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Questions tagged [expression-requests]

for questions looking for a specific expression.

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What is a good replacement for “I've lost count of the times…”?

Suppose I'm talking about a repetitive action someone else has repetitively done in the past. I've used the expression "I've lost count of the times..." earlier on. I'm looking for a similar ...
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Any phrase or idiom for a person who tries to copy a professional's act without any of the skills needed

A person who tries to copy a professional and skillful person's act, without possessing any skills or experience needed
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Metaphor for conflict of interest

I'd like a metaphor/allegory which depicts a situation where one is compelled to not act. As an example (of such a situation), a company CEO, surrounded by and probably partial towards protecting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Word for encouraging someone to do something that's a bit of work but it will be good for them

I have been asked to translate into English the Spanish word animarse, as in Se animó a venir al cine. That could be translated into English as "he decided to come to the movies". The verb "to ...
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English expression for chasing something insignificant / aiming for something small?

Is there a good expression for chasing something insignificant while missing the bigger picture? I was thinking something remotely related to "penny wise, pound foolish" but not quite. More like not ...
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Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature? I need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my postgraduate. The ...
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What are the BrE and AmE expressions for “falso d’autore”?

A Falso d’autore, literally “author’s fake”, has the following characteristics: riproduzioni di opere note non solo pittoriche, ma più in generale figurative, eseguite da artisti contemporanei ...
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“Unless instructed to do so” vs “Unless instructed otherwise” preferred usage

I want to give a short but clear instruction like: 1. Please do NOT perform X unless instructed to do so. 2. Please do NOT perform X unless instructed otherwise. Which one would be a better option ...
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Is there a word (or expression) for when you can see someone doing something wrong

Is there a word or expression that succinctly describes/conveys the following: I am watching someone perform a reasonably complex task/activity. I can see a person doing something wrong, I ...
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Is there a word or phrase for “person of the same ethnicity”?

I'm looking for something that is the equivalent of "fellow countryman", but for ethnicity. Using this as a starting point, I've been thinking it might be along the lines of "congeneous", though ...
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What are parents with a living child called, compared to “Shidu” parents (parents who have lost their only child)?

The parents who have lost their only child are known as Shidu parents (失独父母) in China, I don't think ‘normal parents’ is a good phrase, do you have any suggestions? I want to use this phrase in a ...
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Ways of saying that “you can get A at a cost of B”

It is impossible to be perfect on everything. Sometimes if we want to do well in A, we cannot do well in B at the same time. I do know the phrase "at the cost/expense of", which can be applied to the ...
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looking for a word or phrase meaning the strive, or striving for, excellence in the potential of human ability

With all the talk of, and advances made in, the striving for excellence in our bodies and minds (nutrition, exercise, mental, psychological, etc--eg. bio-hacking), isn't there an expression of some ...
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“Guide within” or “guide to within”

Imagine a point in space, and a circle defining a region where that point must go. If I apply a force that pushes the point towards the circle, and the force ceases to exist after the point enters the ...
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What expression describes a conflict between two people who are both unpleasant?

You found out that's there is a conflict between two people, who both are unpleasant, OR a person who was talking about being oppressed by somebody terrible but appears to be terrible him- or herself. ...
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In comparison what would you call perfectly normal people who pick up other's undertones, innuendo and on the otherhand the ones who don't

In comparison with each other what would you call Perfectly normal people capable of understanding figurative sinister undertones, innuendo on first go while the other Perfectly normal people ...
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Is there an auditory form of “paints a picture”?

I'm looking for an expression similar to "paints a picture" (e.g. "The sentence painted a picture of the town") that uses a metaphor focused on sound instead of on images. In other words, I want an ...
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word for creating a problem then claiming to solve it

Looking for the word for someone that does this, or the act of doing it. Generally, both the problem and the claim of solving it are fictitious or at best half true.