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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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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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What kind of layout of muddled Syntax does Starfire use in teen titans go? [closed]

For example Starfire: "I have put the my name on the most exclusive of the websites"
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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?
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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 ...
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Term for people in the same life situation

What is a term for people in the same life situation? Like, people who have the same health issue, or pregnant women.
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Word/phrase for vastly different methodologies/theories that lead to taking the same action?

Is there a good way to describe theories that are very different in their underlying story about how a system works, yet the theories prescribe similar actions. ("actions" assume the theory is ...
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I’m a little slow to process my thinking, but rather than just telling people I’m a bit slow I would like something witty to say

Anyone got anything witty to say as if I was sort of saying I’m a bit slow in a witty way or a self respectful way but with a bit a humour, sort of like in a melancholic self depreciating way and ...
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Equivalent of “teri lal” a Hindi phrase which means “you are right” said sarcastically (but not actually meant) [closed]

There is a saying in Hindi in India "teri lal" which translates "yours is red" which means "Whatever the case may be you are right" as in "you are always right". It is a sarcastic way of telling (...
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What word or phrase relates to 'being able to see through manipulation?'

I am looking for a word where people are able to see the hidden meanings and subliminal manipulation (in the media) Is there any word or phrase or idiom that might suit the narrative I'm trying 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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Any phrase or idiom for a person who tries to copy a professional's act without any of the skills needed

A person who tries to copy a professional and skillful person's act, without possessing any skills or experience needed
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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 ...