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Do these phrases have any sense? [on hold]

To besmirch the honor of mr. Johnson. When we compare mr. Johnson with mr. Jackson, we disrespect the latter one (is it understandable that 'the latter one' refers to mr. Jackson?).
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A more formal way of saying “pointing out”

The goal of an edge detection algorithm is identifying pixels that belong to an edge of an object in an image ... The rest of the sentence should say something along the lines of "and point ...
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5answers
106 views

A word that represents a group of people working to achieve a common goal or dream

I am working on a project that involves bringing people together who share common goals or dreams. Is there a word or phrase to describe groups of people who are working together to accomplish these ...
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Alternative ways to say “I cannot answer that question”? [closed]

I'm getting bored of repeating the same "I can't answer that" phrase over and over. I'm trying other phrases, like "I'll leave that to your imagination," but that one sounds too weird. Specifically, ...
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227 views

What is the best word to describe an “object of importance” without inquiring about its past? (i.e. not memento)

I'm looking for a word to describe a gift. The way I am using this word is to describe the item in way that a person who receives this gift would almost worship it because it means so much. The words ...
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4answers
565 views

A French Phrase Similar to “Expertise”

I am looking for a phrase that is used occasionally in English as a near synonym of "expertise". For some reason, "coup d'mentarie" keeps going through my mind, but I don't believe this actually means ...
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4answers
177 views

What is a term for the “process of copying somebody's work/invention”?

I need a phrase to mean process of copying somebody's work is in the context of industry/manufacturing. Is there a concise phrase with the meaning similar to "plagiarism" by a competitor in business ...
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3answers
108 views

What is another way to describe an action based on a previous action?

In a turn-based game, each player's turn is based upon the turn their opponent took before them. You could say that each action taken in the game is an action based upon the previous action taken in ...
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Is there a single word which means "turned out to be''?

I am trying to shorten a sentence which is somewhat structured as follows: {something} turned out to be {something} Is there a single word that could replace turned out to be? (example): I ...
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141 views

Love in a hating way

Is there a word (or a phrase at least) that means to love in a hating way (hatefully, execrably) ? There is "Love–hate relationship" but it is more like a psychological term. I'm looking for a "noun" ...
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127 views

What is a word for someone who loves to experience?

What is a word for someone who loves to experience? A philomath is someone who loves to learn. Wanderlust describes a strong desire to travel. In that vein, is there a word for someone who seeks to ...
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190 views

Is there a word for the ideas you get while showering?

Is there a word for the ideas you get while showering? Doubtful there's an English word for that, but I'd be open to words from other languages as well.
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1answer
94 views

What is the word for a phrase which uses a homonym with two of its meanings?

For example, the phrase "I'm stuck on Band-Aid and Band-Aid's stuck on me" or "He books time to read books".
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1answer
136 views

Word for 'Teeth Chattering'

Is there any word or phrase for teeth chattering due to cold?
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1answer
274 views

Words for a person who imposes [closed]

I need a few words that describe a person who is imposing, in a context of overstaying his welcome. Someone that is present unwelcomed and you can't do your usual routines until the person is gone. A ...
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7answers
312 views

An old fashioned word or phrase that describes a meditative walk

An old fashioned word or phrase that describes a meditative walk. It's not a constitutional but it's something that Ben Franklin, or Thomas Edison would do to clear their mind, rejuvenate, reconnect, ...
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3answers
332 views

What is the word for two-part phrases where the second (or first) half drops off?

I remember some time ago learning a word for phrases where, over time, people forget the second (or first) half. So for example, the phrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" is often shortened to ...
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327 views

word/phrase for “treating the problem rather than the symptom”?

Is there a word that mean's the equivalent (or close to) the expression "treat the problem rather than the symptom" ? If not, is there a concise way to say this? For example, in discussing ...
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1answer
159 views

Is it okay to say “that which”?

I know that there are certain times to use "that" (for restricting the noun) and certain times to use "which" (for adding information). How about "that which"?: Truth is that which conforms to ...
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Is there a word for when a problem's understood complexity grows exponentially as you work on it?

Example: Hey Joe, can you fix simple problem A? Sure, Sally, no problem! After all it's simple, right? But A is then found to have dependent sub-problems B and C; B to have dependent ...
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3answers
152 views

“This is actually true” vs. [sic]

I often find myself in need of a short expression, to emphasize that what I just wrote (not quoted) is actually true. In cases of paradoxes or illogical truths for instance, like The Monty Hall ...
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1answer
233 views

What do you call a statement like “How to perform a change of ownership” [closed]

What do you call a statement similar to the following? "How to perform a change of ownership" I wish to request user input by asking a question such as: "Please enter your title in the ...
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5answers
618 views

Ruining something for someone else (spoils of war?)

Lately I've been thinking of a saying that describes the following: Ruining something for someone else, for the sole purpose of it not being useful any more to the other party, even though you do ...
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How do you say “hands-on experience” with this technology to an interviewer?

Generally, I would tell an interviewer that I have "hands-on experience" with this technology, by which I mean that my experience in this field is very limited, but quite efficient and knowledgeable. ...
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2answers
320 views

Expression for the way of dressing to avoid attention

What is a word or phrase to describe the way you're dressing or dressing in a way to avoid/not attract attention to yourself? For example, a celebrity going out in public would want to dress in a ...
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6answers
723 views

One's brilliant vocabulary and a tendency to show it off [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s a big-vocabulary word for someone with a big vocabulary? There are people who are blessed with a remarkable knowledge of vocabulary and diction – people who can ...
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417 views

Word or expression for comments that are technically correct but unhelpful

I think all programmers among us will be familiar with this scenario. You spend several days writing some code and submit it to be tested by someone else. The points that they return, though valid, ...
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1answer
332 views

Substituting special characters or numerals for letters/word parts

Is there a word or phrase to describe a substituting a dingbat, special character or number for a letter or portion of a word? Examples: The Chicago Bulls successfully achieved a 3peat. "In ...
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4answers
407 views

Simple word/ slang for “Re-share a content”

I need a simple(commonly used/known) word or short slang(2 words max.) which means to re-share a piece of information with your network of friends. Something just like "Share" on social networks. ...
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324 views

Adjective/adverb for “taboo”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that means something along the lines of "the exhilaration of taboo". Here's the context for what I'm looking for: "It was strange and [blank] to walk around and see ...
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396 views

Word (or shorter phrase for) “evaluate the relationship between”? [closed]

I am creating a poster to describe some research I have done. Listing the objectives I have something like (edit: using more sensible comparisons): Evaluate the relationship between height and ...
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How to describe gesture to shut up?

I want to use a word/phrase/idiom etc. to describe someone action by which they try to stop another person talk or sharing their plans. I want specifically to use it in following situation: ...
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4answers
843 views

Word for a shop which sells materials used in making clothing

What generic word/phrase can I use for materials like zipper, buttons, threads and needles, etc which are used in making clothes? I want to use this word to describe a shop which sells these things.
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3answers
2k views

Word for thing with positive and negative consequences

What word can I use for a thing with positive and negative consequences? For example, taking a cab rather than driving has its advantages and disadvantages.
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5answers
139 views

Word for tower used for keeping watch by security [closed]

What word can I use for a tower where security personnel stand to keep watch on an area?
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1answer
440 views

Phrase or word for animal freezing in response to danger

I'm looking for a technical (medical or biological) term for when an animal freezes in response to a perceived danger. This is a pretty well known phenomenon ...
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2answers
299 views

A phrase to show that something is deeply personal

The context here is that I'm translating from Spanish a phrase which has a wonderful suggestion of deep intimacy. I want to keep the translation as literal as possible but also to maintain the emotion ...
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8answers
616 views

Is there a name/term for phrasing something such that to disagree implicates yourself?

For example: Now available in all good stores. . . where to not agree to stock an item suggests that your store is not good, or: All rational people agree that. . . where to refuse to ...
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2answers
264 views

Stealing something for remembrance - is there any single word for the meaning?

Is there any single word for the meaning "Stealing something for remembrance". Or how well can we tell this.
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4answers
216 views

Most accurate word for coercing an action or behavior from someone?

Alice has a sensitive secret about Bob. She threatens Bob that if he does not act a certain way, she will reveal the secret. What is the most accurate term for Alice's coercion? Blackmail is related ...
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3answers
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Equivalent of homonym for terms and phrases

A homonym is a word with two distinct meanings, for instance: chase (from dict.org) To pursue for the purpose of killing or taking, as an enemy, or game; to hunt. [1913 Webster] ...
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Is there a term for a self-fulfilling sentence?

I am wondering if there is a term for sentences that describe what the sentence accomplishes. For example, the phrase "I'm warning you." The sentence simultaneously does the warning and says it is ...
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“Pot calling the kettle black” … but what if the kettle isn't black (figuratively speaking)?

The pot calling the kettle black is a well accepted idiom in English, and has many equivalents in other languages. But there are some occasions when this phrase is not quite appropriate. When one ...
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How can I describe someone who changes clothes frequently?

Suppose one of your friends puts on different clothes every day. Is there any word or phrase to describe someone like that? I think luxury is not very close to that meaning.
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The friend who has the same dream

Is there any phrase or just a word for a person (a friend or someone else) who has the same dream (goal, purpose) as someone else? How can I define it in English? For instance: We both want to ...
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4answers
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Is there a single word that could describe the phrase “makes it look easy”?

As an example, consider this sentence: When Roger Federer plays tennis, he just "makes it look so easy". A single word or maybe a smaller phrase that I could replace it with?
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A word like “hundreds” but for multiples of 10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to use “tens of” and “hundreds of”? Take this example: Hundreds of pieces were used to create it. What if the amount were something ...
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4answers
217 views

When a patient goes to the doctor and does not have a health insurance plan, how is this appointment classified?

When a patient goes to the doctor without a health insurance plan, is there a term for this kind of appointment? Just to give a context: Me: I want to schedule an appointment Secretary: What is ...
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4answers
449 views

The friend who travels with you

I am trying find a phrase or just a word that expresses the friend who travels with you along your trip or journey. You are my best ____ . How can I call this person?
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What's the most accurate term for phrases such as “storm in a teacup” and “making mountains out of molehills”?

Are phrases such as "storm in a teacup" and "making mountains out of molehills" best described by one of these terms: anecdote proverb saying expression metaphor If not, which term is the right ...