The Stack Overflow podcast is back! Listen to an interview with our new CEO.

Questions tagged [expression-requests]

for questions looking for a specific expression.

23 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
188 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

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!
1
vote
1answer
44 views

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?
1
vote
0answers
530 views

“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 ...
1
vote
3answers
193 views

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
1
vote
0answers
376 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
846 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
80 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
200 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
114 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
410 views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
55 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
55 views

A word or phrase for “A question you should ask before this question”

Is there a word/phrase for "a question which you should ask before asking this question"? Like a prerequisite question to ask before this question Usage context: If the answer does not spring to ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
119 views

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. ...
0
votes
0answers
180 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
91 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
86 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
225 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
-1
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...