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Single word for attributing inappropriate motives to others' actions?

Is there a single word to describe someone who often attributes inappropriately trivial/cheap motives to another person's actions? I'm thinking along the lines of someone who puts himself briefly in ...
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What do you call it when the video is not smooth?

What is the English phrase to describe a video that is not running smoothly, but rather has interruptions in it, becoming sort of like a gif? Usually these things happen due to technical problems such ...
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Word for “Ready/want to go home”

In Mormon missionary culture, they use the word "trunky" to describe the feeling at the end of their two-year mission when they are tired, ready to go home, and are mentally packing their trunks to go ...
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Single word or short phrase for giving a passing mark?

I thanked my teacher for giving me a pass mark in the exam. Is there a single word or short phrase for the emphasised phrase?
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Word/phrase for “last minute love confession”

I want a word or a small phrase which can be used in place of "last minute love confession". I specifically use "last minute" for when the confessor and the confessee are going away from each other, ...
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Word for “make a master of”?

I work in Software, and we use "master/slave" as terms. We had one task where we needed to make one software component the "master" of another "slave". The task's name was "Mastering Component X". ...
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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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Is it OK to say “There is no problem if you do it next week.”?

I need to reply to a commercial email where my "colleague" says that he we will do the job next week. Is it good English to say "There is no problem if you do it next week." ? Is there another way to ...
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What is a better way to say “computer person with a lot of experience in multiple parts of computer-related areas”?

I am trying to create a concise 'title' for my experience working in the computer field. I have experience in multiple programming languages and multiple roles (manager, technician, programmer) and ...
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Is there an idiom that corresponds to the Hungarian expression “fall off the other side of the horse”?

There's a Hungarian phrase that can be literally translated as something like "fall off the other side of the horse". (The literal implication is either that instead of falling off this side of the ...
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How to paraphrase “I feel cheated!” [on hold]

What is another way to phrase the following: I feel cheated!
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Appropriate word for very fast [on hold]

Can some one tell me the appropriate word instead of 'very fast' in sentence: Don't loose hope very fast.
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Idiom or word for a very crowded place

There is a popular idiom in Russian for describing a really crowded place: "(there's) no room for an apple to fall" ("яблоку негде упасть"). I struggle to think of anything similar in English, and ...
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Is there one word that means 'to temporarily join'?

Is there a one-worded synonym for 'temporarily join'? Examples: I want to temporarily join your team Or a slightly different meaning; I want to temporarily join these two pieces of metal ...
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How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?

There is an excellent discussion of spicy vs. hot here: Difference between "spicy" and "hot" However, having read the previous question, I did not see any answer that tells how to ...
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How can I politely express that “I have understood”?

When my professor instructs me during his/her office hour, I may simply show my understanding by "Got it" or "I see". But I wonder how to say that politely and professionally in written English, ...
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Band Playing without some of its Current Members

I was wondering: is there in English a specific phrase to denote a music band not playing with its whole current group of members?
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Send money / Request money

The person you are sending money to is the recipient of that money, but what would you call a person you are requesting money from? A requestee?
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How you do you say “What is this word?” in a friendly, indirect and elaborate way?

In French, when you don't know what the hell a word means that's just been mentioned, instead of flat-out asking “What is that?” we have an informal expression “Hmmm, ça se mange?” (Litterally, “can ...
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A poetic word or expression for networking/lobbying/making professional connections

I’m looking for a poetic word or expression that means making professional connections, lobbying, networking, socializing professionally. League, circuit, club, society, and so on and so forth.
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What is the “superlative” way of expressing “thank you”

On rare occasions, you are in a situation where a simple Thank You seems like you're undermining the other person's help. You know, instances where you are too grateful to express your feelings of ...
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Term to describe fictional texts written in a non-fiction style

The term "creative non-fiction" is the opposite: a non-fiction work expressed in a fiction style, such as a historical novel. It may be a little less common, but is there a general term for the ...
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Phrase Request for the beyond or something hidden [closed]

Is there any phase I would use to replace "Beyond" in my sentence below? Beyond the flavorful taste, there are many health benefits of olive oil.
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What's a word for articulating something and making it sound worse?

Sorry for the poor title, but I can describe this better through an example. A few weeks ago, one of my friends had a conversation with her boyfriend, and she said that she wouldn't necessarily marry ...
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Diplomatic word to express having difficulty or finding it unpleasant working with someone. [closed]

I'm filling out a feedback form for a senior colleague who I've been working with, I want say something like Last year I had some difficulty working with John, but since the start of the year ...
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A better phrase for 'construction of mock-up objects by following historical recipes'

I'm looking for a better phrasing for use on a poster describing a scientific project. In this project, we will examine recipes of varnishes and lacquers from old recipe books. We will follow these ...
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Expression for distance relationship between observer and object?

I am looking for a word or expression, that describes the specific distance in the space that lets the observer appreciate and completely understand the object of observation. For example, when one ...
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Term for something similar to hijacking a meeting?

When someone says hijacking a meeting, IMO it usually means that someone has made the meeting all about his/her agenda. One time, I was invited to a meeting to talk about "ABC", but they only ...
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Alternatives for “I told you so.” [closed]

Sometimes, "I told you so" is expected by the target. What if we want to surprise them with another famous phrase which would deliver the same message, perhaps with more intensity. Sometimes, "I told ...
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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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So [X] it's [opposite of X]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the specific type of word-play or idiom in these examples:: The movie Rocky Horror Picture Show is so bad that it's good. Chinese Crested ...
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What's a phrase used to describe a “user defined” dream?

I have this strange ability to be able to control the events and environment in my dream. I know the term lucid dreaming means that you are aware of being in a dream, but this goes a step further. Is ...
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Synonyms for “content” in publishing

A document in a hypertext system (commonly "a web page") consists of navigation elements, advertising elements, and what a lot of authors call "content". The "content" carries the information for ...
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The fear of not seeing one's mother ever again

Is there a word to describe the fear of never again seeing one's mother (or at least any person)? I have already checked the list of phobias that Wikipedia offers but could not find anything that ...
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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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Word or phrase for a scam-like enterprise based on ignorance

I've noticed a spate of schemes to raise money on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and through more traditional avenues that involve claims that are essentially physically impossible. A rudimentary due ...
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Is there a word/phrase for this specific type of memory

I once told my mother about a specific incident that occurred in my highschool French class. Eight years later, she mentions this incident again and this is one of those things that I would have ...
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Word or phrase for the heir's heir

What is a more succinct way of saying "the heir's heir"? No-one says it like that so there must be a real word. I looked up the meanings of heir apparent and heir presumptive. Heir presumptive can ...
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How to say succinctly: “An opinion which is *shareable* and agreed upon by many”?

How would you express the notion: overall many would share that opinion, more succinctly? For example: It is generally agreed upon that "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". ...
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If I measure myself am I only measuring my size?

In Italy when people say they measure themselves, they are not only measuring their height, or their waistlines. Instead they are measuring how well they do something in a challenging or difficult ...
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Someone who just thinks they know what they're talking about

What is a word or phrase that means a speaker (or writer) is talking about something they know very little about, but they think they know more than they do? An example: If you read diet message ...
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A word (or expression) which means paying someone with counterfeit money?

Just as shortchange means cheating someone by giving insufficient money as change, the word I am looking for means cheating through counterfeit money. There are words as simple as deceive, bilk, ...
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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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Admits the following description

I have a question about the sentence "The evolution of a process admits the following description". I checked then the phrase "admits the following description" in Ngram Viewer and found no ...
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More concise word of phrase for “to turn into a process”

I'm looking for a more concise way of describing the process of turning something into a process. Often we have tacit knowledge about things we do frequently, sometimes called muscle memory. What do ...
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The attachment has “already been sent” or has “been already sent”?

While writing an email to my finance, I tried to convey that i had previously sent the referred attachment. Is there terminology that signifies a previous "File Attachment" Could anyone please ...
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Word or phrase for a person who sets their watch forward to prevent being late?

My aunt does this. She sets her watch 15 mins early because she knows that she is chronically late all the time. Is there a word or phrase specifically for the act of setting your watch forward with ...
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A Good Phrase to Replace “Get To Know”

This is what I want to express: I want to get to know more algorithms that have been created. I have thought about changing the sentence into I want to gain a better insight into algorithms ...
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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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facial expression of sympathetic pain?

How would you call a facial expression displayed at sight of someone hurting - the kind of involuntary grimace when you imagine just how much it hurt?