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Is listen-hear parallel with read-understand?

I'm trying to speak about the nature of music; I want to say that the very nature of the medium of sound, a kind of universal language, makes it impossible not to interpret what is presented to us. ...
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A phrase for when nothing seems to work for you no matter what you do

I'm looking for a phrase that can be used to describe a situation where no matter what you do or how hard you try, nothing works out for you the way you'd like.
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Another way to say “open to public view”

Is there another way to say The article was open to public view. I want to describe a blog posted to a webpage.
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How else can I say “Mary would be well served by…”

I'm giving feedback/advice to an individual and need to express it in a non-directive, non-prescriptive manner. While it may seem a passive approach, the context is very delicate. An example would ...
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the phrase “from now on” to be used in similar phrases

All of us know that "from now on" means starting from now, for example: From now on, all of us have to turn our mobiles off. But is this term assignable to such phrase? From lesson three on... (I ...
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How can one best clarify the different senses of “compare”?

I have long felt that the taboo on comparing anyone to Hitler and many similar inhibitions were based on a confusion between “compare” in the senses of “liken to” and in the sense of “compare and ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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A good synonym or word for platform for creating things

In software development we often use the word Platform to describe something that other things can be built on. I find it's a bit over used and I'm looking to find a good way to describe something ...
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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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English equivalent of Polish saying “Uncle replaced hatchet with stick”

Consider another nice Polish saying "Zamienił stryjek siekierkę na kijek" that literally means "Uncle replaced hatchet with stick" but I managed to form it into a little rhyme just like in Polish (I ...
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Membership equivalent of “if and only if”

Is there a phrase similar to "if and only if" for quantities? Something equivalent to this: "This procedure will generate one of these, and only one of these."
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Best way to phrase a 2 x 2 list

I'm working on the website for a theater that teaches improv classes and sketch classes, and also features improv shows and sketch shows. The front page of the website lists: "Improv and Sketch ...
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How well does the “A” fit in the “B”?

I'm trying to find two words that describe how well a single person/object/thing would fit in with some kind of situation/grouping/place/things. A few examples: "How well does the 'Student' fit in ...
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“Close out” or just “close”

What is the difference between "close out" & just "close"? I was writing a report to my client that everything has been done and I'm closing/closing out the task/ticket now. What should be the ...
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Collective Success over Individual Action

Is there a word or phrase that captures the essence of collective success (as a group or team) over the action or accomplishment of individuals? Could be something borrowed in English from other ...
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Can a phrase including past participle be put right behind the preposition 'of'?

For all the English grammar my teacher taught me, the element put right behind the preposition 'of' can be: 1. a noun. The leg of the desk 2. gerund leading phrase which acts as a noun: The result ...
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One word/phrase describing hostel and mess management

I am currently involved in a project, where the system is required by an educational institute for managing students' hostel fees, hostel stay and mess charges. I am looking a suitable title for the ...
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How to reformulate 'honor the data'

I have written sentence like this The resulting property models from cooperative inversion honor the geophysical data My Professor wants me to reformulate the sentence, in particular he raised a ...
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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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Concise Way to Say “Small Tasks can be as Important as Big Tasks”

I need a concise way to explain this idea: Doing the small and easy tasks can be as noble (or more worthwhile) than doing the hard tasks. Examples: 100 people can be more effective by ...
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Using -rich suffix

I have to following example phrase: A movie, rich with effects Now I'd like transform it using the "-rich" suffix: Effect-rich movie At first, does such phrase sound natural? If no, is ...
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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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Understandable word for someone with normal vision

In the process of writing a document relating to an accessibility product I mention people who are blind and people who are visually impaired. However I cannot think of a good word with the average ...
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Passive version of “process” (verb)

The context is programming, if you're wondering. It's pretty straightforward to tell a Processor to Process something, but I wonder what you would tell the Processee. Is there some verb that means ...
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what is it called when a sentence includes “she hung her pants up” insead of “she hung up her pants”

the sequence is "she hung her pants up". Shouldn't it be "she hung up her pants"? Is this similar to splitting the infinitive?
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Is there a more accurate way to describe “short vowels” and “long vowels”?

I was taught in primary school about "short vowels" vs "long vowels". Although it is a simplistic way to teach children, it is also inaccurate, because the sounds are different, not just longer and ...
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How to succinctly refer to the elements of a Cartesian product of multiple lists?

I want to say: each element from the Cartesian product of the given lists in less words. Something like each combination of elements from the given lists gets closer, but at the expense of ...
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Contrasting penal substitution, a phrase for co-responsibility for another's actions?

Suppose person A is responsible for the actions of B, but in addition to, not in place of, B's own self-responsibility. This is in contrast to penal substitution where A's atonement can replace B's. ...
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Calling this kind of situation of defeat

I am looking for a phrase to describe a situation where two people are arguing and only one of them is good with words (Let's call him 'A') and the one with limited speaking skills (let's call him ...
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Set phrase for running a repeated con

I'm struggling to bring to mind a phrase which I've heard used to describe a person (or a pair of partners) that has/have practiced a scam or theft they repeat serially, usually in different places or ...
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the name (and examples) for a contrived or misleading record or distinction

What's the name for a record or other distinction (positive or otherwise) that is misleading and/or specious, because it depends on too many conditions? Or seems merely contrived from the existing ...
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How to say that a position is due to start at a certain date

I want to publish a job ad for a position in my company. We need the person that will be accepted to the job to start at a certain date in the future (2 months from now). Writing "This position ...
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What is the name of the phenomenon where speaker A repeats speaker B's wrong word unwittingly?

Bear with me. It's a fun communication pattern and I'm pretty sure it had a name, but school was so many years ago. I just can't seem to recall it, and it's really hard to search for! Speaker A: ...
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Phrase request to indicate research preference

I need some help in framing a sentence (or two). I am applying for a grad school and I am interested in working in one research area. However, I do not want to bring down my chances of admission into ...
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Where or how one comes by phrases like : “'I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request”?

"I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means "no"." How do one find more phrases like that? What are such type of phrases called?
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Phrase or word for concept of incorporation of individual preferences into single final product

What phrase or word suggestions come to mind for the concept of selecting a group of individual preferences to be incorporated into the production of a single finished product? For instance, when ...
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Is there a term for “hatred of women” besides misogyny?

The reason I ask is that at least one dictionary definition incorporates two meanings for misogyny: "hatred of women" and "entrenched prejudice against women". I want a term that means "hatred of ...
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On playing with words for naming and titling

I've watched a movie titled "Rain Fall" in which Rain was surname of the main character. The first thing that the title brings into mind is "rainfall". In fact, it's a common way of playing with words ...
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What word/phrase describes replacing an example of something with a description of it?

I am trying to explain this situation. Someone has written an example of a behavior: "When Joe goes to the grocery store he should see that it is closed". I replace this with a description of that ...
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a more formal way of saying 'ticked all the boxes'

Example: someone is on the verge of retiring, and you compliment them by saying 'you shall retire with your head held high, for you have ticked all boxes'
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How to call the first 20 banks of some rating

If we consider banks that are in the first 20 of a rating, what do we call these banks in short? I suppose we can call them "TOP-20 banks". I need this phrase in the sentence. The assets of ...
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Phrase for 'grey literature' in context of data

Grey literature, in a nutshell, are all kinds of publications that - as far as I understand - are not properly published. This includes mainly reports of institutions or companies, or manuals, ...
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What do you call a person who completed prerequisite classes for a master's degree but didn't finish their thesis?

I don't necessarily mean a single word, but a short, precise and neutral-sounding phrase that can be used in a CV. The goal is to signify that the only reason for the lack of the degree is the thesis, ...
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To “close the circle” or not to “close the circle”…?

For my thesis title, I'm thinking of using a phrase that underlines the work I do, which is to bridge the beginning and end of a workflow, to create a perpetual analytical process. To give a bit ...
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Is there a verb for the act of making an object oblate (or prolate)?

I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? I tried searching for ...
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“relaxed flying fingers” associated with ergonomic keyboard computer interface?

I want to start an open source software project and call it "relaxed flying fingers". The project is about a better keyboard interface, especially for touch typers (people typing with ten fingers). ...
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How can/should tell a person to not overuse the essays they're using for support?

We have a homework assignment in which we are supposed to critique other people's essays. One person seems to have overused their supporting essays in their rough draft. My question is, what do I ...
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Formal English - Phrase request

Please help me phrase the sentence below in a more formal manner. "Follow up on Purchase Orders to get the goods on time"
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Quotes on interest for SOP

I am writing SOP for my graduation applications and I am not able to find proper Quotes or idioms to begin my sop. Basically I want to convey that if someone set their goal in life close to their ...
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English equivalent of a Magadh saying

The Magadhi saying literally translated is: neither fucking not fucking, just farting (after) mounting a vagina! Meaning someone being unable or impotent even though wanting/showing to ...