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Word to describe a company's brand, products and services

I'm trying to find a word or phrase that sums up a company's brand, products and services. I'm thinking something along the lines of "company initiatives," but that doesn't seem to sum up the three.
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A word or phrase that means to swallow people

ln some parts of the world, violent earthquakes sometimes make the ground open up and swallow people. My question is: is there a word or phrase to describe this appalling scene?
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Is there an idiom or typical expression for an unfunny joke?

Could you tell me suitable idioms to express this situation; A guy told you a joke, but it's not funny at all. In Japanese, we say "He slipped." or "His joke was so cold that the air got ...
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Is there an English verb for “self-instilling”? [on hold]

I was wondering if there is an English verb for describing something similar to "self-instilling": to gradually implant an idea in your mind (which might not be necessary true) by keep believing in it....
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Any idiom/phrase/expression to describe this attitude?

There is this person I know who always gets excited at the slightest of the things. They give a person too much credit than they deserve for simplest of the things they do. Not that I think there is ...
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A simple word or phrase that describes a non-conflict “day in the life” story introduction

I tell my students that I want their stories to start out as normal "day in the life" explorations of the world they're writing about. I'd like to find a better way of saying that. I'm not looking for ...
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Word or phrase for “incorrectly or underutilized tool or concept”

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe a situation where a tool or concept is being used incorrectly or underutilized. One example would be using a screwdriver as a hammer. Another example ...
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Immortality - survivors [on hold]

We're looking for a cool team name and I'm confused a bit. We want 2 words that mean "People who survived from immortality." I want it to look like the immortality is a disaster and we survived from ...
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Is there a word for those random spots/patterns you see when you enter your home after playing outside on a sunny day?

I am not sure how many of you have experienced this but coming from a very hot region (South India), I have experienced this numerous times. Especially when I enter my home after spending long ...
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English equivalent of Polish idiom “To explain [something to someone] like a cow in bound”

Another Polish saying "Tłumaczyć jak krowie na miedzy" that means "To explain [something to someone] like a cow in bounds". Explanation This idiom is used to describe a person that is dumb above ...
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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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To donate something you want to throw away

Suppose that a person buys a packet of sugar. On the way home, the packet falls off his hands and the sugar scatters on the ground. Nobody is expected to gather the sugar again, but that person does ...
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What word best describes wronging someone who you had previously done positive things towards?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe the situation where someone has previously done good deeds towards another and then subsequently wrongs them in some way. This is NOT betrayal. ...
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A word for a period covering two years

Specifically the phrase "two years". Just like how you can say two moons for “two months”. I've thought of: "two periods" but that doesn't seem right, and "two seasons" but not quite sure if it is ...
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Word that means non-human animals? [on hold]

Humans are animals. The term "animals" is sometimes used to mean all animals (including humans) and is sometimes used to mean every animal except for humans. Is there a word that means non-human ...
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After seeing how misinformed an article is in a newspaper, you flip the page and continue reading as if the rest can be trusted. What is this called?

I vividly remember reading a Wikipedia article about a named law (e.g. "Betteridge's law of headlines"). It goes something like this: "You read an article about a topic you're very familiar with, and ...
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“Like swimming in ___” honey? [on hold]

My supervisor and I had a discussion about my thesis progress this morning, and he described my writing progress: Like swimming in _____. I have no idea about the word he said, then he changed ...
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What are the leading or trailing days on a monthly calendar called?

Example sentence: When looking at the month view of an online calendar, users can toggle visibility of [whatchamacallit] days from adjacent months. When you look at a monthly calendar, and the ...
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what is the person who is always nosing in people's business? [duplicate]

what is a person called who is always nosing on other people's business - like having a neighbor always outside on the balcony or window to check the neighborhood out.
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Is there a word for colloquial forms of address?

For example, "dude," "man," "buddy," "pal," etc, when used to stand in for someone's name. "Hey, pal, how's it going?" Is there a word for terms like these? Or is "colloquialism" as close as we can ...
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Question about 'ascending to the throne' for other titles

When talking about the heir to a king, when he/she comes into power, we can say he ascended to the throne. Is there an equivalent phrase for usage concerning other noble titles like duke, count, baron,...
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other ways of saying 'to want something bad enough'

I've been surfing the web looking for an alternative to 'want sth bad enough' but I haven't found anything useful. I've got a dialogue between two characters who are a couple. They're facing ...
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Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
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Idiom or expression that would imply “someone is a habitual liar”

I'm looking for an idiom or expression for describing people who tell lies out of habit (so you cannot trust them at all). I know that these people are called "compulsive liars", but I'm not looking ...
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A word to describe “political buyer's remorse”

Recent numbers show over 3.5 million people in the UK have signed a petition to “do over” the Brexit Referendum. Interestingly, since the Referendum the Google question “What is the EU?” showed more ...
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What is the job title of these municipal officers?

In some countries, specially in Asia, some vendors spread their stuff for sale on the ground (upper picture), and thereby cause trouble for the pedestrians comeing and going. For preventing this, ...
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A word or phrase roughly meaning “you are the cause of the problem you try to cure”

I've heard it used in a religious contexts along the lines of They invent the problem which they claim to solve. I know it's also common in marketing, where if I try to sell you a pen, I ask you ...
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
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How do you call components that make up a car's engine? [closed]

I'm looking for the common way to call components like oil filter or fuel pump. I thought about car parts or auto parts but I don't know which one is correct.
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A word for pushing/pulling something long down like pulling a level (down)? [closed]

A silly example: A stick sticks up on an apple. I pull it down like pulling a lever, splitting the apple in half. What word or phrase should I use to describe that action?
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Holding your hands in a specific position [duplicate]

How do you tell someone to put their hands in the position shown in the image?
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Word to describe the caring of the seller for the buyer?

A buyer and a seller come to a trade agreement. During the discussion, the seller (whose product is good quality) shows that they are a generous person, like so: The buyer expresses that although ...
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Word for having a gentle joy for being diligent?

I'm looking for a word that describe a person for having a gentle joy for being diligent. For example, a person spends their time and effort to learn a new word every morning. He does that because he ...
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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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Are there any phrases expressing the meaning “won't do/finish something until the last minute of deadline/due time”

Some people prefer to finish their tasks one day or even one hour before the deadline. I wonder how native speakers of English say this. Specifically, how to complete the following sentences: The ...
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What is the name of this rhetorical device involving the use of One. Word. Sentences. For. Effect

I am trying to find the name for the rather recent, I think, rhetorical device of one-word sentences used for emphasis and effect. For example: Columnist Ruth Marcus, writing for the Washington Post,...
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What do you call it when doctors or therapists give the same prescriptions or solutions to everyone that has similar illnesses or problems?

As in, they do not attempt to give individualized prescriptions. What's a phrase or word that characterizes this tendency?
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Variant of the phrase “broad brush strokes”

I'm looking for a phrase that captures the idea that one is dividing material up crudely. The context is a claim that in discussing a certain issue, we only need to make rather crude divisions (or ...
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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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What is the problem that gets worse after you try to solve it?

Example sentence - This problem is a _____ which gets complicated every time you try to solve it. Is there such a word that represents a problem which will become worse if/when one tries to solve it?...
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Idiom for a person who is above any question

I read somewhere a sentence which said about a political leader that he is the "holy something" whose actions cannot be questioned. The context was to describe that even though this man does bad ...
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An idiomatic phrase meaning that you are aware of a coming change based on minor signals you've observed over time

I feel like there's a phrase that people sometimes use in order to indicate that they have been aware of an impending change or event. The phrase draws on the metaphor of a soldier placing his ear to ...
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Word indicating that the authority of the speaker changes the meaning

Is there a phrase or word that indicates that the authority of the speaker changes the literal meaning of what was spoken? Something like: Me: I finished cleaning the bathroom Golf buddy: You ...
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Word for “a way of choosing the guy to do the horrible job.”

In the aftermath of a party, a few friends are to decide the guy who will have to do the cleaning. They play a game, any game, like rock paper scissors, to decide who has to do the cleaning. The one ...
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Alternative for “all for one, one for all”

Looking for an alternative idiom/phrase, etc. for the titular term. Any idea?
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Phrase that refers to the period from 60 days ago to 30 days ago

If someone says "in the last month", it refers to the past 30~ days, but I would love to learn if there are phrases or words describing the period of 60 to 30 days before today? For example, today ...
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Have something done in English [closed]

Is it true if I say Japan has got almost all types of fish sushi-ed To express that Japan makes Sushi from almost all types of fish?
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Idiom or phrase about a situation in which a person has little hope

Is there an idiom or phrase associated with a time when a person has little hope and has to choose between bad and worse options?
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What's a word or phrase that means 'take advantage of someone's psychological weaknesses'?

I'm looking for something that's catchy and succinct. 'Exploit' is a good word for 'take advantage of' but it doesn't take into account someone's psychological weaknesses.