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I need an Idiom about improving a bad situation [duplicate]

I am writing an essay about overcoming a hard time and staying motivated through it. I want an idiom to be the title. What should it be? It could also be about bringing down something bad, like: "...
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A term or an expression for problem-solving related strategy

Is there a term/expression to describe a strategy or tactic of solving biggest problem first with an expected knock-on (domino-like) effect for smaller associated problems? Similar to Pareto (80-20) ...
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Expressing “I” “me” with self-effacement

In many cultures, one is not supposed to say the counter parts of "I" or "me" to another person of higher rank, say a king. Instead, they would say something like "your ...
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Term or Phrase that implies that someone acknowledges a negative behavior or action but makes it someone else's responsibility to correct it [closed]

I'm looking for either a term or phrase that that would imply that someone acknowledges they are doing something that may negatively affect or impede someone from doing something or make one ...
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Expression for “The time period in which I started working in my current workplace”

James started to work at place X since 20th February 2019. Which phrase should be used to refer to the time period which is the beginning of his work at that workplace? For example (the following is ...
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Idiom to describe something that is 'Just Right' [closed]

I am doing an English Project and am trying to decide for a title. I am analysing movie which I thought was really well done, and hence was trying to decide on an idea for the article I am writing. I ...
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Plural of “I am nobody important” i.e. “we are <nobody/nobodies> important”

A few days ago some stranger contacted me and I asked who he was. He replied and said: Nobody important. Now, it is clearly for a singular subject. One person can say that. But I am now wondering ...
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What's a word for “someone who uses their position of power to make another person sell something they own for a lesser value”? [closed]

What word(s) can I use to describe someone who uses their position of power to make another person sell something they own for a lower value? I've thought coercing or forcing but there must be a ...
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How would you say: [not] trespassing on someone else's field of expertise

There is a manager in our company that he thinks that I am trying to do some task that he is the one that should be doing not me. I am trying to decline his assumptions but my attempts sound wrong: I ...
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Apply a rule vs. Follow a rule

Don't insert a space before a colon. Don't insert multiple consecutive colons. Follow the same rules for commas, periods, and other punctuation marks. Don't insert a space before a colon. Don't ...
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to start making coffee with a coffee brewer

I'm seeking an expression for getting the coffee brewer started on making a fresh pot so it's clear that the coffee isn't ready yet but will be some time soon. My native language has an expression for ...
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How do you describe states of a change while the change is in progress? [duplicate]

For simplicity I will give an example. I have a document with a title and my boss asked me to update it. Before the change happened I would call the titles "current title" and "future ...
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A literary idiom/expression that means someone is worthless or express about this imagery ( he is not equal to stitch on the sole)

I have to translate a poem from Arabic into English, so I need an equivalent expression to Arabic imagery.
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Phrase for the belief that your field of study or project has higher merit

I'm trying to find a phrase for the act of rating one's activity greater then another person's activity. An elementary school teacher might state that reading a chapter with your child is critical but ...
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What is a concise word or term for the cognitive ability to passively gather and recall personal minutiae about other people in one's life?

Examples of the minutiae at issue are things like a person's hometown, the name(s) of their partner(s) and/or children, which, if any, college they attended, occupation, etc. Any piece of personal ...
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Can you use “at dusk” in the meaning of “at the end”?

Can you use "at dusk" to describe something at its later or final stage? E.g. Does "at the dusk of the 20th century" make any sense at all? If not, is there any expression that ...
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What's the expression meaning violate someone's interests?

I used to think that, for example, "He moved her cheese", would mean that he violate and threatens her interests. (I believe this expression comes from the popular book) Today I found out ...
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Is there such a term as “modern street food era”?

I wonder if there is such a word as "modern street food era"? I do realize that street food was popular in ancient Rome and in Medieval Times, but can we just add the adjective "modern&...
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Word or expression to describe the tendency that one have to believe that everyone is like them or the act of doing it

This is something I noticed among some people I discuss with. When some opinion relative subjects are raised, they tend to imply that, according to their "normality", everyone is behaving ...
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Word or expression for “the most important point” [closed]

Words like "crux", "essence", etc. refer to an idea that is a synopsis of a whole larger idea. But if one writes an article about some subject including many details about it, the ...
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What are some heartwarming words you can think of? [closed]

Are there any heartwarming words you can think of? Words like "blossom," "mellow," and "melt" are good examples of what I am looking for. I don't need anything too major, ...
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Looking for a descriptive word(s)) to describe digest/summation/pocket culture

I am looking for a generic word(s) to describe summary digest cultural of modern society. (or a Neologism) A word(s) for culture that describes "Take what is useful, discard what is useless" ...
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How to express the “multiple” of one thing's advantage over another?

For example, car A runs at a speed of 30 km/h, and car B at a speed of 90 km/h. How can I express the multiple of B faster than A? B has 3 times advantage over A in speed. B has 2 times advantage ...
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Word for feeling threatened or wrathfully jealous because one believes another can be better than they are?

I am dissecting my dictionary to no avail for a word which would fit the context of how in Roman and Greek Mythology the mighty gods when challenged in one of their many magnificent talents, even at ...
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Is there a general expression similar in meaning to “at the rate things are going” or “at the rate at which x is going”?

Notice that those expressions are specifically about rate. Like "if the way things have gone so far mean anything" but less awkward. Like "the way things have gone so far" but ...
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What word or phrase could describe the reaction one has to a bad joke/pun that they actually find funny?

Basically, how do you describe the feeling you have when you hear a joke that is just terrible but you still laugh, despite hating the fact that you're laughing the entire time? Dad jokes would be a ...
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Word or phrase for switching between multiple approaches

I seem to remember that there is a word or phrase to describe this following behavior, but I can't recall what it is. The word describes a phenomenon where someone tries one approach to a problem, ...
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That moment when you think about a smarter reply that you could've given? [duplicate]

I remember reading this word or expression in a book that describes the feeling you have when you think about a reply that you could've given to someone, but you do it too late.
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Word or phrase for a person who does something because a loved one asks, not because it's necessarily correct

I'm looking for a way to describe someone who does something not because it's correct, but because someone they care about asked them to. For example: "Please keep the light on so the monsters can'...
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Looking for a phrase or idiom to say that only guilty people act guilty

I'm wondering if there is an idiom, phrase, expression or other figure of speech that would replace the following: "People who are innocent, don't ever act guilty (therefore you must be hiding ...
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Equivalent of 'open mic', but for web camera

A lot of us who are WFH are still learning how to adapt to the current situation. I am printing up some warning signs for our "crew" who are stuck in the house with me and sharing space. ...
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Is there an expression that describes looking for something that probably isn't there, or looking in unlikely places for a solution [duplicate]

I am looking for an idiom or phrase that describes, in a humorous or funny way, the act of looking for something that probably isnt't there, or the act of looking for a solution in a place where it is ...
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Word or expression for the noise in a busy house with kids?

Need words or expression that get the meaning right without resorting to using simple ones like "shouting" . I'm trying to describe a house with kids where a lot of activity is happening
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Natural expression for “I hope I'll be of help”?

Let's say There are some pressing matters at hand and I want to say I want to/will participate in dealing with those. (together with other people) From what I've been searching, expressions like "...
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Expressions for “a wish dedicated to one self”

I was translating a short story about a mortician (someone who does makeup for the dead) when I came across an idea I don't know how to express. In the story, the protagonist was talking about her ...
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Any idiom for someone who tends to do things in too much of a hurry?

"Were you born at six months?" is a kind of expression we use in Persian about someone who's not patient enough and tends to do things in too much of a hurry! Is there anything like that in English? ...
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Is there a word or phrase for one mistaken belief leading to a web of false ones?

I'm looking for a phrase or expression to describe a certain kind of cognitive bias. Specifically, I have in mind a situation where someone is convinced that something false is actually true, and ...
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What is the opposite colloquial expression of eating cheap?

I heard people using colloquial expressions like "I like to eat cheap". What is the opposite colloquial expression of eating cheap? Is it eating expensive? I tried googling "eat expensive", but found ...
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As … as possible, as soon as possible

Recently I had to write the following to indicate significance of both the urgency and completeness regarding some task to be done: We would like to be able to install as many parts of the system ...
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The usage/application aspect of the reference implementation of an API

In programming, we call a realization of an application programming interface (API) the "reference implementation" of the API if it's widely accepted, or officially recognized as behaving correctly ...
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Idiomatic way to express “you bought an apple and complain it's not a pear”

Consider the following two examples: You're discussing a particular tablet. When you bought this tablet, you expected that you would not need your phone any more because you can call with the tablet, ...
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Is there any fixed expression meaning spending a lot of time and visiting a lot of shops?

I do not mean "retail therapy" or "a shopping frenzy". I am looking for a verbal expression. I guess this would be close to "hit the town" or "hit the shops" but I am unsure about using these two. Is ...
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How do I say this naturally?

I want to express this idea but have never gotten to a point where I feel it's natural. It would be better for us if I took it instead of him It would be better for us if I took it than him taking it ...
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Does a term or expression exist for the phenomenon where a person treats unclear future risk as non-important?

Does a term or expression exist for the phenomenon where a person treats unclear future risk as non-important? As in: I will ignore the coronavirus threat because I'm unlikely to contract it or get ...
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A formal term/phrase for “geeking out”?

I'm trying to convey in an essay that I often find a piece of information (an esoteric mathematical equation, to be exact) and get really excited. Is the following sentence not appropriate for a ...
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Phrase describing a debate with a misinformed person

Can anyone think of a word/phrase/idiom/expression or anything else I am missing that describes when someone is attempting to lecture, convince, or try to change your mind on something that you know ...
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How the way to respond to “You want something?”

I got a friend who wanted to go to the store. Before leaving he told us like this: A: "guys, I'm going to grab some drink. You guys want something? then, one of my friend made a response with: B: "...
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Expression for “repeat placement in storage” or “conditioning for storage”

From a Russian National Standard for medical equipment: 8.1.5. Маркировка потребительской тары или футляров должна содержать: - год и месяц переконсервации при необходимости; i.e., "The ...
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Word for “soft blow/slap” (in a physical sense)

I would like to find a word for when you hit someone, but in a playful "no hard feelings" kind of way. Like when you see a friend, you slap them in the arm or whatever, or the sort of thing you would ...

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