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Expression for “an argument made in the form of a question”

What is a word or idiom that means an argument made in the form of a question? For example. If one were going to make the argument that you shouldn't just follow along with the crowd without using ...
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How to describe someone who likes to play word games *dissect every word you say - literally and/or non-literally*

Sometimes we use certain words out of habit and not really intend to mean what it intends to mean. We may encounter people who will try to play with your choice of words either for fun with no ill ...
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What do you call the first letter of a syllable?

Random Example: Superman The word Superman has 3 syllables. S, P and M are the first letter of each syllable. Is there a term for S, P and M? If I were to describe I form an acronym S.P.M from ...
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Any idioms that describe actions now that will benefit yourself in the future?

In regards to the concept of caring about your future self, a simple example being not staying up late drinking so in the morning you don't/your future self doesn't feel awful for work. Is there some ...
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Word for someone who bothers you with pointless or non-important information

E.g. if someone wakes you up in the middle of the night just to tell you that the laundry is done, or that the front door is squeaky, or that there's a sandwich in the fridge, or that the weather is ...
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How do you describe the feelings of being caught in the midst of an act that you had successfully pulled it off many times?

The title doesn't describe it fully. You are planning a birthday party for someone secretly. It was a thrilling adventure because you managed to do it under their nose and dodging their suspicious ...
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A word or idiom to describe someone who has fears or reservations when others are doing or thinking the same

I vaguely remember a quote floating on the WWW that says Be careful if everyone else is doing the same. Exaggerated example: Tom loves to ride. He has an impeccable passion in riding and ...
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Phrase for a slight discomfort necessary to move forward

As the title says, something that gets across that doing or starting something is unpleasant even though the subject is aware that it will help them in the long run. Less akin to long term commitments ...
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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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A word/idiom/phrase to describe something(idea, concept, information) that doesn't gel with the rest of the content

The words/idioms/expression I am looking for is to describe the suddenness of the information presented in either visual or audio context that does not fit into the general theme. Exaggerated ...
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Expression for a table full of food

Are there some commonly used expressions/phrases for when the table is full of dishes, bowls, etc.c (generally food)? In the sense the host has prepared a lot of food for the party, guests, etc. and ...
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What is it called when you end up preparing for something and then it doesn't happen because you prepared?

For example, if you bring your umbrella with you 6/7 days of the week, and it does not rain - and then on the 7th day, you end up not bringing it with you, and it rains because you did not have your ...
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As of + present perfect continous sentence

As of July 2019, how many Indian players have been inducted in the ICC hall of fame? In this sentence, is the month of July included or not?
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Noun for a “dual side product” [closed]

I want to express a concept about source code. Coding style of the code is like a product for developer, especially on open sourced product. If the style is well established and maintained, ...
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Euphemism for “grades”

I am writing a statement of purpose and have the following sentence: I do not regret my academic ambitions even when taking into consideration the impact that they would have on my apparent ...
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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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What is a way to express 'a sudden need to urinate or defecate'?

If I have a sudden need to use the restroom, how should I express that? I know there is an expression in British English - be caught short. to suddenly and unexpectedly need to go to the toilet, ...
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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 is typically "...
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Is there any more common expression for “empty plate” in the following sentence?

Is there any more common expression for "empty plate" in the following sentence? His enemies had no interest in his empty plate any more. *** I mean the enemies used to sponge off him, but now he ...
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What's the other common expression for “You get what you pay for” in reference to high quality?

I’m looking for a familiar saying that I can use for If you pay more money, you get more quality. Because Google has been giving me the same result — that the meaning of the saying You get what you ...
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Is there an expression for when people pretend to be annoyed by attenion, but in actuality are pleased

Is there an expression for when people pretend to be annoyed - usually male on female attention/flirting, etc. - but in reality secretly enjoying the attention?
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Sarcastic way to say something is unexpected

My friend's husband once bought her breakfast and she was surprised since he rarely did that. She wanted to say something like "that was unexpected" but in a more joking and sarcastic tone. We thought ...
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What's a better way to say, “I picked up many interesting facts/points…”

Yesterday, I watched an educational video for an essay I'm writing, and when I began writing the intro, somewhere I wrote: I picked up many interesting points/facts from this video that I’ve ...
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Term or phrase for simply moving a problem from one area to another

I'm trying to come up with (and coming up short) a term or expression that is used when one is simply moving a problem from one area to another (instead of solving it). Something similar to; ...
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Is there an expression that implies the same sort of idea as “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” [duplicate]

Looking for a clever title for a short paper on Oscar Wilde's humor, where the reader can never quite figure out if he stands for something or nothing at all. Any ideas are appreciated.
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Phrase or expression for “sending a message to the wrong recipient” in chat

Is there a short phrase or expression for sending a message in the wrong place, when chatting online? When (text) chatting online, there can be times when someone inadvertently sends something that ...
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Word/Phase Request for Betting On Low Odds

I'm looking for a term/phrase that means: a bet on low odds, someone who bets on low odds, or someone who bets against the odds and wins. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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What is a word that means rough times of change?

Like for example when two regimes change there is this unrest and change that occurs. Often it isn’t meant in a positive light and simply means that things are beginning to change. It is just when ...
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2 possible outcomes: 1 strongly desired

I'm looking for a powerful way to describe the fact that -after performing a certain activity- there are only two possible outcomes: 1) It's a great success (only in 20% of cases) 2) It's of no or ...
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Word for someone seeming deep and intelligent, but not really being that

What is the word for someone trying to seem/be deep and intelligent, but really they are shallow, and not at all being insightful. Pedant is about rules, so that is disqualified, the closest I could ...
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Short phrase meaning “Area of study, activity, or interest where a particular technology or method is used.” [duplicate]

I feel like I know a phrase like [...] of [...] that is often used on the tip of my tongue, but can't spit it out.
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What is a gender neutral equivalent for the following phrase?

Sometimes I see the phrase I'm not going to get my panties in a bunch [if such-and-so...] which is an idiom for I'm not going to get upset [if such-and-so...] There are variants involving ...
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Looking for a phrase which would be something like 'under any criticism'

I am translating a text, and looking for a phrase which would be something like 'below any criticism.' Example: 'The thing is in such a bad condition that it is 'outside any criticism.' (Meaning - ...
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Idiom or expression request that would convey same meaning as this Persian set phrase “ simple yet impossible to imitate”

In Persian poetry there is a style which literally means: "simple yet impossible" It implies that the poems have been told using simple words and in a seemingly simple way, yet cannot be imitated ...
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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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Is there a more broadly applicable expression for “doth protest too much”?

In Finnish, there's a pithy expression Siitä puhe mistä puute, which literally if somewhat awkwardly translates as "talk is about what is lacking". For example, if you fly into a country and find the ...
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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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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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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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Polite alternative for “none of your business”

It seems it's rude and impolite to say directly to someone "none of your business". So, what's the more gentle alternative(s) for situations in which we should say "hey, this is none of your business!...
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Expression for “impression of a dead insect on a paper”

Is there a term to describe the impression of a insect that is formed if the same is crushed between the pages of the book. Or the impression of a mosquito that is killed in between our palms.
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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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On danger of being tedious, [closed]

I'm not entirely sure if this expression exists: On danger of being tedious, we are still waiting for the update that you promised many times. ... where being tedious could be replaced with e.g. ...
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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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“Out of my league” expression avoiding romantic connotations

E.g. (while discussing the merits of some software developing issue with a co worker): I won't argue with you since you're out of my league. I used to think of "out of one's league" to refer to ...
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expressions like “muscle in on…”

I am looking for a phrase of the same structure and meaning as 'muscle in on'. It is used to describe the action of using your influence to intervene in something so as to gain an advantage for ...
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Describing behaviors observed only for certain tasks

I want to use a short term to describe behaviors that are observed only for certain tasks. Can I use "task-wise behaviors" or "task-specific behaviors"? Or is there any other better and more formal ...
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Words associated with collecting money into a jar

Sometimes you see people collecting money into a "jar" with a hole for coins in it. This may or may not be intended for charity (e.g. it could also be used by someone playing a guitarr on the street). ...
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Is there a word or short phrase used to describe being impressed with someone's accomplishment while also clearly expressing a lack of understanding?

(This is my first time on this forum, so I apologize in advance if I fail to articulate my query effectively or break site etiquette out of ignorance. I'll endeavor to be as thorough as possible here ...
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Idiom or expression that would imply “someone is showing equivocal behaviors that indicate a feigned reluctance”

I'm looking for an idiom or expression that mean "someone is showing a feign reluctance to do/ have something" or "someone pretends to be less interested in something or someone than they really are." ...