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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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What’s a catchy phrase that means get the most out of your dollar?

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 ...
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Idiom for two people having two drastically different appraisals of an event

What's an idiom for "two people have two drastically different appraisals of an event they were a part of"? For example, two people on a date. One thinks it was great and hopes for another, and the ...
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What is an idiom to describe someone who takes sides with both of two opposing sides?

What is an idiom (or an adjective) to describe someone who considers and takes sides with both of two opposing sides? I mean someone who, for example, says that both of contrasting sides in an ...
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Looking for a proverb related to people who don't take a stand

I have come across this very famous proverb many times that blames people who don't take a stand for bad things that happen in the world. As far as I remember, it had something to do with the world ...
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What's the opposite of the hammer and nail saying?

Everyone knows about the hammer and nail saying, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail," but that's just one end of the spectrum. On the other end, there's the problem of ...
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An idea that attracts pursuit by many but that is actually a bad idea with no solution

An idea that attracts pursuit by many but that is actually a bad idea with no solution. An idea bomb? mind suck? time waster (lame)? idea siren? It comes up for me in software development/tech ...
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What is the equivalent of “I am risking my head to say” when expressing a different opinion? [closed]

When you are in a minority, say most of the people prefer A to B, if you want to assert your support for B, you can have different moods, e.g., (1) brave and combative: "I love B so much more than A,...
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Someone whose ancestors were artists

How would you succinctly describe someone whose parents and ancestors were artists ? I thought about: "He has artist lineage." Or: "He comes from an artist family."
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Idiom for doing anything to get what you want [closed]

I'm looking for an idiom which describes a person who does everything to get what he wants even by being dishonest.
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Why 'corner' in the idiom 'Round the corner'? [closed]

I know the idiom round the corner means very near. My question is, why round and corner? What is the connection between 'round' and 'corner'?
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Idiom for “trying to figure something out”?

In Swedish, we have an idiom that goes, "to suck on the/that caramel [for a while]" and is used either when you need to contemplate a decision ("I'll have to suck on that caramel for a while before ...
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Is there an opposite phrase for “The apple never falls far from the tree”?

I was doing some research on idioms, and came upon the thought of whether there is an opposite idiom for The apple never falls far from the tree. as in "The offspring have much in common with ...
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Idiom(s) for: Discouraged when losing and arrogant when winning?

I am looking for idiom(s) that express: Discouraged when losing and arrogant when winning?
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Expression/Idiom of talking on a wide range of topics

Is there an expression you could use to describe the contents you have in your mind when you can talk about a wide range of topics to people or you're a good talker? Or better words for topics/...
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Is there an idiom for when the source is “clean” but the product isn't?

I was thinking of having a sentence that goes like: This situation presents the paradox of ________. Basically, I want to say that it's ironic that the worst human rights abuses can be traced back ...
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Is there a term for browsing the web and ending up very far from the original article? [closed]

Whenever I read an article on the web, I either click on the links in the article or search for more information about the topic, ending up very far from the original article. Is there a term for this ...
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An expression, idiom, or phrase meaning “I lied” or “they are lying” or “to tell a lie”, etc? [closed]

Looking for an expression, idiom, or phrase that would indicate a lie is being told, or was told, etc. I will not be using this phrase as part of a sentence, so I can't give an example. I just ...
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Unspoken Obligation [closed]

The godfather protects your store with the usually unspoken expectation that you owe him some sort of payback, not necessarily money, more like loyalty. Is there a word for that kind of arrangement?
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English idiom for 'bad consequences stemming from too much ambition' [closed]

I'm looking for an idiom that is equivalent to the Portuguese: Quem tudo quer, tudo perde. Who wants everything, loses everything. It basically points out that being too ambitious will have ...
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Eye-related phrase or idiom for seeing too many good things

When one sees too many good/tempting things at the same time, it can be said that their eyes __________ ? Is there such an idiom in English? In Russian one says: глаза разбегаются (lit. eyes scatter)...
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Is there an idiom for the phrase 'that's not what I meant'? [closed]

I'm looking for an idiom for the phrase 'that's not what I meant' and Google seems to be of no help whatsoever.
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Is there a word or expression to describe when someone has learned a big word and is waiting for an opportunity to use it?

Is there a word or expression to describe when someone has learned a big word and is waiting for an opportunity to use it, in conversation, or otherwise? Logophile doesn't really work for me.
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What’s a good English expression for the Chinese idiom “buying horse bones with much gold” (千金买马骨)?

"千金买马骨” literally means buying horse bones with much gold. This Chinese idiom comes from "Stratagems of the Warring States- Yan Dynasty" 《战国策·燕策一·燕昭王收破燕后即位》. It is said that an ancient courtier ...
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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. ...
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Different ways to smile?

As the title indicates, I was looking for ways to poetically, or idiomatically describe ways to smile, or interesting ones anyway. I find that I always switch back to the most basic descriptive ways ('...
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Synonym for “in the blink of an eye”

I am translating from Middle Egyptian to English. For those who are curious, here is the hieroglyphic inscription: However, this is not a question about Middle Egyptian, but rather English. The ...
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Idiom for botching a lucky opportunity

I'm looking for a preferably short idiomatic verb phrase meaning "fail, through poor execution, to be rewarded by an unusually easy opportunity." An example scenario would be, the hottest girl in ...
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“Durch den Wind sein” in English

How would you translate "Ich bin etwas durch den Wind" into English? "Durch den Wind sein" means having scattered or not fully coherent thoughts, not having full presence of mind (Geistesgegenwart), ...
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Other words to replace “let's”?

I am writing a project paper, and I find myself using the phrase "let's" a lot. I'm wondering if there are other phrases or words that I can use instead of "let's"? I've searched for an answer but ...
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A less morbid equivalent of the idiom “Giving someone enough rope to hang himself”

What may be a less morbid equivalent of the idiom "Giving someone enough rope to hang himself"? In other words, an idiom for empowering someone with a capability that they might, through ignorance, ...
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Is there an olfactory equivalent expression to “the scenic route”?

"Taking the scenic route" implies taking a less direct alternative to the most direct route toward some destination for the purpose of experiencing more interesting scenery along the way. So, is there ...