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How should I refer to people who have had something shared with them?

In the application I am developing, I'd like to refer to people who have had something shared with them (link, photo etc.) but I couldn't figure out what word or phrase to use.
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Metaphor to describe a person who lacks charisma [closed]

I'm looking for a good metaphor or idiom for a person who is completely uncharismatic. I'm preferably looking for a phrase that compares the person's charisma to something, such that it would fit the ...
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Is there any word for a person who ruins magician's trick?

Is there any word for a person who ruins a magician's trick? I remember that I heard that word, but it's now lost somewhere in my brain. Can someone please help me to remember that word? Before ...
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Word or phrase for literally and figuratively?

Say, for example, you and a group of people were all sailing out in the ocean and something happens...then you say, "I guess we are all in the same boat" You are literally in the same boat with ...
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Usage of “there follows”

I wonder if it is correct to say: From A there follows B if you want to say that A entails B (or B is a consequence of A).
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Another word/phrase for “In addition to”

What is an alternative phrase or word for "in addition to"? Here's an example sentence: In addition to the tasks listed above, we ask that you complete the following tasks as time permits. Is ...
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A shorter phrase for “is a poor predictor of”

This is a bullet point in a presentation: Coronary angiography is a poor predictor of the hemodynamic relevance of stenosis "is a poor predictor of" feels very round-about, but I can't think of ...
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A phrase that captures the concept of making oneself falsely appear to be guilty for purpose of discrediting another party

Perhaps this is more of a trope, but I'm looking for a phrase or word in English that describes the situation where: (a) "Party A" consciously performs actions that establish a false expectation of ...
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High level saying of the sentence “I don't just work for timepass”

Basically, I want to tell my superiors that whatever work I perform, I do it to the fullest and I do it efficiently. So I want to express the sentence: I dont work forcibly and for time pass. I ...
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What is a non-secular and possibly offensive version of “for heaven's sake”? [closed]

In Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to "for heaven's sake"? Terdon asks for something that is polite, secular, and non-offensive. I am asking for what is a non-secular phrase ...
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Having at one's disposal

One has at one's disposal ... Is the following an acceptable synonymous phrase? One has (the) disposal of ... It made sense to me initially, if a little more active than the first. But I've ...
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What phrase/idiom can be used to refer to procrastination?

Suppose I'm replying to someone's email and it's long overdue - completely hypothetically :) Starting with "Sorry for [ ... ] this". At first I thought I'd use "dropping the ball on" but it seems ...
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How to avoid repetition of “something” and “some stuff”? [closed]

Is there any other word which can be used instead of something and some stuff, and how can the use of something and some stuff be avoided. For example: He saw her dwelling on something; it ...
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How to use a catch-phrase for a validated result when presented before an examining committee?

Imagine, that someone is preparing for a PhD defense. The thesis that he is going to defend is by far against the norm. That is, it uncovers deep-seated beliefs that led to 30 years of malpractice. So ...
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Is there a formal phrase for saying that the location of an event changes between two places?

The context of my question is the following. I am involved in organization of a conference which is held every year but in two different places (every second year in each of them). What is the best ...
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Term to mean a different person conjugation?

Recently, someone said the following, in a chat room: "You're an adult and that means it's your turn to decide what that means." I knew that came from something I recognized, and it turns out it is ...
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Term for “having terms for everything”

Is there a term for the phenomenon of creating a term for every single little thing?
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One word for things that would be nice to have, but not required to have?

Something a bit professional sounding? In a scenario where there was also a bunch of Requirements, this situation could be easily solved by labelling one as Required and this specific bunch of things ...
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Alternative ways to say “I cannot answer that question”? [closed]

I'm getting bored of repeating the same "I can't answer that" phrase over and over. I'm trying other phrases, like "I'll leave that to your imagination," but that one sounds too weird. Specifically, ...
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Colloquial alternatives to questions regarding the ordinals

I'm very well aware that this question is asked a myriad of times before but I want to know how one would phrase a question in every-day language to get the answer "n-th". What ordinal number ...
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What is the equivalent word for “walking like a king”?

I am looking for a phrase or an vocabulary that means "walking like a king".
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Another way of saying “to pay close attention to”

The complete sentence goes: "This is not a perfunctory guideline. (...) This is something you need to pay close attention to while you code." Something in "to pay close attention to" is bugging me. ...
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Children caught by an adult doing something wrong, relaying the blame onto each other

Here's the basic situation: two fairly young children, boy and girl, caught by an adult after doing something really wrong (i.e., for example, breaking some sort of precious vase or something like ...
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avoiding an oncoming vehicle — what is the specific term for this in English?

Is there a specific term to refer to what you need to do in the following situation? You are driving on a road and an oncoming vehicle is moving towards you in the same lane you are using. If ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the “log ride face”?

Is there a special word or phrase for the act of making an incongruent face or pose, during the final drop in log flume rides? Log flumes are a very common ride found in many amusement parks, with ...
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Is there a word or phrase for borders being respected

Is there a word or phrase that means a "condition in which the borders of each nation are respected by all other nations"?
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Is “song spoiler” a correct word?

There is a friend of mine who sings the song, she isn't a professional singer. It's just that she likes singing. But she ruins the lyrics, comes up with her own, she sings one stanza correctly but, ...
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Is there a secular, non vulgar alternative to “for heaven's sake”?

I know for heaven's sake, for Pete's sake, for God's sake and for Christ's sake. All of those, however are religious references. The only non-religious equivalent phrases I know are for fuck's sake ...
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Phrasal Verb request for cover in a cursory manner

Can someone suggest a phrasal verb which means "not covering something in full detail" or treating the subject in a "cursory manner". Something which implies that the details have been omitted ...
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Word for relative movement of inner and outer

I want to describe the movement or position of an inner material inside an outer sheath, as the inner moves through the outer. Can anyone think of some kind of verb, spatial preposition or any other ...
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Term for “[Idiom], [Rhyme]”

Browsing the web, I came across this image of the cast of the television show Community using a type of structure familiar to me, and I wondered if there's a name for it. The most familiar instance ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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Set of Preference

I want to send a formal email to describe my order of preference of some courses that I want to study. Is it correct to say : With the following set of preference: course a course b course c
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What are some alternatives for “nurturing bosom”?

Consider this sentence: "Are you prepared to leave the nurturing bosom of [business-name]'s help and support staff?" I'm looking for something that is a little more professional yet still ...
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Need a little help with rephrasing

So, this is the sentence: Faustus’s annihilation is a sobering reminder of our own human shortcomings; the parable resonates throughout the ages, encouraging even us, as a modern audience, to ...
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If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2? [closed]

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2? Back when I was in high school in the '70s, the #2 pencil was #1 in sales and in popularity. In 2014 it's still the hottest-selling pencil. ...
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How do married gay couples address each other?

I know that non-married lovers address each other by saying "This is my girlfriend/boyfriend." I know that married couples address each other by calling "My wife/husband". I also know that gay lovers ...
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Opposite of “literal”

I was listening to the radio today, and someone said, "The couple came across a literal 'pot of gold.'" It made me think: how do you say the opposite of that? I'm looking for a statement or phrase ...
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Term for a person who conducts practice lessons

Is there a word in English for a person who conducts practice lessons in a university? In Russia, we call these kinds of lessons "семинар", and people who conduct them "семинарист". Unfortunately, ...
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Need native expressions for “something happened but no one wants to undertake the responsibility”

Are there native expressions in oral and formal writing English about something happened - mostly negative incidents or events, but those, who should be responsible for it , don't want to undertake ...
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Something like “ragtag group”

I'm looking for a word/phrase that means "a team quickly put together from miscellaneous people". It is NOT "ragtag group"/"motley crew". I think it is "[something] team"
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convert this sentence to “not only but also” [closed]

The sheepdog did not allow the tigers to lay their paw on sheep and tied them in a daisy chain.
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What is the term for when you become more aware of something?

For example, when you buy a car, you start becoming more aware of cars with a similar make and model. The number of that type of car hasn't increased, but your awareness of it has. Similarly, when ...
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Phrase to describe person who seeks 100% achievements in game

After completing a mission or beating a game, an achievement or trophy will pop up. How do I describe such a person who sticks with it, to unlocking all the achievements of a game, no matter what ...
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What is a phrase or a word for someone who says “I knew that would happen” after the fact?

Is there a word or phrase that describes someone who claims to have known something all along, but only proclaim this after the incident has occurred?
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A word for a book or list of people that you need to contact

I have to remember to contact Sarah sometime this week about the party, so I add her to my person-listy-thing. I think there may be a (somewhat archaic?) concise term for this along the lines of ...
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What is a possible name of a course that teaches parity?

(I know, it sounds weird). So "parity," in Maths, is the fact of being even or odd. Let's say if there was an academic course that teaches you about parity, what should be its (one-word) name? ...
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Word for “a person so bad that people use him for negative publicity of something”

I am looking for terse phrase/word that describes a person who has such a bad reputation that to do negative publicity of any product, the competitor pays this person to speak praise of it.
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Is there a pejorative term or phrase that lesbians use to refer to straight women?

Is there a pejorative term or phrase that lesbians use to refer to straight women? There seems to be a wealth of terms (both offensive and inoffensive) that are used in the other direction. I ask ...
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Another way to say “is not best addressed”

I need to write a text for programmers around the central idea that "performance is not best addressed at the code level". This is a somewhat polemic issue, and I'd like to make my point as clearly ...