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In business context, I would say, "Finish the project when (whenever) it is convenient for you before the deadline". I have never heard someone say, "Please finish it as late as possible" which would be understood as the speaker wants you to finish the project at the latest moment before the deadline. But, if you say "when it is convenient for you", it ...


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I would say "at your convenience". This gives the impression that the person should complete the work but within the time period he is comfortable and fits into his schedule. E.g., Please complete the project at your convenience, but keep in mind the deadline.


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Of a certain age: who are not young: Adults of a certain age might want to spend a couple of hundred dollars more for a larger monitor that will be much easier on their eyes. Usage notes: used to avoid saying middle aged or old. Used also in a humorous sense: Somebody of a certain age: used to avoid saying that a ...


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The question is a little unclear about the request. Some readers have interpreted it as "finish at any time you like", some as "finish any time you like, as long as it is before the deadline" and some as "start as late as you can, while still finishing before the deadline." I have read it as the latter meaning. This is not an unusual approach in projects - ...


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"X of a certain age" is an intentional vagueness, specific sounding euphemism that is entirely context dependent, on both general culture and the conversational topic, but is more often lately used to mean barely more specifically, later middle age. As a euphemism, it is directed non-specifically to a target range of age that is undesirable or otherwise not ...


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Catch-22 To use it in a sentence, "It's a catch-22" or "It's a catch-22 situation" From Google's definition of Catch-22: a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions. "a catch-22 situation" (Paraphrased very slightly) from Wikipedia's Catch-22 (logic): A catch-22 is ...


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The terms are often confused, probably for the fact that some people think that tact is a short for tactic (which is similar to tack): Tact is sensitivity in social situations. A tack is a course or an approach (the word has nautical origins). When switching courses or taking a different approach, one changes tack, not tact. Tact often appears in ...


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Wild goose chase: (via dictionary.com) Definition: a wild or absurd search for something nonexistent or unobtainable Example: a wild-goose chase looking for a building long demolished


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"chasing rainbows" seems like a good choice. trying to achieve something that is not possible or practical TFD e.g. He wanted to go into show business, but friends told him to quit chasing rainbows. I'm always chasing rainbows Watching clouds drifting by My schemes are just like all my dreams Ending in the sky... (lyrics by Joseph McCarthy) or ...


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This sounds like a chicken and egg situation. a situation in which it is impossible to say which of two things existed first and which caused the other It's a chicken and egg situation - I don't know whether I was bad at the sciences because I wasn't interested in them or not interested in them and therefore not good at them. Cambridge Idioms ...


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I would go with "as time permits". It's not an idiom, as far as I've been able to discover, but I've heard it quite frequently. Finish the project as time permits, but before the deadline.


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I'd just say No hurry or No Rush after describing what to do. Sometimes, please take your time.


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Try jack of all trades. It means you're good at many things and have a variety of skills. A word would be versatile. Addition - If the above two options don't work for you, try a fancy word that would make you sound smart and good at english, just the way you want them to think of you, good at many things, a protean.


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An 1844 translation of Wilhelm Meinhold, Mary Schweidler, The Amber Witch (1838) describes the conclusion of a trial for witchcraft that supposedly occurred in 1630 (the book was a piece of fiction but was presented as an old document discovered by the author, in the manner of James Macpherson's discoveries of the works of Ossian). First the judge pronounces ...


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Quite avoiding terms like Renaissance Man I'd suggest versatile. 2: embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills; also : turning with ease from one thing to another Reference: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/versatile


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Keeping it simple: "I have a wide range of interests, including...". But be forewarned, each of your example subjects can be broken up into smaller subjects, some of which you may actually dislike! The more you learn, the more you discover how little you really know!


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Borrowing from my Scrum experience, I'd like to throw in Last Responsible Moment; basically, leave it until the point before it would become a problem. Just one definition: http://www.innolution.com/resources/glossary/last-responsible-moment-lrm


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As you noted, "infinite feedback loop" is not the right term (and not just because your situation has nothing to do with software). That sounds more like a runaway success story, which is quite the opposite of your situation. If you wanted to borrow technical jargon from programming, it would be deadlock: In concurrent programming, a deadlock is a ...


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Most of the replies here imply a level of skill. Being interested at something doesn't necessarily mean being good at it. If you're simply looking tor something that means interest in subjects, here are some suggestions: eclectic tastes varied interests diverse hobbies engrossed in many subjects a kaleidoscope of topics (feel free to pick & mix)


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There's no need to complicate it with an unnecessary catchphrase: Just say what the requirements are. "Take as much time as you like" would be a good way to put it - which is the way you put it in the question, and would be fully understood (and also understood that you still need to actually finish it on time). If you need to emphasize how unimportant ...


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In my experience, it's most often used colloquially to simply refer to "at our/their time of life". Looking it up, the consensus is that it means "no longer young", e.g. the freedictionary definition of simply who are not young. The Urban Dictionary definition is a little more direct: Ironically polite term for a woman who does not want her actual age ...


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The earliest Google Books match I could find for "[women] of a certain age" is from The Spectator, number 53 (May 1, 1711), and it takes the expression in an unexpected direction: Epictetus, that plain honest philosopher, as little as he had of gallantry, appears to have understood them [women], as well as the polite St. Evremont, and has hit this point ...


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Its not an idiom. The "the" here is not synonymous with "any". "The" is the definite article. It refers to a specific military. Which one in particular will have to be determined by context. Generally it would be the military of the country you are in, but it may also be the military of the country you are talking about. For instance Americans in ...


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Try eleventh hour the latest possible time before it is too late A definition from wikitonary for eleventh hour A point in time which is almost too late, the last minute


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By definition, having a deadline implies that you need to finish by a certain date/time and are free to use ALL of the time between now and the deadline but anyways I would use phrases such as: Please have this project done by mm/dd/yyyy or This project should be finished no later than mm/dd/yyyy or This project cannot go beyond mm/dd/yyyy ...


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An informal way to express this would be "Make sure you meet the deadline, but there are no prizes for finishing early" or You don't get a prize if you finish early.


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My boss asks me to trick his manager into thinking that we are very busy to avoid getting more work. He would ask me to 'delay' the delivery of the work and provide it to him and his manager 'as late as possible' but by the deadline. I think he is right. 'As late as possible' in this context is perfectly acceptable as the exact opposite as 'as early as ...


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How about chasing shadows? It could also mean things that once were or that one is always trailing behind. But it is always something that you will not catch. Or chasing/following/looking for a red herring. A fish that does not exist. You could also consider using this in a more poetic way if you for instance have established some other creature with a ...


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Polymath could work: I'm a bit of a polymath: I like maths but also love history and am pretty good at sports. This fits the "not arrogant" part as long as you say it in a self-deprecating way, perhaps with a smile and a slightly sardonic tone. From Wikipedia: A polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject ...


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You could use staples: in your case it sounds like you're talking about office staples which shouldn't be confused with the little bits of metal used to hold documents together (which themselves would be an example of an "office staple", ie regularly bought item), but the term can be used for household shopping too. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/staples



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