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Phrase/expression for something that is insignificant compared to something else

In Norwegian there is a phrase, piss i havet, that directly translated means; piss in the ocean. This phrase is used when talking about something that might usually be significant, but looked at in ...
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“all [object]'s [properties]” vs “[object]'s all [properties]”

Which form is correct and why? "all [object]'s [properties]" OR "[object]'s all [properties]" Here's an example: In order to use all the machine's available cores. In order to use the machine's all ...
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Phrase to describe a potential positive future for a person? [closed]

I am describing a person whose recent performance has been excellent and whose future has potential. What expression can be used other than "future looks potential" or "has a bright future"? It ...
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Word or phrase for “shooting an arrow with a bow”

What's the right way to refer to the act of using a bow and an arrow to shoot? Imagine a situation, in which Jack gave a bow and an arrow to John and asked him to shoot. John did, but since he had no ...
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A person who doesn’t drink much to control others? [duplicate]

I think I've heard it some time ago but I can't remember. Is there an English word or idiomatic expression for "A person who doesn’t drink much to control others"?
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Word for “a change not noticable, transparent to users”

I'm making a change in the software which should be unnoticeable to users. What would be a single word that describes it best? I'm looking for an adjective that fits into sentence such as 'This change ...
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Which is more appropriate, “contest,” “contestation,” or a different word? [closed]

I'm in the process of submitting a request for a late assignment's grade to be re-evaluated. Is it more appropriate to use the word "contest," "contestation," or another word in this context? For ...
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Expression or idiom about someone who has all the news [closed]

What do you call someone who knows all the gossip and stories about people in his neighborhood or surroundings, someone who’s always informed. It doesn't have to be expressed in a word. Could be a ...
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How can “in a way that is similar to that of” be shortened? [closed]

Originally the text was: Energy is delivered to the charging system similar to that during normal power operation. I came up with the following solution: Energy is delivered to the charging ...
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A secular version of fate/destiny? [closed]

The Wikipedia page for destiny states: Destiny, sometimes referred to as fate (from Latin fatum – destiny), is a predetermined course of events. It may be conceived as a predetermined future, ...
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How to explain a dream like state

I have this character who after committing a murder, gets up slowly and walk away. I want to say that he does the getting up and walking away part in a dream like state of mind (unwittingly or not ...
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Cannot decide on which English chess term is correct for when a friendly pawn stands in the bishop's way

I'm translating a Russian chess article to English and I got stuck at one sentence. It describes the situation when a bishop cannot move because a friendly pawn stands in the bishop's way. In Russian ...
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Is there a term for “an official text for how to handle certain scenarios”?

I am compiling a book of checklists for myself and my team. These checklists will be indexed based on certain scenarios that they fix. For instance, under "Computer Won't Turn On", one might list "Is ...
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How to indicate your source of information is Amazon's “Alexa”? [closed]

Is there a proper or technical way, in writing, to indicate your source of information is Alexa or some other AI (artificial intelligence)? By this I don't mean that I have asked Alexa a factual ...
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Word for one who likes to share knowledge when asked

Working in an organization where your coworkers like to share information and knowledge. What can we call someone who likes to share knowledge when asked?
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Better way to say 'user-set'

Is there a better way to describe an app's feature as being dependent on the user's decision than saying it's 'user-set'? Example The volume of a video's playback is 'user-set'. The language is not.
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What is a word or phrase meaning “to bring in account” or “to bring into a controlled state”?

What is a word or phrase meaning "to bring in account" or "to bring into a controlled state"? I don't think "to bring into account" is exactly the phrase I'm looking for... I want to convey the idea ...
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Expressing that you are prepared because you feared the worst

While others took it easy, you worked and saved like you might be fired at any moment. Now there is a corporate takeover and you're glad you took the pessimistic path. Unlike Cassandra or the ant and ...
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A word or expression less cutting than “obviously” for “in a self explanatory manner”

In a sentence of this kind, in a programming environment: This construct is "in a self explanatory manner" not interpretable, since it raises an ambiguity over the language´s syntax which is not ...
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Does the concept of “breaking scene” exist?

The idea of breaking character is a common concept in English. Wikipedia explains breaking character as: In theatre (especially in the illusionistic Western tradition), breaking character occurs ...
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Looking for phrase to describe not understanding someone's misunderstanding

Is there a phrase that would describe it being more difficult to comprehend someone's misunderstanding of an idea or concept, once you yourself have understood it?
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idiom or expression for technically true but ignoring a bigger more important truth

What English phrase or idiom expresses this thought: An argument that refutes an idea is technically correct, but it refutes only a very specific definition, and ignores or sidesteps a more ...
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Can you say that something “eats time”?

I am looking for a more expressive way to say that something takes time/delays something important. Does the following expression make sense in English? a tech glitch that eats time (of an important ...
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What phrasing can be used to denote the 'placing' of stakeholders on a scale with two opposing groups

I'm helping my girlfriend with her thesis, and we're trying to come up with a compact, specific phrasing for this question. To explain, in her field, there are two opposing groups, groups that ...
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How to describe the orientation of something in relation to two points?

Using simple English, how would I describe the orientation of an object in relation to two different objects -- one that's located on a vertical plane (object V) and another that's located on a ...
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Effect/bias of believing what you read about other fields despite misreporting of things in your own [duplicate]

I'm finding it difficult to phrase this, but I'm sure there's a "law" or bias which says that we'll believe what we read in newspapers and so on about other fields despite reading bad reporting about ...
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Is there a more general term for “googling” that doesn't imply a particular search engine?

Nowadays lots of people use the word "google" as a verb, past tense "googled", which generally means to search the web using Google's search engine. When used as a gerund the word of typically "...
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What exactly does “*popular* science” mean, and what other words are there to denote things at the boundaries of “popular science” [closed]

people often make the distinction between "popular" science, and science published in specialist journal articles. If you go to the extremes, then the distinction is clear: A documentary by David ...
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What's the idiom for creating an ever more complex solution to a problem?

It means to take a (flawed) existing solution/explanation to a problem and modify it in ever more convoluted ways to make it work when the current version fails. It comes from pre-Newtonian times ...
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Word for “follow certain steps so that accidents do not happen”

I am trying to make the point that we must (form habit) follow certain steps to do certain things so that accidents do not happen. For example, If I am moving something hot I must make a sound, look ...
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Is “Go wash the dishes” a typical English expression used against women?

I'm from Argentina and it's very common to hear men saying Go, wash the dishes to women when they don't know how to do something or they do something wrong. For example, when a woman is driving. ...
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Is “reverse success” a readily understood phrase to English readers?

I'm translating a Russian text about a writer who only got famous in his home country AFTER hitting the big time abroad. The author of the text calls his success at home a kind of "reverse success" in ...
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Does anyone know an expression that could substitute for “not my first rodeo”? [closed]

Context: stageplay dialogue. Trying to think of an idiom/expression that's less of a cliche. Please and thank you...
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“Let's take a step back” alternatives for an essay

I need to write a paragraph where I have to take a step back and develop a specific point before proceeding with the rest of essay. I know "let's take a step back and clarify..." is very colloquial, ...
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How to describe this body position? [duplicate]

How to describe the body gesture in this image? (Sculpture by Anthony Gormley, photo from Teri Gidlof via Pinterest) Is it natural to say this guy is curling up himself, with his arms holding his ...
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Expression for “making a big incident/problem as a minor one” [duplicate]

Can someone help me finding an expression for "making a big incident/problem as a minor one" by ignoring it or taking it casually? I want to insist someone to concentrate on the main incident when ...
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In my native language, we have this idiomatic expression - one has seven Fridays in a week

This idiomatic expression is applied to an inconstant person who does not keep his/her word, fulfill promises, often changes his/her mind and isn't trustworthy. Is there an equivalent idiomatic ...
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Looking for a proverb/idiom that means dont get lot of people to decide on your personal trival matters

Looking for a proverb/idiom/saying that means Don't get lot of outside people/heads to decide on personal and/or trivial matter, all of them will give their free recommendation and finally you who ...
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What is the verb for “concept becomes word”?

The formation of concept from something is "conceptualize". But what about the formation of word from concept? I can only think of bad substitutions like: "materialize from concepts" or even "...
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Is there a phrase for people who love getting physically tired?

Is there a phrase for people who love getting physically tired? I tried to search it on the web but couldn't find a proper term for this particular personality type.
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An English idiom for the common Hindi phrase - 'Ulti Ganga Bahana'(as in Reverse The Flow Of the river Ganga)

Is there an English equivalent of the Hindi phrase Iss Desh mein (In this part of the world) ulti ganga bheti hey (Reverse flows the river ganga). It is often shortened as "ulti ganga bheti" ...
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Is there English equivalent of phrase “If two friends fight the third outsider will take away with the prize shield”

Is there English equivalent of marathi phrase Dhoghanchya bhandnya madhe (Fight between both) tisryacha fayda (will yield third's (outsider's) profit). If two friends fight the third outsider ...
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What's the expression for “someone doing what you intended to do before you”

I know this expression in my own language, and I think I've heard it a couple of times in English, but it completely slipped my mind. I can give an example to make it easier for you to understand what ...
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Idiom/proverb applicable when a driver forces his car into roundabout without stopping just because he thinks he has signaled ahead of time [closed]

What is the idiom/proverb applicable to this situation? When a driver forces his car into roundabout without stopping (as the traffic rule would recommend) just because he thinks he has signaled ...
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What is the idiom/proverb for “the more you pressure someone they will run away from committing”?

What is the idiom/proverb for the following? the more you pressure someone they will run away from committing/engaging" This is attributed to a girlfriend and boyfriend, parent and child, teachers ...
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What is the idiom/proverb for “You have to fend for yourself, no one is going to come for our rescue”?

What is the idiom/proverb for "You have to fend for yourself, no one is going to come for our rescue"?
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What property do “heterogeneous” and “homogeneous” describe? [closed]

Long and short describe the length property. Big and small describe the size property. What property do heterogeneous and homogeneous generally describe (not limited to chemistry)?
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Is there a word or phrase for a concert where one composer's works are played?

Latvian has the word autorkoncerts, translated in the Latvian-English dictionary as one composer's concert. Russian has the phrase авторский концерт, which literally means 'author's concert'. Is ...
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English equivalent phrase for “To set a fire and also to go and extinguish it”

Is there equivalent of this Hindi expression Aag (Fire) bhi (also) lagana (to set/ignite) , Bhujane (Extinguish) bhi (also), Khudhi (self) Jana (to go) which means To set a fire and also to ...
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Naming the action of putting legs apart sideways when walking/climbing

When one climbs a mountain path, one often takes care to put one foot more to the left, the other more to the right, with a distance between them. What os the right English terms for this? "Spreading ...