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Dec
8
comment I am looking for a better term than “hidden and unwanted or damaging”
Can you give more context, please?
Aug
8
comment Why is a dead man like a plumber's candle?
@Jim Presumably, writers' choices of similes do have something to do with the English language.
Aug
8
comment Why is a dead man like a plumber's candle?
@Jim That's my deduction as well. But I want confirmation. The author is using that expression as if it were a known idiom - but apparently it isn't. So I want to hear from people who are familiar with it.
Aug
8
comment Why is a dead man like a plumber's candle?
@Jim I understand the word pale. That's why I asked "What has all that to do with colour?" :) But I still don't see what's special about a plumber's candle's colour.
Feb
13
comment Term for something similar to vetting, but when a decision is not necessarily involved
+1 for the heads-up, the other two words feel a bit too contrived.
Oct
25
comment Single word to express an object having a larger radius
@JohnY I mean the actual state. If A is at rest it does not exhibit the property.
Oct
25
comment Single word to express an object having a larger radius
@AndrewLeach precisely
Oct
25
comment Single word to express an object having a larger radius
@AndrewLeach Well, in the rubber band example it's not really larger at all, as both objects have the same mass etc (they are also homeomorphic) .It's just that one sort of extends more in space.
Jun
2
comment Meaning of “high as cheese”
@JohnLawler: Thanks, now I get it!
Jun
2
comment Does “the cornet of horse” mean a knight/rider?
To be even more precise, I think cornet here is meant as a subaltern rank: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornet_%28military_rank%29
May
12
comment What are “shrewd turns”?
Thanks, that's very helpful!
Feb
8
comment What is the origin / reason for adding asterisks within swear words like f**k?
Can you expound more on the hieroglyphics angle?
Feb
8
comment Idiom wanted for means and ends
I like this - it certainly does capture the spirit. If there are no other suggestions for a few days, I'll accept it.
Feb
8
comment Idiom wanted for means and ends
@EdwinAshworth: Indeed. Like I said, it's a somewhat cynical phrase.
Feb
8
comment Idiom wanted for means and ends
@Robusto "The end justifies the means" doesn't capture the conditional nature of the justification - the means are justified if they worked but not otherwise. Usually this expression implies a measure of cynicism.
Dec
30
comment What would be a good idiom for this?
@MετάEd: I'm sorry, what's the connection?
Dec
30
comment What would be a good idiom for this?
@RoaringFish: It's a wide-ranging idiom. For instance, you can use it in engineering when you use an approximate method to get cheaply/quickly an otherwise expensive outcome.