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Which sentence is most suitable in the context of history? [on hold]

The day of sorrow becomes the day of happiness. The day of sorrow changes into the day of happiness. The day of sorrow turns into the most peaceful day. Detail context: The day when one country ...
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What's a formal/proper way of saying “the exact opposite”? [on hold]

I am writing a mock memo for a university assignment, addressed to a current professor. Thus, the general tone and genre of the letter is definitely formal. I am trying to say the following: (The ...
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What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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Other expressions for “to be the devil's advocate”?

Is there another way or expression to say: He is the devil's advocate I don't quite like this expression, and I don't know if it is a good idea to use it in a religious context.
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Other ways to say a project is ahead of schedule?

I'm looking for ways to say a business project is (or will be) completed ahead of schedule. Obviously, there are plenty of phrases for delayed or on-time statuses, but what are some phrases for ...
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Way to ask interviewer (/speaking examiner) to repeat slowly its question [duplicate]

The accent of a speaking examiner is sometimes difficult to understand completely. Asking him to repeat his question is a delicate action that should be handled correctly, in my consideration. ...
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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How do you properly say “missing each other” (that's SO the wrong word!)?

Imagine I sent a message to someone over Instant Messaging, and then went offline. 5 minutes later, they come online, send me a message and go offline. 10 minutes later, I come online, find their ...
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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Word for someone that doesn't like to pause while talking

I come across this quite a bit and it manifests itself in different ways. The situation I encounter the most is from people who don't seem to want to be interrupted, they need to finish getting ...
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A little brain fart

What is a nicer, less immature saying? I love using 'A Freudian slip', but that is only applicable in certain situations.
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Is there an American English equivalent of the British idiom “carrying coals to Newcastle”?

I'm an American living in the Netherlands who is learning Dutch. There's an idiom in Dutch that describes performing a needless/futile activity, "water naar de zee dragen," which literally translates ...
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What is a better way of saying the following- [on hold]

I want to express "... our beliefs which are not necessarily true or rational affect of our perception ..." in a better way.
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Word or phrase to describe someone who learns from another’s experiences

Context: I'm 22 years old, I am very bright in a logical way, my whole life growing up my parents struggled a lot, and I took that all in. I took in their worries and knowledge and now exercise it as ...
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Derogatory term for inconcise writing

I am looking for a derogatory word or short phrase to describe unconcise texts or the process of their creation, i.e., the text is redundant, overcomplicated and filled with irrelevant details or ...
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Is there a word to describe the situation where you call someone and hang up so they call you back?

Is there a word to describe the situation where you call someone and hang up so they call you back? The purpose of this is usually so that they get the calling charges. I was thinking it's kind of ...
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Adverb for 'within a short timeframe'

Please come by the Secretary's Office so we can solve your problem [on the spot]. What I want to say instead of the placeholder is that as soon as the person comes to the office (be it today or ...
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Does a phrase “I'm gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? [on hold]

Does the phrase “I’m gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? Put simply, I want a phrase to have the same meaning as “I’m going to resign from further engagement in this matter”.
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What are notable uses of the phrase “living hand to mouth”

I would like to use the phrase "living hand to mouth" as a title of an art piece. However, just looking for the phrase mostly results in uses where the origin is explained. What are notable uses of ...
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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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Word or phrase for a person who is impatient and likes studying new things by example?

Is there a specific word or phrase to describe a person who is impatient learning new things dislikes reading lengthy passages always likes learning by example plus doing experiments in parallel? ...
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Describe a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles with a word or short phrase [on hold]

Say a company makes a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles: a mobile game (for android, iOS, windows phone, blackberry, whatever), a tv series, a feature film, youtube shorts, novels, ...
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How to express “nice to hear from you” on telephone call in business situation?

I am expecting a call from a staff management company who will call me. I want to reply that I am happy that they call me. How do I say this in professional (british) english? Nice to hear from ...
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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I need another way of saying 'does the talking' [closed]

I'm coming up with a tagline for my business – 'Where flavour does the talking'. I'm basically trying to get across the idea that flavour is the main focus. Any ideas?
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What is the word for “nuisance” as an adjective?

Can anyone propose an adjective of nuisance? Or a word that can be used to communicate that sense? The place where I want to use the word is as follows. I am talking about when children are abused ...
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What is a good word that means “group of groups?”

If you have a bunch of groups of different things, and you group the groups into a bigger group, what do you call the bigger group?
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Is there a word or phrase for the concept of “thinking something bad happens more often because it's reported more”

That was probably a horrible title, but those length limits are killer :) An example of what I'm talking about: Statistics show that overall crime rates in the USA have been trending downwards for ...
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The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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What is an antonym for the term “straight-A student?”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies stupidity in the context of academics in the same way the term "straight-A student" implies intelligence.
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why would one use the word “environment” relating to business and job creation? [closed]

Actual phrase reads "Strengthening the Environment for Business and Job Creation" Single word - Environment
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Expression for a “smiling face tiger”

The Chinese expression "smiling face tiger" (笑面虎) is defined in English at one website as "an outwardly kind but inwardly cruel person". More broadly it doesn't need to refer to someone who is ...
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name for a group of non profit donors [closed]

I need a catchy name for a group of 100 donors who plan to each give $1000 to a non profit whose focus is on children and grief.... any ideas?
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Is there a phrase or idiom for “being defeated by future problems”?

One needs to anticipate and plan for problems before starting a large project. What is it called when one becomes so caught up with planning for possible problems that one never sets out? ...
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Term for something that is supposed to increase safety, but really just increases fear?

Some examples: A news station giving daily "terrorist reports". It doesn't actually say how to protect yourself, just gives information on how horrible they are & why you should be afraid. A ...
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Is there a phrase to describe a ready-to-throw-away phone?

I am looking for a phrase that describes a really crappy mobile phone, which has become so dysfunctional that it is ready to be thrown away
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Word/phrase to refer to things you bring to a place to stay the night?

Example: We are going to a trip tomorrow and staying the night in a hotel. Don't forget to bring your [...]. I thought about stuff but I'm looking for something less ambiguous (it can be ...
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I am looking for a word for an abstainer from red meat

A number of friends of mine describe themselves as "Vegetarian" but then go on to explain that they don't eat meat - but do eat fish and poultry, (plus in one case bacon). In my books this is not ...
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Idiom/phrase which means “to pretend not to understand or know”

Sometimes (well, often) people pretend not to understand what's going on (or pretend not to understand what the other person means, etc.) when in fact they do perfectly well. For example, Person A ...
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Term for “Improvement During Isolation”

I'm looking for a term (ideally, word) to describe an event or its main participant. In military, athletic, or heroic stories a person may be set apart from others to improve. This question was ...
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What is the most appropriate opposite of “Select All”?

Is it more appropriate to use "Deselect All" or "Select None" or some other phrase to indicate the opposite of "Select All"? Context: A toggle button in a piece of software that will select all items ...
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Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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Idiom for: a not-challenging environment spoils a good worker gradually

I want an idiom for the situation where a non-challenging environment gradually spoils a good worker. If a brilliant programmer worked with a group of mediocre programmers for quite a long time, he ...
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Perspectived or Perspective-Based [closed]

I want to use a word for showing that a different perspective from all possible perspectives is considered in something. Should I use perspectived or perspective-based? For example, should I use ...
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What is the word for when members of the same group attack each other?

I've noticed this in a few South Park episodes, so that's what I'd like to give an example from. I'm sure other artists have depicted something similar. Note that I'm not necessarily agreeing with ...
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Phrase for when something only broken when you need it to work [duplicate]

Consider this scenario: Your computer is broken, so you call tech support. When they arrive to fix the computer, the problem is no longer present and the computer works as intended. Shortly after ...
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What is the word or phrase for the revelation of finding a word for a concept you already knew but did not have the word for?

This has recently happened. I discovered Object Orientated CSS. I had the concept for a long time but had never had a title for the concept. Discovering this was a joy for me. Is there a word or ...
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How would you translate “le guance magre, scavate nel volto” in English? [closed]

I am having troubles translating this expression into English. I know the expression "hollow cheeks" exists, but I can't find a way to translate "scavate nel volto" using the same structure (e.g., ...
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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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 ...