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How do I replace the phrase “As of when…”? [closed]

I don't think this phrase is incorrect, but it seems awkward and I can't figure out what to replace it with! The sentence I am using is: As of when the man and woman take him in, his reaction in ...
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How to express an unwanted purchase?

I need a verb or an expression to convey the idea of being sold something unwanted or unneeded. Like when you go to a shop to buy , let's say, a shirt, and they somehow are able to sell you also a ...
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What expression describes a person who knowlingly invests in a scam? [closed]

What word or phrase describes a person who invests in an enterprise that he knows is a scam or Ponzi scheme? Can the word or phrase refer to a person who votes for a politician who repeatedly tells ...
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Short word or phrase for the acquisition of specific pieces of knowledge

On the Latin Language Stack Exchange (which is in private beta right now), I wish to create a tag for question asking for how we come to know certain facts about the Latin language, for example: How ...
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Word for academic fields that are aligned with a political movement or position?

Is there a word or phrase for academic fields that are aligned with a political movement or position? For example: Feminist studies is aligned with feminism. African American studies is closely ...
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Is there a term for the point in time when a product can begin to use itself?

I know there is the term "dogfooding" and have even found other variations on the phrase "... eat our own dog food": "drinking our own champaign" "eating our own cooking" "ice cream our customers ...
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Is there an idiom for “making a puerile excuse”?

In Italian there is a juicy idiom when somebody gives a risible explanation: knowing that children can delude themselves and try to deceive others when playing hide-and-seek, they say: "... hide ...
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Idiom to refer to something necessary but harmful [closed]

I want to know whether there is any phrase that corresponds to the following situation: I have to use computer in order to finish my day to day work. And it is affecting my health. But the catch is I ...
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What is an organization that accepts donations?

Is there a word (or a combination of two) that signifies an organization which accepts donation (cash or kind) for social upliftment? Words like Acceptor, NGO, etc look too generic for this. EDIT: ...
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Someone with many great ideas/arguments, but who ruins their case with one very bad idea/argument [closed]

Is there a word or phrase used to describe someone who has many great ideas/arguments, but who ruins their case with one very bad idea/argument? One such case I'm thinking of is Bernie Sanders, who ...
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How to ask about delivering time of a product?

I'm buying a product from a company that is established in another country. I need to know how much time it takes to send the product to me. What's the correct way to ask this? I was wondering that ...
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Is there a term for repeated phrases (not a catch-phrase)?

There is a children's television program called "Ben & Holly" in which there are a few repeated phrases/themes. I'm trying to find the correct terminology to describe them. Example 1: In almost ...
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How do you say : The root or origin of a problem [closed]

I am writing an argumentative article and I found myself searching for an expression describing the cause or root of a problem. Are there any phrase or expression having the same meaning?
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A word or a phrase for this logical fallacy [closed]

What is another word or phrase for when someone tries to dismiss an argument by simply claiming it is extreme, without offering any evidence or counterargument?
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How can one best clarify the different senses of “compare”?

I have long felt that the taboo on comparing anyone to Hitler and many similar inhibitions were based on a confusion between “compare” in the senses of “liken to” and in the sense of “compare and ...
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Is there a pre-Internet term for “gamification”?

Gamification is a relatively new term which was coined and has been made highly popular in the Internet era. From the related Wikipedia article: Though the term "gamification" was coined in 2002 ...
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Term to belittle one so another can gain [closed]

Is there a term out there for people who are trying to be socially conscious (particularly feminist) but they are so embedded in the patriarchy they don't understand how unproductive they are being? ...
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Word or phrase for the beauty in pain, tragedy, damage, etc?

I'm looking for either a single word or a very short (really, as short as possible) phrase that could be defined (literally or metaphorically) as: "beauty that is possessed due to or despite the ...
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Idiom or expression request that would convey same meaning as this Persian set phrase “ simple yet impossible to imitate”

In Persian poetry there is a style which literally means: "simple yet impossible" It implies that the poems have been told using simple words and in a seemingly simple way, yet cannot be ...
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Word or phrase that means “to make something extremely awesome”

I was wondering if there's a verb or phrasal verb that means "to make something awesome to the extreme." Consider: A: This place looks terrible. B: Just wait until I'm through with it. I'm going to ...
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Synonym for “marketing” that doesn't imply selling or profit

Is there a word that is similar to "marketing" that doesn't imply the idea of commercialization or profit? For example, a non-profit that assists domestic abuse victims may run a campaign where they ...
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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Is there an English idiom that is equivalent to “throwing stones at sewage will only spoil your dress”?

There's a colloquial saying in Tamil that I am used to, If you throw stones at sewage, it's your dress that will get spoiled" It means if you try to change the opinion/behavior of a ...
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A clock or watch using a digital display to show an analog clock face

What is a term or phrase to describe a timekeeping device that uses a digital display medium to show the time by displaying hands, dots, or other indicators like an analog clock would? Examples: ...
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Opposite of buck(ed) teeth

A friend of mine asked me this question but I couldn't answer it. I have tried to find an opposite (not exactly though) of buck(ed) teeth which means: Large front teeth protruding over the ...
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Phrase for doing something unexpectedly fast [closed]

I want to know if there is such a phrase. What I mean is doing something "over the course of a night", but of course it doesn't have to be that short. I think it could have something to do with ...
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Alternative to “Kodak moment”

Kodak moment (informal) A sentimental or charming moment worthy of capturing in a photograph. Is there another word(s) to describe such a moment? (Something not simply a slang) Does picturesque ...
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Phrase meaning whoever is buying can choose

I was at the pub the other day, and it was my friends turn to buy a round. As he left the table, he asked what beer we wanted, and I replied with "Dealers choice", meaning that since he was buying the ...
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Is there an idiom/phrase similar to “commentator's curse”, but with positive connotations?

In sports, we have the term "Commentator's curse", (humorous) The supposed propensity of a player to blunder after having his/her talents pointed out by the commentator. [Wiktionary] Is there a ...
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so-and-so/such-and-such term used with countries and places

I'm trying to find a nice place holder to express 'X country' or 'country X', like 'when telling people that you are from country X...'. The first idea that came into mind was so-and-so: wiktionary: ...
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Can I say “help myself to” when I'm being offered something? [closed]

Background I was travelling with my clients( from US/Canada) when one of them graciously offered me a portion of Lindt bar. Since I wasn't sure what a polite response would be to a native speaker, I ...
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Is there an idiom to express “You couldn't get anything better”?

Is there an idiom or expression meaning "what you've been offered is the best thing I could offer you, and you won't get anything better" when someone refuses your offer in a rather rude way? As in: ...
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Rude/angry way to say 'ask away' [closed]

What is the rude/angry way to say "ask away"? As in: A: I have a question. B: Ask away. When, for instance, you don't feel like talking, or you want the person to ask the question quickly, ...
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Is there a more formal phrase or word for “practice what you preach?” [closed]

I am trying to think of a non-colloquial word or phrase that means "practice what you preach." I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
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clarifying a misunderstanding [closed]

If I have a misunderstanding with someone I often want to apologise for the argument but still ask for a clarification. I want to say Sorry for the argument, but I need more information. How ...
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A term for the disillusionment that occurs when a source reports inaccurately on a subject in which you are knowledgeable

I think I remember there being a specific name for the experience when you realize that you've been taking the credentials of a source of information (news network, online personality, etc.) for ...
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A term for the intertwining of media and the subjects they are covering

Is there a good term to describe the symbiotic relationships that we see so often between media (broadly defined) and the subjects they're covering? I'm thinking of how TMZ tends to give Bieber ...
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English equivalent for “easily blaming the person you dislike”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's a saying "Istam illatha achi thottath ellam kuttam". It literally translates to: You find fault with anything done by a woman you don't like. It means that if there ...
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Word meaning: A slip of the tongue which suggests how you actually feel, often humorous

I'm sure there's a word which matches this definition. Where you make a slight mistake in saying something and a friend will nudge you and say "oh, so that's what you really think?!" One example, ...
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Word/phrase for changing applicability of something

What's the word/phrase to indicate that applicability of something has been changed. For example in a given scenario, how to announce " enjoy tool "A" in its new application" in the form of "---- of ...
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Is there a phrase for the generation that is taking care of three generations of family members?

The phrase "member of the sandwich generation" refers to a person who is taking care of children and elderly parents. Is there a phrase (or word) for a person who is taking care of parents, children ...
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Referring to an email sent to an individual, but not in the main conversation

Consider this situation : Somebody (A) sends a mail with subject S, to many folks (B,C,D) who send few responses to all recipients, with the same subject S, meaning that these mails are all part of ...
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Term or idiom to describe a best friend since your childhood

In Chinese, there is a four-character phrase, 竹马故友 which could be translated word for word into: Bamboo Horse Old Friend: Friends who played together riding toy horses made of bamboo. I know ...
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Antonym of “Well done” [closed]

Is there a generally accepted antonym for Well done! ? I mean something like : "That was lame" Update Context: A feedback app in which a bad performance by a user has to be responded with a ...
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A term or phrase for famous one-off events

I am looking for an expression (also an idiomatic one) which describes a single famous event such as: a singer who has just one most famous song and than you hear no more about them. a ...
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How to ask a person who has just arrived about the road [closed]

I'm wondering how to ask a person who has just arrived whether his commuting was fine. Could you say Was the road fine?
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What is the correct term for 'misleading' investigations?

I am looking for the more common and correct term used when someone tries to misdirect investigations on a crime that has been committed . For example, a murderer who tries to create false ...
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Making experience unreal [closed]

How would one say make a situation feel less real? I'm referring to the situation when people create illusory world of theirs to shelter themselves from reality;
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Let's get started! or let's get going?

I'd like to know if anyone feels a difference between "Let's get started!" and "Let's get going!". Both seem to mean about the same. It is also interesting to notice that there seems to be an ...
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Is there a word that means “an argument/proposition potentially vulnerable to attack”?

A friend made an argument that I thought was fairly strong but had fairly easy lines of attack available against it. (Whether or not these lines of attack are strong/valid is unknown.) Is there a good ...