert. ...
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Is there a word/phrase for “reliable in the long run”

Was wondering if a word or phrase that would fit in the following context: Global warming is an increasing threat to us today and forest conservation is the reliable in the long run way to combat ...
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“Tell me which is your favourite one” or “Tell me which your favourite one is”? [closed]

in a situation where I'm showing three pictures to someone, what is grammatically correct to say (and with what difference in meaning)? Tell me which is your favourite one. or Tell me which your ...
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Term or Phrase for evidence converging or overlapping on one possibility?

I'm trying to find a term or phrase that will be widely understood to refer to a range of evidence and possibilities when all put together pointing to one or a few specific options. Imagine twenty ...
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Relationship Questions

What is it called when you're living with your boyfriend/girlfriend but you are not married yet? What is it called when a couple decides they don't want to get married but plays the role of a married ...
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What is the equivalent of Persian idiom “When the reed blooms”?

In Persian, we say "When the reed blooms" when we want to express that an event: Never happens. (This is only the opinion of the speaker so it's not a fact) It's very unlikely to happen. It's going ...
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Is there a term for when an illness itself prevents the patient from obtaining a cure?

A challenge to curing patients is that sometimes the illness itself prevents a patient from taking a cure. Some examples: Depression - lack of motivation and negative thinking prevent the patient ...
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Looking for a word to describe ineffectual people who would like to be effective

I need to create names for four categories of people - people who score either high or low on measures of environmental concern and pro-environmental behaviour. I have three sorted so far: High ...
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To win by a lot

The Football players were magnanimous enough to compliment their opponents, even though they won _______. Is there a word or phrase that falls along the lines of "windfall", or shows that the ...
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A phrase for selecting multiple options with mouse button down

In a desktop application or a website we may have a UI element called multiple select. The user may select multiple options by holding the mouse button down, like so: Is there a word or a phrase ...
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Word or Phrase for someone who pushes others to their full potential

I'm looking for a positive word/phrase, preferably something in common usage, that can be used to compliment someone (a professor in this instance) who pushes others (students) to achieve their full ...
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What is it called when you end up preparing for something and then it doesn't happen because you prepared?

For example, if you bring your umbrella with you 6/7 days of the week, and it does not rain - and then on the 7th day, you end up not bringing it with you, and it rains because you did not have your ...