Questions tagged [idiom-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking an idiom that fits a meaning. If you're also seeking a phrase, see the "phrase-requests" tag too.

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Idiom Request: What is the idiom that means “If it's hard/easy for you, it must be the same for others”?

This is the situation: a younger brother just (badly) finished a rigorous exam and the older brother wants to say something that means "Others must feel the same, don't worry". Is there such an idiom?
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What is a phrase/word to describe someone who is oblivious to the bad in people

What phrase/word would describe someone who cant see the bad in people? A phrase/word other than With rose colored glasses that would fit in the blank below. Stop looking at the world ________! Or ...
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Ruining the family name [closed]

Is the following correct usage? "They didn't want me to ruin the family name. " What are some other idiomatic expressions or phrases to say something similar? I am aware of "give a bad name" and "one'...
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Strategic debate

You say something intentionally incorrect so the person will correct you about a small detail, which actually confirms something else. What is this called?
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An idiom meaning “a good horse is called a sorrel, a good young man is called fearless/crazy/bold”

Is there any idiom in English similar to Horse as boy, (brave) man as kook (are best). in which boy means sorrel. The latter is obvious. It is my translation(maybe it is wrong) to describe the ...
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Phrase for group with no actual power

There is a phrase for a group of people who don't hold any actual power but are put together, like in a committee, to seem powerful. But they are only a symbol... A something something. Two words. Can'...
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Idiom for 'person who gets violent when drunk"

In Portuguese, the expressions "ter mau vinho" (have bad wine) and "ter mau álcool" (have bad alcohol) refer to people who become violent when they drink too much. Typically, these people are ...
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Expression / idiom / slogan to say you will be in advance of the others in global competition

Is there an expression/idiom/slogan to say : "thanks to us you will be in advance of the others (in technology/business)". I was thinking of "Be ahead of" or "Get ahead of", but i don't know ...
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Concise way to express the Spanish saying “it is preferable to be the head of a mouse than the tail of a lion”

I came across this vivid Spanish expression today and have been wondering how it might best be said in English: "Más vale ser cabeza de ratón, que cola de león" which, literally, means that it is ...
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Someone whose aspirations exceed abilities or means

What would be a clear and concise way to describe someone whose ambitions or aspirations far exceed his means or abilities?
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A word/phrase for someone who finds significance in anything/tries to rationalise anything

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who makes themselves believe that anything that happens to them is for a reason, or believing "it's a sign!!" For example: "that person is a (noun)." or "...
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Idiom or expression for no-one wants to help do a task, but everyone is ready to criticise after the task is completed

I'm looking for an idiom or expression that means "no-one wants to help do a task, but everyone is ready to criticise after the task is completed" There are plenty of expressions that capture the ...
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Idiom-request: What do you call a book/movie with a poor story line and excessive pathos?

I'm not a native English speaker, but I think there was definitely an idiom that describes a book, a movie or a screenplay that has a poor story line, shallow characters, too much heroic pathos etc. ...
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Idiom/phrase for “example picked purposefully”

For example, when one is talking about a chemistry equation and they use values one wouldn't see in real life to illustrate a point better, or give a specific example that requires extra steps that ...
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Opposite of “Squeaky wheel gets the grease”

I want a fun and playful retort to use against someone who says "The squeaky wheel gets the grease", which, according to the so-named Wikipedia1 article means: The squeaky wheel gets the grease is ...
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What expression describes a conflict between two people who are both unpleasant?

You found out that's there is a conflict between two people, who both are unpleasant, OR a person who was talking about being oppressed by somebody terrible but appears to be terrible him- or herself. ...
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Is there another way of saying “to take refuge in alcohol”?

Is there another way of saying "to take refuge in alcohol"? something idiomatic or so? For example, under the pressures of life, he took refuge in alcohol!
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Is there an idiom or saying meaning the opposite of “the grass is always greener on the other side”?

I'm looking for an adage that describes a situation where a group is blind to their own faults or situation but readily discerns those same faults and situations in a rival. This picture basically ...
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What was the idiom for something that we take without a doubt?

Well pretty much the title says it all, I am Bulgarian native speaker and we have way of saying this which literally translated is "clean coin". For instance: "I am taking his words as a clean coin." ...
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Idiom for 'Resisting just to resist'

Recently, I've been listening to the song 'Time and Time Again" by Chronic Future (link for those who wish to listen). Around line 6 of verse 3, the lyric is You dig yourself so deep you resist ...
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Any idiom similar to “Hunger wall”?

Hunger Wall was a fortification project which had questionable strategical importance, but it allowed anyone to work there for food thus avoiding famine without handouts(might not be 100% historically ...
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A name/word suggestion for person who travels the world and collects rare items of decor/furniture

For a project that I am doing, I need a name or word suggestion. The premise is that a individual is an explorer, or a traveller on adventures to far flung places, and collects & finds unique ...
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What is an idiom for saying that someone/something is as bad as someone/something else? [closed]

What is an idiom for saying that someone/something is as bad as someone/something else? For example, when someone praises a particular system but condemns the other, we may say that they are both bad ...
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Indiana Jones - The explorer [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes an explorer who travels the world in search of rare items. I'm thinking Indiana Jones, going to far off places in search of magical things... Any help will be ...
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What's a trendy word for an 'information capsule'. A short snippet of information

In French we might say 'info-capsule' to designate a short block of information. There may be 'info-capsules' on a variety of topics but they are always short and may point to other resources. What ...
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How to describe a level that is a bit harder than “a piece of cake”

I am struggling to describe a process that is a bit harder than a piece of cake - meaning it will take a little bit of effort to figure it out but not that hard. Is there any phrase or slang that I ...
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What phrases/idioms are there to convey an issue has gone on for too long? [closed]

For example, perhaps a business project that should have been completed 4 weeks ago is still unfinished. One might say "it's dragging on" I need other phrases or idioms that convey that same meaning,...
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How to say something covers all the view up to the horizon line?

I am trying to say something (e.g. wheat field) is visible on whole photo, from observer point up to the horizon, expanded into both left and right directions. I am looking for some idiom or singular ...
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is “Lighting the spark for XYZ” a meaningful phrase in english? [closed]

I am trying to translate or rather come up with an English expression for the German "den Funken überspringen lassen" for a title of an academic paper. My best solution so far is "Lighting the spark ...
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Describe someone who underestimates people's problems [closed]

I'm looking for a word or an idiom which describes someone who underestimates people's problems because he/she has got a better position or much more money in his/her life.
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What’s a catchy phrase that means get the most out of your dollar? [closed]

I’m trying to finish a speech, and I was thinking of a catchy last idiom to wrap it up. It was on the tip of my tongue and it I think it mean get the most out of your dollar or something like that.... ...
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What is a single word or idiom for overcoming a trying situation?

Recently, my friend's office was burned due to a shortcircuit in a switchboard. So, I want to give them some positive message. E.g. – Must be a trying situation for you guys. Take care guys! I hope ...
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Are there any English expressions that mean 'to lie a lot', and that include a 'that--clause' in their structure? [closed]

I'd like to find an English expression, which is synonymous to, e.g., 'lie like a trooper', but with a that-clause in its structure i.e., he lies (so much) that + idiomatic expression. For example, in ...
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Idiom for the need to expose oneself to something they don't believe in, to broaden the mind

As an example consider the following: Atheists must read some religious literature now and then to make sure they are not trapped in their own filter bubble of thinking. I remember hearing an ...
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Word/phrase/idiom for 'taking flak' (any kind to any degree) from people who can't handle part of a task (a basic detail)

Sometimes, people are not up for the task to which they've committed themselves. That is, they have a problem handling a part of it, for whatever reason. Instead of admitting that, they respond by ...
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Is there a word or phrase for nostalgia for an era in which one didn't live?

I am thinking that if such a word or phrase existed, that the French, or Germans, or Japanese would have one. But is there one in English? Is it even appropriate to say one is nostalgic for an era ...
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Other ways to say “living in the gray” [closed]

Life is not black and white. There seldom is a definitive right or wrong. We need to learn to live in the gray. We need to consider and take aspects from each side in order to make practical life ...
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Looking for an idiom or expression synonymous with “where force fails, skill and patience will prevail”

I am looking for an idiom or expression, conveying the same meaning as this one - Where force fails, skill and patience will prevail. I do not know whether this one is used in English, so I am looking ...
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Alternative idiom to 'as it stands'

I am looking for an alternative idiom to 'as it stands'. I have received a corpus of documents from a client which are unstructured in their delivery and file naming and I wish to reply along the ...
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English phrase for complimenting an experienced person

There is an expression in Chinese: 姜是老的辣 It literally means old ginger is spicy, which means experienced senior person should be respected due to their knowledge and experiences. Is there an ...
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Words regarding different types of manipulations

I'm looking for words that describe specific types of manipulation. The context is board games, but I'm actually looking for more generic words. Specifically, I'm looking for words that describe ...
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Is there a word for when you/someone seeks help with a problem from someone else, but then the problem is resolved/gone when the helper arrives? [duplicate]

This is a situation I see my self first hand very often as someone who works in an IT related role. I also see it in other areas and experienced by seemingly everyone, but I don't know if there is a ...
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A donkey does not know what kind of fruit persimmon is

The above-mentioned idiom comes from my native language. We use it when we are referring to a person ( often tasteless and unsophisticated one ) who finds it hard to appreciate a good thing or does ...
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On explaining weird applications of something in a scientific/technical context

I'm going to write a paper on weird and unusual applications of tool A. Is there any appropriate term/single word or idiomatic phrase to point to such odd applications in the scientific context? ...
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What's a word or phrase for when someone claims an ability but can't demonstrate it on request?

Is there a word or phrase for when someone says they can do something but it just so happens they can’t do it right now? For example, if someone said that they could read minds but they couldn’t read ...
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Idiom about something being very different

I need an idiom for two things being very different in amount (price) for negotiating. I’m trying to remember something along the lines of moon and ground/sky and ground, but I can’t remember the ...
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Trouble thinking of a term or colloquialism for “much much more”

There is a saying that is on the tip of my tongue that basically means "immeasurably more than". I think it's related to "factor" but I just cannot place it. I also feel like it's commonly used in a ...
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Is there any idiom for repeating itself

someone say, an auther or movie writer, keep repeating the old story, or old style, in Chinese, there is a saying called "fried cold rice", meaning dish up the old food, is there any same idiom in ...
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English idiom for only being able to act in the way you were raised

I'm looking for an English (UK) idiom which I think might be similar to "I can only follow my roots" and means that I can only act in the way I was raised.
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What is the saying for when “early adaptors (first timers) always takes the hit” which is opposite of “early bird catches the worm”

While we say "early bird catches the worm" which means whoever arrives first has the best chance of success; some opportunities are only available to the first competitors. On the opposite end, what ...