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Translation for German word “Kür” as in “Pflicht und Kür”

I am trying to find a crisp translation of the German phrase "Pflicht und Kür. deepl.com yields "Duty and freestyle" as translation for "Pflicht und Kür" which irritated me. In my (business) context "...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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. Q: What's ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a word or term to describe “persons, hazards, valuables, and/or features of interest” in the context of thievery/spycraft?

I'm writing a fiction piece where a thief (of sorts) is being "shown the ropes" by a more experienced peer. One of the instructor's primary goals is to instill an awareness of all the elements of a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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My character always fails me

Are there any expressions or idioms in English that mean someone whose character always fails them? For example: I believe in people but they often cheat me. Every time I promise myself that I won'...
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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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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 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 ...