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Questions tagged [expression-requests]

for questions looking for a specific expression.

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What's the word for software that benefits third parties at the expense of the user? [closed]

A few examples of what I'm talking about: Android has a permissions system that allows two values for each access request from installed software: yes or no. However if Android tried to benefit the ...
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Is there any expression for explaining that someone justifies his wrongdoings by mentioning the others'?

Is there any expression for explaining that someone justifies his wrongdoings by mentioning the others'? For example, when someones says that because everyone cheats, I also can cheat.
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a word (or a phrase) available when you just remembered something

Imagine a situation as mentioned below. You are talking with your friend, get satisfied, finish the talk, and open the door to go out, but suddenly you remember something to tell and say to him, "Oh,...
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How to describe a level that is a bit harder than “a piece of cake”

I am struggling to describe a process that is a bit harder than a piece of cake - meaning it will take a little bit of effort to figure it out but not that hard. Is there any phrase or slang that I ...
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The expression to describe free serving of food/drink

Imagine this situation. A man finally achieves what he has been trying to achieve for long. When he gets the news, he is sitting in a restaurant. Elated, he asks the restaurant manager to serve all ...
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Term for wiping hands together to get dirt off?

What is a term for wiping hands together to get dirt off? For example, when someone falls down and they push themselves up and clean their hands by sort of clapping but then rubbing sideways.
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Word for pleasing someone sexually because you care about them even though you don't like it?

Closest words that come to mind are: pleasing or pleasuring, but somehow these don't catch the meaning. Do you guys know any other words? Context: "I often thought about what I felt. If I were to ...
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Is there a word or phrase defining a bad faith argument that something is not worth doing?

I feel like there is a logical fallacy or bad faith argument for a claim that something is pointless, worthless, or has no effect: "Contact your congresspeople!" "There's no point. It doesn't do ...
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at the surface question

"When the round steel bar is magnetised by passing alternating current through its length flux density is greatest at the surface" I found it in the book written by English people I don't know why ...
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What's a word for peaking early in a given endeavor?

Looking for a word/phrase that expresses you hit the pinnacle of your success early and it's all downhill from there. "Early bloomer" is the closest I can think of but that implies you learned fast ...
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Gender-neutral “Jane Doe” / “John Doe”

Is there a gender-neutral alternative to "Jane Doe" / "John Doe"? I would like to provide an example of signed form, but how to avoid using gender when it comes to names? Is there some widely-used ...
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Word for two very particular phrases

So I remember seeing a really specific Wikipedia (I think) page describing an odd occurrence in English. It was used to describe two idioms that mean the same thing, but are phrased differently due to ...
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Other ways to say “living in the gray” [closed]

Life is not black and white. There seldom is a definitive right or wrong. We need to learn to live in the gray. We need to consider and take aspects from each side in order to make practical life ...
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"lends credence to…' [closed]

The expression "lends credence to the conjecture" is standard. I was wondering if it sounds hyperformal or affected and can be replaced by "provides evidence as to the validity of the conjecture", "...
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An expression for the trigger of something that was inevitable [duplicate]

I'm looking for a way to describe the thing that finally triggers something after rising tensions. For example, some isolated incident triggers massive protests, but the protests are really due to ...
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Looking for an idiom or expression synonymous with “where force fails, skill and patience will prevail”

I am looking for an idiom or expression, conveying the same meaning as this one - Where force fails, skill and patience will prevail. I do not know whether this one is used in English, so I am looking ...
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To swear in the church [closed]

In Norwegian we use an expression which in direct translation means: to swear in church The expression is used in a situation where you give your opinion that is totally outrageous in the eyes of ...
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Looking for a two-word phrase which describes one item or thing which is the most common or important of the group

Consider a group of five avatars in a game. An event occurs, and only one of the five is the most closely related to that event. What two-word phrase describes this?
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English phrase for complimenting an experienced person

There is an expression in Chinese: 姜是老的辣 It literally means old ginger is spicy, which means experienced senior person should be respected due to their knowledge and experiences. Is there an ...
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What do you call the early days of flu recovery

Is there a word for the first day or two that you start to feel better after having the flu, or something like that, fairly sick and feverish for 3-5 days. That period when you are well enough to ...
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What is it called when the majority moves and leaves behind a small group of people effectively exiling those people but without forcing them to move

For example, me and 7 of my friends are sitting at a lunch table. 3 other people sit down at the same table. We (the 8 of us) leave that table and and sit down at another. This effectively exiles us ...
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A donkey does not know what kind of fruit persimmon is

The above-mentioned idiom comes from my native language. We use it when we are referring to a person ( often tasteless and unsophisticated one ) who finds it hard to appreciate a good thing or does ...
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What would be a good expression for “currently widely used and accessible”?

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: "-Support for currently widely used and accessible interfaces and devices." However, I do not want to use "currently widely used and accessible", ...
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Word to refer to a mother/father who has daughters vs. having sons

I was wondering if there is an English word or short phrase referring to a mother/father of sons as opposed to a mother/father of daughters (and vice versa). The situation could be that someone who ...
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Expression for “unconsciously using words (or accents) used by a person you often talk with or listen to”?

Is there an expression for the blanks in the following situation? You have a friend who isn't from where you're from and speaks in an accent different from yours. At first you feel strange with it, ...
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Trouble thinking of a term or colloquialism for “much much more”

There is a saying that is on the tip of my tongue that basically means "immeasurably more than". I think it's related to "factor" but I just cannot place it. I also feel like it's commonly used in a ...
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What is the term for a city that is supposed to be a utopia, but is actually evil? [closed]

Once of the best examples of what I'm trying to get the term for is Wonder City, in the Batman games. It was built to be a futuristic haven with clean energy, robot sentries, and laws to "stop the ...
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Which expression means “total number of lecture hours in a course”?

I want a word or short expression that signifies the total number of lecture hours in a course. This is something I want to write in a syllabus along with other relevant data about the course. The ...
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What's the opposite of the hammer and nail saying?

Everyone knows about the hammer and nail saying, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail," but that's just one end of the spectrum. On the other end, there's the problem of ...
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A formal way to say “she used hand gestures to ask why”

I am writing a copy on an ADHD child's clinical assessment. In one part of the assessment, the clinician pretends not to be able to blow a balloon. Instead of using verbal language to ask what ...
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Word (or expression) meaning to reply without answering

Every now and again I ask a question to someone and while they provide a response, they fail to actually answer my question. A few examples are as follows: Q: What does HR do? A: HR stuff. ...
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What is the difference between “in which” and plain “which”? [closed]

What is the difference between "in which" and plain "which"? Can they be used interchangeably? For instance what is the difference between these two sentences: The party in which I attended was fun. ...
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Expression/Idiom of talking on a wide range of topics

Is there an expression you could use to describe the contents you have in your mind when you can talk about a wide range of topics to people or you're a good talker? Or better words for topics/...
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Expression or word that means “a tactic is stolen by the enemy and used against oneself” [duplicate]

I'm looking for something different from Word for “to use someone's own tactics against them”. I'm considering a scenario in which one intends to use a certain tactic to defend oneself against some ...
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Phrases for two methods that are different but both can solve the same task?

I want to describe a type of pairs , that method1 and method2 have different implementations/settings, but both can be used to solve the same task. My questions are: Is there any terms/phrases or ...
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An expression, idiom, or phrase meaning “I lied” or “they are lying” or “to tell a lie”, etc? [closed]

Looking for an expression, idiom, or phrase that would indicate a lie is being told, or was told, etc. I will not be using this phrase as part of a sentence, so I can't give an example. I just ...
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Word or phrase meaning to criticise or mock someone without mentioning their name

Is there a word or phrase meaning to criticise or mock someone without mentioning their name? On Twitter, people are able to search the site for references to their own name, so people often '...
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Please give me some suggestions [closed]

I am a new student to learn English. But I can't make sentence good enough. So suggest me please, how can I .
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Word/expression request & expression explanation [closed]

First: What's the term for someone who lives a very simple life with just enough to survive on? Second: What's the meaning of the expression "a life of roots"?
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Correct word for hiding/roaming

Imagine the cops are looking for a criminal. That criminal is hiding but not for long in one place. He is changing places all over the world and continuously hiding . What is the correct word or ...
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Word for disappointed and dejected (slightly irritated too?) at the same time

So imagine you ask a person a serious question, and they make light of it. You feel a certain emotion which I'm trying to find the name for. Your shoulders may slump. Face and body seem to relax. ...
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An expression for “ linking something that has happened to a particular reason or circumtance”?

How to express linking an unfavourable incident that has happened to a particular reason or circumstance? For example: A team lost a competition and is being consoled by their coach. Their coach ...
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Different ways to smile?

As the title indicates, I was looking for ways to poetically, or idiomatically describe ways to smile, or interesting ones anyway. I find that I always switch back to the most basic descriptive ways ('...
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Formulation for making a binding choice in an online application

I need a formulation that clearly indicates that a binding choice is made by pressing a button. The expression is written on a Button, so it has to be concise. I currently use "Select X bindingly", ...
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Is there an olfactory equivalent expression to “the scenic route”?

"Taking the scenic route" implies taking a less direct alternative to the most direct route toward some destination for the purpose of experiencing more interesting scenery along the way. So, is there ...
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When somebody pushes a chair over, how do you instruct him to put it up back so it stands?

My child sometimes pushes a chair over so that the chair lies flat on the floor. I'd like to instruct the child to make the chair stand again. Pull up a chair seems to be more close to the meaning of ...
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Term for people in the same life situation

What is a term for people in the same life situation? Like, people who have the same health issue, or pregnant women.
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Word/phrase for copying down incorrectly

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe when someone copies something down incorrectly. Specifically, the situation I am thinking about is when someone is solving a problem (using pencil and ...
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Alternative sentence of “May I come in, please?”

What do you usually say in the UK when you come into the class while the teacher is teaching. Is it ok to say "excuse me, sir or miss" or "May I come in, please"? are there any other ways to say this?
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Things you stick your face through for photos

What is the name of those things where you put your face in a hole and someone takes a picture so it looks like you're something else? E.g. a cardboard/wooden stand with a picture of a pirate and a ...