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Questions tagged [expressions]

This tag is for questions about expressions. Expressions are words or phrases used to convey an idea, or else a particular term used conventionally to express something. Consider phrase-requests and expression-requests if you are looking for an expression, phrase-meaning if you are unsure about the usage of a given phrase.

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Is there one phrase, expression/ idiom for a social vice of mean/self centered/inconsiderate people who always want everything first for themselves

In south asian culture, we would use a roundabout saying as "Window seat" syndrome, that means mean/self centered/inconsiderate people (for spoil brats) always want everything first for themselves (to ...
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Looking for equivalent of Indian (Marathi) saying “Makdach ghar” which translates “Monkey's house”(never ready when you expect it should be)

I am looking for equivalent of Indian saying "Makdach ghar" which is "Monkey's house" the meaning is a monkey always starts to built his house only after it starts to rain. It has the analogy of "Ants ...
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Looking for equivalent of Indian saying “ Apne gali mein kutta bhi sher hota hey” which means Every dog in his own territory is/becomes a lion

I am looking for equivalent of Indian saying " Apne gali mein kutte bhi sher hota hey" which is "In their own lane ( or street or area) dogs also are lions". the meaning is when the territory/terrain ...
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Is “you will come experience Louisiana weather” correct?

Many times I have heard people use two verbs with the same subject. I know that it is possible to use come + an action verb without using "to" in between. However, I have frequently heard "can you ...
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What does “Strawman Scenario” mean?

I've come across the following statement while reading an article. In the strawman scenario shown in Figure 4(a), we use Iperf to measure the bandwidth between STA3 and H4 during 60s. Figure 4(a)...
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What do you call a project which is tossed up as a very plump & has potential but is just creating busywork for some people's existence?

What do you call a project which is tossed up as a very plump & has potential but is just creating busywork for some people's existence. The potential project will eventually end up losing its ...
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Should one use “an” or an “a” before an acronym beginning with the letter H? [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: He offered to be an HSC. vs: He offered to be a HSC. In the example above, HSC stands for Health Service Consultant. If one were saying the sentence aloud, one would ...
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What would you call a person pejoratively who enjoys perks of a job post but responsibility of a lower rung assistant

What would you call a person pejoratively who is on a professional privileged position such as Engineer, geologist, senior engineer etc (earning what the post demands) but chooses to do a job of a ...
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“Why are you hating me” or “Why are you hating on me”?

Which one is the right? "Why are you hating me" or "Why are you hating on me"?
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What does “move states away for” mean in this sentence?

I read a sentence: "His ambition, twinned with desperation, resonates with any teenager who wants to journey off to college or move states away for work, in a bid to escape youthful boundaries. " Not ...
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What is the idiom/phrase you can use when someone tells you to do (the work) that he is assigned to do (in reality it is assigned to him)?

What is the idiom/phrase you can use when someone tells you to do (the work) that he is assigned to do (in reality it is assigned to him). For example: XYZ company is located in Harbor port ...
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When the ass is feeling too good, it goes dancing on ice

This is the literal English equivalent of the German proverb Wenn es dem Esel zu wohl ist, geht er aufs Eis tanzen The proverb commonly describes the behaviour of people who are comfortably well-...
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How to phrase “How long has the shop been open?” without ambiguity? & Can “25 years come next December” be a correct answer for that?

Recently I had a haircut in one of the local barber shops, during which I asked the owner “How long has the shop been open?” However, I feel something wrong in that sentence, but I couldn’t put my ...
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Don't (verb) - (like) or (unlike) I did

Say my intention is to say "I did this bad things to her, but you shouldn't do it". -Don't do that mean thing to her like how I did. -Don't do that mean thing to her like unlike how I did. This is ...
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“Some of the [superlative adjective] I've ever been” — another way to phrase this?

I can't seem to find a non-awkward way of expressing this sort of sentiment: suppose you want to tell a friend about some time you were really, really cold, but it wasn't the coldest you've ever been. ...
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What does “beacon of European sophistication” mean in this context? [closed]

Please help me to find the meaning of this context: Argentina, which for many years portrayed itself as a beacon of European sophistication in a continent of New World backwardness,now is a poor ...
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How can one “smoke ship's?”

Sherlock Holmes seemed delighted at the idea of sharing his rooms with me. "I have my eye on a suite in Baker Street," he said, "which would suit us down to the ground. You don't mind the smell of ...
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Does anyone have a good idiom for when someone asks you to guess what they are doing/thinking but you are not interested in making an effort to guess? [closed]

Like say if I ask someone what’s are you using that for and they say guess I’m looking for a good idiom that indicates I’m not interested in guessing like “I’m not a mind reader” springs to mind, but ...
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Is there a word or phrase when there occurs two sad events in tandem

Is there a word or phrase when there occurs two sad/traumatic events in tandem; Like Double whammy is when two-fold blow or setback. But I think i cannot use double whammy. Like in this example: ...
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history of the ___ VS. history of _____

I need to fix a title of an article: which sentence is correct? History of Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar Design History of the Wall Calendar History of Wall Calendar where the ...
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Confusing phrase suggestion. “Gates open!”

I recently had a brief Skype chat conversation with someone. Skype tends to automatically suggest a few phrases to use as responses to questions or messages you receive. So the conversation was like ...
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Success thanks to ignorance or inexperience

Is there a word for success because of (as opposed to in spite of) ignorance / inexperience / unfamiliarity with the field in which you made your attempt, where a more experienced / knowledgeable ...
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Alternative to “winner takes it all” or “first-past-the-post”

Consider the scenario of two scientists independently and concurrently working on a problem. The first one to achieve the breakthrough and have his or her results published will eventually be the one ...
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“Entire production” as a collective noun for an artist's works

Is it common or possible to use the construction "The entire production of an artist is on display at the museum", or is there another collective noun that encompasses the entirety of an artist's ...
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Gender neutral term for “This Guy” when referring to myself

Is there a gender neutral alternative to "this guy", to refer to yourself in the third person in a gender neutral way? Example of use: Guess who just got a raise? {This guy!}
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reduction the number of “of”s in a sentence

I have below sentence that contains many "of"s. How to reduce the number of "of"s without missing the original meaning? The investigation of the effect of the value of a variable on the function ...
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A word or short phrase for “Reported not having”

In a report, I have a set of experiences a person has reported experiencing, and a set of experiences a person has reported not experiencing. I want to give these a pithy descriptor since I've got a ...
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Idiom or phrase or proverb for When ever you need me you conveniently declare me the head of the department, other times i am no more than a nobody

Idiom or phrase or proverb for When ever you need me you conveniently declare me the head of the department (of course an acting head usually to throw me under the bus to deal/make difficult decisions ...
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Noun of “analysis-friendly”

I am drafting the following sentence: We would like to adopt XXX given its much better readability and "analysis-friendly". Obviously, analysis-friendly shall be used as an adjective, not like ...
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“I’ll believe it when I see it” for things that aren’t supposed to be referred to visually? [closed]

I’m looking for an equivalent idiom that refers to actions that aren’t supposed to be referred to visually. Example: Person A owes person B money and day after day says he will pay person B back. ...
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Is there an English equal for hindi saying “Bandar ke Haath me ustra” or “Razor in hands of a monkey”

Is there a English equal for hindi saying Bandar ke Haath me ustra which literally means "Razor in Monkey's hand" as if Never give a risky job to a people who is like a monkey. If he has a razor ...
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Is there a word for a phenomenon where someone gets promoted two-five tier above their original rank regardless of the reason?

Is there a word for a phenomenon where someone gets promoted two-five tier above their original rank regardless of the reason (preferably neutral word) Example 1 (positive example): one student would ...
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What does “try and avoid”phrase mean? [duplicate]

Today I saw this "try and avoid" phrase in a sentence . "Try and avoid repeating the problems with the images dataset". What does "try and avoid" in this sentence mean? Is it the same with "try to ...
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What is the “ism” in which people are respected/entertained on the basis of people whom you know

What is the contemporary "ism" in which people are respected on the basis of people whom you know. The meaning is suppose if I (Jim) know some one (Jack) and he (Jack) introduces me to John. Then only ...
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Is it ok to use pervasive in a positive context?

I read this paper and something that I am not sure about is: Inspired by Pattern Theory [41], we attempt to model three important and pervasive patterns in natural signals: sparse discreteness, low ...
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Is there a punctuation problem here “Policeman shoots dead Apple area manager for not stopping his car”?

I did come across a sentence in a news sharing application "Policeman shoots dead Apple area manager for not stopping his car" (Apologies for this gruesome news) But it's weird that it can be read ...
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Simpler way of saying “Converts quantitative to qualitative data”

Words qualitative and quantitative, are in my opinion, a little difficult to read and explain for a certain audiences, explaining why there are so many discussion about it on stack exchange. If a ...
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“Take attention away”… is it a common phrase in English?

Is the expression take attention away something that sounds okay in English? I'm a Portuguese speaker, so tirar atenção is a normal expression, so I don't know to what extent I'm writing a natural ...
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Single word or expression for something to to be or going to be

Is it possible to express in a single word or with a short expression that something prevails or will soon prevail? For example: This house has already been sold or will be sold tomorrow for sure ...
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Word for working with two parallel work instruction system in a company

If living two lives, one for outside world and other in the closet is double life. What would you call preferably pejoratively for when employees are working with two procedures rule book & ...
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“if we were to offer you” in the context of a job interview

As a non-native speaker, I always cringe when I hear the job interviewer asks me "if we were to offer you the job" .... Strictly grammatically speaking, "if we were to" simply implies uncertainty, ...
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Origin of “It's a fair cop”

After coming across the following questions, Origin of “All right, what's all this, then?!” and Origin of “Well, well, well. What do we have here?”, my curiosity was piqued to try and discover the ...
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Concerning “Lex talionis,” is there a stronger word than “retaliation”?

"lex talionis": (Latin for "law of retaliation") sometimes referred to as the "eye for an eye " principle, a retaliatory action taken with a degree equal to the original offence. Is there a word (in ...
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Term for a person who is from the same college or university as yours? [duplicate]

If two American strangers (or for that matter any nationals) are compatriot for each other What is equivalent of a person who is from the same college or university as yours? See below example: ...
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A word for an object that doesn't fit in.

I am looking for a word that describes an object that doesn't fit in, preferably a word that also can be applied to describe a person as well. For example with clothing, you talk about 'regular fit',...
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I am looking for an expression, idiom or proverb for a Hindi saying “ulta karobar” which literally means “turtled business” or “upside-down acts”

I am looking for an expression, idiom or proverb for a Hindi saying "ulta karobar" which literally means "turtled business" or "upside-down business" and relates to the disorderly handling of an issue ...
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Expression/idiom for lecturing an expert as a novice [duplicate]

As in the title, I'm looking for an expression/idiom where a novice tries to lecture an expert on their field of expertise.
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what is the meaning for “divers for crotchets”?

I'm reading Eureka by Edgar Allan Poe and he says a phrase that I've been looking for everywhere but couldn't find anything. The context is this An ocean well described by the Nubian Geographer, ...
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Are people included in “flora and fauna” phrase? [closed]

Which sounds more correct: Climate change affects the people, flora and fauna of the country. Climate change affects the flora and fauna of the country.
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What would you pejoratively call a illegitimate child who is born between one's own wife and an outsider (landlord) because of debt under duress?

What word would English speaker come up with for a illegitimate child who is born between one's wife and an outsider (landlord) because of a debt /duress? The word in Kannada language in India ...