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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 cap”/“walk up to” be?

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 ...
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Is there idiom for searching something that might not exists?

I come from Bulgaria and we have a proverb that says (translated one to one) "You're searching calf under the ox." which literally means that I am searching for something that might not exists. ...
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“Making too much soup off of one oyster” idiom

"Making too much soup off of one oyster" has been a common saying in my family. However, I can't find anything about it online or anyone else who uses it! Am I just crazy weird, or have I messed up ...
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A person who doesn’t drink much to control others? [duplicate]

I think I've heard it some time ago but I can't remember. Is there an English word or idiomatic expression for "A person who doesn’t drink much to control others"?
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What's the word for when something randomly becomes super popular?

What's the word for when something randomly becomes super popular? I have heard that sometimes YouTube will make a random video super popular (super popular as in the YouTuber gets way more views than ...
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What phrasal verb or expression is used to say “make a short stop”?

So what I’m trying to say is “I made a short stop to buy coffee”, but in a more colloquial way. Is it okay to say “I stopped by to buy coffee? Or Like what would the correct expression be?
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Idiom: To cast a role

In Turkish we have this idiom that literally translates as "to cast a role" which suggests someone telling/attempting/dictating what or how one [that "one" may a person, or a concept] should do/act/...
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What would be the most suitable phrase or idiom for a situation where I am very bad at one thing and extremely good at a different related thing?

E.g. I am extremely bad at playing football but extremely good at playing foosball. So what would be the appropriate phrase or idiom for such a scenario?
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Expression or idiom about someone who has all the news [closed]

What do you call someone who knows all the gossip and stories about people in his neighborhood or surroundings, someone who’s always informed. It doesn't have to be expressed in a word. Could be a ...
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Sentence connector after hardly/barely emphasizing the lack of ability/resource

What is the sentence connector that fits best in the following examples? He could hardly even make a profit with two employees, ..... three. She could barely even eat one pizza slice, ..... ...
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Opposite of 'damned with faint praise' (2nd variety)?

Is there a commonly used term for what I would call "Damned with excessive praise"? The idea I'm referring to is when a speaker uses exaggerated praise in a sarcastic way to disparage an idea or a ...
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Idiom or proverb for "Productive members get punished for their hard work by getting dumped with more responsibilities

what is the idiom or proverb for When good people/smart hard working people/productive employees are punished by pushing/dumping more responsibility on to them by the authority/management, etc ...
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Alternative phrase for “breaking the glass ceiling”

I’d like to say something like: The prominence of IT has led to significant job creation while also helping migrants break the glass ceiling. Topic is on migrants and IT. Particularly, those from ...
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A secular version of fate/destiny? [closed]

The Wikipedia page for destiny states: Destiny, sometimes referred to as fate (from Latin fatum – destiny), is a predetermined course of events. It may be conceived as a predetermined future, ...
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What do we call something we do just to show off we are doing it?

What do we call something we do just for showing off? We are doing it but there is no real intention behind it, and it has no meaning to us. For example, everyone is writing about women's rights, so ...
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How to say that “watch this movie continuously till the end”?

I am bit confused and lack of words when I am trying to say this. Sometimes when a movie is full of thrill and suspense we should watch it till the end to get the suspense revealed. But due to lack of ...
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What is the idiom used when you don't do something right away but do it eventually?

What idiom can I use to describe a situation where I didn't do something I should have done at a certain point of time but did it eventually ?
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What is the opposite of “to go” like in “a hot dog to go”?

Comedian Bob Newhart uses to tell only one side of a conversation in his routines. In his routine "Ledge Psychology", (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwXaTy0PMPw , at 3:30 min) , in which a police ...
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“The soonest” vs “My soonest” [closed]

I'm curious to know if it is incorrect to say, "I'll get back to you at MY soonest opportunity", or should I say, "I'll get back to you at THE soonest opportunity"?
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What was a blind man lamenting about ? Of course about his eyes

I am looking for an equivalent idiom or expression in English. In my native language this idiom is used when somebody makes, I would say, an unnecessary statement (to emphasize the obvious fact ) in ...
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Term for “pretending outrage to escape a conversation” [closed]

I'm looking for a term that describes when a person is pretending to be offended in order to end a confrontation. The key here is that the offense is perceived only because the person wishes to use it ...
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Idiom for unacceptable request wrapped in what seems to be a nice offer

Is there an idiom for an unacceptable request wrapped in what seems to be a nice offer? For example, an offer for peace and not getting killed if one agrees to be a slave.
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Is there an idiom or a single word for 'presumed truth'?

In his comprehensive interview at the annual Market Research Conference this year, Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, said of Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Secretary, that he had given out massively ...
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Synonym / Alternate expression for “for fear that”?

Can anyone help me out here? It's been nagging me all afternoon, scrounging around in my head for it and plumbing the Web--I swear I've heard a more literary alternative for this one before. I'm ...