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You could consider "debunk" To expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief). Individual cases where a stereotypical assumption is confounded might be described as someone "breaking the mold" Women Artists Who Broke the Mold


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Debunk is spot on but, if you don't mind being a little less accurate, dispel also works and I've seen it in this context quite frequently. I am posting this in order to dispel the myths and rumours that answers posted three hours after the question never get upvotes.


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Disprove means "to show that (something) is false or wrong." So you could say, for example, "A recent study disproves the myth that girls are bad at sports."


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Wikipedia mentions the following: Diogenes Laërtius records the legend that he died by throwing himself into an active volcano (Mount Etna in Sicily), so that people would believe his body had vanished and he had turned into an immortal god; the volcano, however, threw back one of his bronze sandals, revealing the deceit. Although I cannot say I ever ...


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"in scenarios that come straight from Kafka" is not an idiom, and I will leave the matter of Kafka and cultural reference to others, but I think your question is a reasonable one and I'd like to point out that the phrase in question actually contains something that can be used idiomatically, in a sense, and that is the following phrasal template: "come ...


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It's not an idiom, it's a literary reference. Saying something comes "straight from Kafka" implies it is dark and disturbing to the point of being surreal. Franz Kafka was a Bohemian (Czech) writer who wrote strange stories of the grotesque and terrifying. In his most famous, Metamorphosis, the protagonist is inexplicably transformed into a gigantic bug ...


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This gesture is known as wagging (or shaking) one's finger at someone. Someone using the most aggressive form of the gesture could be said to be wagging their finger in the other person's face. See here for the results of a Google Images search for "wagging his finger".


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This poem/proverb is saying that the old friends are gold (more valuable than silver): “Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other is gold”


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I think it's OK with break the stereotype. I suggest also demolish, get rid of, eliminate the stereotype, and explode, shatter, ruin the myth.


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According to The Phrase Finder, the origin is simpler and more intuitive than the legends about it might suggest: 'A frog in the throat': is an American phrase that entered the language towards the end of the 19th century. The expression doesn't have a fanciful derivation (see more on that below) but comes directly from the fact that a hoarse ...


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It means that the person saying it is not listening so you may as well talk to their hand. It's often extended to something like "Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't listening". I believe an image will help here:


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Mythbusting Only nerds will understand this reference to the TV show Mythbusters, but this could be suitable depending on your audience. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBusters


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It means that actions have consequences.


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A more colorful phrase to describe your situation is that someone is putting the lie to a myth or cliche. This is usually used to describe something which belies some usually-overreaching claim or statement, and has a somewhat triumphant air of "Ah-hah! I have found a clear counterexample to this absurd statement!" As an example, from last month's ...


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One vivid way to describe the act of moving one's forefinger toward the other person's face is "jabbing [one's] finger." A Google search turns up multiple examples of this usage. From Laura Simon, Dreams of Paradise (1991): "It's a legitimate business from which I fully expect to realize a profit. I wouldn't have started it otherwise. I would have sent ...


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Cougar (slang): an older woman seeking a sexual relationship with a younger man. Per the Huffington Post: And while celebrities like Demi Moore, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Sharon Stone may have helped officially introduce the word "cougar" into the English Oxford Dictionary (formally defined as "older women seeking a sexual relationship with ...


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A common expression is to lose the spark in a relashionship: ( from TFD) vivacity, enthusiasm, or humour 5 Reasons Your Relationship Has Lost Its Spark. Why the Spark Fades in a Relationship. Countless couples complain of losing the “spark” in their relationship. Some chalk it up to evolved differences, a slow growing apart, or sheer ...


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to refute a myth to refute: Prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false; disprove. OxfordDictionaries.com A simple google search shows that to refute a myth is indeed actually used widely enough. It is also used in books, as seen in this Google Ngram Viewer (which also shows how the phrase compares with the more popular to debunk a myth). ...


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Logophilia: The love of words. Logophile: (from TFD) One who appreciates and enjoys words. Someone who loves words is called a logophile. Despite there being quite a few of us word-lovers, logophile is not common enough to find its way into most dictionaries. Logophile comes from two Greek roots--logos, meaning "speech, ...


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"Lost its lustre" is a nice way of putting it. Lustre - 1A gentle sheen or soft glow. 1.2 Glory or distinction. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/lustre "We grew apart" is a more relationship-specific phrase.


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You could say that the relationship has grown stale. Dictionary.com: 4. having lost freshness, vigor, quick intelligence, initiative, or the like, as from overstrain, boredom, or surfeit: He had grown stale on the job and needed a long vacation.


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There is a wikipedia article on talk to the hand: "Talk to the hand" (or "tell it to the hand") is an English language slang phrase associated with the 1990s. It originated as a contemptuous way of saying one does not want to hear what the person who is speaking is saying. A well known example would be this scene from Terminator 3.


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If you wanted to include a connotation of inevitability, you could say the relationship had run its course (though that also implies it is over, or nearly so).


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About treatment of words or a language .... Glossophilia is a love of language, be it foreign or native. The term refers to people with a love for language and the structure of language.


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I'm assuming you're referring to the Madonna song "Let It Will Be". First off, songs are not a reliable source for grammatically accurate English. You won't find a native speaker that thinks "let it will be" is good grammar. Most likely, Madonna is using "let it will be" as a corruption of "let it be." The refrain: That it will be Just let it be Oh ...


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The phrase straight from Kafka may not be an established idiom per se, but in an X straight from Y could be considered idiomatic. The phrase essentially means reminiscent of or according to the school of. Check out this excerpt from a ballet review: The Age of Anxiety is based upon the 1946 poem by W H Auden, depicting the lives of four New Yorkers who ...


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You can puncture a myth or stereotype: VERB 2 Cause a sudden collapse of (mood or feeling): EXAMPLE SENTENCES the earlier mood of optimism was punctured The company has punctured this fragile mood of optimism with a miscalculation of astonishing proportions. Worse still is the title track - eight-and-a-half minutes of tedium and ...


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In AmE, we might say putting your finger in my face or more commonly take your finger out of my face. I cannot answer for what our special friends across the pond say, but I'm sure it's quite interesting whatever it is. See google images search for plenty.


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Finger-pointing is a noun which means, according to Merriam-Webster, the act of blaming someone for a problem instead of trying to fix or solve it It seems that its literal way of interpretation, that of really pointing your finger towards somebody, is not very obvious. Probably not the best phrase you want. To me, finger-pointing lacks the heat connoted ...


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"I finally got that monkey off my back" is a common, colorful idiom that applies if the task in question was nagging at you. It likely doesn't apply if you merely forgot about it for a long time until now; it can't be a monkey on your back if you don't notice it at all. But monkeys on your back are there for a long time, by their nature. The task need not ...



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