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Is there a word for “What might have been”?

Context: You made the decision not to see a person any more. The relationship was good, you were both happy with one another but the one main stumbling block (for you) in the relationship was never ...
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Word (or phrase) to describe someone who leaves out important pieces of information

Is there a word or phrase to describe a person, or at least the quality of a person, who tends to leave out important details when communicating? For example someone said "The store Costco is ...
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Idioms similar to “heard it through the grapevine”

Are there idioms which have a meaning similar to "heard through the grapevine" ? to hear news from someone who heard that news from someone else. as in : I heard through the ...
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Word/phrase for belief in, but dislike of, a god

Is there an appropriate word that describes both the nature of a believer's belief and attitude towards the object of their belief. For example: "John left his church because, although his belief in ...
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Phrase for always watching for something better

There's an idiom for never being satisfied with what you have and always looking out for something or someone better, particularly in reference to dating. The phrase is something like Keep one eye ...
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An idiom for “saving tap water on drowning Titanic” situation [duplicate]

I'm looking for a phrase, that can be applied to the situation when someone attempts to resolve a big problem or minimize damage by performing minor, insufficient actions, or is micromanaging instead ...
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Word for an enthusiast whose excitement rapidly fizzles when he realizes hard work is required? [duplicate]

Is there a term for someone who gets all excited about a new undertaking and is wildly enthusiastic and full of promises until she realizes how much work is involved...whereupon she loses all ...
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What do kids say instead of "videotape”?

In a conversation I just had I used the word "videotape" to mean recording a video on a cell phone. It occurred to me that this is probably not the word youngsters use today, but I couldn't think of a ...
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A word that means: “to break someone's lie”? I want to aggressively point out that she or he is lying

What word (or expression) can I use that means “to break someone's lie”? I mean to aggressively point out that she or he is lying. She stood up and ___ his lie/that he was a liar. I'm ...
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'An something shared is an something doubled'?

Is there an English phrase that expresses the idea that sharing something (a meal, a drink, a piece of cake) increases your own enjoyment of it?
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Is listen-hear parallel with read-understand?

I'm trying to speak about the nature of music; I want to say that the very nature of the medium of sound, a kind of universal language, makes it impossible not to interpret what is presented to us. ...
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Is there a word/phrase to describe someone who works from home?

Background: With the rise of the Internet, more and more companies are starting to see increasing portions of their workforce able to accomplish their work from any location with an Internet ...
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Single word/phrase for saving time and thus money

In workplaces, efficiency or processes (ex. Lean Manufacturing or Kaizen) creates a greater output and/or saving money. While words like efficiency or economical implicitly suggest saved time, I'm ...
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One-word or a phrase for 'Time changes perspectives'

There were certain things or people of whom you assumed the worst, and yet in hindsight, you look at them differently, probably realize what they had gone through, and why they acted so. So I am ...
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What is it called when you modify an older work to be more acceptable to modern audiences?

Let's say you have a play that makes a bunch of short jokes. Someone goes to remove the short jokes so as to make it more acceptable to modern audiences. What is this called? (Generally, a word that ...
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1answer
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Is there any other way I can say “ W and X have helped me develop Y and Z skills?” [closed]

I want to say my internship and project have helped me develop research and analytical skills but in a different way. How should I do it?
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Drunkard's breath

Is there any word, or short expression, to describe the stale-ish, alcoholic smell coming from someone who drank too much - particularly in the breath? I'm looking for something more descriptive, and ...
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Word for working hard despite an easier way [duplicate]

Is there a word that describes someone who works hard despite an easier way, but they aren't interested because they are too lazy or unmotivated to figure it out? I'm trying to specifically describe ...
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What's the term for becoming used to something so you don't even notice it anymore? [closed]

Is there a term for this? I had my SIL's birthday present on my desk for weeks, and then the day I went to visit her, I forgot to bring it with me because it had sort of become part of the furniture ...
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Looking for an idiom that expresses something that looks bad at the outset but turns out okay

For example: I heard a noise downstairs in the middle of the night and feared it was an intruder. When I checked it out, I found the noise was from a plant on my porch knocked over by the wind.
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Word which means that a number has magnitude greater than one?

I am looking for a word which describes a number as having a magnitude greater than one. i.e. numbers such as 1.2, 100, 123456, -4, -1.01 Hopefully it should be usable in a sentence like this one: ...
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How to jokingly express an “if you pay me, I'll say it” attitude?

Let's assume I am an expert in an academic field. I have my opinions, however if I were invited and paid to give a lecture I would be willing to support opposing views. Question: What would be a ...
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Is there a word for tremendous happiness coupled with relief?

I'm looking for a single word that would describe the feeling of say, getting a happy ending at the end of a tragic movie--like 'glad', but stronger. Feels like it exists but I just can't recall ...
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To show how something is terrible [closed]

I have the following sentence (with a noun substituted for "something"): "It's easy to show how something is terrible." This is awkward. I feel like there's a word or elegant phrase for "to show ...
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Is there any equivalent for 'amorous affairs' that is very informal?

I'm looking for a way of saying “having amorous affairs”. Ideally it should indicate a married man fooling around with younger women, and the expression should be informal, humorous, in low register ...
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1answer
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Word or phrase for single letter differing in typeface from the surrounding text

I am looking for a word or phrase for the following phenomenon: A letter in a text that has a different typeface than the surrounding text for no good reason, such as the letter s in all of the ...
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1answer
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Phrase for suddenly getting to your feet

I am looking for a word or phrase to express that type of getting to your feet, when you were on your knees and you try to dash into a run, but it’s like your legs are tripping on each other. Imagine ...
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How to describe this text alignment feature with varied font sizes

I see it all the time in Facebook posters and memes where each row of text is of a different sized font, but with the margins justified. There are even animations that use this feature. What is this ...
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Set phrase for running a repeated con

I'm struggling to bring to mind a phrase which I've heard used to describe a person (or a pair of partners) that has/have practiced a scam or theft they repeat serially, usually in different places or ...
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Translation of the German term “steile These”

Is there any good translation for German steile These, which means something like daring hypothesis? A Steile These is a contentious hypothesis which is or can not really be proven. Examples from the ...
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Society economy or society's economy?

I am not sure about using this phrase "society economy" or "society's economy" to imply that the society provides the economy activities; the economy has been done by society. Biofuel energy is a ...
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1answer
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Rhetorical Paper

I am writing a rhetorical response to a film and find myself often using the phrase "the viewer"; are there any ways to make my argument more direct without using "the audience" or "the viewer"?
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How do I phrase a thank you and acceptance for an exclusive invitation? [closed]

I recently received an invitation to participate in a professional summit. It is an invite only summit and very exclusive and I am not sure how to word my response. Is it more appropriate to say I ...
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What's the name used for lines representing text in a sketch?

What's the name for the five horizontal lines shown here in each of the page icons? The lines are placeholders for text in a sketch. There is a specific term used for these lines in the publishing / ...
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A word that describes an opportunity for significant influence on culture or society

I am looking for a word that describes a significant opportunity to influence based on a unique confluence of events or timing. More specifically to significantly influence culture or society.
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Is there a word for a low-grade actor/writer/singer/etc who's gained a widespread attention and support?

This word should fit in this blank: A: Why are you wasting your time listening to that album? B: All my classmates are huge fans of this singer! A: That's only because s/he is (a) _____ . ...
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Words like “defenestrate” for throwing things from a moving car, and from a rooftop

When someone throws something or someone out of a window, we have a word for it: Defenestrate The meaning of defenestrate given by Oxford Dictionary: formal or ,humorous The action of throwing ...
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What do you call a person who tries to be the first to answer and/or answer the most questions on stack exchange?

More specifically, those on StackExchange or similar Q&A sites that seem to be trolling (as in fishing) for new questions to answer solely for the potential reputation gained and/or to be viewed ...
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Appropriateness of usage of the phrases “and such forth”, and “so hence forth”

I have a colleague who frequently uses the phrases, "and such forth" and "so hence forth" in conversations with clients. I find particularly the use of "and such forth" to be nonsensical and ...
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English proverb for “They danced, but didn't take a bow”, as for failing good work on a final step

There is proverb in Ukrainian, "They danced and danced, but didn't take a bow" (Танцювали, танцювали, та не вклонилися). It is used to point out that someone has put a significant amount of time and ...
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Gentle word or phrase meaning ignorantly happy?

You know the phrase ignorance is bliss? I want to tell someone — but nicely — that the reason they're not worried about something is that they just don't know the details. Something like, I hate to ...
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Is there a word, phrase, or idiom for a person who stays too late at an event such as a dinner party?

Something like "latecomer" but for departing rather than arriving. For example, "Bob was always the _____ at social outings." Other variations with verbs or non - noun idioms are useful to me as ...
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Phrase for something that causes your battery to drain fast?

I am familiar with the phrase battery hog. Is this a common phrase? Is there any better expression?
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Word or phrase for “positively eulogizing someone you killed”

In fiction, a mobster might have someone killed that he hates, and then give a positive eulogy at his funeral. The victim's family may even thank him for the sweet words. A fictional dictator may ...
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An idiom or an expression to describe a worthwhile investment [closed]

Let's say we have a single mom with three kids (aged 6 to 8), who all want bikes. Our mom loves her kids, but she also has to be frugal. She doesn't think it's smart to get them brand-new bikes as ...
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phrase request-Talking in completely irrelevant terms to cover up one's lack of knowledge

Imagine the following scenario: Charlie walks into a chess club, where Alice and Bob are playing a casual chess game. Alice: Hi Charlie, do you think I should move the rook or the bishop? Charlie: ...
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the name (and examples) for a contrived or misleading record or distinction

What's the name for a record or other distinction (positive or otherwise) that is misleading and/or specious, because it depends on too many conditions? Or seems merely contrived from the existing ...
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Category for homesteading, prepping, survival, off-grid, outdoorsmanship

For a website, wiki or blog forum, and as a category for organizing books— Is there a category or meta-category that includes homesteading, prepping, survival skills, outdoorsmanship, and off-grid ...
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Near-universally applicable alternative to “sanity check”

The phrase "sanity check" is ableist language as it implies that there is something wrong with people who have mental illnesses and the word "sanity" has been used to discriminate against such people. ...
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The Term for Singing in a Very Sad Way

Imagine a mother who's lost her child recently. She's vocalizing and singing beautiful and tearjerking love songs to herself all the time, because she loves to reminisce about her lovely departed ...