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Single word request and/or idiom—worse news

What is a word/idiom for worse news on top of bad news? Like when someone tells you bad news (a doctor) then tells you even worse news? Here is an example (I’m sorry it is so long! I don’t know if ...
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Is there a term or phrase for a person with two singing voice (male - female singing voice)?

There are some people who have distinct voices when they sing, currently when I Google it there are only phrases like "... with two voices ..." Is there a word for a person who have that ability? ...
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What is the term for 'guiding hand of democracy'? [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase that says "even though the voters have chosen someone in the short term who was quite toxic - there are hidden long term benefits that come out because of the collective ...
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Expression indicating lack of regard for someone of higher social status

I am looking for an expression to use in an argument to indicate a lack of regard for the qualifications of an opponent. (This would be used in the context of wishing to be judged solely on the merits ...
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Phrase to describe friends you can't/don't talk about difficult topics with

How could I describe friends that I only talk about fluffy topics with? Fair-weather friends is not quite what I intend here, because it implies if times got difficult the friends would leave. I'm ...
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Idiom/expression that means “to suddenly tell some news” to someone?

These were the first ones that popped up in my mind (disclaimer: I'm not a native English speaker): He threw me the news a month ago. He flung the news at me a month ago. He dropped the ...
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How to call something/a creature looking like a human, but which isn't?

How to call something/a creature looking like a human, but which isn't? With "looking like" I mean its shape/appearance is very similar to a human, but without clearly being a human. Do I just say: "...
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Is there a phrase meaning that we do not want to talk about something regrettable that we wish to forget?

In italian we say: stendiamo un velo pietoso when do not want to talk about something regrettable or embarrassing that we wish to forget. How can I translate it in english?
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Alternative term for “fire and forget”

I recall reading an instruction manual to an old FPS (first person shooter) game years back, and it noted a particularly destructive cannon being the "ultimate in fire and forget weaponry", since it ...
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Is there a phrase for the re-establishment of friendship with someone? [closed]

What is the phrase which means to re-establish a cordial relation between two friends which used to be bitter?
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Is there an equivalent term for 'verbatim' in the context of images?

When reproducing an excerpt from a text identically (and properly referenced), we are quoting it 'verbatim'. Is there an equivalent term in English that refers to reproducing an image faithfully? I ...
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How can I ask about the “winner” of an ongoing match? [closed]

Imagine that a match is being played now. The match has not ended yet. It is still played and each team is scoring some goals. Now, I would like to ask about the winner till now (at the middle of the ...
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Is there a word for turning something into a competition?

I'm looking for a word, expression, or more succinct phrase that captures the idea of taking something that did not start as or was not originally intended to be competitive, and making it into a ...
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More formal word for nonsense [closed]

Related to More formal word for the chronic state of being in a snit Suppose someone is doing extensive speaking -- perhaps presenting to a group, or testifying in a hearing. Suppose her hostile ...
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Formal word when someone goes on the attack

This question arises from an interesting answer to a recent question I asked. You know the phrase "The best defense is a good offense"? It works well in sports and war. But in my impartial hearing, ...
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More formal word for the chronic state of being in a snit [duplicate]

This question relates to my previous question: More formal word for "know-it-all" I would like to describe the general attitude of a particular witness, in my closing argument. This will ...
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Word request: 催婚: encourage/urge/press + marriage

I am working on a translation and looking for a word or phrase for the Chinese: 催婚. 催婚 is made up of two parts: (1) 催 which essentially means encourage/urge/press; it can also be used to mean things ...
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What's the normal way to say you're present during a headcount? [duplicate]

I always thought just plain "present" was proper, but apparently my Filipino teacher prefers "I'm here" which sounds really odd. What's the normal way to say you're present during a headcount, ...
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Phrase for describing that someone is the wrong person for the job

I'm looking for a phrase for the situation where the person responsible for seeing a task is done is the person least likely to do the task themselves. For example you wouldn't make Bob responsible ...
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What is an alternative for “Considering the fact that”

What is an alternative expression for "Considering the fact that"? To understand the context, please consider the following sentence: "Considering the fact that mixed-use buildings were new at the ...
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What is the word or phrase for trying to convince someone to join you in a bad decision?

The scenario I'm trying to find an idiom or expression for goes like this: My friend comes over and wants me to join him at a multi-level marketing seminar which he has already joined. He seems to ...
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Adage for Matching Treatment [duplicate]

What is a good adage for saying one thing matches another in quality? For example, I want to say someone rude deserves to be treated accordingly and just as rudely and without respect.
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More formal word for “know-it-all”

We are in an impartial hearing to get special education for our son. The school social worker testified a tremendous load of lies, distortions and nonsense. She (having set herself up as an armchair ...
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Is there an adverb meaning “by volunteering”?

I am looking for an idiomatic expression (something similar to "by choice" or by "one's volition") that would mean 'by volunteering.' Sentence: Meeting in cafes (or sometimes in private ...
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A cool way to ask if someone is “cool”

I need to translate "Suave na nave?" from Portuguese to English. This means something like "Are you cool?", in short speaking, it asks how are you, specifically if you are "cool". It can be directly ...
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How do you respond when someone tells you their parent is deceased? [closed]

Well I'm still in college and I know from one of my friends that another friend's father died when she was young. Now how do I react politely if she tells me that in some situation. "Oh, sorry to hear ...
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Where a person has advantage in a specific scenario [closed]

Sally and Tom live in the same street and are both looking for love. Both Sally and Tom have average looking faces. Sally is a 37 year old overweight unemployed divorced stay-at-home mother of a 12 ...
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The verb opposite to 'come in'

I am looking for an expression how to ask 'leave the classroom for several minutes to call somebody or to blow my nose, etc.' We usually use such an expression 'May I come in' when we would like to ...
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“Organic” practices in other fields

In US foods and other products, "organic" simply is a federal certification guaranteeing a set of standards are met. Within the organic product space, differentiators include fair trade, local ...
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Expression for liking a thing after discussing about it

Is there an expression for this example situation? When you've watched a movie but donot carry much of an opinion about it. But after discussing with someone you feel that it was not bad after all. ...
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What's the movement to break free from ties?

With all their limbs tied down to a bed, what do we call the panicked movement of someone trying to break free somehow? He tried to ____________ out of the bed.
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English equivalent of the Portuguese phrase: “this person's mood changes according to the moon”

In Portuguese there is an expression that says: "Essa pessoa é de lua." Literally "this person's mood changes according to the moon", which means that nobody can predict that person's mood. Is ...
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expression for people entering a place, moving, noise

I need an expression for the ambiance of when people are entering an event venue such as a hall, stadium, etc., and what to call it when this action stops.
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How do you say you have an empirical knowledge of something?

In Portuguese we have an expression according to empiricism... we say "Conhecimento de causa." which means that you have confirmed the knowledge through your senses and experience. Is there a short ...
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Ways to express “something bad is going to happen”

How can I express something bad is going to happen in a better way. Something along the lines of An ominous chain of events is starting to ensue
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Describe that someone’s explanation matches your knowledge level

In German, in the context of knowledge transfer from one person to another (or to a group) you can say Du hast mich gut abgeholt. (literally translated You picked me up well) This sentence means ...
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Lying but not really [duplicate]

I'm new to this but I have a question, when someone only tells you part of the truth for example a conversation: Me: hey I bought a new car Saying I bought a new car, but hiding the fact that its ...
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Person with different sizes, dimensions or what? [closed]

What expression is better to say persons with different sizes ? Persons who have different shapes. Context: I am doing an info-graphics simulation of a real scene. I am using 3 persons with different ...
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To press ones forefinger onto someone's shoulder

What's the expression for touching someone with your forefinger or hand to, for example to get their attention, to wake them up, or to mark your presence.
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express to fall flipping uncontrollably from a high place

Hi everyone is there a common way to express an uncontrolled fall, when the body goes flipping on it self before crashing. like in diving for example so that the question wouldn't be restricted ...
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Looking for idiom that expresses “one for another, payoff for a grudge” [closed]

I need an idiom if possible or a good expression to say this : this one (your payoff) is for the another one (a grudge that he know, something bad that he did to you)
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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 ...
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What is the opposite of “mutually beneficial”?

I'm trying to come up with a way to express the opposite of "mutually beneficial" in a way that is just as efficient. The idea I'm trying to concisely express is that a deal, agreement, contract etc. ...
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In the darkest nights, the moon is dearly missed

This is the translation of an Arabic proverb which means that during these hard times you miss someone who made life easier, happier, and so on: In the darkest nights, the moon is dearly missed. ...
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Metaphor or idiom for “poor substitute”?

I'm trying to find an idiom for a poor substitute. One that comes to mind is Mark Twain's purported remark: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’...
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Is there an English equivalent to “get rid of the goat”?

Danny was living in a small house with five other people, and the stress was getting to him. He went to the town elder to ask for advice. "Buy a goat", said the town elder, "and let it live in ...
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An idiom for “a hidden clue that will unravel a mystery”

I'm looking for a good idiom to express the idea of a clue or a key which if found can unravel or solve a mystery or greater problem. A lynchpin to a mystery or diagnosis with implications of it being ...
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An expression for someone sharing his problem with another in a worse situation?

Example: Say a person A has failed a subject and shares his sorrow with another friend B, who has already failed multiple subjects and is in his own grief. 'A' didn't know anything yet about 'B'. Is ...
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What do you call this sign: #? [duplicate]

Which of the following to use, especially in the context of programming: hashtag well number pound sign
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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!...