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An arabic phrase 'not doing something to a person's likings, deficient' equivalent?

The phrase in arabic is 'مقصر في شيء', it literally means 'deficient in something'. So for example, if a wife said it about her husband, it would mean that he's doing some of what is asked and ...
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Term to define a specific tactic used when engaged in an argument

As a tactic to "win" an argument, when one party has accepted responsibility for a specific action, the insatiable second party repeatedly finds/adds/remembers another infraction for the first party ...
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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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Phrase/expression for “growing at my own speed”

I'm writing the acknowledgments-section of my thesis and want to thank my academic advisor for his patience and support, and for allowing me to "grow at my own speed". I'm looking for a concise way to ...
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Is there a word that means to see something but not be able to describe?

I'm looking for a word that describes the feeling or situation you are in when you can't find words to describe something you experience. Similar to being speechless but more specifically in regard to ...
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“I hope it will be useful for you like” + verb

I'm writing down few notes about a technical argument, I'm doing it also to understand them better, so in my intro I'm saying: If you are reading this, I hope it will be useful for you like ...
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equivalent to 'my Liver lobes'

In arabic, the organ 'the liver' has a noticeable role in language as does 'the heart'. For example, We say, in the heart of the city. But we also say, Zuhr prayer begins when the sun is at the liver ...
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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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Non-pejorative word/phrase for “social justice warrior”

The term "social justice warrior" appears to have been coined as a pejorative term, and Urban Dictionary defines it thus: A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently ...
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What is a word that describes a perfectionist that only judges their own work?

That person doesn't need to do everything perfect but only specifically focused on the things they're talented in. Also that person doesn't care what others think of their standard or judge another ...
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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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Is ‘return good’ an idiomatic response?

Can I reply to someone's ‘Thank you’ with ‘return good’? For example: A: Thank you for all your advice and guidance. B: You're welcome, I hope it will return good on you.
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Can I use “short of being exhaustive” in this case?

I'm making a list and want the reader to know that this list is not complete, that it is only a part of a larger list... Is it correct to say "this list is short of being exhaustive" in this case? Is ...
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Phrase indicating recruiters should not offer services in response to a job opening

In Dutch, there's a specific phrase / idiom you can use when posting a job opening to indicate that it's not appreciated if recruitment agencies offer to find a candidate for you ("Acquisitie naar ...
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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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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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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 emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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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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“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 ...