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“To jog in stride with someone, particularly in silence.”

Looking for a single word, or short phrase, in any language, that approximates to that concept: "to jog in stride with someone, particularly in silence." This - if our collective wisdom can find it - ...
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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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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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When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”

I know that "Would you mind… ?" (the Present Conditional) is more polite than "Do you mind…?" (the Simple Present), and also, that they have to be completed this way: "Do you mind if I do sth?/Would ...
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Is there a word in English that essentially means “I” or “we” in formal context?

In Swedish there is a word, "undertecknad", which would refer the author of a piece of text. It is an expression used in formal context when you try to objectify yourself (and avoid saying "I") out of ...
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What's the meaning of “as your concern allows”

What is the meaning of "as your concern allows" in this context: Keep in touch as your concerns allow. The above sentence was preceded by the sentence: We seem to be out of sync in reading ...
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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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Is there a term for a grammatical construction like “Exhibit A”?

Is there a term for names that consist of a noun or noun phrase followed by an ordinal letter or numeral? For example: Exhibit A The Land Before Time IV Patient Zero Perhaps ordinal proper noun or ...
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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 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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“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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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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Word for knowing what one wants to do, but not knowing how to do it

I often imagine my dream softwares, but I do not know how to program them into reality. What words, that are more fitting than impotent and ignorant, are there for a practical, non-verbal "tip of the ...
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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 does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
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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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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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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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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 ...