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Questions tagged [expression-requests]

for questions looking for a specific expression.

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better expression for telling about your uncertain schedule

I am responding to an email where another person is asking about when I will be available next week?. Now, I am not yet sure about my next week schedule. It depends on couple of important must-have ...
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English equivalent phrase for “If left free, it runs and if leashed, it bites”

Is there equivalent of this Marathi expression sodala (release) ki (then) palato (runs) pakala (kept caught) ki (then) chavto (bites) which means (if a dog is) set free (it) runs away (and if) ...
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When you don't respect your parents, no outsider will not respect them either. Is there a actual proverb or idiom or expression for the above quote [closed]

When you don't respect your parents, no outsider, not even your spouse, will respect them either. OR When you don't respect your spouse, no one, even including your own children, will respect ...
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What is a word that means small pieces coming together to make a big thing? [closed]

What is a word that means small pieces coming together to make a big thing? I'm looking for a word like "snowballing".
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Is there a word for the satisfaction of finding what you were looking for? [duplicate]

Basically, Title. Is there any word for that feeling when you finally find what you've been looking for? Be it a definition for a word, or your long lost brother, or some rare bird. Edit: To clarify, ...
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a person who calls out for eliciting ideas from others and does what he wants

What expression would you use for a impressionable person (a decision maker like a boss or potential customer) who comes to your facility (office, shop, garage, showroom) makes you do all the leg work ...
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Is there a word for the act of “getting paid to get beat up”? [closed]

"Prostitution" is to "selling one's body for sex" as "?" is to "Selling one's body for abuse"?
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Term for repeating a part of what the interlocutor has just said so that they clarify it

When the interlocutor says a word or something that you do not understand or that needs more clarification, so you repeat that part expecting them to explain further, is there a term in grammar or an ...
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Is there a proverb/idiom for “To be a lion among sheep rather than a sheep among lions”

My friend said the other day: It makes perfect sense to use the strategy of being a lion among sheep rather than a sheep among lions I have researched this phrase and have found nothing, so I ...
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Word / idiom meaning things you had to have seen live

In the viewing party episode of The Office (US), office worker Jim describes some special events which are broadcast live on television as: Some events are so news worthy, so historic, that you ...
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Equivalent English phrase for “don't roll around where you've fallen”

In my language, we have a phrase which roughly translates to "don't roll around where you've fallen". It indicates that a person has said or done something stupid. Then when someone points this out, ...
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A phrase or expression for: Work on task 2 is dependant on task 1 finishing

Task 1 should be finished in order to start working on task 2. Task 2 is not done yet. I want to convey we haven't even finished task 1 so task 2 is indefinitely delayed. I do not exactly know ...
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Proverb/idiom thats getting together to fight common enemy but killing weakling to fight among each other

Proverb/idiom thats applicable to animal kingdom for when a group of monkeys/lions.. would join hands together to fight unitedly against the common external threat to save their resources, but when ...
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Proverb/ expression/word for getting pepped up about stranger's cause

We have a saying "Abdullah gets all super pepped up in a stranger's Wedding" which means a person gets absolutely excited about some one else's cause which he logically isn't concerned with. Do we ...
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How to describe the feeling of resonance with everyone? For example, when you watch an eclipse with other spectators [closed]

How do I describe the feeling of having a resonance with everyone? Like the way you feel when you watch an eclipse with everyone together. And it kind of give you the feeling of bravery, make you have ...
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Is there a proverb for “Don't ask a mother how her child is, due to her motherly bond she would be most inclined to remark he is the best”

Is there a idiom/proverb for "Don't ask a mother how her child is, due to her motherly bond she would be most prone/inclined to remark he is the best in the world" even when he is a brat in eyes of ...
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Idiom for a person who gets owned/caught red handed for his mistake but shows as if nothing is wrong

What is the idiom/expression for a person who gets owned/caught red-handed for his logical fallacy/mistake/theft and knows he is wrong but has the tenacity to show as if nothing is wrong? In fact, ...
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Word/expression for someone who doesn't reciprocate favors?

Is there a word/idiom/expression to refer to someone whom I have helped a lot but doesn't reciprocate any favors even though they are capable of helping me? For example: I have helped Peter a lot ...
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Does imperative emphatic sentence work?

I am from Singapore. I have heard many Singaporeans use imperative sentences with emphatic 'do' when they make requests or ask for something to be done a certain way. For example, they would say ...
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Word/phrase to describe time of an event relative to a second event

I'm reviewing papers that discuss the relationship between exercise and cognitive testing. Specifically, I'm categorizing papers by when the exercise happened relative to the cognitive test. For ...
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A word or expression for “an enemy who acts more like a friend”? [closed]

Is there a word, an expression or an idiom for "an enemy who acts more like a friend"? First thing that came to my mind was "frenemy", but this word is more like a "friend that acts more like your ...
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Expression for describing something that stopped working suddenly, without a clear explanation

In French we have an informal, but common expression to describe stuff that suddenly breaks (software programs, machines, etc.) without a clear explanation or warning: "tombé en marche", literaly "...
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Expression for when you ask a question for the sole reason of correcting someone's wrong answer

This question has been bothering me for quite some time, what do you call it when you ask a question knowing full well that the other person is going to say the wrong thing just so you can correct him,...
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How to express the concept “la ficelle est trop grosse”?

There is a concept embedded in the French expression la ficelle est trop grosse (literally 'the string is too thick') to describe a subterfuge that is doomed to fail, because the disguise is too ...
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Word that expresses feeling of safety, security, and being able to relax finally

I am trying to find a word to represent feeling happy (but in a more content and satisfied way rather than elated) combined with a sense of security and stability in one's life. E.g. After many ...
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Expression meaning: “To strongly urge”

My current plight is that our dog has gone missing! I am creating a poster, and am asking anyone who may be reading to provide any information they may have. Essentially what I am trying to convey ...
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Expression for a person who cares too much what other people think about him

Is there an idiom or an expression to describe a person who cares too much what other people think about him?
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Phrase / expression/ word for a smell that stimulates an emotion

I am looking for a word (in any language) for a smell that stimulates an emotion or brings back memories. For instance, when I smell cinnamon, I get a happy feeling - and it reminds me of Christmas. ...
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What's an expression for when someone inadvertently reveals information when they hear something called out? [closed]

In a group of individuals where we're looking for one specific person, you could call out something to bait them into revealing themselves, because only that person would know to react. It may also be ...
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Expression about the quantity and quality of something

Is there an expression that means the following: It is better to have less of something that is of best quality than having more of something that is of low quality.
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The opposite feeling of oily when it comes to scalp

I came across this question when I want to describe the feeling after using a shampoo. The scalp usually feels oily or ????? after using a shampoo When we feel oily it seems the shampoo is mainly ...
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The plurality of the probability

What is a word or expression I could use to describe something that has a less-than-fifty percent chance of happening, but is still likelier than any other single outcome? "The most likely outcome" ...
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Describing breathe quickly due to exercise?

I want to describe breathe quickly because of exercise. I Googled, but the two suggested answers are not proper. to breathe deeply is to inhale the fresh air. link to gasp is to inhale shortly due ...
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Looking past someone (expression)

I'm looking for an expression (hoping one exists), for when you think someone is nodding, smiling, waving etc. to you, and you respond--but in fact they were addressing someone just behind you. That'...
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What is a word or an expression to describe “forgetting things after being back from holiday”?

I've been away for a week or two from work and upon returning back to work, I've been a bit out-of-tune and have forgotten some normal procedures at work. Is there a word or an expression to correctly ...
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Southern term/expression used to describe withholding food or not warming food to encourage a guest to leave? [closed]

Do you know of an old southern term/expression used to describe withholding food or not warming food to encourage a guest to leave?
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What do we call an internship of which acceptance of the applicants is based on an interview?

I am writing a cover letter in which I want to mention that I was chosen among 2000 students due to my success in an interview. Is there a general adjective that can be used to describe such an ...
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What is a word or phrase meaning “ever so slightly” but with less emphasis on slightly?

Imagine you have a serendipitous encounter with an old friend and they made your day "that much more" interesting. What is a good phrase meaning incrementally better but perhaps a little more ...
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Specific verb or phrase for holding or transporting something in this particular way

Is there a specific verb or phrase for holding or carrying something in this particular way: Is it just "to hold or carry [something] under one's arm" (as translated literally from my mother ...
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To make malice overly clear (in Hollywood)

This is something that has bothered me for a while and probably the answer is something really simple. Nevertheless. In their depiction of evil, mainstream Hollywood films often humanize their ...
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Is there any idiom/word for some one who kisses horizontally i.e. inter departmentally equals. but kicks any and all below him

Kiss up, kick down is a popular ism for people who boot lick upward and kick their subordinates but What would you call some one who typically kisses horizontally i.e. inter departmental equals. but ...
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What would you call a person who does not understand who is his/her well wisher and who is their Ill-wisher?

What would you call a person with poor judgement who does not understand who is his/her well wisher and who is their Ill-wisher?
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Phrase for snipping of scissors between actual cuts that a barber makes

A barber generally keeps on snipping the scissors in between the actual cuts. There is a particular phrase for this behavior. I have come across this phrase before, but can't recollect it now. The ...
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How is “caballito blanco” expressed in English?

Imagine the situation in which a small child participates in a game with teens or adults. Perhaps the child doesn't know or can't follow all the rules strictly. Or in sports, this child has physical ...
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Expressions for not honoring a deal

I am looking for expressions/idioms to describe: 1) A person who betrays an agreement to sell something to you. Especially because he got a better offer and sold it to someone else instead. 2) The ...
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Is there a proverb/saying which means “someone in authority can break the rules”?

Is there a proverb or saying or expression that means "someone in authority will do anything they want"? Eg: My boss used to warn me about coming late to work, but he was late to work yesterday. I ...
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Is there a better expression for “not all roses”?

Is there a better expression for "not all roses"? "Not all roses" sounds a bit cliched. This is for my personal history statement. Eg: Once the design was complete, I thought the experiments would go ...
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What’s a non-vulgar alternative for “covering one’s ***”? [duplicate]

Oxford Dictionaries Online writes in their U.S. section that the phase cover one’s ass is an informal phrase meaning: Foresee and avoid the possibility of attack or criticism. ‘I like to ...
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Is there an expression to describe a situation where someone could have helped you but they didn't?

I would like to know if there is an expression that describes a situation where someone, perhaps your friend, was capable of helping you but they didn't or they chose not to? Eg: He was was free. He ...
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Term for conversation between two people when one needs help and is instructed to do a basic check, then lies about doing the check

Consider the following scenario, and bear with me because this is pretty abstract because I don't know the best phrasing for the situation -- hence the question. Person A is a user of a computer ...