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Is there an idiom to express “You couldn't get anything better”?

Is there an idiom or expression meaning "what you've been offered is the best thing I could offer you, and you won't get anything better" when someone refuses your offer in a rather rude way? As in: ...
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English equivalent for “easily blaming the person you dislike”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's a saying "Istam illatha achi thottath ellam kuttam". It literally translates to: You find fault with anything done by a woman you don't like. It means that if there is ...
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English equivalent for “When the head is present, tail should not wag.”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's a saying "Thala Irikkumbol, Valu-attaruthu!", which literally translates to: When the head is present, tail should not wag. It means that one should not act out of ...
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English equivalent for the Persian proverb “The mountain just gave birth to a mouse”

I'm looking for an idiom or expression to describe a well-known person/ organization/ politician/ government whose achievements in a given situation are smaller than what they had claimed or promised ...
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English expression for “cold-natured” without emotional connotation? [duplicate]

I speak Persian, and in our language we have a word for a person who more often feels cold than warm (or reverse). The person tends to be cold even when others around them feel warm or when they ...
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Idiom request for speaking about punishing or scolding somebody before they are proved guilty, just out of prejudgement

I'm looking for an idiom, expression or a (set) phrase that implies "to punish somebody just out of prejudgment". We Iranians have a saying that literally means "one shouldn't punish people before ...
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English equivalent for “Just eat the cake. Why count the holes?”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's an expression: Appam thinnal pore, kuzhi ennano! It literally translates to: Just eat the appam (Indian pancake). Why count the holes! It implies that one should ...
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Idiom criticizing a person who has unsolved problems but tries to give someone advice about them

Is there an idiom or expression that refers to a person who has some unsolved problems and tries to give some pieces of advice to, or guide, others for solving the same problems? We Iranians have a ...
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Is there any curse/ swear equivalent for this Persian curse? “ May your head be covered by soil!”

There is a curse/ swear in Persian that literally means " May your head be covered by soil" and implies that " you'd better die and be buried /be underground!"( you are not important). We use it in ...
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English equivalent for “Don't burn your house to smoke out a rat!” [duplicate]

In my language there's a saying which literally translates to Don't burn your house to smoke out a rat! It advises us to use solutions that are appropriate to the magnitude of the problem. Eliye ...
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How should I say “I don't have anything useful to say so I am quiet”?

I am having a discussion/conversation with a very close friend, and this conversation concerns me personally (you might even go as far as saying this is my best friend). At one point in our ...
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English equivalent for “Worm that lives in poison.”

In Malayalam/Indian, there's a saying "Paashaanatthil krimi". It literally translates to Worm that lives in poison. It is used while judging people who keep bad company as being bad themselves. It ...
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English equivalent for “Picking a fight with your mother because you lost a fight at the marketplace.”

In the Indian language of Malayalam, there's a funny saying which literally translates to Picking a fight with your mother at home because you lost a fight at the marketplace. It means taking out ...
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Expression or idiom: disappointment

Is there an expression that you could use when you feel really disappointed because no one appreciates your favor and kindness, and they usually upset or hurt you instead. An expression that suggests ...
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English equivalent for “An ignorant child learns when it itches”

In my language, there's a saying which literally translates to "An ignorant child learns when it itches." It's a kind of warning that means If people refuse to realise the magnitude of a ...
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Is there any equivalent to this Persian proverb? “A bad or faulty item should inevitably be kept by its owner”

We use a proverb that implies "A bad property (i.e., a thing belonging to someone) or item should inevitably be tolerated/kept by its owner" when we want to say "This bad item won't be accepted by ...
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Things will change: idiom or proverb

Is there an idiom or maybe a proverb stating that things will not be the same or as you want, forever. For example when telling someone that they might be in a good state or status now, but they will ...
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Idiom for “dominate”

I'm looking for an idiom that means "dominate" and can be used in the following sentence: Our team dominated from the beginning to the end.
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What is a saying about motivation for work?

I'm trying to recall a saying I recently read. It was about motivation and went something like this: "Don't complain about how complex something is, but wish you were smarter." Does someone know what ...
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Describing people who jump hoops to get a good deal

What is a precise and concise way of describing a person who goes out of their way to find deals or discounts for their purchases? Suggestions which I'm not 100% happy with: Smart buyer Bargain ...
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What happens with the score when the first point is scored?

What happens with the game score when a player scores the first point in match. E.g. in a football match someone scores the first goal. The score became 1:0. What happened to the score? In Russia we ...
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Suitable saying for “different people like/dislike different things”?

Suppose I have some problem when someone takes an action 'X' on me which I find highly offensive and which makes me feel bad but it may/may not effect other individuals if used on them. A friend of ...
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What do you call the latter part of the afternoon when parents are scrambling to pick up children, shop, clean up and cook?

What do you call the latter part of the afternoon when parents are scrambling to pick up children, shop, clean up and cook? In Danish we call it the hour of the wolf, knowing, that it also refers to ...
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Idiom or expresssion for describing a situation that you can not reject a request easily

Suppose someone (like a boss, friend, cousin,.., to whom you can not say "no" easily) ask you a personal request that its fulfillment is difficult for you, but you cannot bring yourself to say no, ...
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A term for “removing” goods from a warehouse

Related to inventory management or accounting. Suppose I have a warehouse, and I have some goods in it. Then I need to either sell, discard or otherwise expend them. Now I need to indicate in my ...
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Expression for (wrong) 'common knowledge'. A set of common misconceptions

When some knowledge is available to most of us, quite evident and widely accepted, we say it's 'common knowledge'. Let's think about the same situation, except that this so-called knowledge is ...
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How to describe both non-verbal and non-gesture communication?

Suppose we had a technology that reads a person's brain wave and interprets it. Then it sends the interpretated message to the screen in front of another person. What is the word used to the ...
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What's a modern equivalent of “fie on thee”?

Is there a modern equivalent to the archaic expression "fie on thee"? I'm aware of expressions such as "damn you" and the like, but I'm looking for something less strong.
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What do you call fake interviews that have been scripted

What do you call those fake interviews which are conducted according to a specific script, perhaps, against your honest beliefs?
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A sports team that has a consistent record of beating another one

I am looking for a word or a concise expression for a sports team A that over a period of time has a consistent record of beating a rival sports team B. It is not necessary that A are better than B. ...
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A man who keeps his word

I'm looking for an appropriate word to describe someone who is a man of his word. Trustworthy springs to mind but doesn't seem appropriate, as it doesn't imply an honorable connotation associated ...
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Idiom for the phrase “someone who gets what he deserved”

Is there an idiom for someone who gets what he deserved? Like someone receiving punishment for his evil deeds or someone getting awarded for his good deeds?
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A perfect (honest) pangram that is understandable for a regular native user?

Pangrams were pure wordplays, that because of IT has become a nice tool to test keyboard and fonts, assuming they are easy to remember and short. Therefore perfect pangrams are so nice: you don't need ...
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How to ask an exclusive or question? [duplicate]

Not long ago I finished a project for a school assignment. After the assignment was done I left the office of this particular teacher. Just before I wanted to exit through the door I turned around and ...
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A word for blowing air onto baby's tummy to make him (her) laugh

What do you call the action when you press your mouth against baby's tummy and blow air to make the baby laugh?
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Is there an equivalent for French “CQFD”

In French, when concluding a demonstration, we say "CQFD", which stands for "Ce Qu'il Fallait Démontrer" (What was to be demonstrated). Does English have an equivalent for this ?
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What is the name of the stylistic device where you begin and end a text with the same metaphor?

There is a stylistic device where you begin and end a text with the same metaphor. I'm sorry I don't have a "real-world" example in English, but I'll try to describe what I mean. Let's say there's an ...
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What do you call someone with the same occupation as you, but works for a different company?

What do you call someone who works in the same field or occupation as you do, but in a different company or organization?
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Is the expression 'more alike' awkward or does it work in an interface?

I want to create a button on an interface that will show me more items (cars) of the same kind (or similar in characteristics). I was thinking of 'more like this' but this is a bit too long and the ...
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What's an eloquent way to say “The secret is out?”

What is a good way to say 'the secret is out'?
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Are there pangrams shorter than ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’? [closed]

Do you know pangrams shorter than the traditional ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’ ?
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Word for “someone who does the same job as me”

Is there a word that means something like "someone who does the same job as me"? I've thought of colleague and co-worker. These both indicate that someone works at the same place, or some other kind ...