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An idiom to describe a situation where, in a group of people with shared resources, everyone takes some but one

I'm sure that there is an idiom that describes the following scenario: A group of people share a pool of resources (be it food, water, money, etc.). There is the general consensus that in order to ...
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“and I'm the Queen of Sheba”

According to Longman Dictionary the droll comeback... and I’m the Queen of Sheba humor used as a reply when someone claims that they are famous or that they have done something impressive, but ...
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expression to say that one 'goes around a rule' to avoid it while not breaking it

I can't seem to recall the proper way to refer to the action of avoiding a rule or order not by breaking it but by using some sort of loophole to work around it. I'm not sure if it's an actual idiom ...
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What's the English equivalent of “it's the master's eye that makes the mill go”?

I'm trying to find out the English version of this saying, which in Italian is: "L'occhio del padrone ingrassa il cavallo," And in Spanish is: "El ojo del amo engorda el ganado". The idea is that if ...
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English equivalent for Polish phrase meaning doing something fast and poor quality [closed]

The meaning of Polish 'doing something on knees' or 'on a knee' is completely different than English: https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/on-your-knees It is rather a metaphor to a ...
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I need to know what would you call someone that “Believes everyone is the same” such as addicts/alcholics [closed]

I hate STIGMA , I am bipolar and a recovering addict. I get treated the same as someone who is still being destructive. I AM SICK OF PEOPLE JUDGING ME AND NOT GIVING ME CHANCES because the term "...
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What do you call a language spoken with a thick accent?

If one speaks a foreign language making bad mistakes so that his speech sounds strange and broken, then he is speaking the word I'm looking for English (Spanish, Russian, etc.). Is there such an ...
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What is the English equivalent of the Arabic expression “she melts the iron”?

If I want to express that I was angry with my friend, and then she threw a party for my birthday, which is unexpected.  So what she did makes me not angry any more 😊 .... What idiom or expression ...
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What terms I can use to say the something is very easy to do, to learn, etc?

What terms I can use to say the something is very easy to do, to learn, etc? I have thought about easy-peasy, like "this is easy-peasy to do", or "a piece of cake". So, in general, Assembling ...
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What's the opposite of “last-minute (Christmas) shopping”?

The question is in the title. I'd like to know if there is an idiom or phrase used for someone who does not buy at the “last minute”, the hyperbolic expression is often used when purchasing gifts, ...
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Missing part of an idiom or expression I heard “Have you lost the [something] you were born with”

I am writing a story and my character is being scolded for doing something stupid. I have an expression on the tip of my tongue, but part of it keeps evading me! "Have you lost the [thing that keeps ...
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Scottish idiom meaning to enter a deal which turns out differently than agreed

I'm looking for a specific phrase that I didn't manage to catch in a phone call with my estate agent, a Scottish lady. The conversation topic was me informing her that my ex has moved out of the ...
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What is the contradictory proverb to “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? [closed]

Sweet lemons and sour grapes tend to be used by people who have a reactionary outlook on life. They reason that things are just the way they are and we are bound to our circumstance. They will often ...
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Quote (proverb like structure) of knowing one's options

I'm looking for a quote to use in a sentence that says if it's free and doesn't cost anything to know your options (like a free estimate to a customer) then it can't hurt to find out. And that knowing ...
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To be displeased with in a jealous way

Suppose a person is after something or somebody. For example, Tom wants to be with Jane, but somebody else wins her heart, and Tom says, “She was ugly/fat/... anyway.” Is there a word or idiom to ...
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What is a good idiom for telling someone something that they already know a lot about? [duplicate]

Like when you're in a conversation with someone about something and you're telling them about XYZ, but it turns out they are already experts in the subject matter, an idiom like trying to teach the ...
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A picturesque equivalent for German “Beutelschneiderei”, i.e. what cut-purses and fraudsters do

In German there is a term Beutelschneiderei which in all dictionaries I have currently access to is being translated as "daylight robbery". However, Beutelschneiderei in German is a very picturesque ...
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What word describes a person who gains the trust of people on behalf of an adversary?

What word or idiom describes a person who gains the trust of people in an organization to identify potential threats to that organization? Example: Say Company (Organisation) "A" wants to know how ...
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Idiom for premonition

I am trying to remember an idiom that is used when someone has a premonition about something, often coincidentally i.e. I am thinking about someone and then they call me. I know there is the ...
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What do you call a question that is meant to make you look bad? [closed]

What is it called when you are asked a question that has nothing to do with the subject at hand and is sometimes meant to make you look bad? I think it is a legal term used in a court setting.
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What is another phrase to describe people “on the front line”?

Another way to say it is that these are the people in an organization who are “in the trenches”. They are doing the hardest or most important work. I would like to find a non-militaristic way of ...
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Alternatives to the expression “double down on something”

In broadcast news, especially from the US, recently there is frequent use of the expression "double down on something", usually when public figures repeat some claim they previously made, and usually ...
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Is there an idiom that means to “slow” or “stop the hemorrhaging”?

I have two related words in my head, “flow” and “haemorrhage” (US hemorrhage), but I can't remember the exact phrase (or idiom) that fits perfectly. It should suggest impeding or blocking the flow of ...
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If you lie down with dogs you will rise up with fleas

Though I have two questions, they are both related to this proverb, so I thought they could combined. Are there other proverbs or idioms with the same effect? Is there a proverb or an idiom that is ...
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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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What could an expression similar to “bridge the gap”/“walk up to” be? [closed]

What I would like is bit more complicated. Essentially, when there is a wedge between two ideals, people, etc, you can metaphorically bridge a gap between both via actions taken. What I'm looking for ...
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Phrase for describing something with many pros and cons

What's an appropriate phrase or idiom to describe something (e.g. a concept, tool, device, etc.) with many pros and cons. In fact, both parties have rational facts about their opinion and they are ...
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Idiom or saying about doing things well or doing them to the very best of your ability or achieving perfection

Hi when I set my self a task I usually like to do it to the best of my ability or spend a lot of time doing working on it so that the out come of the project goes well, I have heard a couple of saying ...
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Looking for an expression or idiom for a weak person who can be easily bullied or intimidated

In my native language we have this expression for a weak person - " a low fence " implying that anybody can jump over it ( fig. humiliated or treated badly ) Is there a similar expression or idiom in ...
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An idiom describing the end of argument?

If some people arguing about something, a common rumor, for example which is not yet confirmed. But when the concerned party had said its word and ends the argument forever, and people stopped arguing ...
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What's the English idiom for “it was out of one's destiny”?

What do you call something that will not happen because is contradicts the fate? For example, an anecdote. "One day, a train rushed out from poit A to point B. Simultaneously, another train started ...
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Someone who “despite the disgrace, still refuses to admit mistake and instead portrays the event as a victory”

What is the English idiom, expression, or proverb to express that even if I am proved wrong by all the members in the room, still I flaunt a false pride as if nothing happened? In Hindi, there is a ...
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An expression for you get stuck in small position in big places vs jump to big positions in small cities

Is there an English expression or idiom for: You can jump places and secure a higher position if you are in small community (country or city as political figure, organization as a manager, school ...
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Term for a type of relationship that two parties benefit from

Looking for a term, phrase or idiom that best describes a special type of relationship between two parties, not necessarily humans, in which both gain unprecedented benefits. However, such advantages ...
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Does English have a saying for “The person who orders something is the one has to pay for it”?

In German, we have the saying Wer bestellt, bezahlt, which translates literally into Who(ever) orders, pays in English. Is there a corresponding English idiomatic expression or proverbial refrain for ...
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Unable to slowdown

In Turkish we have this idiomatic usage which literally translated as "unable to slowdown," in the sense that the degree of something is building up. For example: “Unable to slow himself down, the ...
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Any existentialist quotes for the acceptance that life is difficult and meaningless, but we must persevere? [closed]

I'm looking for a quote that illustrates the difficulty of life but reassures that the difficulty will come to pass as long as we have the willpower. Particularly, maybe something slightly ...
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Is there an English equivalent to this French idiom : “Brasser du vent”? [closed]

This idiom means "Talking a lot without significant results". I was wondering if there was a specific idiom to say this. So far, I have found nothing but "hot air merchant".
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What phrase should I use for “shifting the blame”? [closed]

I'd like a passive phrase that suggests passing on your undesirable responsibility onto other people. Context Beanie covered us with glitter, then shifts the blame by making us clean those up ...
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Idiom for being neutral in a fight [closed]

Is there an idiom or expression in English about being neutral in a fight, dispute or confrontation, trying not to offend either sides. In broad terms - to have a diplomatic attitude towards ...
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Any idiom for a person who has solution of every single problem

i am looking for a single word request or a relatable idiom for a person who has solution of every single problem.. in hindi we call them "jugadu". I am not really looking for something like "Jack of ...
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Other ways to say 'Here I am pouring my heart out' to my best friend

Okay, so I am currently in the midst of trying to come clean and confess my guilt to my best friend. I messed up and gossiped with another friend about something he trusted me with. I can't properly ...
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Ways for saying Sudden Idea [closed]

I need help to find some idioms on creating a sudden idea, so I thought, why not, ask the question? So I'm gonna write down the ones I already know and then ask you guys to write yours... Popped into ...
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A person who has a hard time throwing away unnecessary things

What would we call a person who has a hard time throwing away unnecessary things, and, as a result, has a home cluttered with stuff? This person is not just untidy. What causes the clutter is their ...
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Sardony sarcasm, irony, satire, or what [closed]

What is the literary term or convention that best describes the following sentence: "Socrates drank hemlock, therefore you should drink hemlock" The term I seek is similar in form to sardony/...
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Idiom for putting in too much effort

I‘m looking for an idiom which describes that I put too much engagement/pressure in a thing ( a relationship for example) which eventually blew it.
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Can I use “replace someone with someone or something else”?

Suppose you're talking to someone (or you're doing something with someone). You're quite passionate about the conversation or, in general, the situation. Say, at a certain point, the phone of the ...
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Phrase or idiom request: To indicate to someone you feel like you are being used? [closed]

What is a phrase or idiom that would indicate to someone that you feel like you're being used? An answer would be much appreciated !
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Catchy phrase: looking at something from several different perspectives

What is the catchy phrase or an aphorism, or a buzzword, or an idiom with the meaning of looking at something from several different perspectives? In particular, I am looking for something that is ...
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Phrase to describe a potential positive future for a person? [closed]

I am describing a person whose recent performance has been excellent and whose future has potential. What expression can be used other than "future looks potential" or "has a bright future"? It ...