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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 ...
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What is the name of that feeling when one discovers that there is something “most others know that I didn't know”?

The person gets into some situation, certainly not perceived as a good one and not necessarily too bad one either, and then finds that most other people don't get into such situations. And he begins ...
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Sadness over culmination/completion

I'm just wondering if there is a word that describes the feeling of sadness I'm experiencing having solved a problem I've been working on every day for the past 10 months. It should accurately ...
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Word for making an assertion without knowledge of its truth? [closed]

As opposed to lying which is to assert a false statement knowing that it is untrue, with the intent to deceive. Is there a related word for making a statement as if it were true, with the intent to ...
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Acting irresponsibly [closed]

I can't manage to find a word or phrase that will describe the process of putting off/taking off the responsibility from oneself.
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English equivalent for “When the head is present, tail should not wag.”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's a saying "Thala Irikkumbol, Valu-attaruthu!", which literally translates to: When the head is present, tail should not wag. It means that one should not act out of ...
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Name for the difficulty of finding information you have no knowledge of

Example 1: Anecdote (couldn't find reference online) Designers of astronaut suits struggled with knee/elbow joints... until someone ELSE told them of the armor of (I think) Henry VIII. Example 2: An ...
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What is the opposite of a stage whisper?

So a stage whisper is defined as (American Heritage Dictionary): The conventional whisper of an actor, intended to be heard by the audience but supposedly inaudible to others on stage. A ...
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Is there any English equivalent to the Portuguese proverb “days of plenty, nothing’s eve?”

Days of plenty, nothing’s eves (in Portuguese dias de muito, vésperas de nada) means your days of plenty are eves of days of nothing, i.e. you alternate between splashing out and hardship, usually ...
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Is there an English equivalent for this Tamil proverb - “A painting of a bottle gourd is worthless while preparing stew”?

This is an interesting expression that I came across very recently while reading a Tamil magazine. The literal meaning is that you can't cook the stew by just having a painting of a bottle gourd. ...
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What is the term describing the condition of being oversaturated with information?

This is how I feel: too much random information online, very hard to find what you are really interested in, being annoyed by having to sift through the random photos and poorly written pieces, or ...
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English equivalent for the Persian proverb “The mountain just gave birth to a mouse”

I'm looking for an idiom or expression to describe a well-known person/ organization/ politician/ government whose achievements in a given situation are smaller than what they had claimed or promised ...
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English expression for “cold-natured” without emotional connotation?

I speak Persian, and in our language we have a word for a person who more often feels cold than warm (or reverse). The person tends to be cold even when others around them feel warm or when they ...
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Idiom for the impossibility of using the same tool/method for different tasks

I'm looking for an idiom (if there is one) which captures the following meaning: trying to do two things with the same tool will never work, since every task requires its own tool. It is similar to "...
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What is a word for a person who ignores other people's pain? [closed]

Is there even a word for it?! If not is there a phrase!? I'LL TAKE ANYTHING!
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Looking for a slang expression to say “I´m pissed off and sad. I want to be alone” [closed]

I found some things like Being on the dumps, but I would also like to say in the same line that I'd rather to be alone.
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Idiom request for speaking about punishing or scolding somebody before they are proved guilty, just out of prejudgement

I'm looking for an idiom, expression or a (set) phrase that implies "to punish somebody just out of prejudgment". We Iranians have a saying that literally means "one shouldn't punish people before ...
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Formal replacement for the phrase “ties back to”?

The phrase "ties back to" is used frequently, but it feels awkward in a formal paper. I'm seeking a word or phrase which means the same thing, but has a more appropriate sound. An example sentence ...
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Is there a word or phrase for running away from your wife or family because of their illness?

I'm trying to think if there is a specific word, term or phrase for running away from you wife or family because of their illness. For example, the wife has Alzheimer's, and the husband runs away ...
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A word or phrase for the following: friends who contact you only when they need something or assistance [duplicate]

I am looking for a word or phrase for the following: friends who contact you only when they need something or assistance
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Term for if someone puts you in danger just to save you and collect a reward

For instance, in my dream last night I noticed a wolf in my room creeping towards me, but then a big dog came in the room and scared the wolf away. The dog belonged to two brothers, who started asking ...
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Term to describe such conversational phrases [closed]

Is there a term to describe colloquial, chatty phrases such as: Weird, I know. Who knew there was a place called Pikachu. You may be wondering... I'm doing a written assignment and I have to ...
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A word for when you just learned a new word and suddenly you notice it everywhere [duplicate]

You're watching TV or something, and you hear a word1 that you've never heard before. You look up the meaning of this word. This new word is suddenly popping up everywhere! You're now seeing the ...
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Don't bring a knife to a gunfight

I need a "softer" analogy that means the same thing as "Don't bring a knife to a gunfight" or "It's like bringing a knife to a gunfight".
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The opposite of “communication on social media”

I'm looking for an expression for interpersonal communication which happens in the real life (for example, conversations at dinner table) as opposed to that which happens on the social media. The one ...
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What is the blurring of pixels for fidelity called?

In most computer graphic design, when detailed images are drawn at the pixel-level the pixels are blurred with those next to them to make the border look more natural and less pixelated. I know in ...
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What is gender neutral for fraternity/sorority?

Is there a gender neutral form for "fraternity/sorority"? How about "brotherhood/sisterhood"? Example: As in "If mathematicians were to form a fraternity of scholars, as in yet another alpha beta ...
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A word for surpassing/outdoing one's teacher/master? [closed]

What do you call someone (say, a student) who surpasses, or outdoes, his/her master or teacher, in skill or achievements? I'm looking for a single word, preferably; if not, as succinct a phrase as ...
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What do you call someone who solves puzzles?

What is a term or name for someone who is very adept at solving puzzles or situations that require though processing and logic. I ran across this question, however this only deals with crossword ...
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One word or short phrase for ease of visual surveillance if required

Situation - A person is using a room because it is easier to respond to the sound of a visitor at the gate or door (gate opening, bell ringing, someone calling). It is not necessary that you see the ...
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English equivalent for “Just eat the cake. Why count the holes?”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's an expression: Appam thinnal pore, kuzhi ennano! It literally translates to: Just eat the appam (Indian pancake). Why count the holes! It implies that one ...
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Term for a legislative bill not intended to pass?

Is there a term for a bill that is introduced in a legislative body with no intent of it actually being passed, but more as a form of protest or a game of oneupmanship or legal chicken? For example, ...
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Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
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What do you call someone who fits in but is still different from the rest? [closed]

I am curious if there's a word for a person who apparently fits in easily but still remains different from the others—he thinks differently from the mass, or has different interests and who, maybe, is ...
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“To science the sh*t out of something”

In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says: Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, I'...
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What do hotel or restaurant employees call the place at the back where tables and chairs are arranged..?

What do hotel or restaurant employees call the place at the back where tables and chairs are arranged..? It isn't a kitchen or a staff lounge but, it's a place for servers to prepare things needed ...